Why we must revisit our aid commitment

The Department for International Development (DFID) was formed in order to make global development a national priority and accelerate the ending of extreme poverty and disease.

Protestors at the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group  meeting about Rothbury Community Hospital at Morpeth Town Hall.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Community’s hospital fight taken to PM

Since my last update, there has been no shortage of politics, sport or national events for the nation to get its teeth into.

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.

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:
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.

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.

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.

The survey results

More than half in Northumberland believe we're better off in Europe - new survey

More than half of people in Northumberland think we would be better off economically in Europe - and a majority want to stick with the Single Market.
Coldstream Bridge, marking the border with Scotland and England.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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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