The 132nd Durham Miners Gala

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year for the 132nd gala. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area andContinue reading “The 132nd Durham Miners Gala”

The Road to Referendum

Since April I’ve covered quite a few of referendum related visits and events from both sides of the debate around the north as I was documenting this whole process. So here’s a few pics from each event in the order they happened starting with a leave campaign event in Newcastle and finishing with the north-eastContinue reading “The Road to Referendum”

Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn visited the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) further education college in Middlesbrough earlier today. The visit to Middlesbrough College came as Mr Corbyn visited the region to see how further education colleges in the area are dealing with the aftermath of the closure of the SSI UKContinue reading “Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.”

Labour Leadership – Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addresses a full house of party supporters at Middlesbrough Town Hall earlier today. The visit came ahead of the party leadership election which was triggered by the resignation earlier in the year of Ed Miliband following the party’s defeat at the general election. Four candidates were successfully nominated toContinue reading “Labour Leadership – Jeremy Corbyn”

Grassroots – Day of choices

So the day finally arrived. Thursday 7th May 2015. Polling day. All that remained was for the people to play their part. To make their way to the nearest polling station, mark their choice, stick it in the box and change the world. Or maybe not. On assignment for Getty Images I covered a number ofContinue reading “Grassroots – Day of choices”

Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott joined Labour candidate Anna Turley on a visit to Redcar Amateur Boxing Club earlier today. The visit marks the start of the final weekend of Labour’s campaigning ahead of what is predicted to be the closest General Election in decades on MayContinue reading “Grassroots – Back in the Ring”

Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Coronation Street actor, David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper in the ITV soap joined Labour candidate Anna Turley in Redcar today to show his support for the party in the lead up to the general election.  During the visit they visited the charity café ‘ Something in Mind ‘ in the town and chatted with staffContinue reading “Grassroots – Bit of Corrie”

Grassroots – Down the Farm

The Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn joined the Labour Party candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley on a visit to Westfield Farm  in Dormanstown, Redcar earlier today. The farm is a community training and resource centre that offers advice, guidance and training helping people get back into work. The visit to a key marginal seat comes ahead of whatContinue reading “Grassroots – Down the Farm”

Grassroots – Redcar (II)

As the days between now and the General Election in May gradually slip away the pre-election machines are starting to increase their activities in the marginal areas where a guaranteed victory in the polls might not be as forthcoming as in some other areas. Redcar on Teesside is one of these seats and after aContinue reading “Grassroots – Redcar (II)”

Grassroots – Redcar

As I continue with my #Grassroots coverage of the political parties as they ramp up their activities on the road to the General Election this coming May I once again headed out with Anna Turley, the Labour Party candidate for Redcar and Cleveland and some of her team as they went door to door inContinue reading “Grassroots – Redcar”