Jessie demands urgent action to tackle unemployment freefall in Tees Valley after speaking with food and drinks industry leaders

UNEMPLOYMENT in the Tees Valley has sky-rocketed, with 12,375 job losses since March, figures published today by the House of Commons library reveal. Today’s figures, which record the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits, show that since March there has been a colossal jump in claimants of 76% in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and 79% in Stockton South. Jessie Jacobs, Labour candidate for Tees … Continue reading Jessie demands urgent action to tackle unemployment freefall in Tees Valley after speaking with food and drinks industry leaders

Lack of affordable childcare is holding our economy back

For many years I have worked with, and championed, women across the Tees Valley and one of the big issues that regularly comes up is the need for good, affordable childcare.  The UK currently has the 7th most expensive childcare in the world with families spending on average 36% of income on childcare.  In comparison for many of our European neighbours the proportion is much … Continue reading Lack of affordable childcare is holding our economy back

A future for the Blast Furnace?

This week our current Tees Valley mayor  announced the commissioning of the demolition of our iconic blast furnace, previously describing it as a scar on the land. I don’t see our blast furnace as a scar, I see it as one of the most beautiful and iconic industrial structures in the world! The original plans for the old SSI site included exploring saving part of … Continue reading A future for the Blast Furnace?

Lets put an end to Child Poverty in the Tees Valley for good!

Last week I was speaking to teachers in the Tees Valley who shared how they’d been spending their own money on feeding, clothing and providing gas and electric for their pupils and I was astounded. How have our teachers become social workers over educators? Since 2014/15 the number of families in poverty has risen nationally by a staggering 2.8% but in our region the stats … Continue reading Lets put an end to Child Poverty in the Tees Valley for good!

Without grassroots, independent culture there is no culture

Without grassroots, independent culture there is no culture. And without culture, there’s a gaping hole in our economy and society. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, I have had a continuous, resounding, repeating anxiety when it comes to thinking about our cultural sector (when I say culture, I mean nightlife, pubs, clubs, restaurants, festivals and the arts). My fear has been this – “What … Continue reading Without grassroots, independent culture there is no culture

There’s another crisis looking, even more deadly and destructive than Coronavirus and this time we must act.

There’s another crisis looking, even more deadly and destructive than Coronavirus and this time, we must act.  We can not afford to turn away any longer.  Dealing with the Covid-19 crisis has got me thinking all the more about this next big crisis yet to come. The Climate crisis. It is going to hurt our nation and the globe in ways never imagined.  We must … Continue reading There’s another crisis looking, even more deadly and destructive than Coronavirus and this time we must act.

Sirius, the Conservative Minister and his Billionaire Friend – We are definitely not all in this together!

As revelations of Conservative donors and lucrative businesses deals, aided by friends in Government emerge, I have been deeply angered but not surprised. I have been doing some of my own investigating of the links between the Conservatives and deals done in this area and I have been left with many more questions than answers. The Conservatives have done a remarkable job at convincing working … Continue reading Sirius, the Conservative Minister and his Billionaire Friend – We are definitely not all in this together!

Jessie Joe Jacobs calls for measures to help small businesses restart the economy

First published in Tees Business  on 05_06_2020 Jessie Joe Jacobs calls for measures to help small businesses restart the economy Jessie Joe Jacobs is calling on the Tees Valley Mayor to show leadership and develop innovative plans to help businesses recover and protect jobs. The unprecedented lockdown has put many businesses under intense financial strain which many will find it difficult to recover from. Helping … Continue reading Jessie Joe Jacobs calls for measures to help small businesses restart the economy

We need unity and the building of bridges

First printed in Gazette 11th June 2020 Jessie Joe Jacobs is hosting an online Town Hall meeting to discuss how the Tees Valley can tackle racism given the worldwide anger over the death of George Floyd in America. The meeting will take place tonight (Thursday 11th June) at 7.30pm on Facebook Live. The Town Hall meeting will be a conversation with charity and community leaders, … Continue reading We need unity and the building of bridges

Working with Steel River Drinks to deliver Gin hand sanitiser in new Act for Carers Campaign

Jessie Joe Jacobs works with Steel River Drinks to deliver care packages and much needed hand sanitiser to care workers as part of a new Act for Key workers Campaign Over the past few weeks Jessie Joe Jacobs has been working with the local community across Teesside after setting up Teesside Community Action Group which is a support network focussed on the response to coronavirus. … Continue reading Working with Steel River Drinks to deliver Gin hand sanitiser in new Act for Carers Campaign