Simon Clarke

Middlesbrough MP: no deal Brexit will have "catastrophic consequences"

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

The government has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September - and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda".

But it is claimed the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage".

The Labour MP for Midllesbrough Andy McDonald says that a no-deal Brexit will mean that the ordinary people of Teesside will suffer more than Boris Johnson.

Working people up and down this land will be the ones who pay the price. What he is doing is a constitutional outrage, and MPs across the House of Commons will unite to defeat it."

Andy McDonald

However the Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Simon Clarke, supports Mr Johnson's actions, saying that Brexit supporters have nothing to fear from a General Election if a vote of no confidence brings the Government down.

If Labour and Liberal Democrats do combine, with a tiny handful of Conservative rebels to stop the government delivering Brexit on the 31st of October then I'll say bring it on. Bring on that General Election. Because at that point they will have made it crystal clear that they want to stop what the people voted for."

Simon Clarke

Teesside MP looks forward to backing Boris in new role

A Teesside Conservative MP says he is delighted to have been recruited to Boris Johnson's government.

Simon Clarke, who represents Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, is the new Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

He says it involves a variety of areas including science, innovation and skills alongside regional economic policy.

He told BBC Tees: "I'm responsible for various fields including oil taxation, excise, gambling, public/private partnerships and I'm also the minister responsible for the Office for National Statistics and the Royal Mint."

MP meets ministers to call for cash for former steel site

Colin Briggs

Look North

A Teesside MP believes more government money will soon be helping to bring new jobs to Redcar's former steelworks site.

Middlesbrough South Conservative MP Simon Clarke has met Treasury ministers to discuss the further investment needed to attract businesses on to the land south of the Tees.

A masterplan for the 4,500-acre site aims to create 20,000 skilled jobs over 25 years.

The government has already provided more than £100m towards cleaning the site, but it's hoped more money can be secured.

Last week it was announced more than half of land that was home to Tata Steel has been brought back under public control.

The site of the former Redcar steeelworks

Theresa May confidence vote: 'It's time for a fresh start'

Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Conservative MP Simon Clarke will vote against Prime Minister Theresa May in a vote of confidence in her leadership this evening.

I think there's a widespread consensus now that it's time for a fresh start, it's time for an approach which actually seeks to make a success of Brexit rather than manage a problem.

People do need to think very carefully about whether we want to lock her in to place for another year because all the evidence I can see is that will not be in the best interests of the Conservative Party but much more importantly, that's not in the best interests of the country."

Simon Clarke MP
Theresa May

North East MP adds his name to PM no confidence vote

The Middlesbrough South and Cleveland Conservative MP Simon Clarke says he has submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Mr Clarke (pictured) was speaking after a meeting of Brexit-backing Tories in the European Research Group. The group's leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, had spoken of his regret that the no confidence vote was in his opinion necessary.

Mr Clarke said Mr Rees-Mogg "simply said what you would expect him to say, that this is a very difficult decision, that there is no question this weighs heavily on all of us, it is not where we want to be but in light of where the Government's position now is, that is the stance he takes".

Simon Clarke MP
Conservative Party
Simon Clarke MP

MPs bid for zero emissions target

The Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is leading a bid to cut overall greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050.

Simon Clarke has organised a letter to the Prime Minister signed by a cross-party group of 132 MPs and 51 peers.

They are urging Theresa May to strengthen the UK's long-term climate target which currently requires emission cuts of 80% by the middle of the century.

Signatories include Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, former Labour leader Ed Miliband, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and former Tory cabinet ministers Justine Greening, Damian Green and Nicky Morgan.

They say a tougher target will put the country "at the forefront of the race for investment in clean industries".