Labour Party Conference 2014: Vernon at the Prostate Cancer UK stand

During Labour Conference 2014 in Manchester, Vernon spoke to campaigners at the Prostate Cancer UK stand. Continue reading

Vernon's speech to Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester

(Click on the image above to watch Vernon's speech in full) Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Continue reading

Vernon charts the new frontier of digital campaigning

Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, today has announced that he’ll be at the forefront of campaigning for 2015 by using QR codes on all his leaflets between now and the General Election. Continue reading

Nottingham wins City of Football title!

Nottingham has been named the 2015 City of Football! Click on the link below to read the Nottingham Post article on this fantastic news. http://www.nottinghampost.com/City-Football-Nottingham-wins/story-22930174-detail/story.html

We are Better Together!

Vernon joined representatives from across the political spectrum in Gedling to show support for the Better Together campaign ahead of the important vote in Scotland on Thursday. All political parties in Gedling are backing the No campaign in the Scottish Independence Referendum. 

Netherfield Forum presented with 2014 Queen's Award for Voluntary Services

Vernon was absolutely delighted to attend the presentation of Netherfield Forum's Queen's Award for Voluntary services. Continue reading

Age Concern Autumn Fayre

Vernon joined volunteers and visitors at the Age Concern Autumn Fayre in Carlton on Friday. Lots of fantastic stalls were on display across the weekend all in order to raise money and bring the community together.

Your chance to vote in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund provides grants to local good causes across the UK. Continue reading

Vernon at the opening of Beauty Essence

  Vernon joined Rebecca, Kate and local residents at the opening of Beauty Essence, a new salon on Somersby Road. He was pleased to see so many people come out to support a new business in the area as the salon opens it's doors for the first time.

Vernon's comments at the conclusion of the NATO summit

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, speaking at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Wales, said: Labour welcomes measures to strengthen the UK’s defence capabilities and the future contribution of British Service personnel to NATO. The announcement that 1,000 UK troops will join a multinational rapid reaction force, alongside 3,500 taking part in future NATO exercises, is welcome. But it is ironic that it comes in the same week as a parliamentary committee criticised David Cameron for the catastrophic failure of his Armed Forces reforms, which have led to a worrying decline in the numbers of regular and reserve soldiers and the prospect that this will lead to a dangerous capability gap. The UK is a proud maritime nation and the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers currently being assembled in Scotland will maintain our great British naval traditions, as well as our future defence and security. But David Cameron’s announcement that the second carrier is to be brought into service poses many questions, not least because the Government previously indicated that it had not worked out the cost implications and said that a decision on it could not be made until the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.