Northumberland Labour’s leadership were dealt a further blow this week as the party were forced into an embarrassing U-turn over a council motion to reinstate the party’s plan for 26,000 additional houses in the county.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed has written to the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP who has responsibility for the National Planning Policy Framework, to ask him to consider changes to the framework that would prohibit the further development of opencast coal mines.
Councillor Wayne Daley is in Peter Jackson's cabinet with responsibility for Children's Services. This week he reports on three projects which will form the backbone of his department's work for the year ahead.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Farming, George Eustice MP, visited Northumberland last week to take part in a round-table event, discussing a range of issues relating to farming and the rural economy.
One of the greatest challenges faced by people who are reaching their golden years is the loss of independence which has taken years to build. Reduced mobility often leaves older people struggling just to look after themselves.