Strictly speaking my old friend Ed Balls didn't waltz off with the glitter ball from this year's BBC dance competition but Labour's Gangnam Style former Children's Secretary was the show's big winner.

I don't wish to invite shouts of “Bah! Humbug!” yet we should all be grateful Christmas comes but once a year.

LOW pay is a British disease and one in three jobs in the Jarrow parliamentary constituency pay only the £7.20 an hour of the Government's so-called Living Wage.

Nursery funding

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency met with Head Teachers from South Tyneside’s four Maintained Nursery Schools to offer his support and listen to their concerns about future funding.

Stephen Hepburn MP says the working class are paying the price for the “economic failure of the Tory toffs” after figures showed working parents are set to lose up to £3,000.

They don't come much trickier than Tory Chancellors of the Exchequer.


Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has said that the next Labour government would introduce a statutory REAL Minimum Wage which independent forecasts put at over £10 an hour in 2020.


Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has blasted the Tory Government following the announcement that community pharmacies will face funding cuts up to 12%.

Begin listing in your head what you think will improve education in North East schools and I bet you a fortnight of no homework the chances are you'd register smaller classes, more teachers, better discipline, finer facilities and top notch buildings.

My pulse is still racing after the big march and rally to save our South Tyneside Hospital last Saturday.

Jeremy Corbyn is the selfie king of politics, as everybody knows who was lucky enough to hear and meet Labour's engaging leader when he came to Jarrow.

Tomorrow (5th October) is the 80th anniversary of one of the key events in the 20th Century history of the North East and Great Britain.

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Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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