Author: Yvonne Wancke

Yvonne Wancke is a lecturer in Maths, Accounting and Research Skills at INTO Newcastle University. She is a member of the Labour Party and coordinator for Mutual Aid, Jesmond. She regularly writes and directs local and student theatre productions. She has lived in Newcastle all of her life and is passionate about the North East and the local community.

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John Marshall: a man of principle

Yvonne Wancke

John Marshall, my dad, was born in 1935 in the east end of Newcastle. He was evacuated for some of World War 11 to a big house on the outskirts of Carlisle. I remember my granny (his mam) telling me that she told his older brother, George (my uncle) to keep hold of his hand […]

“Hostile environment brought to our doorsteps”: no to Hassockfield event today

Yvonne Wancke

Vulnerable women who are seeking sanctuary should be helped and supported, not locked up. In Consett today there is a demonstration against the opening of Derwentside (Hassockfield) Immigration Removal Centre (IRC). This demonstration is being organised by Durham People’s Assembly, No to Hassockfield and Abolish Detention. They also have support from many individuals and organisations […]

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87.2% of statistics are made up on the spot

Yvonne Wancke

Updated: Before I start, have a look at the graphs in the headline image and try to decide what is wrong… We are bombarded with numbers, graphs and statistics every day. We turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, click on a website and there they are, a vast array of images, figures and […]

Hexham named happiest place in the UK

Yvonne Wancke

Hexham has been named as the happiest place to live in the UK. This is from the Happy at Home index by Rightmove. Hexham really is a very beautiful market town in Northumberland. It’s well known for Hexham Abbey,  its pretty shopping streets and its Saturday farmers’ markets. Local resident, Kim Sanderson said: “The town […]

“Brexit isn’t working” says Newcastle

Yvonne Wancke

Brexit isn’t working is the message of North East residents, who took to the streets of Newcastle this weekend to protest against the local impact of the recent HGV and supply chain crisis. Campaigners from North East for Europe spoke to members of the public at Grey’s Monument on Saturday about shortages of goods and […]

Meet your MP: Richard Holden (Conservative), North West Durham

Yvonne Wancke

Some background on Richard Holden Richard Holden is the first Conservative member of parliament for North West Durham. He was elected in 2019 as one of the ‘red wall’ MPs. His work background includes both the public and private sectors. Before he was elected MP he worked in the Department for Education as a Special […]

Boris Johnson avoids difficult debate by visiting Hexham hospital

Yvonne Wancke

Protestors from North East for Europe waited at Hexham General Hospital to greet Boris Johnson today. Kim Sanderson, spokesperson for North East for Europe said: “We are here to meet the Prime Minister to voice our concerns over corruption in the Conservative party at national and County Council levels.” “We also want to show our […]

Does your ‘honourable’ MP represent your values?

Yvonne Wancke

Only last week the government voted to change the rules on parliamentary standards. This was a direct attempt to save one of their own from a parliamentary suspension due to wrongdoing. Just how honourable are our ‘honourable’ members? In a typical U-turn, the government then back-tracked. This was followed swiftly by the resignation of Owen […]

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Yet another government U-turn

Yvonne Wancke

Only yesterday the government voted for an overhaul of parliamentary standards rules. This was in order to save Owen Paterson from a 30 day suspension. The government has now signalled that there will be a rethink. The reaction to this controversial vote from the opposition yesterday was one of shock, amazement and outright disgust. Labour […]

Save our Standards Action Day outside Hexham Mart

Yvonne Wancke

Today a group of Tynedale locals from North East for Europe are taking part in an Action Day for Farmers outside of Hexham Mart. The group has become increasingly aware of the difficulties farmers face in the current climate due to Brexit and government policy. North East for Europe, which is part of the European […]

Brexit crisis continues with bus driver shortages

Yvonne Wancke

Bus routes and services are experiencing disruption across the country, particularly in the North East. This is a knock on effect from the HGV crisis as bus drivers are being ‘poached’ by haulage bosses for hugely increased wages. The reasons for the bus driver shortages Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon, chairman of the North East […]

North East blue seats might turn red suggests new poll

Yvonne Wancke

A recent poll by YouGov suggests that if an election were to be held tomorrow, the Conservatives would almost certainly lose some of their recently gained so-called ‘Red Wall’ seats, including Redcar and North West Durham. A number of seats in the region were won by the Tories in 2019 but now, just as the […]

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Shortages: a view from Europe

Yvonne Wancke

A few days ago I wrote an article on the subject of food and fuel shortages following recent comments from Treasury Minister and Tory MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Simon Clarke. Clarke claimed that the current problems are not due to Brexit. He also said that the rest of Europe was experiencing the […]

