Since I started in local politics in May ’17 there have been a lot of elections – County Council, General Election, North of Tyne, NCC by-election, Europe, Police & Crime Commissioner and now another General Election.
People are weary but this is the most important one – bringing the brexit paralysis to a speedy conclusion and stopping Corbyn’s damaging brand of politics. The campaign started today in the Hexham constituency.
Robbie Moore is standing in the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner on 18th July. I work with Robbie at Northumberland County Council and have seen at first hand how effective he is.
Vera Baird lost her seat as an MP in Redcar, became our PCC and is now heading off to become national Victim Commissioner. That gives us a great opportunity to turn the status quo on its head and elect an enthusiastic and competent commissioner.
The Conservatives took effective control of Northumberland County Council in a dramatic May 2017 election night. Although one short of an overall majority we have been able to form an effective administration.
Despite massive opposition from the people of Morpeth the Northumberland County Council planning committee have voted through plans to redevelop the existing county hall site as work starts on a costly new county hall site in Ashington. There have been 1,683 written objections to this and only 14 letters of support. The people in the North of our county are understandably angry that their legitimate concerns are being ignored again. Like their recent decision to withdraw public notices from the Hexham Courant this is another example of the administration’s disdain for voters outside of their Ashington / Blyth heartland.
The Journal editorial makes a good point that the Labour / Independent council are soon to find out if they have misjudged the mood of the voters right across the county when we vote on 4th May.
Conservatives voted against the proposals, all Labour members and Tyne Valley Independent Paul Kelly voted in favour of the redevelopment. The two Liberal members were split.
Northumberland County Council has withdrawn all public notices and advertising from the Hexham Courant – see their article here.
This is shocking and illustrates the contempt the Labour/Independent coalition have for the people of Corbridge and the Hexham Courant readership area.
The Courant dares to write articles criticising County Council Policy and the advertising spend is withdrawn. If it really is a cost saving measure why do they continue spending money on huge pictures of the leader and deputy leader on billboards, fire engines and bin lorries?
They say we can access important public notices in the Northumberland Gazette – who has ever read the Northumberland Gazette?
If you are appalled by this please share.