Entries by Darren

Response to Theresa May’s Brexit speech

Whilst Theresa May’s speech did strike some positive notes, overall her approach fails to inspire confidence. It was a more detailed speech than most, and detail demands a careful and nuanced response. Theresa May has taken changes to EU state aid rules off the table. Those same state aid rules prevented meaningful and timely action […]

Response to European Union Draft Withdrawal Agreement

Much has been made politically today about the European Union’s attempted power-grab over Northern Ireland through the Draft Withdrawal Agreement. This is all valid, but in focusing on this so-called ‘dead cat strategy’ it would be easy to miss much of the rest which is contained within the text of the draft Agreement. The biggest […]

Response to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech regarding the customs union

The big question about Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today was whether it will make it easier, or harder, for the UK to negotiate a good deal with the European Union. He’s just answered that question: it’ll be harder. When people voted to leave the European Union, we voted to take back control over our finances, our […]

How can any Councillor look their constituents in the eye and defend Council policies which prioritise investing in a hotel company over providing frontline services for residents

Dear Editor, Last year I was very vocal in my opposition to plans from Stockton-on-Tees Council to invest in a Hilton hotel.   At a time when local residents were been faced with simultaneous Council Tax rises and cuts to key services I felt the the mere idea of investing in a luxury hotel was absurd.  However, […]

The narrative surrounding hospital services in Hartlepool must change

Dear Editor, I welcome the announcement from Alan Foster that maternity services will not be centralised at James Cook University Hospital as had long been feared. The loss of Hartlepool’s A&E services is still a major issue for the area and it is very clear that local people want key medical services to remain at […]

Claims about North East economy slammed by MEP

An Independent North East politician has slammed false Remain claims that the North East economy will drop by 16% in the event of a hard Brexit, suggesting that they are not only misinterpreting Treasury data, but that the data has a proven track record of being flawed. Jonathan Arnott, an independent member of the European […]

It’s not too late to adopt the right approach

Dear Editor, While the EU continues to stamp its feet like a petulant child over Brexit it was reassuring, though not surprising, to hear that our relations with China will not change. At least the beleaguered Mrs May was able to return from her trip there with that good news from the Chinese Prime Minister […]

Remainers are fighting against shadows

Dear Editor, As far as I can tell the bottom hasn’t fallen out of the world since the UK voted for Brexit – and nor will it. But those in favour of remaining still invent opportunities to proclaim, or at least imply, that our future is a bleak one filled with doom and gloom. The […]