Catherine McKinnell
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Catherine McKinnell was born and grew up in the west end of Newcastle, and was first elected as the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North in May 2010.

Catherine studied politics and history at Edinburgh University, where she was active in various student organisations campaigning on international development and human rights issues. Prior to her election as an MP, Catherine worked as an employment solicitor with a large Newcastle-based firm.

Following a brief stint on the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, Catherine was appointed Shadow Solicitor General in October 2010 by Ed Miliband, as part of his first frontbench team.

In October 2011, Catherine was appointed Shadow Minister for Children and Young Families within the Shadow Education team. Catherine was appointed a Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2012.

Before becoming a Shadow Minister, Catherine also introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill into Parliament which seeks to make better use of the public procurement system to increase the number of apprenticeship places available in what she has called the ‘Small Change, Big Difference’ campaign: http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_8994000/8994368.stm

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Why Every Young Person Should Have the Chance of a 'Rolls Royce' Apprenticeship

(14) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (01:00)

Almost at the end of my Industry and Parliament Trust fellowship with Rolls Royce, I have one more visit to make and am looking forward to meeting and hearing about the University Technology Centre at Imperial College.

When I started out on the scheme, I hoped to...

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Where Are the Women?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (18:00)

This week saw a steady stream of Labour MPs use Treasury Questions in the Commons to challenge George Osborne and his all-male junior Ministers on the impact of their policies on family incomes and child poverty.

We all know from our constituency surgeries and postbags just how hard many families...

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Fine Words on Tax Avoidance Butter No Parsnips

(1) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (13:40)

All eyes this week have been on Lough Erne, as world leaders met in Northern Ireland to discuss critical issues including the ongoing Syria crisis and new trade deals to boost economic growth.

Also at the top of the G8 agenda was cracking down on aggressive tax...

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The Child Benefit Changes Are Chaotic, Unfair and Perverse

(40) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (00:00)

Two and a half years ago George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party conference that child benefit would no longer be universal and would be taken away from parents on middle incomes.

Today, as the reality of that announcement bites for over a million families, it's clearer than ever that...

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Shared Parenting: An Ambitious Project

(3) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (00:00)

So the government wants children to have an ongoing relationship with both parents after separation or divorce and has today announced that they will be considering inserting a statement to this effect into the law.

Clearly there are few who would argue with the principle, borne out no less...

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Marking Anti-Slavery Day 2011

(1) Comments | Posted 17 October 2011 | (01:00)

1807 is the date that is commemorated as the year in which Wilberforce's campaign to abolish slavery succeeded, with the passing of The Slave Trade Act 1807. But it was not until 1833 that the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed - Wilberforce died just three days after. His public...

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