Kevan Jones is MP for North Durham

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Kevan Jones is MP for North Durham and a member of the Labour party.

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Interim payments are a vital first step for the 555.

I congratulate the Minister for bringing these payments forward.

The focus now shifts to a full compensation scheme being implemented quickly, and ensuring that those responsible for this scandal are brought to justice.

An important and welcome step taken by the Post Office Horizon Inquiry.

It is right that we get full disclosure of the facts, and justice for those who have been wronged.

https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk/news/non-disclosure-agreements-will-not-be-enforced-post-office-says-inquiry-chair

Thank you to @StCuthsCLS for hosting me today in @UKParliament at the Parliamentary Education Centre.

Fantastic presentations followed by a series of very insightful questions in the Q&A.

Today, it is ten years since @CharlesWalkerMP and I both spoke publicly about our own mental health in the House of Commons.

Attitudes to mental health have progressed since and it’s good that there is more openness to talk then there was ten years ago.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/time-for-ministers-to-act-after-a-decade-of-dialogue-on-mental-health-dkx39gjl5

See the letter written to Go North East over 'disgraceful' plans to close depot https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20202983.read-mp-kevan-jones-furious-letter-go-north-east-boss-depot-closure/?ref=twtrec

Great to be at Sacriston for the PlatinumJubilee celebrations. Thanks to the volunteers for organising the event & ⁦@TNLUK⁩ for funding.

Yesterday I visited the Just for Women Centre Stanley who have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award that a voluntary organisation can receive and is really well deserved given the fantastic level of support they provide. Well done

County Durham 'staggered' to learn of MBE for her services as teacher and drama group founder https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20179238.queens-birthday-honours-county-durham-teacher-arts-charity-founder/?ref=twtrec A well deserved honour.

The Safe Hands scandal is a story of people doing the right thing, people doing the responsible thing, people not wanting to be a burden when they pass on.

It is right that regulations are coming in, but we must also have a day of reckoning for those involved in this scandal.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the turnaround time for everyone's passport renewal is between 4-6 weeks.

I know this statement to be categorically untrue from the many enquiries received from constituents on this matter.

My letter to the Home Secretary 👇

Great to attend Saturday's performance by Houghton Brass at the Salvation Army, Chester-Le-Street raising money for St Cuthbert's Hospice.

Councillor Tracie Smith and I were pleased to present a cheque of over £2,000 to St Cuthbert's Hospice towards their vital work in our area.

Both Estonians and Latvians see themselves as being on the frontline following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Neither of these countries want to be liberated.

We must re-examine whether the current tripwire posture adopted by NATO is still our best method of deterrence.

Victims of Post Office scandal were forced to pay out, inquiry hears https://mol.im/a/10806251 via @MailOnline There are many cases like this but the Post Office have never explained what happened to the money despite being asked.

Great to visit to ⁦@eFPBGLatvia⁩ with ⁦@natopapress⁩ . Pleased to meet personnel from 9 NATO nations. ⁦@AlecShelbrooke⁩ ⁦@Stuart4WolvesSW⁩

Interesting discussion @natopapress in Riga with Artis Pabriks Latvian Deputy Prime Minister & Defence Minister.⁦@Stuart4WolvesSW⁩ ⁦@AlecShelbrooke⁩

Great to meet with my old friend Vera Brydon whilst out campaigning in Sunderland. Still going strong after 73 years as a Labour Party member

Thank you to @MaritimeUK for the discussion on the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh. Excellent to hear the views from industry and parliamentarians on the future of UK shipbuilding.

#PostOfficeScandal Post Office doesn’t look willing to pay what victims of Horizon scandal deserve https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252516675/Judicial-intervention-inevitable-as-Post-Office-compensation-valuation-falls-short

Post Office boss Paula Vennells who oversaw IT scandal could lose her CBE https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/01/post-office-boss-paula-vennells-oversaw-scandal-could-lose-cbe/ Insulting to the victims of Horizon scandal that the Govt gave her the award for services to the Post Office in 2019 when details of the scandal were know.

An excellent programme last night from @BBCPanorama showing the long-term, devastating impact of this scandal.

We must have full compensation for all subpostmasters involved.

We must also have those from Post Office held accountable for their actions.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0016t20/panorama-the-post-office-scandal

Postmaster's widow signed gag order as bosses accused of cover up https://mol.im/a/10749177 via @MailOnline the tragic human cost of the Horizon Scandal. Individuals need to be held to account for the decisions they made.

Pleased to welcome MPs ⁦@PhilippeMichelK⁩ France & Niall Fridertsson Iceland to Parliament for ⁦@natopapress⁩ meetings.⁦@Stuart4WolvesSW⁩

Last night there was another fire at the old Greenland School site - today I attended a site visit organised by County Councillors Cllr Carole Hampson and Cllr Sam McMahon to press for urgent action. The community have lived with this blight for too long.

County Durham MP calls on Government to boost funding for 'inadequate' schools https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20055108.kevan-jones-calls-funding-inadequate-schools/?ref=twtrec

Post Office scandal tech firm Fujitsu awarded £500m Government computer contract https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/post-office-scandal-tech-firm-26676007?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

This morning I visited @IFUCARESHARE in Chester-le-Street. Brilliant local charity and always good to catch up with Shirley Smith https://www.ifucareshare.co.uk

This afternoon I met Shelley to visit the memorial bench in Great Lumley in memory of Jamie McKitten who we lost on 31 March 2021. Shelley explained this was a significant spot for Jamie, who was a keen Newcastle supporter, as on a clear day you can make out St James’ Park

The Standing Committee condemned in the strongest possible terms #Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against #Ukraine and confirmed its full solidarity with 🇺🇦. Read #NATOPA Pres. @GerryConnolly & #UNIC co-chair @MichalSzczerba's statement 👉https://bit.ly/3Jtwb4L

Pleased to be representing UK ⁦@natopapress⁩ Standing Committee in Athens. Important address by Yehor Cherniev Head of the Ukraine delegation to ⁦@natopapress⁩.⁦@AlecShelbrooke⁩.

There's still time to have your say on the North East Rail and Metro Strategy before the consultation closes on the 11th April.

Please read the strategy and fill in the online survey at https://www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/railandmetro/

The MOD need to explain this headline further given work to dispose of these legacy vehicles started back in 2017.

In what volume are these vehicles being sent?

Big questions remain too on their condition, state of readiness, and access to spare parts.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-to-send-armoured-vehicles-to-aid-ukraine-vzvsk6s5t

The @RHANews #NationalCoachWeek Roadshow is at @Beamish_Museum today. Really pleased to see businesses from across the country taking part as well as local businesses such as @stanley_travel

Our #NationalCoachWeek roadshow continues at @Beamish_Museum this morning alongside @CPTYorksNorth, @stanley_travel, @Coatham, @NECoachTravel and @KevanJonesMP.

I have campaigned for many years for kinship carers to be given the support they need. If you are a kinship carer please share your experiences with MPs and Peers https://frg.org.uk/news-blogs-and-vlogs/news/calling-all-kinship-carers-a-chance-to-share-your-experiences-with-mps-and-peers/

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