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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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Amended constituencies proposed for Northumberland

A new proposed arrangement for the electoral map in Northumberland has been revealed today, although it still features a reduction from four constituencies to three.

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Town council chairman Coun John Collins, left, enforcement officers who will work in Cramlington and council services manager Daryl Wood, right.

New enforcement officer for council

Cramlington Town Council is the first local authority at the town and parish level in both Northumberland and the North East to employ its own parking enforcement officer.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck.

Labour wins out in conferences

The annual party conference season is over – can I hear a few audible groans of relief? – and when MPs got back down to work at the House of Commons this week there was inevitably a lot of talk about what went on in the conference halls at Brighton and Manchester.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

Party offers hope after the despair

Above all else, last week’s Labour party conference, which I was proud to attend, offered one thing after more than seven years of Tory despair – hope.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

New data on housing ‘shows we were right’

Northumberland County Council has welcomed Government figures on projected future housing needs for the county.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

Party is in good heart and spirits

By the time you read this column we will be near the end of a week, which will have, personally, been one of the proudest in my life.

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Ronnie Campbell MP
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Following my beliefs in EU vote

It really pained me to vote against the Labour whip the other day to rebel against a party which, under Jeremy Corbyn, I otherwise support to the hilt.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Have your say on key site in town

Residents are being invited to have their say on the next stage of plans for the Portland Park site in Ashington.

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