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Community’s hospital fight taken to PM

Since my last update, there has been no shortage of politics, sport or national events for the nation to get its teeth into.

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Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland council leader hits back at serious allegations by developer

The developer behind controversial housing plans in Northumberland has made serious allegations about ‘unlawful’ efforts by the leader of the council and others to prevent the scheme from going ahead.

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Coun Wayne Daley.

Residents’ voices are being heard

Spring has finally arrived in the Hexham constituency, and with it has come a busy month.

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Northumberland County Council's County Hall

LIVE UPDATES: Overhaul of schools in west Northumberland; Netherton First School; post-16 transport discussed at county council cabinet meeting

Local democracy reporter Ben O'Connell is at County Hall, Morpeth, today for Northumberland County Council's Cabinet meeting. Follow his blog here:
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Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital'Picture by Jane Coltman

Seeing the pressures of our services

Few would contest the assertion that the men and women who work in our emergency services are the pride of Britain.

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Former county councillor Gavin Jones has expressed his concerns about online abuse.

Little progress on county’s pledge to tackle online bullying

Concerns over personal abuse and misleading the public on social media in the realm of Northumberland’s local politics has led to calls for action.

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Coun Grant Davey

Northumberland communities ‘being kept in the dark over their neighbourhood plans’

Concerns have been raised about Northumberland County Council keeping communities in the dark by withholding legal advice on the robustness of neighbourhood plans.

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Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council; Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Elected Mayor; and Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

North of Tyne devolution plans approved

Millions of pounds and decision-making powers are set to be handed to the North East by the Government after council leaders backed plans for a North of Tyne Combined Authority.

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Coun Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South and is chairman of the Tynedale Local Area Council.

Footpath closure in Northumberland town sparks petition

Residents are protesting against the lengthy closure of a popular footpath in a Northumberland town while a housing development is being built.

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Protestors against Highthorn opencast at Druridge Bay demonstrating at Morpeth County Hall'Picture by Jane Coltman

Good news for protecting our environment

The last few weeks have brought some fantastic news for the environment of our beautiful area.

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Gavin Styles, managing director at Banks Mining.

Banks Mining hits out at 'absolutely perverse' Highthorn decision

The boss of Banks Mining has slammed the Communities Secretary for his decision to ignore the planning inspector's recommendation and refuse a surface mine in Northumberland.

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Campaigners from Save Druridge on the beach.

REACTION: Northumberland surface mine refused

Politicians and groups react to this morning's news that the proposed Highthorn opencast mine on the Northumberland coast has been refused.
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County council staff have been praised for their efforts during recent snow.

Snow, litter, business and community

The recent bad weather has disrupted many of us in the last few weeks, with the snow making life particularly difficult for our local small businesses.

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The snow-bound road to Whitehouse Farm, near Morpeth.

Bulldog spirit helps to see us through

If there’s one positive message to come out of the atrocious weather conditions we all lived through last week it is perhaps that when push comes to shove you’d be hard pressed to top the British bulldog fighting spirit anywhere in the world.

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Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor for North Tyneside,  and Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Devolution deal rolls on after consultation

The next step has been taken in the process to implement the North of Tyne devolution deal on the back of a public consultation.

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The meeting of concerned residents and business owners at Purdy Lodge, Adderstone Services.

A victory for the people and common sense

The frosty weather that has gripped our county and nation over recent days is not the only disruption this month.

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County Hall in Morpeth.

Northumberland County Council: Tories' first budget approved

The first Northumberland County Council budget by the Conservative administration which won power last May was passed tonight amid the usual political back and forth in the council chamber.

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A survey from the British Heart Foundation on organ donation.

Three-quarters of people would support law change on organ donation

More than three-quarters of people in the North East are in favour of a change in the law on organ donation, new figures reveal.

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Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor for North Tyneside,  and Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Devolution deal rolls on after public have say

The next step has been taken in the process to implement the North of Tyne devolution deal on the back of a public consultation.

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MP Guy Opperman pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day.

A month of achievement and reflection

It has been another busy month in the Hexham constituency, with plenty of visits, surgeries and brilliant achievements to celebrate.

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