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Plans to relaunch funding scheme

Plans to revise and relaunch a much-valued community funding scheme are being considered by Northumberland County Council.

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Ronnie Campbell MP
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Why no u-turn on public sector pay?

Theresa May’s £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to keep her in power is one of the most shocking on record.

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Ian Lavery wins the Wansbeck seat at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

DUP cash could be put to better use

The arrangement between Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tories and the DUP’s ten MPs was exposed for the fiasco that it is the very first time it was put to the test when they combined to defeat an amendment by the Labour Party to the Queen’s Speech that would have lifted the public sector pay cap and halted savage funding cuts affecting our emergency services.

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Lord Porter

Call for action as 75p per £1 for councils to be cut by 2020

Securing the financial sustainability of councils and vital local services must be the top priority for the new government, the leader of local government in England will say today.

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Ronnie Campbell MP
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Speech notable for its absences

I have a confession to make. Last week, during the Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech, I was rebuked by Mr Speaker when I complained about Tory ‘chancers’ heckling Jeremy Corbyn.

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Ian Lavery wins the Wansbeck seat at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

There is much work to be done

Let me begin my first column after the general election by saying how proud and honoured I am to have once again been chosen by the people of Wansbeck to represent you all at Westminster.

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Ian Lavery MP. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Lavery calls on county council to reveal plans in letter to leader

Ian Lavery has urged the Conservative-led administration at County Hall to announce its intentions for some key sites to ‘put mine and my constituents’ minds at rest’.

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Ken Patterson at one of his plots.

Ken’s allotments plea to councillors

An allotment holder in Cramlington has called on the town council to compensate him for culvert clearing work.

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A victorious Ronnie Campbell at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

We will deal with UK’s inequality

So, for the seventh time, I am back as MP for Blyth Valley.

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Jacqui Kell, chief executive of Arch.

‘Business as usual’ at Arch despite Tory pledge to scrap company

Northumberland’s development company Arch ‘is continuing to deliver business as usual across the county’, amid uncertainty over its future after a Conservative pledge to scrap it.

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Ian Lavery wins the Wansbeck seat. Picture by Jane Coltman

ELECTION 2017: Results from the Wansbeck constituency

Labour's election coordinator Ian Lavery has held onto his Wansbeck seat with a landslide victory, earning 24,338 votes.
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Northumberland General Election count 2017

ELECTION 2017: Live blog from Northumberland

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the election here, as it happens.

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Ronnie Campbell wins Blyth Valley. Picture by Jane Coltman

ELECTION 2017: Results from the Blyth Valley constituency

Labour veteran Ronnie Campbell has once again secured victory in the Blyth Valley constituency, winning a massive 55 per cent of the vote.
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ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

It’s going to be a long night as the UK goes to the polls for its snap 2017 general election.

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ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

After the polling miss at the 2015 general election, many politicians and journalists loudly declared they would never trust polls again. Two years later, opinion polls have regularly been leading the election news. First they foresaw a Conservative landslide, including a resurgence in Scotland, and more recently they’ve pointed to a shock Labour fightback.

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Election pollsters put their methods to the test – and turnout is the key

Trust in election forecasting is probably as low as it has been since 1948, when political polling suffered possibly its worst ever humiliation. In that year’s US presidential election, the 8-1 underdog Harry Truman defied all predictions to defeat his Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. “Dewey Defeats Truman” screamed the now-infamous newspaper headline printed before the actual votes were counted.

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There were loud cheers at the end of Jeremy Corbyns speech in Blyth this afternoon.

Jeremy Corbyn gives speech in Northumberland

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had plenty to say during a quick visit to Blyth this afternoon.

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Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

What causes terrorism? The combination of the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester [and now, the attacks on London Bridge] and a British general election inevitably meant that this question would dominate political and media discourses. And so it has. Particular attention has, once again, been drawn to the role of western foreign policy, including that of the UK, as a driver of extremist violence.

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Why charities should be allowed to campaign freely at election time

Why charities should be allowed to campaign freely at election time

Everybody was caught off guard when Theresa May announced Britain would be heading to the polls on June 8. But charities were more surprised than most by the news – which had an immediate impact on their day-to-day campaigning operations.

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Why British politicians keep swearing on the campaign trail

Why British politicians keep swearing on the campaign trail

Sometimes it can be bloody difficult to make your point. It’s a daily problem for politicians, but the stakes change on the election campaign trail; and as the stakes change, so does the speech.

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