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Find funding now to save our NHS

Last week my colleague and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell wrote of his concerns about the pressure health services are currently under, and I make no apology for returning to that theme.

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The Morpeth Northern Bypass was built by Carillion.

MP hits out after collapse of Carillion

A Northumberland MP joined Labour colleagues to ask why the Government awarded contracts to Carillion worth nearly £2billion following the company’s warnings over profits.

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Hospitals are under pressure.

NHS has been failed on funding

Theresa May has apologised for the ongoing crisis in the NHS after the cancellation of tens of thousands of non-urgent operations to ease the pressure on hospitals.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Administration to propose 2.99 per cent council tax increase for Northumberland

The leader of Northumberland County Council has set out the reasons why he thinks the maximum council tax increase allowed without a local referendum taking place is necessary for 2018/19.

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Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council

Council welcomes post-Brexit funding assurances

The leader of Northumberland County Council has welcomed government assurances over funding streams post-Brexit but will still campaign for fully devolved, local control over crucial structural funding post Brexit - potentially worth hundreds of millions to our region.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP

Alarmed by high cost Brexit ‘deal’

What a year 2017 has been.

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Council tax freeze for town proposed

Cramlington Town Council has proposed its budget for next year, with the charge for its services set to remain at its current level.

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Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.

Crowning your Charity Champion

Inspired by a UK-wide celebration known as ‘Giving Tuesday’, I decided to find a way of recognising those in our community who give their time, efforts and energy to a voluntary or charitable cause so I launched a search for our own Wansbeck Charity Champion, who I could put forward into a nationwide competition.

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Ronnie Campbell MP.

The country’s not working for us all

The most damning verdict of the year on Theresa May’s government came in Alan Milburn’s resignation letter when standing down as head of the Social Mobility Commission because there was “zero chance” of it succeeding.

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Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor for North Tyneside,  and Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

North of Tyne devolution: Next stage begins

The ball is now rolling on the process of implementing the North of Tyne devolution deal after the three councils involved signed it off and launched a public consultation.

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Ian Lavery MP.

School fire safety must come first

Following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London there has been much speculation about the use of fitting sprinklers as a safety measure in public buildings.

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Another town visit for Angels

On a cold and windy weekend day, the Angels for Europe group encouraged Cramlington shoppers to share their Brexit views.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

Spin can’t mask the grim reality

One of the biggest myths perpetrated on the British people is that the Tories are better at handling the nation’s finances.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

North of Tyne devolution deal details revealed

The 815,000 people living in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside will vote for a new directly-elected mayor who will have new powers in housing, planning and skills.

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MP Ian Lavery.

Spend Christmas in our local shops

As you read this there will only be 32 shopping days left until Christmas, and the build-up will really get into gear from this weekend locally when the first of our three main local towns switch on their festive lighting displays.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, and Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, discuss the North of Tyne devolution deal at Westminster.

Council leader welcomes North of Tyne devolution deal

A devolution deal for Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside was confirmed in yesterday’s Budget.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the North East England Chamber of Commerce business leaders' lunch.

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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