Villagers chat to MP on tour

VILLAGERS have taken the chance to chat to their MP during a mammoth surgery tour.

Berwick Member Sir Alan Beith embarked on the annual tour this week to visit almost 130 communities throughout his constituency.

The trip has included Stobswood, Widdrington Station, Ulgham, Linton, Ellington, Lynemouth, Cresswell, Widdrington Village, Cambo, Scots Gap, Belsay, Bolam, Middleton, High Angerton, Hartburn, Meldon and Netherwitton.

And villages further north will be visited today.

Sir Alan said: “It’s a very important part of the work I do in the constituency because I am able to meet constituents who might find it difficult to get to one of my regular surgeries in the larger towns.

“It’s also a great opportunity to check up on whether problems I have taken up are being resolved and to spot potential problems, which I can take up with the relevant authorities.”

The tour will be interrupted when Parliament resumes on Tuesday, but Sir Alan will be back on the road for six days from Thursday, September 22.

“It’s a lot of driving and it generates a huge amount of work for me and my team, but I can’t imagine how you could represent this constituency without taking the time to talk to people and see for yourself what’s going on in the remote areas,” he said.

“I know from the feedback I get that residents agree.”