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I was honoured to speak at a Human Rights Day event at Sunderland Minster.

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At a time when basic human rights are being disrespected across the world, it is vital we to stand up for our humane values

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I was honoured to speak at a Human Rights Day event at Sunderland Minster. At a time when basic human rights are being disrespected across the world, it is vital we...

One of Sunderland’s oldest family-run retailers welcomed a visit by MP Julie Elliott to mark Small Business Saturday.

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The Sunderland Central MP toured Reynolds Outdoor Centre, which has been a stalwart in the city centre for three centuries, as part of the city’s Small Business celebrations on December 2.

The Derwent Street shop, which sells outdoor wear, accessories and winter sports equipment, is one of a number of independent retailers that has benefitted from Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are encouraged to pay a visit to the locally run businesses on their doorstep.  

Ms Elliott met with Anthony Reynolds, who is the current manager of the store, having taken over from his father before him.

She also paid a visit to Park Lane market, which has seen many of its units taken over by independent retailers, creating a festive market, as part of Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID) Christmas activities.  

Mrs Elliott said: “Businesses like Reynolds Outdoor Centre are the cornerstone of Sunderland’s retail scene – we have so many fantastic independent businesses that bring vibrancy to our city centre.  

“However, these businesses only survive with the support of people here, so it’s great to get out and learn more about some of the fantastic retailers we have on the doorstep.  Small Business Saturday is a timely reminder to ‘shop local’, and ensure that businesses like Reynolds are here for decades to come.”

Reynolds Outdoor Centre first opened its doors in 1860, as an army supplies store, which - at the time - sold clothing for the thousands of workers who flocked to the mines and shipyards in the area.  The company has witnessed huge change, and has adapted as the city’s industry has changed, with outdoor wear now the main part of the business.

Anthony, the fifth generation to take to the helm of the Reynolds store, said: "Sunderland was a very different place when the business got started. We were supplying ship builders and miners - people who needed hard wearing clothing to keep them protected from the elements.  It was an industrial city, and we were a company built around that. 

“Reynolds, like many businesses in Sunderland, has been passed from generation to generation, but is still as relevant today as it was when it was formed, because we have been able to adapt.  We have a loyal customer base, but of course, it’s always great when days like Small Business Saturday encourage more people to come and see what we are about.  

“With more and more people turning to internet shopping, it can be tough for independent businesses that rely on customers coming into store, so Small Business Saturday is an important day for us.”

Supporting Small Business Saturday in Sunderland

One of Sunderland’s oldest family-run retailers welcomed a visit by MP Julie Elliott to mark Small Business Saturday. The Sunderland Central MP toured Reynolds Outdoor Centre, which has been a...

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott has joined forces with dozens of politicians to express “grave concern” at President Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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The 90 cross-party Parliamentarians are now calling on the UK Government to officially recognise the State of Palestine in the “best interests of pursuing peace”.

“We believe that the pursuit of a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, is vital,” said Ms Elliott.

“Jerusalem is a holy city for many religions, and there has long been consensus amongst the international community that its status can only be settled fairly through negotiations.”

A letter signed by Ms Elliott and the other Parliamentarians has now been sent to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, expressing concern over Trump’s actions.

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It is feared that Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem will prove provocative and Ms Elliott, who recently visited the occupied territory of Palestine, said:

“Most people on all sides – whether Palestinian or Israeli – want a two-state solution. Most ordinary people also want that to happen as quickly as possible.

“Unfortunately, however, Trump’s announcement that the US will be recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel may fan the flames of conflict – rather than reduce tension.”

Ms Elliott and the other Parliamentarians are calling on the Government to “demonstrate in deeds, as well as words” a commitment to equal rights for both Palestinians and Israelis.

The MP stated: “The future of Jerusalem was always going to be at the end of the agenda of subjects to discuss, because it is such a very sensitive issue.

“It has really made a two-state solution more difficult and, in fact, has made – in my view – the world a much less safe place.”

Grave concern at Trump announcement

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott has joined forces with dozens of politicians to express “grave concern” at President Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 90 cross-party Parliamentarians...


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