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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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ELECTION 2017: Voters with learning disabilities are being excluded from this election

ELECTION 2017: Voters with learning disabilities are being excluded from this election

There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting. Not enough is done to enable their participation in the most basic democratic right available to British citizens.

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Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

Following the political surprises of 2015 and 2016, there has been much reflection and debate on the accuracy of the polls in the run-up to the impending snap-election of 2017.

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ELECTION 2017: Lib Dem manifesto – who is it for exactly?

ELECTION 2017: Lib Dem manifesto – who is it for exactly?

The 2015 general election left the Liberal Democrats on a precipice. The party was reduced to just eight MPs, a much shrunken local government base, and had been dethroned from its traditional position as the third party of British politics.

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ELECTION 2017:Fact Check - if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?

ELECTION 2017:Fact Check - if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?

An article on The Independent is being widely shared on social media suggesting that a 30% increase in turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds would make the election of a majority Conservative government on June 8 rather unlikely. It followed a tweet by Alan Firth, a linguist at Newcastle University, commenting on an article by the vice president of the National Union of Students, Shelly Asquith. When contacted by The Conversation, Firth said that the calculations made in The Independent article reflected his own.

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Steve Mason

Chief executive to leave Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council’s chief executive Steve Mason has ‘decided to leave the council and pursue fresh challenges’.

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