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MP rejects doubts cast over A1 dualling in Northumberland

A question mark over the dualling of the A1 has been rejected by Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan as ‘dangerous scaremongering’.

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Majority of Northumberland pubs in line for a discount, but is it enough?

Exclusive research shows that 92 per cent of pubs in Northumberland are eligible for a discount after the Budget earlier this month.

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Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening. Picture by Richard Ponter

Date announced for the launch of tax-free childcare

Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the Government’s new childcare offers, with around 90,000 families in the North East set to be eligible for tax-free childcare.

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Berwick MP accused of scaremongering on health funding

Northumberland County Council has reacted angrily to accusations from Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan of health funding potentially being ‘driven towards’ the south-east of the county.

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Coun Grant Davey, Northumberland County Council and Labour leader.

Appeal to PM by council on school funding fears

Northumberland County Council has joined scores of local authorities in writing to the Prime Minister about school funding fears.

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Council targets empty homes causing a blight

Northumberland County Council wants to know if an empty property is causing a blight.

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Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. Picture by John Tuttiett

‘Tory priorities on schools are all wrong’

The National Audit Office reckons that crumbling schools in Northumberland need £2,100 per pupil to bring them up to standard.

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A Northern Rail pacer train.

Union welcomes MPs’ support for Northern Rail guard campaign

Rail union RMT has welcomed a motion tabled in Parliament by MPs from across the north which supports the campaign for guards to be retained on every Northern train.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond. Picture by Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Budget: What’s in there that will affect you?

Chancellor Philip Hammond today delivered his final Spring Budget, ahead of a switch to the autumn, but what is there that will affect people in Northumberland?

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Coun Grant Davey, Northumberland County Council and Labour leader.

Jobs and homes among pledges in Labour manifesto

Northumberland Labour has launched its manifesto for May’s elections, with pledges to create thousands of homes and thousands of jobs.

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Ian Lavery MP and Mike McDonald, from the NUT, outside the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.

MP launches campaign on cuts to education

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has launched a campaign to oppose ‘the Conservative Government’s cuts to education’.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: Calls to tackle schools funding and unleash North East potential

The North East’s business group is calling on the Chancellor to ‘unleash the region’s potential’, while a schools group is urging him to ‘tackle the funding crisis’.

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The Berwick WASPI group was well represented at the protest at the Houses of Parliament last year.

WASPI group is heading down to Westminster

Women from across Northumberland will be travelling to a mass demonstration in London next Wednesday to protest the lack of information given to them about their pensions.

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Migrants line-up to register at a processing centre in "the jungle" near Calais. Picture by John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Safe homes for children are in short supply

The extraordinary political times we live in continue unabated.

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Call to raise tax on cheap cider

Call to raise tax on cheap cider

Ahead of this year’s Budget, Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is calling on the Chancellor to increase the duty on cheap, high-strength white cider.

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Guy Renner-Thompson, who is standing in the Bamburgh ward for the Conservatives.

Conservative candidate for Bamburgh ward sets outs his views

The Tory candidate for the Bamburgh county-council ward has vowed to fight for a fairer deal for the area if he is elected in May.

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Conservative Party chairman, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, with Coun Peter Jackson.

Manifesto launched by Northumberland Conservatives

Northumberland Conservatives launched their manifesto last week as they bid to wrest control from Labour at County Hall in May.

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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan with former transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Plans for eventual dualling of the A1 through Northumberland confirmed

Hopes that the remaining 25 miles of single carriageway on the A1 in Northumberland will eventually be dualled have received a further boost.

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The relocation of the councils HQ to Ashington remains controversial, with the Tories opposing it but �32million allocated over the next three years.

Capital spending of £380m next year divides opinion

Investing in a vision for the future or increasing debt with risky spending – contrasting views on Northumberland County Council’s new budget.

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