Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Party Lines

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Party Lines

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Byline: By Zoe hughes

It usually takes a while for new MPs to settle into parliamentary life, but for one North MP, life appears to be moving faster than expected ( after being lined up as a ministerial aide. Hartlepool's Iain Wright was only elected last year after a close-run by-election in the town.

But he's already making an impression in the Health Department, with an announcement due shortly about his promotion as a parliamentary private secretary.

Although the Government has yet to announce the full list of ministerial aides, sources have revealed that Mr Wright is ecstatic about the decision ( not least because it resulted in two female health ministers fighting to get Mr Wright on their team.

Rosie Winterton and Jane Kennedy were said to be so eager to appoint the 33-year-old MP as their PPS, that they both engaged in a war of words to get Mr Wright on their side.

At least Mr Wright will have the expertise of health officials to hand, something that could come in useful next week when he and Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn face the might of former Newcastle United professionals in a charity match.

Gavin Peacock and Warren Barton have already been lined up but the MPs could also expect to see Peter Beardsley facing them on the pitch.

When informed about the line-up, all Mr Wright could say was: "Let's hope there's an ambulance waiting nearby for me."

MICHAEL Howard famously said last year that the Conservatives didn't need an overwhelming presence in the North in order to win the General Election.

In hindsight, he may want to change his mind.

However, the bookies' favourite to succeed Mr Howard as Tory leader has admitted the situation looks "bleak" for the party, which has almost no presence on councils in the big cities.

David Davis, favourite to take over the party at the end of the year, conceded that the Conservatives had very little "infrastructure" in big cities such as Newcastle and Manchester. …

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