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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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Several 50mph maximum speed signs have been erected along the road between Bothal and Shadfen Farm Mews on the A195. The road is narrow and steep in places. It has sharp bends and is best avoided in the winter because it is not gritted. The road is increasing being used by motorists, including van drivers, […]

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Dualling the A1 from Morpeth to Felton

by David Woodard on 20 May, 2016

The Highways Agency held an exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall three days ago. This was the start of a process which will lead to work commencing in 2020 on the construction of dual carriageways on the A1 north of Morpeth. Another public consultation and exhibition is planned for later this year. Then, in the summer […]

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My New Year wishes for Northumberland County Council

by David Woodard on 23 December, 2015

1. That the Labour Administration will abandon the decision of its cabinet members to recommend to the full council budget meeting in February that a new five storey Council HQ be built in Ashington at a cost of £33.4million. Liberal Democrats are not opposed to sensible public investment in Ashington. The new Leisure Centre which […]

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Police warning on telephone scams

by David Woodard on 22 December, 2015

Police are warning people to be alert to phone scams over the festive period. Fraudsters, may contact people claiming they have won a cash prize, or a holiday but asking for sums of money to be sent before the non-existent “prize” could be released. Other scams doing the rounds are fraudsters pretending to be bank […]

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There was an interesting article in today’s Journal which highlighted the difference between the annual allowances being paid to Sunderland and Newcastle City councillors. So I decided to investigate the difference between Newcastle City and Northumberland County Council. This is what I found. The basic annual allowance for all councillors in Newcastle is £8,275 in […]

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Bus reregulation plans thwarted

by David Woodard on 4 November, 2015

The Quality Contract Scheme board has dismissed a proposal from Nexus, which manages public transport in Tyne and Wear, to reregulate bus services. The board decided that the planned change “does not provide value for money”, while imposing “disproportionate adverse effects on operators”. However, Tyne and Wear’s attempt was made under pre-devolution legislation. New devolution […]

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Tax Credit Shambles

by David Woodard on 29 October, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have been clear that the Government’s proposed changes to tax credits are unacceptable. David Cameron explicitly ruled them out during the General Election campaign yet the Tory government has since shown it is dead set on cutting support for people who are doing the right thing and going out to work to […]

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Changes at The Journal

by David Woodard on 29 October, 2015

Regular readers of The Journal will recently have noticed major changes have taken place. Columns written by David Banks, Kate Fox, Tom Gutteridge, Denise Robertson and Bernard Trafford no longer appear. New columnists are now writing for our local daily newspaper. There, no doubt, hangs a tale. The Friday column by experienced journalist Dave Banks […]

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Pegswood Division and the General Election

by David Woodard on 18 April, 2015

Pegswood Electoral Division is crossed by a parliamentary constituency boundary. The Wansbeck constituency is in the south and the Berwick upon Tweed constituency in the north. Click on the following link to see the Constituency Map – Pegswood Electoral Division Sir Alan Beith has been the Liberal Democrat MP for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency […]

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