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  • 28 February 2018

    28 February 2018
    28th Feb 2018  There are many challenges for wheelchair users and access.  Cobbles, ramps that are too steep, no ramps is another one, sand, mud, grass and snow.  We have had a… Read More
  • 7 March 2018

    07 March 2018
    7th March 2018  As an athlete I absolutely spent my life running, although technically it was pushing around in circles.  As a Parliamentarian it sometimes feels the same.  My daughter is sitting… Read More
  • 14 March 2018

    14 March 2018
    14th March 2018  The Eu Withdrawal Bill continues and I was in a debate for 3 hours this week where my total contribution was about a minute.   I always say about the… Read More
  • 4 April 2018

    04 April 2018
    4th April 2018  I have always had a bit of envy of people who have nice teeth.  I had braces as a child because I had such a massive overbite that I… Read More
  • 2 May 2018

    02 May 2018
    2nd May 2018  For any of you who follow me on Twitter, I should probably start off by apologising for the truly random stuff that I tweet.  Secondly I should probably apologise… Read More
  • 23 May 2018

    23 May 2018
    23rd May 2018  The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is something that has always been at the back of my mind.  While I have frequently said that the aim of… Read More
  • 30 May 2018

    30 May 2018
      30th May 2018  In the last few weeks there has been quite a lot in the news about banning various forms of plastic.  For just about every form of plastic I agree that… Read More
  • 13 June 2018

    13 June 2018
    13th June 2018  The Women’s processions that took place in the four home country capital cities last weekend were incredible.  It may be 100 years since (some) women got the vote.  I… Read More
  • 20 June 2018

    20 June 2018
    20th June 2018  Train transport for disabled people can be a real challenge.  If you are a wheelchair user you are meant to ring and book assistance to get on to a… Read More
  • 27 June 2018

    27 June 2018
    I used to drive around 45,000 miles a year and while there is a certain convenience about being able to choose exactly what time you leave, there is just no… Read More
  • 4 July 2018

    04 July 2018
    So the drama of my last weeks column where  I did a big ‘to be continued’ turned in to a total damp squid.  For all the shenanigans of traveling by… Read More
  • 11 July 2018

    11 July 2018
    It is that time of year when the Universities are all having their Graduation Ceremonies and as Chancellor of Northumbria University it is a wonderful and incredible experience.  We have… Read More
  • 18 July 2018

    18 July 2018
    Well this has to be one the weirdest weeks in Politics in a several months that have just been a little odd.  We all presume there is still going to… Read More
  • 25 July 2018

    25 July 2018
    There are many reasons that I need to be thankful to the National Health Service.  I would be dead without it.  It is as simple as that.  And there have… Read More
  • 1 August 2018

    01 August 2018
    Stockton International River Festival is on this week and as ever it is well worth a visit. Part of this is The Danger Tree, (I had a sneak preview of… Read More
  • 8 August 2018

    08 August 2018
    My social media timeline for the past couple of weeks has pretty much been filled with disabled people’s really poor experience of train travel.  I frequently feel the need to… Read More
  • 15 August 2018

    15 August 2018
    Yesterday morning I was involved in filming for a TV programme about lack of access to public transport disabled people. It just so happened at the time that there was… Read More
  • 22 August 2018

    22 August 2018
    I am sure all over the country alarm clocks have been going off early this morning for one group of young people who would usually in bed a lot later. … Read More
  • 29 August 2018

    29 August 2018
    I’ve never had a bucket list of all the things that I want to do before I die.  The closest I have is a very unglamorous one.  I want to… Read More
  • 5 September 2018

    05 September 2018
    The summer recess is over and we are back for a coupe of weeks before we disappear again for Party Conference Season.  I really don’t understand why they do it… Read More
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