One million people will have dementia within the next two years and that could double within a generation, according to a Tyneside MP. North Tyneside MP, Mary Glindon, who recently joined over 100 MPs in backing the Alzheimer’s Society dementia care campaign, said: “we heard powerful testimony that the current care system is unfair, unsustainable and in urgent need of reform.

Mary Glindon added: “we joined the Alzheimer’s Society in urging ministers to establish a Dementia Fund to end the dementia penalty and boost fairness and quality of care. Dementia is currently incurable and costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. It must become a
much more urgent priority.” Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Campaigns & Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘It is fantastic to see MPs from across parliament coming together to champion the voices of people with dementia and call for reform. We urge the next Prime Minister to make addressing the dementia crisis an urgent priority. The injustice of people battling to get the care they so desperately need, while also battling the devastating effects of dementia, must be addressed now. We must Fix Dementia Care.”

For information and support, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit

Mary pledges to get unpaid carers in North Tyneside connected to support this Carers Week

Mary has pledged her support to unpaid carers across North Tyneside as part of Carers Week 2019, running from 10-16 June.

Carers Week is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by those caring unpaid for someone living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older. Research released for Carers Week suggests there could be many more people than previously thought acting as unpaid carers to their family and friends - as many as 8.8 million adult carers across the UK.

Mary attended an event in Parliament to celebrate the valuable contribution carers make locally.

The seven charities driving Carers Week 2019 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to improve the lives of carers by getting carers connected to practical and financial support, and are calling for a step change in the way society supports those caring unpaid for family and friends.

The call comes after new research revealed that one in three unpaid carers (35 per cent) are always or often lonely, compared with just one in twenty (five per cent) of the general population.

Mary said:

“Carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members.That is why I am supporting Carers Week 2019 and encouraging individuals and organisations across North Tyneside to think about what more they can do to get carers connected to support and ensure carers feel valued and supported.”

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, on behalf of Carers Week, said:

“Caring for family or friends can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support it can also have a huge impact on carers’ lives. Our research shows that many carers feel alone and are struggling with low levels of wellbeing despite the invaluable contribution they make.  It’s time carers received greater recognition and support.

“Government, employers, health and care professionals, schools and universities, and each of us individually, all have a role putting carers in touch with practical and financial help.”

The charities supporting Carers Week 2019 are Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense.

The headline supporter of Carers Week 2019 is British Gas, who will be providing its customers with support and advice on unpaid caring throughout the week, and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition also supporting.

Thousands of events are taking place across the country this week, and thousands of people have already pledged their support for carers online. To find out more about events in North Tyneside or for further information about caring visit

Compassion in World Farming

On 22 May, leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming held a walk-in briefing session for Members of Parliament, in support of Compassion in World Farming’s End the Cage Age campaign.

The parliamentary event was in support of a petition calling on the Government to ban the use of cages for all farmed animals. Over 95,000 British citizens have already signed the petition started by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, which is open until September 2019. When it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Mary attended the session to show their support for a future where British farming is cage-free, and the United Kingdom leads the way globally in ensuring the highest possible levels of farm animal welfare.

Despite the obvious failings of this outdated technology, around 16 million farm animals are trapped in cages every year in the UK. Cages confine, restrict and thwart many of an animal’s natural instincts. They are inhumane, outdated and clearly detrimental to farm animal welfare.

After attending the briefing on 22 May, Mary said: Several countries across the EU have already  prohibited certain cages that are permitted in the UK; the UK must take a more ambitious approach to introducing higher welfare farming systems if it is not to be left behind. I am delighted to support the End the Cage Age campaign, which already has such widespread public support and call on the Government to deliver a cage-free future for British farming.”

James West, Compassion in World Farming’s Senior Policy Manager, said: “Cage systems are cruel and prevent so many essential natural behaviours. Yet, across the UK, millions of animals are confined in cages every year. This is despite a wealth of robust scientific evidence to demonstrate the suffering caused by ‘enriched’ cages for laying hens and farrowing crates for sows.

“The Government has stated on numerous occasions that the UK will be the global leader in farm animal welfare once we leave the EU. If it is serious about this ambition, it must embrace a cage-free future.”

The following letter has been sent to the Prime Minister by Jeremy Corbyn this morning.  It is clear that the Labour Leadership and negotiating team will be giving us further direction before the Withdrawal Agreement is brought back to Parliament, in the week beginning the 3rd of June.

I apologise that I have no further clarity on Labour’s position at present.



Help Change Local Children's Futures

We need more foster carers to help change local children’s futures for the better in the North East and nationwide, according to a Tyneside MP in welcoming Foster Care Fortnight.

