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JOYCE QUIN APPOINTED TO HOUSE OF LORDS
Joyce Quin - the former member of Parliament for Gateshead East and Washington West - has been appointed to the House of Lords.
Joyce stepped down from the Gateshead East and Washington West seat at the last General Election in May 2005.
She will be known as Baroness Quin of Gateshead.
DO YOU WISH TO POST BY VOTE IN MAY?
This May’s local elections will not be an all-postal ballot.
Only voters who have completed a postal vote application will have their ballot papers posted to them.
If you wish to check if you have a postal vote or would like an application form call 0191 433 2164 or 0191 433 2166. You can also complete and return the form overleaf to order an application form.
NEW CONSTITUENCIES AGREED FOR GATESHEAD AND SUNDERLAND
The Boundary Commission for England has agreed new constituencies to cover Gateshead, Sunderland and the rest of Tyne and Wear.
Chowdene, Felling, High Fell, Low Fell, Windy Nook and Whitehills will go into a new Gateshead constituency.
Pelaw and Heworth will go into a new Jarrow constituency.
Washington West, Washington Central and Washington South will go into a new Washington and Sunderland West constituency.
The changes will come into effect at the next General Election.
8 November 2005
FELLING BY-ELECTION CALLED FOR 1ST DECEMBER
A Council by-election has been called for Felling on Thursday, 1 December following the sad death of Councillor John Hird.
John was a much-respected councillor and he will be missed by friends and colleagues throughout Felling and the rest of Gateshead.
Local man Paul McNally has been selected to represent Labour in the election. Paul needs every vote to ensure that you have another Labour Councillor to join the team with David Napier and Bill Dick. Paul writes:
I am proud to have been selected as your Labour candidate for the Council by-election in Felling.
I was educated at St John's Primary School and the school's excellent standards served me well to go on and eventually study for a degree.
After university I became actively involved in the Labour Party and I have worked organising Young Labour members.
I have stood as a Labour candidate in Low Fell during the recent Council elections.
There I campaigned hard for every Labour vote - I will do the same in Felling.
I work in the National Health Service and I am committed to serving people and, if elected, I will do so in Felling,
Felling is a true Labour area - please vote for me and keep it that way.
6 May 2005
NEW MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
Sharon Hodgson has been elected Member of Parliament for Gateshead East and Washington West.
She succeeds Joyce Quin who stepped down after eighteen years as a Member of Parliament.
Sharon is 39 and was born in Gateshead. She was educated at Greenwell and Heathfield schools, Gateshead; Newcastle College and the TUC Academy.
She was a Labour Party trainee organiser before being employed as a Labour constituency organiser and Labour constituency secretary. More recently she was a Trade union organiser.
Contact Sharon on 0191 469 7844.
NEW CONSTITUENCIES PROPOSED FOR GATESHEAD AND SUNDERLAND
The Boundary Commission for England has proposed new constituencies to cover Gateshead, Sunderland and the rest of Tyne and Wear.
Chowdene, Felling, High Fell, Low Fell, Windy Nook and Whitehills would go into a new Gateshead constituency.
Pelaw and Heworth would go into a new Jarrow constituency.
Washington West, Washington Central and Washington South would go into a new Washington and sunderland West constituency.
The Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting on the proposals and respondents have until 16 January to comment.
The changes would not come into effect until after the next Parliament.
NEW WARDS FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS
Following changes to ward boundaries all three Council seats are up for election this year.
The Euro election takes place at the same time and both elections are postal.
The names of the new wards are: Chowdene, Felling, High Fell, Low Fell, Pelaw and Heworth; Windy Nook and Whitehills, Washington West, Washington Central and Washington South.
Following a highly successful pilots in 2002 and 2003 the Government gave the go-ahead for another postal ballot .
Labour arranged for the necessary laws to go through Parliament to enable the ballot to take place. Liberal Democrats and Conservatives tried to stop this very popular scheme going through Parliament and insisted on signatures and witnesses to be included.
Ballot papers will be posted to all voters on 25 May and should be returned as soon as possible. Completed ballot papers can be returned by post or delivered to the Civic Centre - before 10pm on 10 June.
20 March 2004
NEW PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE SELECTED
Gateshead East and Washington West today (20 March) selected Sharon Hodgson its parliamentary candidate for the next General Election.
The Party held its selection meeting this morning at Gateshead Civic Centre.
Sharon from Gateshead said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Gateshead East and Washington West.
“I am tremendously excited about representing the constituency and I will work hard for local people.”
Joyce Quin MP said: “I warmly congratulate Sharon on her selection and look forward greatly to working in tandem with her as we approach the election.”
The selection meeting followed the decision of Joyce Quin not to seek the nomination for the forthcoming General Election.
Gateshead East and Washington West Labour Party will be hold its Christmas Party on Friday, 19 December 2003 at 7:30pm at Gateshead Civic Centre jointly with Tyne Bridge Labour Party. Tickets from John McElroy.
PERIODIC ELECTORAL REVIEW - FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The Boundary Committee for England (BCE) has now published its final recommendations for Gateshead.
There is very little change from the draft recommendations published earlier this year.
The changes will come into force on 10 June 2004 so there will be an all-out elections.
It's hope that the election will be all-postal and the North East is bidding for a electoral pilot.
The Government has indicated that regional assembly referendums in autumn 2004 will be conducted by postal ballot.
YOUTH OFFICER OFF TO LABOUR CONFERENCE
Gateshead East and Washington West Labour Youth Officer will be representing the local Party at the national Labour Party conference next month.
Lee Daniels, a member of the Heworth and Pelaw Labour Party Action Team, is the constituency’s delegate.
“I feel very privileged to represent this area at the Labour Party conference,” said Lee.
“I will do everything I can to bring to the attention of the conference the views of the residents of Gateshead and Washington.”
This year’s Labour Conference take place in Bournemouth between 27 September and 3 October.
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