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.

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.

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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MP shares her views on state visit of US President Trump

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has shared her views on the proposed state visit of the new US President, Donald Trump.

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The Bill to trigger article 50, in front of the Houses of Parliament. Picture by Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

We’re living in exciting times with Brexit

The pace of life at Westminster continues to keep me on my toes, with key hearings on the Public Accounts Committee on NHS matters, amongst others.

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Savings to be made have reduced, but still £6m of cuts

Northumberland County Council’s budget for the next year aims to continue protecting frontline services and promoting growth – despite facing further cuts.

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PMQs query on Duke’s farm funding

The amount of funding the Duke of Northumberland receives in farm subsidies was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions last week.

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Thinktank and Northumberland MP give thumbs-up to industrial strategy

The region’s dedicated thinktank and the MP for Berwick have both welcomed new plans for a modern industrial strategy which could create more high-skilled, high-paid jobs for people in the North East.

Northumberland County Council chief executive Steven Mason

North East trio to go it alone on devolution deal

The prospect of a devolution deal for the three councils north of the Tyne is rising after the Government agreed to start formal discussions.

Northumbria's police and crime commissioner Vera Baird.

PCC backs call for action on number of female MPs

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC has welcomed a report concluding that political parties must be held to account for the lack of female MPs at Westminster.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Berwick MP welcomes PM’s ‘global approach’ after key Brexit speech

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed the Prime Minister’s ‘commitment to a global outlook’ after Theresa May’s long-awaited speech on her objectives for Brexit.

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‘A huge blow to common sense’

Government plans to make teaching about sex, domestic abuse and LGBT issues compulsory in schools in England and Wales have been scrapped, in a move that Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has described as a ‘huge blow to common sense’.

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Northumberland County Council's Conservative group leader, Peter Jackson, at County Hall.

Latest funding for our roads and potholes revealed

The North East is set to receive £3.9million from the Government’s Pothole Action Fund in 2017/18.

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Michael Farr, Isos executive director of development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and David Curran. Weavers Court scheme manager.

MP impressed by new facility in Alnwick

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick, paid a visit to Isos Housing’s new Weavers Court development in Alnwick last week.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with the head boys and girls at Seahouses Primary School.

MP visits ‘new’ Seahouses Primary School

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan paid a visit to Seahouses Primary School last Friday, which has made the move to being a primary school under the move to a two-tier system.

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County leads the way in new care model

Winter is beginning to bite and our thoughts turn to the annual pressure it places on our services, the NHS in particular.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan on BBC Breakfast this morning.

Berwick MP reacts to key UK/EU diplomat resigning

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has defended the current Government’s plans for Brexit after a key diplomat resigned.

Two Scottish councils are looking at trialling the UBI.

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

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