Hundreds attend ‘Brexit isn’t working’ protest

Yvonne Wancke

Hundreds of people have gathered in Manchester, where the Conservative Party Conference is taking place, to say that Brexit isn’t working. This is all in the context of food and fuel shortages and the HGV crisis. People have travelled from Leeds, Lancaster, the North East and Manchester itself to make their voices heard. There is […]

Simon Clarke says shortages are across Europe and not caused by Brexit

Yvonne Wancke

Today Simon Clarke, Treasury Minister and MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said, on Radio 4 Today that the fuel shortages are not unique to the UK: “The idea that this is just a British problem is fundamentally wrong.“ He claims that it is a problem shared across Europe, specifically mentioning Germany and Poland. […]

Singing “real stories about real people”: new single by Hartlepool singer

Yvonne Wancke

Michael Gallagher releases his brand new single Fallen, today, Friday 24 September 2021, via Humble Angel Records. The young singer has a knack for crafting upbeat rock anthems- especially prevalent on previous singles Lula and Time. On Fallen, he delivers this signature catchy rock but this time it’s full of clattering guitars and a heavy […]

Jim Cartwright’s ‘Road’ moves to Blyth in new production at Northern Stage

Yvonne Wancke

On the 35th anniversary of Jim Cartwright’s joyous and anarchic masterpiece, the residents of Road are relocated to the North East in the first show Artistic Director Natalie Ibu will direct for Northern Stage. Natalie said: “I’m excited to be working with a brilliant cast and creative team to explore the intersectionality between race, class […]

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Dominic Raab is no longer Foreign Secretary

Yvonne Wancke

Dominic Raab has been dropped as Foreign Secretary in the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle today. He is said to be ‘very angry’. It’s not long since the furore that surrounded the Foreign Secretary about Greek holidays, phone calls (or lack of them) and the Afghanistan situation. When the Prime Minister supported Raab on the same […]

National Insurance increases: ‘levelling up’ for the North East?

Yvonne Wancke

This week the government voted to increase National Insurance contributions in order to fund social care. National Insurance contributions are set to rise by 1.25 percentage points. Whilst initially this may not seem a lot, it is worth noting that for anyone earning between £10,000 and £50,000 a year, it actually means an increase of […]

Recipe

Green tomato chutney

Yvonne Wancke

A friend recently very kindly gave me a whole load of green tomatoes and marrows. It was the perfect time to have a go at making green tomato chutney. Here is my recipe. Ingredients for green tomato chutney 1kg green tomatoes 1kg marrows/ big courgettes 350ml vinegar (I used white wine vinegar) 300g white sugar […]

Reading Festival: an interview with an activist

Yvonne Wancke

Festivals are a traditional part of the great British summer. After over a year when it hasn’t been possible to host or attend festivals, some tentative steps have been taken in 2021 and festival goers have once more enjoyed a few days of camping, great music and the time to chat, discuss and meet new […]

In a different light: new single by Jack Rasmussen

Yvonne Wancke

North East Bylines has already heard from North East Indie rock singer songwriter, Jack Rasmussen. Now he is releasing his third single and it certainly lives up to our high expectations of this talented musician and performer. In a different light is a beautiful and creative song, performed and recorded with sensitivity and emotion. The […]

Kizomba dance fusion at Saltwell Park

Yvonne Wancke

Local dance teacher, Lauren Rafferty, and her group of dancers recently recorded a video at Saltwell Park. Their dance is a fusion of modern ‘Western’, with Kizomba. Kizomba is an African dance, originating from Angola and is normally danced with a partner. Lauren explains: “Unfortunately due to the pandemic, when we started rehearsals we were […]

Music

Sunderland singer, Sam releases new single: Fade

Yvonne Wancke

Local Indie-Pop artist and producer, Sam French is releasing a second single Fade on 24 September. This is an exciting new step in his solo evolution and career. I asked Sam to tell us a bit about himself and his music. Sam is from Sunderland, although he admits to being a Newcastle United fan! He says that […]

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Back to school bungle beggars belief

Yvonne Wancke

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary has mired schools in uncertainty yet again by another last minute decision on school return after the summer break. The Department for Education (DfE) says that schools will be allowed to delay their start by a week to allow for on-site testing, It seems that this applies to secondary schools. It’s […]

Lorry driver shortages, empty shelves and Brexit

Yvonne Wancke

Retailers right across the country are struggling to find enough lorry drivers to ensure that they have enough stock in the coming months and in particular for the festive season. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has estimated that there is a current shortfall of around 100,000 drivers. If anything this is set to become worse. […]

No ‘levelling up’ for the North East: another broken promise

Yvonne Wancke

The North East is set to lose millions of pounds this year because of Brexit. This is despite the Prime Minister’s repeated promises of ‘levelling up’. A number of traditional Labour voting areas in the North East switched their votes to support Boris Johnson in the 2019 election, in part because of a desire to […]