Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bill Jacobs in the House

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It's been more a case of 'Commando Jones' than 'Corporal Jones' this week as Durham North MP Kevan Jones has spent three days on Dartmoor with the Royal Marines. Rather than shouting 'Don't panic!' the former Newcastle councillor has been struggling for breath to, uncharacteristically, say anything at all. He's been on several route marches complete with a heavy backpack. He's also had the pleasure of abseiling (in his case upside down) down a cliff. Mr Jones undertook the arduous task with Tory MP Hugo Swire as part of a scheme to enable MPs to find out more about the armed forces. As a member of the House of Commons defence committee, Mr Jones reflected, as he waited for a warm bath yesterday to ease his bruises following a wet two hours on 'The Moor', he perhaps knew more than he wanted. There was a fair amount of running, not to mention the verbal bullying from the sergeant majors. He said they made either his Durham North West neighbour and Labour Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong seem positively polite. Mr Jones, given the honorary rank of Major, actually thinks he got off lightly. He said: 'It was very interesting. Our packs were lighter than the regular soldiers and we didn't have as much to do. 'I think the sergeants let us off lightly but by the time I got back to barracks last night I was very wet and had a fair few bruises.' He revealed he had the pleasure of meeting several Royal Marine reservists from Tyneside who seemed to be having almost as hard a time as he was.

LEFT wing Labour MP Ronnie Campbell had the pleasure of meeting Princess Anne last week as she opened the new harbour extension in his Blyth Valley constituency. He found her just the down-to- earth Royal he'd read about. Introduced to her as a local 'dignitary', she asked what an MP was doing in his constituency in the middle of the week. Mr Campbell replied: 'With all these women MPs at Westminster, we've got the week off to look after the bairns. …

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