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Art shines light on our darkest time

Last weekend I was invited to open the latest touring exhibition at the marvellous Woodhorn Colliery Museum, but if I am honest, I have to say I wish it was not there at all.

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Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening. Picture by Richard Ponter

Date announced for the launch of tax-free childcare

Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the Government’s new childcare offers, with around 90,000 families in the North East set to be eligible for tax-free childcare.

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Coun Susan Dungworth at the new Puffin crossing in Seaton Sluice.

Puffin helps make crossing safer

A coastal road has been made safer and easier to cross thanks to a new Puffin crossing.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond departs 11 Downing Street, London, as he heads to the Palace of Westminster. Photo by Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

A lost era for living standards

Who can trust the Tories after Philip Hammond’s dismal budget last week?

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Landlords

Council targets empty homes causing a blight

Northumberland County Council wants to know if an empty property is causing a blight.

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A Northern Rail pacer train.

Union welcomes MPs’ support for Northern Rail guard campaign

Rail union RMT has welcomed a motion tabled in Parliament by MPs from across the north which supports the campaign for guards to be retained on every Northern train.

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Ian Lavery MP, visiting Chantry Middle School in Morpeth to answer questions from students.

Join fight against school funding cut

By the time you are reading this Chancellor Phillip Hammond will have delivered his first budget speech in the House of Commons.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond. Picture by Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Budget: What’s in there that will affect you?

Chancellor Philip Hammond today delivered his final Spring Budget, ahead of a switch to the autumn, but what is there that will affect people in Northumberland?

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Coun Grant Davey, Northumberland County Council and Labour leader.

Jobs and homes among pledges in Labour manifesto

Northumberland Labour has launched its manifesto for May’s elections, with pledges to create thousands of homes and thousands of jobs.

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Ian Lavery MP and Mike McDonald, from the NUT, outside the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.

MP launches campaign on cuts to education

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has launched a campaign to oppose ‘the Conservative Government’s cuts to education’.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: Calls to tackle schools funding and unleash North East potential

The North East’s business group is calling on the Chancellor to ‘unleash the region’s potential’, while a schools group is urging him to ‘tackle the funding crisis’.

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Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley.

The disgraceful state of schools

The National Audit Office reckons that crumbling schools in Northumberland need £2,100 per pupil to bring them up to standard.

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A much loved statue of Jackie Milburn has moved to its new home at Ashington Leisure Centre.
 Ian Lavery MP wears one of the footballers England caps.
Picture by Jane Coltman

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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