Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital'Picture by Jane Coltman

A frontline view of our services

Readers may recall me writing a few weeks ago about an initiative of mine to spend some time on the frontline with our local emergency services to see some of the issues they face on a day-to-day basis.

Northumberland County Council HQ

Residents' views sought on council services

People living in Northumberland are being asked for their views about a range of issues, including what it’s like to live in the area, what they think needs to improve, and how satisfied they are with county council services.

It's time to get your flu jab.

Better to be safe than flu sorry

It’s that time of the year when the sniffles, sneezes and coughs start to hint that winter is not too far away so a timely reminder might be appropriate to encourage constituents to start thinking about getting the recommended protection of a flu jab.

Northumbria Police.

Cuts leave police under-resourced

People will know that I had a few run-ins with the police as a flying picket during the Great Miners’ Strike and was arrested twice, but that was over 30 years ago and in extraordinary circumstances.

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

Breaking ‘period poverty’ taboo

‘That time of the month’ for women and girls used to be one of those taboo subjects that were rarely talked about, but is thankfully more openly discussed in the enlightened society we are striving to build.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

Benefit system akin to the 1950s

It’s a given that the government is using so-called ‘reforms’ to slash the social security bill in the north east and other areas, but a parliamentary report, which has barely been reported, is truly shocking.

Ian Lavery MP Picture by Jane Coltman

Valuable time in the constituency

By the time you read this column parliament will have broken up for its annual summer recess, but contrary to public opinion MPs do not simply all stop working and go off on our summer holidays for six weeks until we return to the House of Commons.

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