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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I read with concern that through-the-night accident and emergency services are to be withdrawn from Wansbeck General Hospital.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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Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley.

Truth must come out on Orgreave

Orgreave campaigners are going to seek a judicial review into Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s shameful refusal to hold a public inquiry into the police role in crushing the great miners’ strike.

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Back row (from left) Esther Blakelock, Northumbrian Water; Marc Christodoulou, My Deposits; Philip Soderquest, Northumberland County Council's head of housing. Front row (from left) Sean Hooker, The Property Redress Scheme; Clive Davies, Department for Work and Pensions; Les Brown, Jacksons Law.

Dozens go to council’s county forum

Landlords and agents from across Northumberland gathered at an annual forum, which took place at Morpeth Rugby Club.

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Pupils from St Benet Biscops Catholic Academy, Bedlington, and Amble's James Calvert Spence College with Northumberland County Council's business chairman Scott Dickinson.

Northumberland pupils join the debate

More than 200 pupils took part in an interactive session with local councillors at County Hall, Morpeth, to mark Local Democracy Week.

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Alex Cunningham MP, far right, at a recent conference on tobacco and alcohol.

Call for Government to publish tobacco plan

Calls from a group of MPs for the Government to publish its promised new Tobacco Control Plan without further delay have been welcomed by campaign group Fresh.

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The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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How should the UK leave the EU?

What’s the difference between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit?

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been keen to reiterate that “Brexit means Brexit”. But, despite her insistence, at least two types of Brexit are being discussed: “hard” and “soft”. They relate to the type of deal that the UK negotiates with the EU. A significant reason for the delay in triggering the Article 50 process of withdrawal is to give the government time to work out what deal it wants and what position to take in its negotiations with the EU over leaving.
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