A Teesside MP has written to the bus company Arriva urging them to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket.
The firm has weekly tickets available for Adults on Teesside from £19.50 but there is currently no equivalent offer available for children.
Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said:
As it is currently the school holidays, hundreds of families across my constituency will be looking to utilise Arriva’s bus services to travel around this and the surrounding area. However, the lack of any sort of weekly travel ticket for children is off-putting for commuters as it leads to spiralling travel costs, particularly for parents with more than one child.
I am aware that such tickets are available for adults using your bus services. Therefore, have written to Arriva to enquire whether they have any plans to introduce a weekly ticket for children across all their services to reduce the financial burden on parents and to make travelling on public transport an economically viable alternative for families in my constituency.
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The candidates fighting to become the next Labour Leader have been trying win support in the North East today, July 12.
The four remaining candidates, and those running to be their Deputy, took part in a hustings.
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Newcastle is hosting one of eleven hustings that are taking place across the country in the run up to voting for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Later today, July 12, all candidates will speak at The Great North Museum in a hustings moderated by the Northern Echo's Political Editor, Chris Lloyd.
- Liz Kendall
- Andy Burnham
- Yvette Cooper
- Jeremy Corbyn
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A group of campaigners from across Teesside who are opposed to the government's austerity measures are travelling to London today to join a national rally. The Teesside Peoples' Assembly against Austerity are calling for an end to austerity cuts. Coaches travelled from pick up points in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough at dawn this morning to head to the capital for this afternoon's demonstration.
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A North East MP has criticised a decision by the Police Complaints Commission not to investigate alleged misconduct by officers against picketing miners during the 1984 miners strike.
Labour MP Dave Anderson, who represents Blaydon in Gateshead, used to work as a miner.
He says he was present at the Orgreave plant in Rotherham in Yorkshire where it is alleged officers used "excessive force".
But following a two-year analysis of thousands of pages of documents related to the case, the IPCC said it had decided not to launch an investigation into the conduct of South Yorkshire Police.
Mr Anderson has described the decision as an establishment cover up by the 'forces of darkness'.
He said: "I'm not surprised by the outcome. It is yet another establishment cover up.
"Innocent people were stitched-up, beaten-up and set-up by the agents of the state and I have no doubt that this is the forces of darkness closing ranks to protect the powers that be that really run this country as opposed to us, who are democratically elected."