10 years ago: Thursday, June 20, 2002

A revolt is taking place at the grass-roots level of local government as parish councillors across north Northumberland resign.

Under new Government guidelines every parish councillor has had to sign a Code of Conduct which lists all their land and business interests.

A failure to sign the code means people can no longer be parish councillors and in north Northumberland many people have resigned instead of signing.

The six-member Ellingham Parish Council was disbanded in March after they missed the deadline for signing the code.

Longhoughton Parish Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the code after many members expressed disquiet about it.

North Sunderland Parish Council has been rocked by three resignations due to a refusal to sign the code.