Mary said: "We have several thousand foster children in the North East but we need more foster families for those who through no fault of their own need stability and love as they grow up. I am therefore urging people who think they have the right skills and experience to consider becoming foster carers by contacting the fostering service."

For The Urgent Attention of Constituents

Please take time to complete the following survey, by 17 May, as the proposed Clean Air Zone and associated charges will affect everyone in North Tyneside.

Many thanks for your emails outlining your concerns about Brexit.

As you will be aware, in 2017 I stood for re-election on a Labour Manifesto that promised to respect the result of the referendum and for a Brexit that would protect the economy, jobs, worker’s rights and our security.

Hundreds of constituents, on both sides have contacted me and they are united in wanting me to oppose the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Deal.  Some would like to see a ‘no deal’ and others a second referendum.   What has become very clear is that few people have changed their mind, either way, and views have become more entrenched.  The depth of division is very worrying for the future of our communities.

I know, having heard first hand, from businesses, unions and public sector representatives, how damaging a ‘no deal’ would be for every sector and every person in this country and that is why it had to be rejected by Parliament.

With all of this in mind I gave careful consideration to the indicative votes and could not vote for the Beckett amendment because, as Jeremy Corbyn has said, it goes beyond Labour’s policy for seeking a second referendum, as agreed by Conference, and instructs this Parliament not to implement and ratify any withdrawal agreement and framework unless they have been approved by the people in a confirmatory public vote.

I did not vote against the amendment as it was a whipped vote.  But I could not vote for an amendment that did nothing to restore faith in democracy.  I know that, with opinions hardening, we must regain the confidence of the 59.5% of people in North Tyneside, who voted on the winning side in the Referendum and who are telling me that Labour is reneging on its Manifesto promise.

Today, Friday 29th March, together with my Labour colleagues I will be voting against the Prime Minister’s motion because the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration cannot be separated. That is what the PM has said before. It was what the EU has said. That was right then and remains the case now. Waving through the Withdrawal Agreement without any certainty over our future relationship with the EU is an unacceptable risk with jobs, rights and the economy.

Labour won’t take that risk. And we won’t leave the terms of our future relationship to be decided by the outcome of the Tory leadership contest.

The Prime Minister should drop her failed deal and allow time for Parliament to find a consensus on a different way forward that can protect jobs, rights and the economy.  This is what Labour must strive to achieve in coming weeks.

Yours sincerely


Mary pledges support as undercover investigation reveals magnitude of horrifying puppy smuggling trade

Dogs Trust report finds underage puppies and heavily pregnant bitches forced to travel over 1000 miles across Europe and into the UK in sickening conditions

Undercover investigation reveals corrupt vets providing falsified pet passports and fake vaccination stamps for underage puppies

North Tyneside MP has pledged her support to stop this cruel trade

This week Mary Glindon MP attended a drop-in session hosted by Dogs Trust at the House of Commons where the charity was asking MPs to join its campaign to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling. This follows a fourth undercover investigation launched by Dogs Trust last year, which exposed the magnitude and ease of trade routes into the UK for European smugglers and highlighted the significant opportunity the government has to redraw the UKs pet travel rules [currently regulated by EU legislation] and end this cruel trade.

Dogs Trust has been investigating this problem since 2014 with its reports revealing shocking evidence of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) being exploited by illegal puppy importers. The charitys fourth report supplies further evidence of corrupt vets in Central and Eastern Europe falsifying documents for underage puppies to be brought into Great Britain; pregnant dogs being smuggled so their puppies can be born in the UK and lax border controls.

Dogs Trust has long been calling for changes to be introduced to put a stop to the continued and growing abuse of PETS and is asking MPs to support their call.

Mary said: Dogs Trust has unveiled a horrendous trade that has been growing over the past few years and we now have the opportunity to make a positive change to stop this practice. Ive been shocked by the findings of all four of the reports and am proud to support the case to bring an end to puppy smuggling with the introduction of tighter controls and the need for much stronger penalties to deter this horrific crime.

To find out more visit

Mary helps open doors for guide dog owners this Christmas 

Picture shows Mary and Kate with guide dog Phoenix, a yellow lab/retriever cross.  

Three quarters of assistance dog owners say they have been barred from entering shops, gyms, campsites, places of worship, public transport, taxis, pubs and hotels although it is illegal, according to a North Tyneside MP.

Mary said; "The Guide Dogs charity alerted me to this discrimination that makes people feel like second class citizens and is also bad for business. I support their Access All Areas campaign to open all doors to guide dog owners this Christmas.”

