Constituency Week allows Jude and Paul time off from their duties in the European Parliament to return to the region. So it was a busy week for both of them as they used the time as an opportunity to connect with people and organisations across the North East.
Jude started the week meeting with the Banks Group. She also went to see the Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Newcastle.
Jude also visited King’s Academy School in Middlesbrough to talk to the students about life as an MEP and to listen to their views on Europe. From there it was back up north to Durham where she participated in an EU Referendum debate at County Hall.
Paul went over to see the Inovyn plant in Newton Aycliffe and also met with Atom Bank, a newly created business based in Durham which is hoped will eventually create over 400 jobs. He also spoke at a Gateshead CLP meeting and attended the World War 1 Exhibition at Hexham Abbey.
On Thursday Paul held a meeting regarding creating jobs in our rural areas and invited experts from around the region in areas such as forestry, farming and the environment. It was a chance to hear views and feed them directly back to the UK Government.
Jude also held some Meet Your MEP sessions where constituents were able to raise issues with her and hear about her work. She finished the week in the UK Parliament on a fact finding mission about the cases of stolen babies in Spain.