Ukraine crisis: What your Tyneside MP and council has said about events

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A round-up of what the region’s leaders are saying

As the worrying news from Ukraine continues following the Russian invasion, the struggles of those in the country weigh heavy on Newcastle minds.

A number of schemes across the region have been organised to source donations and many Geordies are finding ways to support those in need online.

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Councils, politicians and public figures from Tyneside have spoken out on the events.

NewcastleWorld runs through what your local MP* and council has said online.

Newcastle Council

Cllr Nick Forbes, Newcastle City Council leader, said: “Like everyone in Newcastle, I am appalled by these horrific events and we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

“Newcastle is a proud, multi-racial and diverse city and home to people from Ukraine who are part of our communities.

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“We want to reassure Ukrainian nationals and those of Ukrainian descent in our city of our ongoing support.

“We support Ukraine as a sovereign, self-governing state and hope that the situation will be peacefully resolved soon. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the conflict.”

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Habib Rahman said: “We strongly condemn the appalling attack on the Ukraine and those responsible must be met with strong sanctions.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent people affected.”

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Gateshead Council

After lighting up the Gateshead Millennium Bridge blue and yellow, Gateshead Council said: "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events in Ukraine.

"This evening, the Millennium Bridge will be lit blue and yellow to express solidarity.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in blue and yellow (Image: Toby Bryant / NewcastleWorld)The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in blue and yellow (Image: Toby Bryant / NewcastleWorld)
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"The developments in Ukraine however anticipated are horrific, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

"Gateshead Council condemns the actions of Russia, we want to reassure the Ukrainian nationals who reside in the borough, those who have loved ones, families, and connections to Ukraine that they have our support."

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North Tyneside Council

Norma Redfearn CBE, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, said: “On behalf of North Tyneside Council, I want to show our full, unwavering support for the families, residents and communities who are suffering because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The heart-breaking scenes that are being broadcast across the world are unimaginable and the spirit, bravery and determination the people of Ukraine are showing to protect themselves, their homes and their families is incredible.

“North Tyneside is proud to be home to many unique and diverse communities, we are a welcoming borough and I hope everyone who lives here, from any background, feels safe and part of our borough.

“I would like to reassure any Ukrainian national or people of Ukrainian descent in our region that you have the full, ongoing support of North Tyneside Council.

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“I would call on Governments across the world to continue their support of Ukrainians fleeing from this war and to impose the toughest sanctions possible on the Russian aggressors.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the conflict which I hope is resolved soon.”

South Tyneside Council

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, as we do with all civilians living in areas of conflict.

“Our thoughts are with those in Ukraine affected by the crisis, as well as residents in our own community with family or friends in the country.

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“We pray for a swift end to hostilities and a return to peace.”

Northumberland Council

Councillor Glen Sanderson said: “I am sure I speak for every member and every resident when I say our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with the people of Ukraine at this very difficult time.

“The terrible events of the last few days have been felt not just across Europe and the world, but also here in Northumberland, and it has been extremely sobering to watch this distressing situation unfold.

“Like people across the world we hope the situation will be peacefully resolved soon.

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“We are proud of our county which supports all those who live here and we must continue to offer support and reassurance to our friends, neighbours and all those who make Northumberland their home.

"We have a long history of helping those in need in this county and like all our communities we stand willing and ready to offer assistance again as and when it's required."

Kate Osborne, MP for Jarrow

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North

Emma-Lewell Buck, MP for South Shields

*Local MPs who have commented on the Ukraine crisis on Twitter as of Wednesday, March 2 included.

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