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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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Welcome for Government funding news

The Rural Services Network (RSN) has welcomed the Government’s decision to release extra funding in next year’s finance settlement for rural councils.

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Differing views on Brexit impact assessment figures.

North East to be worst hit by Brexit – or not

‘Doom-mongering’ or ‘a nightmare scenario for our region’ – North-East politicians have reacted to the estimates by government officials of Brexit’s impact on the economy across the country.

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Female Conservative MPs.

Women encouraged to stand for public office

MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, is calling on more women to get involved in politics.

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Lisa-Marie Kelly, secretary of Labours Alnwick branch.

Weekly street surgeries to hear residents’ views

The Labour Party’s Alnwick branch is holding weekly street surgeries in the town to speak to residents and hear their views and concerns.

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The keep clear road marking.

Row erupts over who should take the credit for keep clear marking

A war of words erupted on social media over who was responsible for rallying the county council into action to install new road markings in Alnwick town centre.

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Harwood Forest

Forest scheme for the good of communities

January has historically been seen as a hard month following the festivities and joviality of Christmas, with the post-holiday blues, the harsh weather, going back to work and totting up the Christmas spend things many people will recognise.

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George Osborne and Lord Jim ONeill launch the first report from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership in February 2017 with Collette Roche. Picture by Tony Johnson

Improving education key to tackling skills shortage in north

Too many children in the north are falling behind other parts of the UK leading to a serious skills shortage for employers, a major new report has found.

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Northumberland Gazette latest

Nearly 15,000 Northumberland children living in poverty

Nearly 15,000 children in Northumberland are living in poverty, new figures reveal.

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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Cross-party support for bill to make rented homes safer

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan backed a Bill to help make rented homes safer.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland Conservatives, outside County Hall in Morpeth.

Post-16 transport charges to be axed in Tories’ first budget

Transport charges for post-16 students are to be abolished for the next academic year, the leader of Northumberland County Council has pledged.

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A victorious Ronnie Campbell at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

MP’s praise for care he received from NHS

A Northumberland MP has paid tribute to North-East health trusts – a year after he survived life-threatening cancer operations.

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Funding cuts pile pressure on services

Rural local authorities are set to lose one third of their funding from central government – in a move which will pile further pressure on already over-stretched public services, the Rural Services Network (RSN) has warned.

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Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Berwick MP honours Holocaust Memorial Day

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.

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Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office.

Delaying introduction of MUP will cost lives, warns Balance

At least 75 North-East lives will be lost if the Government delays the introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) in England for five years, the region’s alcohol office has warned.

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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.

A mess of pottage? North of Tyne devolution criticised by professor

A university professor has criticised the proposed North of Tyne (NoT) devolution deal, saying only the thinnest of gruel is on offer.

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The Morpeth Northern Bypass was built by Carillion.

MP hits out after collapse of Carillion

A Northumberland MP joined Labour colleagues to ask why the Government awarded contracts to Carillion worth nearly £2billion following the company’s warnings over profits.

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