Speech sees hopes rise for hospital future

MPs are back in Parliament after conference season. I spent the first two weeks, during the Lib Dem and Labour conferences, on my ‘summer tour’ of this vast constituency, driving from end to end and catching up with everyone.

Tyneside Jobs Fair.

Pleased jobs fair was such a big success

Summer is over for another year and somehow it is already autumn. But with the new season has come a whole host of exciting events and visits, meaning that I have had a very busy September in the Hexham constituency.

Northumberland County Council HQ

Residents' views sought on council services

People living in Northumberland are being asked for their views about a range of issues, including what it’s like to live in the area, what they think needs to improve, and how satisfied they are with county council services.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan at Berwick Academy. The MP now has a role assisting education ministers.

New role, but focus on key issues remains

Westminster has had that ‘back to school’ feeling as we return to Parliament having spent the summer recess touring the constituency, catching up with local people, charities and businesses.

Guy Opperman MP with Michael Gove.

Farming and forestry come to the fore

This summer has already been one to remember, having been officially declared the hottest since 1976, and so far it has been just as memorable in the Hexham constituency.

Ian Lavery visited St Benet Biscop High School on his constituency travels.

Work doesn’t stop during the recess

Parliament has broken up for its annual summer recess, which came in for some discussion last week when it was revealed that the Conservative Government wanted to bring forward the break by a few days.

Morpeth Railway Station.

Rail future is better in public hands

The recent announcement by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on the future operation of the main East Coast railway line came as no surprise to me because it was further proof that public ownership is the best way forward for a successful rail network in this country.

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