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Have your say on key site in town

Residents are being invited to have their say on the next stage of plans for the Portland Park site in Ashington.

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

Workers must be decently paid

At last, after months of pressure and campaigning by the Labour Party and the trade unions, it seems the government may be lifting the draconian one per cent cap on public sector pay rises, starting with the police and prison services.

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Awards and scone competition in Bedlington

Time is running out to nominate people for four accolades sponsored by East Bedlington Parish Council.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

Full credit to our exam students

As a write my column I am very conscious of the fact that the past couple of weeks have been such a testing time for so many of our young people opening their A-Level and GCSE results.

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Ronnie Campbell

Women deserve better treatment

At the last count, just over half of my Blyth Valley constituents are female.

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

Looking back at proud heritage

This year marks two special anniversaries linked to our proud Wansbeck heritage as one of the greatest coal production communities in the country.

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Ronnie Campbell wins the Blyth Valley seat at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

Time to put an end to pay scandal

A message to my constituents – enjoy what’s left of your summer holiday, but check your payslips when returning to work.

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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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