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Nicola Sturgeon underlines 'enduring ties' between North East and Scotland

Road and rail links between the North East and Scotland are 'vital connections' that should be enhanced, Nicola Sturgeon told the region's business leaders today.

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

Credit roll-out must be halted

On the face of it, Universal Credit seemed like a good idea – a simplified way of paying benefits to those most in need.

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Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

Keep pressing for prison release

It barely seems possible that Nick Dunn, former Ashington soldier and one of my Wansbeck constituents, is facing his fifth Christmas in the notorious Chennai prison in India for a so-called crime he did not commit.

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Ronnie Campbell MP. Picture by Jane Coltman

Ticking time-bomb of pension holes

Don’t get old. A new report shows that in some industries important in the north east, like hospitality and agriculture, six in ten workers are not saving into in a pension.

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Amended constituencies proposed for Northumberland

A new proposed arrangement for the electoral map in Northumberland has been revealed today, although it still features a reduction from four constituencies to three.

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Town council chairman Coun John Collins, left, enforcement officers who will work in Cramlington and council services manager Daryl Wood, right.

New enforcement officer for council

Cramlington Town Council is the first local authority at the town and parish level in both Northumberland and the North East to employ its own parking enforcement officer.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck.

Labour wins out in conferences

The annual party conference season is over – can I hear a few audible groans of relief? – and when MPs got back down to work at the House of Commons this week there was inevitably a lot of talk about what went on in the conference halls at Brighton and Manchester.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

Party offers hope after the despair

Above all else, last week’s Labour party conference, which I was proud to attend, offered one thing after more than seven years of Tory despair – hope.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

New data on housing ‘shows we were right’

Northumberland County Council has welcomed Government figures on projected future housing needs for the county.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

Party is in good heart and spirits

By the time you read this column we will be near the end of a week, which will have, personally, been one of the proudest in my life.

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Ronnie Campbell MP
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Following my beliefs in EU vote

It really pained me to vote against the Labour whip the other day to rebel against a party which, under Jeremy Corbyn, I otherwise support to the hilt.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

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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