Working hard for all in Bishop Auckland

28 August 2014

Campaigning for Bishop Auckland General Hospital

Opening the new Berco factory in Spennymoor

Opening the Sure Start centre in Coundon

Talking to Carers in Barnard Castle

With children at the Sure Start centre in Shildon

Answering questions in the House of Commons

Opening the new Thorns Lighting factory in Spennymoor

Campaigning for Road Safety in Cockfield

Supporting farmers in Teesdale

Meeting new mothers in Bishop Auckland

Constituency Surgery – Spennymoor

Helen is holding a Constituency surgery on Friday starting at 10am at Spennymoor Town Hall, Spennymoor, DL16 6DG. The surgery is open to all constituents and appointments are not required.

If you are unable to attend the surgery but would like to raise your case with Helen please do not hesitate to contact Helen’s Caseworker on 01388 603075, email Helen at [email protected] or visit/write to Helen at 1 Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6EN.

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Parliament Revealed

Wanting to know more about how Parliament works?

You can log on to Parliament Revealed, a new educational website created by the Hansard Society. The website uses video interviews, with people involved in all aspects of running Parliament, as well as written articles, to explain four main areas: the roles of parliamentary institutions; how laws are made and scrutinised; the role and function of MPs; and how Parliament works from day to day.

The website includes interviews with such figures as Sir Robert Rogers, the Clerk of the House and Chief Executive; the Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons; and many others, discussing their roles and explaining various topics. The website also provides supporting documentation, suggested reading and downloadable presentations along with each topic.

Explore the website here.

You can also search Hansard for debates and Parliamentary Questions submitted by Helen by visiting Hansard.

Anthony Nolan and Helen Goodman MP on the hunt for selfless superheroes to save lives

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and around 1,800 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year. The charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more local heroes in Bishop Auckland constituency to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer. Championed by local MP Helen Goodman, this search is underway as the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register has been mapped across the UK by local area for the first time.

Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register. The blood cancer charity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in desperate need of a transplant. Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor. But the charity can currently only find a match for around half of those who to come to them in desperate need, and they still urgently need more people to come forward.

Local MP, Helen Goodman, has joined the fight against blood cancer by sharing their superhero selfie for Anthony Nolan to show their support and champion the register in their community.

Helen Goodman, says: ‘I have 604 heroes on the register here in Bishop Auckland but the challenge continues. I’m hunting for more crusaders to sign up today, so we can fight blood cancer together. It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. This is why I’m proud to champion this cause to my constituents.’

The charity needs heroes of all ages to champion the register at a local level and help us spread the word – from schools, communities and workplaces to your own friends and family. Be a hero – find out how you can help by going to

Durham International Festival

As part of this year’s Brass Festival, Durham County Council are doing a number of events across County Durham, one of which is Onyx Brass a classical concert at Auckland Castle on Saturday 12th July.

For more details on the event and information on how to purchase tickets please visit

Teesdale MP secures debate on Government’s communication with hill farmers

Helen secured a debate in the House of Commons yesterday following a meeting with Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services—UTASS—a charity that works with hill farmers in Teesdale and local farmers themselves.

Hill farming in Teesdale is around 500 years old and yet the government still does not understand the needs of tenant hill farmers according to Helen who highlighted the key issues in requiring farmers to communicate online despite the government’s failure to roll out broadband across the country particularly in rural areas such as Cumbria, Northumberland, Lincolnshire and Teesdale.

Following an inadequate response to her letters to the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP Helen secured yesterday’s debate. You can watch the debate below at:


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Westminster Hall debate on DEFRA communication with Hill Farmers