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Brexit is a national embarrassment – people feel duped

by David Woodard on 8 November, 2018

In America, as a result of the mid-term elections, the Democrats are to take control of the House of Representatives. This is being welcomed by many Americans who were dismayed by the result of the 2016 Presidential election. Since 2016, America has become a more openly racist and intolerant place. Immigrants are less welcome, the […]

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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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I have been out delivering leaflets and have knocked on a few doors in various parts of the Pegswood Electoral Division. This has been a good opportunity to meet people, see places and find out about the local issues that concern people. Many people are not aware that Pegswood Division is a large rural division […]

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The Labour leader of Northumberland County Council is always keen to get some publicity for himself. However, by using council property such as site hoardings, refuse collection vehicles and fire appliances to make exaggerated claims he is also seen to electioneering for the Labour party. The exaggerated claims being made have yet to be realised […]

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Last night, the Liberal Democrats had three more council by-election victories with huge swings from the Conservatives – securing the party’s best ever year for by-election gains. In 2016 the Liberal Democrats have made a net gain of 28 local authority seats which surpasses the previous best of 27 gains, which were made in 2002. […]

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We cannot allow hateful politicians to keep on winning

by David Woodard on 10 November, 2016

Last night in America the politics of hate, of fear and of division won. In 21 days, we can turn back this tide of hateful, divisive, fearful politics. Winning in the Richmond Park by-election isn’t just about one seat. After the 2015 general election, after Brexit, after Trump, this is about turning that tide. If […]

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If the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) had looked at Northumberland first, rather than solve a problem with a lack of numbers in the Newcastle North West constituency then their proposals might have been more sensible. By taking the Ponteland East Electoral Division (ED) away from Northumberland they have inevitably created constituencies that do not […]

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The Government has decided to reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600. This will mean that from 2018 at a general election Northumberland will have three MPs. not four, in a North East region which will reduce from 29 to a total of 25 MPs. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) have […]

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Liberal Democrats are being given more credit

by David Woodard on 29 March, 2016

Negative national press coverage over the last five years has done much to damage the reputation of the Liberal Democrats and erode public support. Recently however articles have been appearing suggesting the Lib Dems should be praised for their contribution as partners in a coalition government; praised for promoting fairness and putting a brake on […]

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Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan goes to a Referendum

by David Woodard on 28 November, 2015

I am Pegswood Parish Council’s representative on the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This is my report on the progress of the Plan. In June this year the Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for an independent Examination. In September, the Examiner published his report recommending that, with a number of relatively minor modifications, the Plan met […]

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