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**NEWSFLASH** A1 dualling go ahead thanks
to Alan Beith & Julie Pörksen

Vince A1

Vince Cable announcing the dualling of the A1 with Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen.

Liberal Democrats have today (1st Dec) announced £290m worth of investment in the A1 through Northumberland.

Full dualling from Felton to Morpeth

Full dualling from Alnwick to Ellingham

Safety upgrades north of Ellingham

  • Three stretches of climbing lanes totalling 2.5 mile
  • Five junctions enhanced with right‑turning refuges
  • Better crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

This work wouldn't be happening without the Lib Dems in government. It is a huge step forward after decades of campaigning. The fight continues now for full dualling right through to Scotland.

In 1992 the Conservatives promised they would dual the A1 but they failed to deliver. Only the Lib Dems can be relied on to make sure it happens this time.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015
    By RMC
    Tom Hancock has been named as the Lib Dem challenger to the sitting Labour MP in the Wansbeck constituency, which includes Ashington and Morpeth.
    Tom Hancock was born in Shotley Bridge and grew up in Northumberland. He was educated at Prudhoe Community High School before going to study politics at the University of York. It was here that he first became involved with the Liberal Democrats through the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign. Since graduating he has worked as a local campaigner first in Gateshead and now in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • Stephen Glenn (Sedgefield)
    Article: Mar 21, 2015
    By RMC

    Darlington & Sedgefield Lib Dems announce Stephen Glenn as GE candidate for Sedgefield

    D&S Liberal Democrats have announced that Stephen Glenn will be the party's candidate for Sedgefield at the General Election.

    Stephen was born and raised in Northern Ireland before studying Economics at Kingston University to study Economics, where he first got involved in local politics with the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2015

    North East Lib Dems invite regional businesses to a pre-General Election Business Breakfast Briefing

    Businesses in the North East are being invited to a Lib Dem Business Breakfast Briefing at Carluccio's on Grey Street on Monday March 30th, setting out the party's regional priorities for the next Parliament.

  • Dr John Appleby
    Article: Mar 17, 2015


    North Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced that Dr John Appleby will be the party's candidate at the General Election in the North Tyneside constituency.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Rothbury's sweet shop, Sweetie's marked its first a birthday with a visit from local Lib Dems Sir Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen.

    Sweetie's, a small shop jam packed with traditional jars of sweets, home made fudge and pick and mix, was set up a year ago by husband and wife team Ian and Linda Jobson was a major career change for both. The Jobson's used Start Up Loans, a government scheme providing loans and support, to start their business in an empty shop in Bridge Street, Rothbury.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrats have hailed impressive 7.24% growth in the North East's exports during 2014, despite a fall in exporting nationally.

    The NE's total value of exports has risen by 7.24% compared to a national fall of 3.89%. Quarterly figures from HMRC for Sep-Dec 2014 show £3.289 billion of NE exports, a rise of £250 million or 8.21% compared to the same period in 2013. The NE also remains the only English region with a consistently positive balance of trade, with exports exceeding imports. Net exports for the region now stand at £4.45 billion.

  • Maelor Williams
    Article: Mar 5, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrats regret to announce that our colleague and friend Maelor Williams died last night in James Cook University Hospital after a short illness.

    Maelor Williams was a man of great integrity and held in high esteem by those who knew him. He joined the old Liberal Party aged 16 and had been a member ever since. A proud Welshman by birth, he first stood for election in Stockton over 50 years ago, and spent much of his professional career working for ICI, latterly as a plant manager at Billingham.

  • John Paton-Day, Tynemouth
    Article: Mar 4, 2015
    North Tyneside Liberal Democrats announce that John Paton-Day will contest
    Tynemouth constituency at General Election

    North Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced that John Paton-Day will be the party's

    candidate for Tynemouth constituency at the forthcoming General Election.

    John hails from Berwickshire. He is married and has two children currently in their first year at university.

  • AnitaLowerhousebuilder
    Article: Mar 1, 2015
    By RMC

    Lib Dems challenge Newcastle Core Strategy greenfield housebuilding target after new DCLG

    figures suggest it's 36% too high: 7000 homes may not be needed after all

    Lib Dem candidate for Newcastle North and leader of the Lib Dem opposition on Newcastle City Council Anita Lower

    has called for an independent "second opinion" on Newcastle City Council's Core Strategy annual housebuilding target

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Email: stanstheman@cix.co.uk

    South Tyneside Lib Dems Announce General Election Candidate: Stan's The Man for Jarrow

    South Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced that Stan Collins will contest the Jarrow constituency at the forthcoming General Election.

    Stan Collins is a Cumbria councillor with a long record of public service and a professional background as a business systems analyst. He has a track record of identifying problems and opportunities early and of proposing practical measures in response, and believes that an MP should work to help residents, industries, businesses, and services take advantage of opportunities and cope with difficulties in the face of what can often be rapid and fundamental changes.

Julie Porksen and Alan Beith with Berwick campaigners outside Berwick Infirmary

Back Julie and Alan's call for a second 24 hour ambulance in Berwick

Alan Beith MP at Berwick Infirmary


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Following th Dissolution of Parliament on Monday 30 March 2015 ahead of the General Election on Thursday 7 May 2015, Sir Alan Beith is no longer the MP for Berwick upon Tweed. Any reference this website may contain to Sir Alan Beith MP is historic.