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On the brink of an historic UK moment

What interesting political times we live in, and the work at Westminster continues at a frenetic pace.

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Pont airfield memorial suggestion

Discussions are under way over the potential for a plaque to be put in place to honour the former Ponteland Airfield.

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The launch of the Green Dog Walkers Scheme at Croftway Primary school in Blyth where pupils are seen with Animal Welfare workers Gemma Fowle with Harvey, Malcolm Barras with Oscar and Kath Nisbet and Margaret Richardson from Northumberland County Council. Picture by Jane Coltman

County dog walkers scheme

A new initiative has been launched in Northumberland to stop residents and visitors falling foul of their most loyal friends.

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Garden improvements at allotment site

Garden improvements at allotment site

Morpeth Town Council has been working with a number of community groups and organisations to make improvements to the community garden at the Tommy’s Field allotment site.

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Guy Opperman wins the Hexham seat at the General Election count 2017.

Election is over, now the work begins

After a packed campaign, it is back to work in earnest.

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Equipment change in play area after vandalism

Following some recent vandalism in the play area off Callerton Lane, Ponteland Town Council has agreed that the damaged seat and picnic bench should be replaced with recycled plastic alternatives in accordance with the local authority’s policy.

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Lord Porter

Call for action as 75p per £1 for councils to be cut by 2020

Securing the financial sustainability of councils and vital local services must be the top priority for the new government, the leader of local government in England will say today.

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Coun David Bawn, Finance and General Purposes Committee chairman.

Council’s number of committees changes from three to two

A major change to Morpeth Town Council’s committee structure has been adopted.

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Jeremy Corbyn (centre) with shadow cabinet members (left to right) Diane Abbott, Ian Lavery, Kate Osamor, Tom Watson and Sarah Champion at the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party manifesto for the General Election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 16, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Ready for the challenging times ahead

Let me begin my first Morpeth Herald column after the General Election by saying how proud and honoured I am to have once again been chosen by the people of Wansbeck to represent you all at Westminster.

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan wins her seat at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

I’ll give county a determined and loud voice

It is an extraordinary privilege to have been re-elected as the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, our wonderful constituency, which covers over 1,000 square miles of North Northumberland.

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Ian Lavery MP. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Lavery calls on county council to reveal plans in letter to leader

Ian Lavery has urged the Conservative-led administration at County Hall to announce its intentions for some key sites to ‘put mine and my constituents’ minds at rest’.

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Jacqui Kell, chief executive of Arch.

‘Business as usual’ at Arch despite Tory pledge to scrap company

Northumberland’s development company Arch ‘is continuing to deliver business as usual across the county’, amid uncertainty over its future after a Conservative pledge to scrap it.

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Guy Opperman won the Hexham seat. Picture by Jane Coltman

ELECTION 2017: Results from the Hexham constituency

There was only ever going to be one winner in the Hexham constituency as Conservative Guy Opperman secured a huge 24,996 votes (54 per cent).

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Ian Lavery wins the Wansbeck seat. Picture by Jane Coltman

ELECTION 2017: Results from the Wansbeck constituency

Labour's election coordinator Ian Lavery has held onto his Wansbeck seat with a landslide victory, earning 24,338 votes.
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Northumberland General Election count 2017

ELECTION 2017: Live blog from Northumberland

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the election here, as it happens.

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ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

It’s going to be a long night as the UK goes to the polls for its snap 2017 general election.

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ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

After the polling miss at the 2015 general election, many politicians and journalists loudly declared they would never trust polls again. Two years later, opinion polls have regularly been leading the election news. First they foresaw a Conservative landslide, including a resurgence in Scotland, and more recently they’ve pointed to a shock Labour fightback.

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Election pollsters put their methods to the test – and turnout is the key

Trust in election forecasting is probably as low as it has been since 1948, when political polling suffered possibly its worst ever humiliation. In that year’s US presidential election, the 8-1 underdog Harry Truman defied all predictions to defeat his Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. “Dewey Defeats Truman” screamed the now-infamous newspaper headline printed before the actual votes were counted.

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There were loud cheers at the end of Jeremy Corbyns speech in Blyth this afternoon.

Jeremy Corbyn gives speech in Northumberland

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had plenty to say during a quick visit to Blyth this afternoon.

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Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

What causes terrorism? The combination of the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester [and now, the attacks on London Bridge] and a British general election inevitably meant that this question would dominate political and media discourses. And so it has. Particular attention has, once again, been drawn to the role of western foreign policy, including that of the UK, as a driver of extremist violence.

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