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Hundreds back petition over ‘hole’ in town

A group of residents who started a campaign over what is being dubbed the ‘Ashington Hole’ sent a letter to Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson calling for action after a petition received more than 1,000 signatures.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck.

Seeking answers on abandoned site

Since the Conservative administration at Northumberland County Council ditched plans to build new headquarters in Ashington after winning the 2017 local elections, concerns have been growing about what will happen to the abandoned site in Lintonville.

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A section of the Portland Park site in Ashington.

Residents want answers over ‘hole’ in town

Residents have started a petition calling for an apology over what is being dubbed the ‘Ashington Hole’ and specific details for the future of this area.

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Spy attack action was right step

What should we do about the state-sponsored nerve agent attack on British soil against a former Russian spy and his daughter?

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Ian Lavery wins the Wansbeck seat at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

Political row over free school meals

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has slammed the Government following a vote which has sparked a major political row over free school meals.

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Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery  is seen laying flowers on Emily Davison's grave as part of a service at St Mary's Church, Morpeth, for a previous International Women's Day.

Honour to be part of celebration

I was privileged to attend an event at Morpeth on Saturday linked to International Women’s Day and the centenary of women being allowed to vote for the first time in this country when a focal point of both events was our own Emily Davison.

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Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley.

Staying in EU can never be an option

If it was not so important, Theresa May’s see-sawing on Brexit negotiations would be laughable.

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Northumbria Police North Tyneside HQ, Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend

Time to invest in our police force

Prime Minister Theresa May and her government continue to confuse the public over the amount of funding available to forces across the country to properly police our streets.

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Ronnie Campbell MP'Picture by Jane Coltman

Stop privatisation creeping into NHS

Our world-beating, comprehensive health service must continue to be provided free at the point of use – but tell that to the Tories.

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Council’s call for development sites

The county council is calling for people across Northumberland to put forward sites that they think could be suitable for future development.

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County Hall in Morpeth.

Northumberland County Council: Tories' first budget approved

The first Northumberland County Council budget by the Conservative administration which won power last May was passed tonight amid the usual political back and forth in the council chamber.

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Start of key plan process for town

The first step has been taken in the process to establish a neighbourhood plan in a Northumberland town.

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Three-quarters of people would support law change on organ donation

More than three-quarters of people in the North East are in favour of a change in the law on organ donation, new figures reveal.

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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.

Devolution deal rolls on after public have say

The next step has been taken in the process to implement the North of Tyne devolution deal on the back of a public consultation.

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Ian Lavery MP at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Mining legacy will not be forgotten

We lost another bit of old Ashington last week when the Institute in the aptly-named Institute Road was finally pulled down.

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Tax-free childcare opens to parents in North East

Around 90,000 working families in the North East with children under 12 can apply for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child, per year, from today.

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Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery int the Market Place, Bedlington.

Concern over key town centre sites

At the start of the new year residents, and indeed businesses, around our Wansbeck constituency need to know what is happening about a number of key sites across our district.

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Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed the 2018/19 budget at a recent meeting.

Modest precept rise for council

Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed to restrict the increase in its element of the council tax for 2018/19 to two per cent at a recent meeting.

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Cramlington town centre.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Youth council to be set-up in town after new report

In response to concerns about ‘gangs’ of young people congregating in large numbers around Manor Walks and other areas, Cramlington Town Council commissioned North East charity NE Youth to look at the issues facing young people in the town.

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits the Salvation Army's Wawn Street Food Bank, with South Tyneside Churches Development Worker Jo Benham-Brown, and Major Stephen Slade.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck seeks support in fight against food poverty

South Shields’ MP has admitted her campaign to transform the way food poverty is measured hangs in the balance - just days ahead of it being debated a second time in parliament.

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