Grahame pledges support for local pubs and brewers

Grahame Morris, local Labour party candidate for Easington in the General Election has pledged his support for pub-goers and beer drinkers in the North-East by backing CAMRA’s Election Manifesto.

CAMRA’s 187,000 members are asking candidates to promote and celebrate Britain’s 1,540 breweries and over 50,000 pubs by considering a range of measures to help make pub-going and beer drinking more affordable for UK consumers.

Grahame has committed to:

  • Celebrate and promote Britain’s breweries
  • Support action to help pubs thrive
  • Represent the interest of pub-goers, beer and cider drinkers if elected into the next Parliament

Beer, brewing and pubs support nearly 900,000 jobs and contribute £23.1bn to the economy annually. Candidates are therefore being urged to ensure the sector is not left behind in the Brexit negotiations due to take place in the coming years.

Grahame says: “I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale. Well-run community pubs play a crucial role in local life and can have a huge impact on people’s happiness and social inclusion. If elected, I will continue to show my support in the next Parliament.”

Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman says: “We are delighted that Grahame has pledged his support for beer and pubs. Pubs are a uniquely British institution which showcase our nation’s brewing tradition while providing an essential community facility for those that use them. It is therefore critical that pub-goers and beer drinkers are not left behind when it comes to negotiating Britain’s future over the coming years.”

Save the Stapylton Arms!

An application has been made to DCC in respect of converting the Stapylton Arms. A meeting of the Parish Council which was attended by planning officers from Durham County Council along with local residents has been held. This has resulted in the Parish Council objecting to the application.

If you feel strongly about this application then you must submit your own comments and objections to either Barry Gavillet (Senior Planning Officer) Planning Department, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL or


The Planners base their decision on 3 main criteria:

  1. Whether the business is or is not financially viable.
  2. Whether there is significant demand for a pub in this community.
  3. Whether or not there are similar accessible facilities nearby.

Individual objections are important!- Two residents at the same property counts twice!


Protecting East-Durham Firefighters

Tony Curry from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warmly welcomed commitments made in the Labour Party manifesto for greater investment in the fire and rescue service, and has expressed support for Grahame in his re-election campaign.

Labour will recruit at least 3,000 new frontline firefighters, give fire services in England a statutory duty to tackle flooding and guarantee that Police and Crime Commissioners will not be given control over fire services.

Labour will also abolish the public sector pay cap that has meant firefighters are on average £2,000 worse off than they were in 2010.

In addition, the manifesto sets out plans to repeal the Trade Union Act that will mean less bureaucracy for unions trying to represent their members.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “There are clear dividing lines for who to vote for in this election. Labour will invest in firefighters in order to keep people safe, whereas the Tories will continue to cut and decimate our service, putting public safety at risk.

“Having 3,000 more firefighters on the frontline is a promising start, and we welcome their commitment to review staffing levels across the service as a whole.

“Fire deaths have risen for the first time in 20 years since the Tories came to power, and response times to emergencies are getting slower. The service is in crisis and the Tories don’t have a plan to save it. Labour are the safe pair of hands who will deliver a properly resourced fire service to protect public safety.”

Grahame will ensure football is a game for the many, not the few

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Easington, Grahame Morris, is enthusiastically backing the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to ensure five per cent of the Premier League’s domestic and international television rights income is diverted to the grassroots game.

The pledge will help the next generation of players and coaches by drastically improving facilities and pitches across the country.

Labour have also committed to working with train operating companies, broadcasters and clubs to develop a new ‘Flexible Football Ticket’ so that fans experience minimal disruption when games are inevitably switched over the course of a season.

This will stop fans being left with worthless train tickets and having to fork out again for new tickets when games are re-arranged at short notice.

Labour’s manifesto also commits to:

Put fans at the heart of their clubs – by legislating for accredited supporters trusts to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and to purchase shares when clubs change hands. Labour will also review fan participation in sports governance more widely.
Fix the broken ticketing market – by enforcing anti-bot legislation and implementing the recommendations of the Waterson review to ensure fair opportunities for fans to buy tickets
Improve access provision for disabled sports fans – by ensuring that rapid improvements are made and by prioritising action to make clubs comply with obligations under the 2010 Equality Act.
Ensure that investment and support is given to grassroots women’s football so as many women and girls as possible can benefit from participating in football.

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Easington Grahame Morris said:

“The English Premier League is the wealthiest football league in the world by some distance, and it’s time football supporters and the broader community got a fairer deal in terms of tickets, fan participation and flexible train tickets.

“Labour will ensure the footballing talent of young girls and boys is harnessed, and football is a game for the many, not the few”.

Last Chance to Register to Vote

Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote.

Registering to vote online is quick and easy.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May 2017.

You can now register to vote online, all you need is your national insurance number and to answer a few questions about yourself.

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One Week left to Register to Vote

Only one week left to register to vote.

Registering to vote online is quick and easy.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 22 May 2017.

You can now register to vote online, all you need is your national insurance number and to answer a few questions about yourself.

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Walkers Crisp Factory Closure

Commenting of the closure of the Walkers’ Crisps Factory, Grahame Morris, Easington Labour Candidate said:

“I am very disappointed that Walkers have proceeded with the decision to close the crisp factory at the end of the year and did not engage with the Union at the earliest opportunity to consider alternative proposals to closure.

My thoughts and concerns are with the families and workers at Walkers who have shown nothing but hard work and commitment to the company.

Walkers must now allow the Trade Unions and Jobcentre Plus to work with staff to give them new skills where required and every support to finding new employment in the locality.”

Labour’s 10 Pledges To You

Labour’s aim is to rebuild and transform Britain for the many, not the few. These ten pledges set out the framework for what Labour will campaign for.

Pledge 1 – Full Employment

We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.

We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.

Pledge 2 – A Secure Homes Guarantee

We will build over a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy.

We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.

Pledge 3 – Security at Work

We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts, and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights.

We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise, so that working people have a real voice at work.

And we will put the defence of social and employment rights, as well as action against undercutting of pay and conditions through the exploitation of migrant labour, at the centre of the Brexit negotiations agenda for a new relationship with Europe.

Pledge 4 – A Secure NHS and Social Care

We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS.

We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board, and ensure parity for mental health services.

Pledge 5 – A National Education Service

We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will ensure there is universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.

We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.

Pledge 6 – Action to Secure Our Environment

We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environmental policies, and take action to fulfil the Paris climate agreement.

We will ensure a fair transition to a low-carbon economy, and drive the expansion of the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy.

We will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for households – energy for the 60 million, not the Big Six energy companies. We will defend and extend EU environmental protections

Pledge 7 – Put the Public Back into Our Economy

We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities with increased local and regional democracy.

We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services, increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country, and expand our publicly controlled bus network.

We will bring our railways into public ownership and extend democratic social control over our energy.

Pledge 8 – Cut Inequality in Income and Wealth

We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid.

We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap.

Pledge 9 – Action to Secure an Equal Society

We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice.

We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people.

We will defend the Human Rights Act and guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations.

Pledge 10 – Peace and Justice at the Heart of Our Foreign Policy

We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.

We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.