David Woodard

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David’s Focus Newsletters for Pegswood Division

by David Woodard on 26 June, 2015

Click on the links below to see the most recent editions of FOCUS Spring 2018 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Autumn 2017 eFOCUS May-2017-eFOCUS February-2017-The-Pegswood-Division-FOCUS January-2017-FOCUS-on-Pegswood-Division December-2016-eFOCUS September 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division June 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division – final vers February 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Summer 2015 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Autumn 2014 […]

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More people are now turning to and voting Lib Dem

by David Woodard on 17 June, 2018

In May this year, in the areas of England where local government elections were held, Lib Dems won a total of 536 seats on principal councils; a net gain of 75 councillors. Liberal Democrats took control of four councils: Kingston, Richmond, South Cambridgeshire and (retaking) Three Rivers and also keeping control of all five councils […]

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The A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme will upgrade 8 miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway. This, in combination with the A1 Alnwick to Ellingham scheme has been designed to create a continuous, high quality dual carriageway from Newcastle to Ellingham. Starting at Warreners House (Northgate, Morpeth) and travelling in a northerly direction, the […]

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The Northumberland Local Plan when adopted will supersede the many planning policies from the former County and District Councils into a single planning document and ensure consistency in planning policies across Northumberland. The task started by the Lib Dem administration in 2009 was going to be difficult, some would say almost impossible, but the lack […]

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In the i newspaper yesterday Nick Clegg wrote – Brexiteers are right to panic – they’ve failed to deliver utopia and are almost out of excuses In politics, if you want to understand your enemies listen hard to their tone. The tone of your opponents normally tells you a lot more about what they’re really […]

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Band D Council Tax Comparisons

by David Woodard on 4 May, 2018

At PM Questions this week the Prime Minister pointed out that Band D Council Tax in the Conservative controlled London Borough of Wandsworth was £716.51 whereas in the adjacent Labour controlled Borough of Lambeth it was almost double at £1,386.27. To raucous applause from her backbenchers she concluded that people living in Conservative run council […]

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My latest FOCUS newsletter

by David Woodard on 3 May, 2018

To leave or not to leave the EU

by David Woodard on 8 April, 2018

In the Autumn of this year our MPs will be voting on a deal negotiated with the EU to leave the EU. This vote was achieved because a sufficient number of Tory rebels voted against a Government that wanted to proceed without a sovereign vote by the British parliament. MPs may decide not to take […]

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Council Tax is rising faster than ever

by David Woodard on 31 March, 2018

Local Lib Dems have been analysing the Council Tax bills sent out by Northumberland County Council since the District Councils were abolished and a Unitary Authority was created in April 2009. Our analysis confirms the Conservative Government’s current policy of allowing Council Tax to rise well above the rate of inflation, while it continues to […]

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Morpeth Tories are planning a local ‘land grab’

by David Woodard on 5 March, 2018

The minutes of Morpeth Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee published on their website www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk reveal that Tory councillors are hatching a plan to extend the town’s boundary. Land and housing in the adjacent parishes of Hepscott, Mitford and Hebron are being targeted. There is a formal process for changing parish boundaries. Adjustments are […]

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How HM Government spends your money

by David Woodard on 24 February, 2018

At this time of the year taxpayers receive from HM Revenue and Customs an annual tax summary and a new tax code for the year ahead. They also receive a summary of how their tax was spent. This summary shows that for 2016/17 the lion’s share, i.e., more than 80% and £572billion, was spent on […]

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