Julie Elliott MP

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Sunderland Fire Station has been saved from closure after the submission of our 34,000-plus signature petition to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. 

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Responding to the announcement, Julie said:

“This is brilliant news for Sunderland.  The Fire Authority made a mistake when they decided to close the station but they have done the right thing today by listening to the people of Sunderland and announcing that the station will not shut. 

“Our city has been united in opposition to the station closure and I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Sunderland for their support.  Our city faces a safer future because of their actions. 

“We are absolutely right to celebrate today’s announcement, however, we must not forget that fire service provision is at risk under this Government.  Since David Cameron came to office, 39 Fire Stations have been shut across the country, there are hundreds fewer fire engines in service and 5,000 firefighters’ jobs have been cut.”

Central Government funding to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority has been cut by 35% since 2010.

'We did it!' - Fire station saved from closure

Sunderland Fire Station has been saved from closure after the submission of our 34,000-plus signature petition to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. 

More than 30,000 people have now signed the campaign to save Sunderland Central Fire Station from closure.

The campaign petition will be presented on 16th February at the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting to discuss the 2015/16 budget based on the latest financial settlement by the Government.

 

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A march and rally in support of the campaign, organised by Gordon Chalk of the FBU and Sunderland TUC, took place on Saturday 7th February and involved over 200 supporters walking from the station to Market Square in the city centre.

At the rally, Julie said, “Today is about keeping the fire station campaign in the public eye,” she said. “Wherever we have gone in the city, people have supported keeping Sunderland Central Fire Station open. It is crucial to the safety of those who live in our city.

“We need to keep the pressure on the fire authority to make sure it stays open.”


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Hundreds march to save our station

More than 30,000 people have now signed the campaign to save Sunderland Central Fire Station from closure. The campaign petition will be presented on 16th February at the Tyne and...

Over 100 people turned up to see Julie at an event organised by Christians on the Left at Sunderland Minster to discuss, "What would it be like to live in a society rather than an economy?"

Julie was joined by fellow panellists Alex Cunningham MP, the Member of Parliament for Stockton North, Andy Flannagan of Christians on the Left and Reverend Chris Howson.

Julie said, "It was fantastic that so many people turned up to this event to discuss important issues that are cruelly affecting many in our community such as the Bedroom Tax, benefits sanctions and the rise in the usage of food banks. When it comes to society vs economy, we cannot have one without the other."

Society vs Economy event at Sunderland Minster

Over 100 people turned up to see Julie at an event organised by Christians on the Left at Sunderland Minster to discuss, "What would it be like to live in...


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