Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

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Fake news has become THE news in recent months - and we need to tackle this issue.

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It is vital that people can trust the news they access. Fake news undermines confidence in the media in general and has tangible effects on our understanding of the world.

With suggestions that untrue news stories were spread widely prior to the recent United States presidential election, there’s a real fear that fake news can have a significant impact on the political process.

As a member of parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, I’m really keen to play an active role in the group’s upcoming inquiry to tackle what has now become a major problem worldwide.

See more about my views on this issue in the Sunderland Echo: http://bit.ly/2lvrhMH

Fear of fake news impacting on political process

Fake news has become THE news in recent months - and we need to tackle this issue. It is vital that people can trust the news they access. Fake news...

The decision by Arts Council England to award a grant of £6million to Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust towards a new auditorium – to be built next to the old Fire Station in High Street West - is brilliant news for our city.

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The venue will play a key role in the Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter now being created in Sunderland by the Trust and, I am sure, it will prove to be a fantastic asset for many generations to come once completed.

I am also delighted that the Trust is redeveloping the old Fire Station as a £3.6million arts and culture centre because, once both buildings are finished, the whole site will provide an amazing and inspiring centre for the performing arts.

** Work on the £8.2million auditorium will begin later this year, with an opening date of 2019.

£6million Lottery win for Sunderland performing arts project

The decision by Arts Council England to award a grant of £6million to Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust towards a new auditorium – to be built next to...

The raising of the centrepiece of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing was a stunning sight to witness today.

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The 100m central pylon is bigger than Big Ben’s clock tower, weighs the equivalent of 125 double-decker buses and will be visible for miles.

It is a magnificent piece of engineering and, as I joined the crowds lining the banks of the Wear to watch the raising, I was fascinated and excited by the whole process.

Construction of the bridge is both on time and on budget, and it is expected to open in the spring of next year. Hopefully the new crossing will bring new investment to the city.

Giant pylon raised as centrepiece of new Sunderland bridge

The raising of the centrepiece of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing was a stunning sight to witness today. The 100m central pylon is bigger than Big Ben’s clock tower, weighs the...


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