MP’s road trip in constituency

VILLAGERS have taken the chance to air their views to their MP during a mammoth surgery tour.

Sir Alan Beith embarked on an annual tour last week to visit almost 130 communities throughout his constituency.

The trip has included Linton, Ellington, Lynemouth, Cresswell, Widdrington Station and Ulgham.

The Berwick constituency member has covered an area from his home town on the Scottish border to south east Northumberland.

Sir Alan said: “It’s a very important part of the work I do in the constituency because I am able to meet constituents who might find it difficult to get to one of my regular surgeries in the larger towns.

“It’s also a great opportunity to check up on whether problems I have taken up are being resolved and to spot potential problems, which I can take up with the relevant authorities.”

The tour was interrupted when Parliament resumed on Tuesday, but Sir Alan will be back on the road for six days from Thursday, September 22.

“It’s a lot of driving and it generates a huge amount of work for me and my team, but I can’t imagine how you could represent this constituency without taking the time to talk to people and see or yourself what’s going on in the remote areas,” he said.

“I know from the feedback I get residents agree.”