MP for Easington
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About Grahame Morris
Born and brought up in the Easington Constituency, Grahame Morris has spent all of his adult life working with others to bring about improvements for local residents in the constituency. With thirty years of commitment to the Labour movement and a proven track record of service to the community, Grahame feels tremendously privileged to be carrying the standard for the Labour Party and fully intends to fight hard to maintain this historically important seat for Labour at the next General Election.
Grahame has always sought to raise the aspirations of East Durham’s communities through his work with the voluntary sector and is determined to improve the life chances of working people and their families. He stands for Labour’s traditional values of decency, fairness and social justice and feels Easington needs an MP who will harness the potential of its people and fight determinedly on their behalf in Westminster.
Grahame is married with two sons and lives in Dawdon in Seaham. Having spent his early career in the NHS, Grahame began working with John Cummings, MP in 1987 and has served as a Labour Member of Easington District Council for fifteen years.
In 2000, Grahame was appointed Parliamentary Officer for the National Association of Councillors organising training events and providing information on policy development in local government to councillors across the United Kingdom. He is firmly committed to working with the new Durham County Council and the various Town and Parish Councils serving the constituency to bring about improvements for Easington’s communities and the lives of its residents.
His local priorities are youth issues, addressing health inequalities, driving forward economic regeneration initiatives, tackling anti-social behaviour and attending to the needs of local communities in Easington. He was recently elected Vice Chair of the East Durham Area Action Partnership representing the public and community sector.
Grahame is proud of his contribution to campaigning to reverse the funding shortfall that had intensified health inequalities in the Easington Constituency.
He has worked successfully with local community groups to develop a strategy and drive forward a £50 million retail development at Dalton Park. He was involved in petitioning organising evidence for the public enquiry and was part of the delegation that lobbied Parliament to press the case with Ministers which was ultimately successful bringing 400 much needed new jobs to the Easington Constituency.
Grahame describes himself as someone who believes sincerely that Labour in government has made and will continue to make a positive contribution to improving peoples lives. The introduction of the Minimum Wage, Child Tax Credits and Working Families Tax Credits have lifted thousands of people in the Easington Constituency out of poverty and have helped to restore respect and dignity to communities hard hit by joblessness and the low wage economy.