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Picnic is going back to its roots

Throughout the working life of the Northumberland coalfield the Miners’ Picnic was one of the most eagerly anticipated days in the year.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

A useful ‘shift’ at hospital for Wansbeck MP

An evening spent with a routine Friday night shift of doctors, nurses, managers and support staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist emergency hospital near Cramlington proved to be a real eye-opener for Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

The shameful rise of child poverty

The TUC has exposed a shameful fact – the number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be one million higher this year than when the Tories took power.

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Morpeth Train Station.'Morpeth Railway Station

Railway’s best in public ownership

The announcement by the Transport Secretary on the future of the East Coast main railway line came as no surprise to me because it was further proof that public ownership is the best way forward for the operation of our rail network.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

Back a Brexit for jobs and services

I am so sick of unelected bureaucrats in the EU telling elected representatives in Parliament what to do. Who are these people, and who put them in power?

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland council leader hits back at serious allegations by developer

The developer behind controversial housing plans in Northumberland has made serious allegations about ‘unlawful’ efforts by the leader of the council and others to prevent the scheme from going ahead.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

The tragedy of screening failure

MPs in the House of Commons were stunned last week to hear Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reveal a failing in the breast screen programme, which potentially has put the lives of women at risk because of a computer system glitch.

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Northumberland County Council's County Hall

LIVE UPDATES: Overhaul of schools in west Northumberland; Netherton First School; post-16 transport discussed at county council cabinet meeting

Local democracy reporter Ben O'Connell is at County Hall, Morpeth, today for Northumberland County Council's Cabinet meeting. Follow his blog here:
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with MP Ronnie Campbell during his visit to Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman

No place in party for anti-Semitism

Recently I took some flak for writing that there isn’t an anti-Semitic bone in Jeremy Corbyn’s body.

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Former county councillor Gavin Jones has expressed his concerns about online abuse.

Little progress on county’s pledge to tackle online bullying

Concerns over personal abuse and misleading the public on social media in the realm of Northumberland’s local politics has led to calls for action.

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Coun Grant Davey

Northumberland communities ‘being kept in the dark over their neighbourhood plans’

Concerns have been raised about Northumberland County Council keeping communities in the dark by withholding legal advice on the robustness of neighbourhood plans.

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

North of Tyne devolution plans approved

Millions of pounds and decision-making powers are set to be handed to the North East by the Government after council leaders backed plans for a North of Tyne Combined Authority.

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A section of the Portland Park site in Ashington.

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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Ronnie Campbell MP'Picture by Jane Coltman

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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