James White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said:“It’s against the law for a business to close their doors to someone because of their assistance dog, but it’s still a daily concern for many guide dog owners going about their lives. When you rely on your guide dog to get around, leaving the dog outside is not an option. Businesses shouldn’t be allowed to make guide dog owners feel like second-class citizens. That’s why we’re calling for better enforcement of the law, and better staff training in some sectors to stop this discrimination from happening in the first place."

Bill Oddie backs Mary’s call for an Urgent Ban on Trophy Hunting Imports

New figures released today show that nearly 400 hunting trophies from endangered animals have been imported into Britain in recent years, as well as almost 1 ton of elephant tusks.

Mary is now calling on the Government to ban the import of hunting trophies.

Mary says “Trophy hunting has always been senseless cruelty.  Letting people kill wild animals because they think it is entertaining is wrong, especially when you’re talking about wildlife with such a vulnerable status”.

Eduardo Goncalves from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting also praised Mary’s

Stand, he said “British trophy hunters are targeting endangered animals. They have killed literally hundreds of elephants, hippos, leopards and lions - and then brought back their body parts for show.

Mary is right to speak up for her constituents who clearly want to see an end to this.

Australia, France and the Netherlands have introduced import bans. We hope the U.K.

Government takes action before it is too late.”

Killingsworth Pub goes Back to its Roots with £480k Investment

Mary pictured with Punch Publicans Elaine and Stevie Spring

The Clousden Hill pub on Killingworth Road is returning to its original name of The Clousden Hill after a major investment by pub owners Punch Taverns.

The historic pub reopened on Friday 23rd November following the refurbishment which completely overhauled the pub to create a warm, welcoming and friendly place to enjoy good food, drink and entertainment.

This will be the second Punch pub for Publicans Elaine and Stevie Spring who also have the Bridge Inn nearby in Cramlington.

The new Publicans plan to host a ‘Buskers Night’ every Tuesday, pub quiz on Thursdays and once Sunday lunch finishes at 5pm the pub is open for ‘Social Sunday’ where customers can come to the pub to enjoy good company and conversation whilst listening to some easy listening music provided by well sourced entertainers.

Elaine commented: ‘’We’ve been looking for a second pub for a while and when Punch showed us their vision for the Clousden it was just to good to miss.

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Cyclists and motor bikers are the most endangered road users but we can all be bike smart and help keep those on two wheels safe, according to by Brake, the road safety charity.

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, who attended a parliamentary briefing in Road Safety week, said: "a third of all deaths and serious injuries in the North East concerns those on two wheels, who are 34 times more likely to be killed and 63 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than car drivers."

Mrs Glindon added: " being 'bike smart' means educating two-wheel drivers to be more careful at junctions, encouraging car drivers to make space for bikes when overtaking and doing the ‘Dutch reach’, using the opposite hand to open a car door to help avoid car dooring incidents."

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: "Every hour, a cyclist or motorcyclist is killed or seriously injured on a British road – each a tragedy that will devastate innumerable lives. We can all be more Bike Smart in the hope that we can put an end to the tragedy of death and serious injury on our roads. Rural roads, with their high speeds, blind bends and few cycle lanes, pose particular danger to those on two wheels, with the risk of a fatal rural road bike crash now at its highest since 2010. The Government’s announced focus on rural road user safety is welcome and we encourage the consideration of rural road speed and bike-safe infrastructure, such as segregated cycle lanes, in its plans."

Ten Minute Rule

Earlier this week, Mary attended an event in Parliament on Helen Goodman’s Ten-Minute Rule Bill - the Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill.

 This Bill will look to address the issue of ‘fleecehold’ estate fees – “new build tax”– which primarily affect freeholders on private housing developments.

Communal spaces on an estate, such as grass verges, playgrounds, and areas planted with trees and shrubberies, are retained by developers instead of being handed over to the local authority. Property companies then either charge residents directly for maintenance, or sell on the contract to a property management company who collect these fees.

Although estate fees are often included as covenants in the transfer deeds on many freehold properties, many homeowners don’t know they exist until a bill arrives. This practice is currently unregulated, and is the latest cash cow for property companies. There is no cap on fees and management companies are under no obligation to account to homeowners for work carried out or costs incurred. Often, residents find themselves trapped on poorly maintained estates, paying hundreds of pounds a year, with no way to hold the company to account. Unlike leaseholders, who have access to a dedicated ombudsman service, freeholders facing estate maintenance fees have no legal recourse in the event of a dispute. This issue affects around 1.3 million people in this country.

This Bill would therefore make provision for the regulation of these fees and the self-management of shared facilities by such freeholders. It would also make provision to require management companies to ensure shared facilities are of a suitable standard, amongst other related things.


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