Julie Elliott MP

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Julie officially opened the new Royal Mail Customer Service Point at Sunderland Delivery Office, Southwick riverside, which will provide much improved facilities for both staff and customers.

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Julie said:

It was a great honour for me to open the new Customer Service Point at Sunderland Delivery Office. The new facilities are first class. The new customer service area makes collecting a parcel much more pleasant an experience for the customer with increased parking available.

Royal Mail is committed to maintaining a high quality of service to our customers in Sunderland. Customers do not need to collect their mail if they don’t want to. Royal Mail can redeliver items free of charge to their address on a preferred day including Saturday or to another address in the same postcode area.  Royal Mail can also leave items (excluding Special Delivery and international items) with a neighbour, if a customer is not at home when we try to deliver them.   

Sunderland Delivery Office is located at 9 Wearfield, Sunderland Enterprise Park, Sunderland, SR5 2TG.  The customer service point is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 07:30 to 18:00; Wednesday 07:30 to 20:00; Saturday 07:30 to 14:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 16:00. 

Royal Mail facilities improved on Sunderland riverside

Julie officially opened the new Royal Mail Customer Service Point at Sunderland Delivery Office, Southwick riverside, which will provide much improved facilities for both staff and customers.

Labour supports holding a referendum, so we can get on quickly with debating the big issue of Europe and set out why we will be campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU.

I passionately believe in our membership of the European Union.

Europe creates jobs and boosts economic growth.

Around 160,000 jobs in the North East rely on trade with the EU. Indeed, the car firm Nissan has said that being part of a single market is vital to its interests here.

Europe invests in the North East. Our region has received billions of pounds of investment from the EU, most recently the Vaux site development in Sunderland.

Indeed, over the next Parliament, the North East will receive over £660m in funds to help regenerate our region.

Europe protects our rights at work. EU membership safeguards paid leave, maternity leave and equal rights for agency workers.

Europe helps to keep us safer, as countries with common interests can work together to confront crime, human trafficking, terrorism and climate change, issues which do not respect national boundaries.

But beyond the dry statistics about investment, jobs and growth, which are, of course, crucial, I think our membership of the EU says something about us as a country – that we believe that we can improve the lives of people in Britain, and make the world a better place, by working together with our allies to fight for causes we believe in.

We are an island nation, but we do not exist in isolation.

Our great history is that we are, and have always been, a global nation, a people that looks out into the world.

We don’t fall for Tory traps of introspection. Leaving the EU would leave Britain diminished in the world, economically damaged, and that’s why I will campaign for Britain to stay.

I hope you will join us.

Echo column - It's in Sunderland's interest that we stay in the EU

Labour supports holding a referendum, so we can get on quickly with debating the big issue of Europe and set out why we will be campaigning for the UK to...

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 Please see the text from Julie's Sunderland Echo column, printed 28 May, below:

I would like to start by thanking the people of Sunderland Central for once again putting your trust in me, and giving me the great honour of serving as your Member of Parliament. Sunderland is my home city and I love it dearly. What matters to you matters to me, and I will always stand up for Sunderland in Westminster.

 

Whilst Labour enjoyed great success in Sunderland and the North East, the Tories now have an overall majority in the House of Commons, and will have the opportunity to fully implement their manifesto. Yesterday, during the State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech, we saw where the Conservatives’ priorities really lie, what their values are, and who they seek to represent.

 

Sunderland needed a Queen’s Speech that would put the needs and desires of working people first, that would transform this slow economic recovery into one that benefits not just London, but Sunderland and the North East too. Instead, we have a Government obsessed with withdrawal from the European Union, upon which 160,000 jobs in the North East depend. A Government more interested in reversing the fox hunting ban than it is on materially improving the lives of people.

 

When I was first elected in 2010, I said I would be a campaigning MP and I hope I have demonstrated that is exactly what I have been, whether campaigning on zero-hours contracts or most recently in helping to save our central fire station, and I will continue to be so. Sunderland deserved better than what we woke up to on the 8th of May. I will continue to do my bit to help secure a better future for our city, in the face of whatever challenges five years of majority Tory rule might bring to our city.

Post-election Sunderland Echo column

   Please see the text from Julie's Sunderland Echo column, printed 28 May, below:


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