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Northumberland residents cast envious eye north of the border

Residents living on one side of the Scotland-England border could be paying up to £670 more in council tax than their close neighbours.

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Coun Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South and is chairman of the Tynedale Local Area Council.

Footpath closure in Northumberland town sparks petition

Residents are protesting against the lengthy closure of a popular footpath in a Northumberland town while a housing development is being built.

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Protestors against Highthorn opencast at Druridge Bay demonstrating at Morpeth County Hall'Picture by Jane Coltman

Good news for protecting our environment

The last few weeks have brought some fantastic news for the environment of our beautiful area.

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County Hall in Morpeth.

Call for referendum over devolution deal

Councillors in Northumberland have voted to move onto the next stage of the North of Tyne devolution deal.

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Gavin Styles, managing director at Banks Mining.

Banks Mining hits out at 'absolutely perverse' Highthorn decision

The boss of Banks Mining has slammed the Communities Secretary for his decision to ignore the planning inspector's recommendation and refuse a surface mine in Northumberland.

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Campaigners from Save Druridge on the beach.

REACTION: Northumberland surface mine refused

Politicians and groups react to this morning's news that the proposed Highthorn opencast mine on the Northumberland coast has been refused.
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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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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan in Prime Minister's Questions.

Berwick MP raises fishing concerns at PMQs

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan raised the concerns of Northumberland fishermen during Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.
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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Northumberland MPs at odds over free schools meals

North Northumberland’s MP has defended her decision to vote with the Government on an issue which has sparked a row over free school meals.

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County Hall in Morpeth.

Row rumbles on over withdrawal of plan

Labour has again attacked the Conservative administration in Northumberland over the withdrawal of a key planning document.

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Dame Vera Baird.

Invitation remains for PCC to explain benefits of co-option

Northumberland County Council has declined a request from Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Vera Baird to be co-opted onto the council.

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The meeting of concerned residents and business owners at Purdy Lodge, Adderstone Services.

A victory for the people and common sense

The frosty weather that has gripped our county and nation over recent days is not the only disruption this month.

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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Berwick MP calls for greater protection of the Eider Duck

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has called for more protection of the Eider Duck in Marine Conservation Zones.

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County Hall in Morpeth.

Northumberland County Council: Tories' first budget approved

The first Northumberland County Council budget by the Conservative administration which won power last May was passed tonight amid the usual political back and forth in the council chamber.

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A survey from the British Heart Foundation on organ donation.

Three-quarters of people would support law change on organ donation

More than three-quarters of people in the North East are in favour of a change in the law on organ donation, new figures reveal.

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

Devolution deal rolls on after public have say

The next step has been taken in the process to implement the North of Tyne devolution deal on the back of a public consultation.

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Tax-free childcare opens to parents in North East

Around 90,000 working families in the North East with children under 12 can apply for up to £2,000 of childcare support per child, per year, from today.

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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, far right, with fellow campaigners pledging to reduce their use of plastic for Lent.

Berwick MP joins campaign to cut back on plastic

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has joined fellow Conservatives in pledging to reduce their use of harmful single-use plastics for Lent.

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Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry samples Lindisfarne Mead on a visit to Holy Island where he met Ian Robinson and Christopher Walwyn-James.

Mead on the menu but A1 dualling on the mind

The A1 has been highlighted by Lindisfarne Mead as the major barrier restricting economic growth in Northumberland.

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Colin Shevills, of Balance.

Major new report reveals what we think about drink

Eight in 10 North-Easterners think the UK’s relationship with alcohol is ‘unhealthy’, a major new report has revealed.

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