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Looking for love in our community

It was Valentine’s Day last week so we took the opportunity in my constituency office to launch an online survey to give all of you living and working in Wansbeck the chance to tell us what you love about the place.

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Ronnie Campbell

Cut after cut will become the norm

Get ready for another Tory trick. Theresa May’s government is preparing yet another round of spending cuts in the name of “austerity”.

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MPs have voted in favour of triggering Article 50 in the House of Commons. Picture by Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

Brexit deal must work for us all

“Brexit means Brexit” is a phrase that could well come to define the tenure of Theresa May as Prime Minister. Now I don’t often agree with what Mrs May says, but on this occasion I have to.

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The relocation of the councils HQ to Ashington remains controversial, with the Tories opposing it but �32million allocated over the next three years.

Capital spending of £380m next year divides opinion

Investing in a vision for the future or increasing debt with risky spending – contrasting views on Northumberland County Council’s new budget.

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Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley.

Misgivings over Brexit strategy

Unlike many of my Labour comrades, I voted for Brexit, and in the Commons I will vote to trigger Article 50.

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Modest council tax rise agreed

Members of Seaton Valley Council have agreed an increase in its element of the council tax to 1.5 per cent.

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Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley.

Don’t let racists hijack debates

Hate crime is on the march and it needs to stop now.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

School cuts could be ‘catastrophic’

No one would deny that our children deserve the very best education that we can give them, and I have seen for myself that is happening in Wansbeck during my regular visits to schools.

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Ronnie Campbell

Things may only get worse in 2017

If you thought 2016 was pretty rough, don’t underestimate the government’s ability to make things even worse.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

Embrace change in the year ahead

First of all, may I take this opportunity in my last News Post Leader column of 2016 to wish all of your readers, and in particular my Wansbeck constituency residents, a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

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An artists impression of what the new Northumberland County Council headquarters in Ashington may look like.

Contractor for new council HQ announced

The construction firm for Northumberland County Council’s new headquarters has been chosen and it is set to start work on the site next month.

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Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery int the Market Place, Bedlington.

Positive steps for our town centres

There was a time, not all that long ago, when local high streets provided virtually anything anyone needed for their family life.

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Abbie Emery, Tara Blyth, John Strasenbugh, Laura Brown, Luke Shears, and Cassey Kinghorn.

Youth election results announced as thousands cast their vote

More than 6,000 young people voted this week to elect Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

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Ronnie Campbell

Is health service going private?

Margaret Thatcher once famously declared that the NHS is safe in Tory hands. Well we have seen what has happened through successive Tory governments.

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Wansbeck General Hospital.

Overnight A&E loss is a concern

I read with concern that through-the-night accident and emergency services are to be withdrawn from Wansbeck General Hospital.

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Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley.

Schools are facing a funding crisis

Schools across the north east are facing a funding crisis which threatens their very existence.

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A recent picture of Station Road in Ashington. The street is set to re-open to traffic in early December: one-way westbound from Grand Corner.

Street will soon be ready for traffic

Work to re-open Ashington’s main shopping street to traffic is entering its final stages.

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The proposed new boundaries for the Jarrow and South Shields constituencies.

Have your say on changes to South Tyneside’s political map

South Tynesiders are being reminded that time is running out to have your say on controversial proposals to change the borough’s political map.

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Linda Fugill-Project Manager of the  Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.

The shocking state of poverty

Shocking new figures have revealed that more than a quarter of the children in Wansbeck are living in poverty.

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Elizabeth Jane Common, the new youth councillor at Lynemouth Parish Council, is pictured front left at the crocus bulb planting launch event. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Teen is appointed to parish council

There will be an extra seat at the Lynemouth Parish Council table as it has appointed a youth councillor to bring a young person’s perspective to the authority.

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