'Ma'am thank you:' North East and North Yorkshire MPs react to Her Majesty the Queen's death

The messages have reflected on the Queen's long service not just in the UK but across the world. Credit: PA

Politicians from around the North East and North Yorkshire have been reacting with sadness to the news that Her Royal Highness the Queen has died.

The messages have reflected on the Queen's long service not just in the UK but across the world.

Earlier on Thursday 8 September, Buckingham Palace issued a statement that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health.

All four of her children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, travelled to Balmoral to be with the Queen, along with her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Her death was announced at 6:30pm on the same day.

Former Chancellor and MP for Richmond, Rishi Sunak thanked the Queen for a lifetime spent serving the nation.

He also thanked the former monarch "for showing us what duty means and for always putting the country and commonwealth first."Mr Sunak added: "There will never be another like Queen Elizabeth II."

Speaking in the commons on Friday 9 September Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott spoke of the remarkable life of servitude the Queen had lead, comparing her duty to the choice MPs make.

Sharing personal memories of the Queen's visits to the her area, and some family anecdotes, Ms Elliott showed her emotion when noting the Nation no longer had the Queen's comforting voice to look to in uncertain times.

She said: "The first time I saw the Queen was in the Silver Jubilee when the Queen was travelling from Gypsy's Green Stadium in South Shields to Sunderland, and the village I'm from is right in the middle.

"We all went to the Coast Road, and we only saw her for a few seconds but it felt like a lifetime. It was so exciting and so up-lifting.

"Every time Her Majesty has come to Sunderland, you get hundreds and thousands of people standing just to see her car past. I never dreamt in those days I would ever get the chance to meet her, but I had the privilege of meeting her twice during her Diamond Jubilee year."

She continued: "When she came off the yacht in that year, she came off and as everybody said, that smile and engagement she had were as if you were the most important person in the world. I'll never forget that."

Ms Elliott finished with a touching story of when she visited London with her twin daughters.

She said: "The traffic stopped when we were at Trafalgar Square and we thought 'Who's coming past?' and it was the Queen"

"So in our family the nursery rhyme of when you go to see the Queen goes 'When we went to London and saw the Queen.'"

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck posted two pictures of the Queen from her coronation and a more recent one.

She tweeted: "Thank you for your service. In our nation’s darkest times Her Majesty’s words always brought comfort," alongside a broken heart emoji.

Guy Opperman the MP Hexham posted a three photographs from the Queen's reign alongside the words: "Rest in Peace Your Majesty. And thank you for your service. The country, and the whole world, will miss you so very much. God save the King"

In Parliament on Friday 9 September, Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell reflected on the Queen's long service and spoke fondly of making school visits and children asking if she knew the Queen. This was something which many other politicians chuckled at in agreement.

Ms McKinnell then went on to speak fondly of the many occasions the North East visited Newcastle.

She said: "Newcastle can see a very long way from Buckingham Palace, but Her Majesty is felt very closely.

"Images of the Queen show the sheer joy that she brought every time that she came, whether it was opening Newcastle's Eldon Square, visiting the Millennium Bridge or her visit to the city library.

She continued: "Indeed I was only just in Eldon square buying new school shoes with my children when we stopped and remarked on the plague that is very prominent there, of her visit when she opened it back in 1977. Her legacy will live on for many years to come."

Peter Gibson represents Darlington and posted a statement from himself and the people of his constituency.

He said he was deeply saddened at the news and that the Queen had served the country with "honour, duty and integrity."

Jarrow MP Kate Osborne tweeted her condolences to the Royal Family.

Meanwhile North West Durham MP Richard Holden said: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone in North West Durham are with Her Majesty and The Royal Family at this time."

On Teesside, MP for Hartlepool Jill Mortimer simply said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty."

Using the same phrase that the Queen herself used when the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip died, Matt Vickers MP for Stockton South said the Queen had been the country's "strength and stay."

He added: "The world has lost a true leader."

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson, had not made a statement, however, had changed her cover photo on social media to a black and white image of the Queen, with the dates of her birth and death.

Paul Howell, who represents the constituency of Sedgefield, posted a statement alongside the simple words of "Ma’am, thank you," before adding "God Save The King."

In Redcar, Jacob Young talked about the Queen's 70 years of duty.

He called her a pillar of stability "through periods of enormous social change and the most significant chapters in our Nation's history."

He added that a book of condolence will be available to sign at Redcar Civic Heart from 9am on Friday 9 September.

Kevin Hollinrake represents Thirsk and Malton in North Yorkshire.

Posting an image of the Queen from her coronation in 1953, he said: "Truly the best of us.

"Our lives seem to have been forever intertwined with hers and we give thanks for everything she has given and done for us."

He added: "Life will never be the same again."

Rachel Maskell, MP for York Central, reflected on how the news of the Queen's death ended a long chapter in the nation's history, marking an end of an era.

MP for York Outer, Julian Sturdy said: "The United Kingdom has lost its greatest ever public servant. No one will ever emulate HM The Queen's lifetime of dedication and steadfast service."We will miss her and her memories will live on with the millions of lives she touched."Mr Sturdy finished: "God Save The King!"


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