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Children at St Francis Primary School had written to MP Phil Wilson to express their concern and sadness that some Hens are kept is confined conditions, unable to roam freely.

After reading the children’s individual letters, Phil was so moved he decided to visit the school to talk to the students about the issue of battery hens.

Whilst at the school the children told Phil that they did not think animals should be kept in such small cages, and that they deserved to be able to wander around freely to enjoy their lives.

The children also told Phil about all the animals they had seen both in school and out of school, with some children lucky enough to have visited the Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.

During his visit the children also asked Mr Wilson about his job, and what an MP does. Mr Wilson explained to them that he represents all the people that live in Newton Aycliffe and the rest of Sedgefield Constituency in Westminster. He also said a very important part of his job was being able to help his constituents should they have any problems, which is why he has an office in Newton Aycliffe Town Centre.

Commenting on his visit Phil said, “It is always great to visit a school and discuss an issue the children are passionate about.”

“It is brilliant to see they are both interested in, and care about, the welfare of animals. Ms Lakey has a class of very caring and compassionate students.”

MP meets with pupils at St Francis Primary School to discuss animal welfare

Children at St Francis Primary School had written to MP Phil Wilson to express their concern and sadness that some Hens are kept is confined conditions, unable to roam freely....

Dun Cow landlord Geoff Rayner, who has welcomed the likes of Tony Blair and George Bush, celebrated his 40 year milestone this month.

MP Phil Wilson, who has been a customer at the Dun Cow Inn for many years, congratulated Geoff and raised a toast to his prolonged success.

Mr Wilson said ‘Geoff has done, and continues to do a fantastic job here at the Dun Cow in Sedgefield. The continued success over such a long period of time is a testament to his hard work and commitment.”

“I personally have enjoyed some great times in the Dun Cow, and Geoff has always demonstrated a high level of hospitality.”

“We are very lucky to have him in the constituency” he added.

Over the years Geoff has welcomed all manner of guests, including then US President George Bush and Tony Blair in 2003.

Speaking about his time at the Dun Cow Geoff said ‘I’ve had a lot of memorable moments at the Dun Cow Inn over the years – serving the local community and world leaders alike’ he added. ‘I treat everyone with the same hospitality, whether they’re a president, local or traveller dropping in – everyone’s welcome.’

In a show of appreciation, and to recognise Geoff’s 40 years’ service, Enterprise Inns presented with a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers.

Enterprise CEO, Simon Townsend, in a personal message to Geoff Rayner said: ‘It is a huge achievement to maintain your motivation, passion, energy, and commitment in order to be successful over such a long period of time, and you must be hugely proud of what you have achieved over the years.’

MP congratulates Landlord after 40 years at the helm

Dun Cow landlord Geoff Rayner, who has welcomed the likes of Tony Blair and George Bush, celebrated his 40 year milestone this month.

MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, opened the jobs fair at Trimdon Station Community Centre in County Durham, which welcomed some of the region’s biggest names.

Hitachi, Arriva North East, the British Army and the Royal Navy were among the organisations which “proved their commitment to the local people” and attended the village jobs fair.  

Praising the event, Mr Wilson said “Having all these employers including the military, Arriva and Hitachi just goes to prove how businesses in the region are committed to employing local people.”

“This is a way of ensuring that people who need employment can get as close to the employers as possible.”

The jobs fair, arranged by East Durham Trust’s Community Organiser project and funded by Coalfield’s Regeneration Trust and Locality, attracted an extensive list of potential employers. Recruitment agencies, training organisations, education providers and other support services were all present.

Malcolm Fallow, chief executive officer of East Durham Trust, said: "Over 50 local people have turned out to today's event, showing a real appetite for local people to get back into the labour market.

"This really does present a case for local solutions to local issues."

 

Hitachi and Arriva North East attend jobs fair opened by MP Phil Wilson

MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, opened the jobs fair at Trimdon Station Community Centre in County Durham, which welcomed some of the region’s biggest names.


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