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A message from Sir Alan Beith MP

Alan Beith

As the MP for Berwick upon Tweed, my job is to fight for our area and my constituents, for the services we need and deserve, and for this beautiful and varied part of England.

I make it my top priority to represent the views and concerns of the people of Northumberland, from Berwick to Belsay and from the Cheviots and the National Park to the coast.

You may be interested in my campaigns in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency, such as keeping Berwick residents safe, dualling and improvements to the A1, protecting our ambulance cover, pushing for new school buildings for Alnwick, kidney dialysis at Berwick Infirmary, chemotherapy at Alnwick Infirmary, help for farmers and fishermen, support and protection for flood victims, better facilities at Alnmouth railway station and a new platform at Belford railway station as well as protecting bus services, more NHS dental services, bringing high speed broadband to the most rural parts of the constituency and, of course, boosting jobs and our local economy. There's always plenty to do!

If I or my team can be of any help, or if you would like to contact me about any issue, please don't hesitate to get in touch by email, phone, letter or by coming to one of my regular surgeries. And thank you for your support.

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Recent updates

  • Julie at 2013 conference
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Local campaigner Julie Pörksen has welcomed the news that a Liberal Democrat government will make further cuts in Income Tax and reduce National Insurance for millions of workers under manifesto plans announced.

    The Liberal Democrats, by the end of the next Parliament, plan to raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500. This move will cut income tax for 30 million people and be worth an extra £400 per year to a typical basic rate taxpayer whilst taking hundreds of thousands of people out of tax altogether.

  • Julie Alan A1
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has paid a visit to the DEFRA offices at Lion House in Alnwick to hear staff concerns about the future of the site.

    There are concerns that if the SSCL operation closes in June 2015, the office buildings and site, which are owned by DEFRA, will no longer be financially viable for the remaining staff still employed by DEFRA. There are around a dozen members of staff based at Alnwick who carry out crucial archiving work for DEFRA and various government agencies. Recent changes have seen the majority of DEFRA workers transferred to Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL), as part of the Cabinet Office plans to streamline services shared by several Government Departments. However a bid for NHS work to be carried out at Alnwick was unsuccessful and the future of SSCL's Alnwick base is under threat. SSCL staff have been the chance to take jobs at SSCL's Longbenton site, with additional support for their travel costs, or accept redundancy packages from June 2015. Although SSCL is continuing to search for new work which could be carried out at Alnwick there are fears that no additional work will be found before the current arrangements run out in June 2015.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2014

    Kate Cairns was elected in a landslide victory in the Berwick constituency ward of Longhoughton last week, called after the passing of a much respected longstanding independent councillor. From a standing start - we didn't field a candidate in the county council elections last year - we took almost 50% of the vote, with the Tories coming a poor second with less than half our vote, an independent and UKIP followed the Tories and Labour were nearly wiped out with 3%.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2014
    Durham Lib Dems select 2015 candidate
    Liberal Democrats in the City of Durham, one of the most marginal seats in the North East, have selected their Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election.
    Craig Martin, a 25-year-old teacher from County Durham, was elected by the local party last night and says the Lib Dems', who finished a close second in the seat in 2010, have a proud record in the area.
  • Alan beith at The Lee
    Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith will start his annual surgery tour on Monday 28 July 2014.

    Sir Alan's surgery tour sees him travel over 1,000 miles to visit over 120 villages and hamlets across the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency. Sir Alan meets hundreds of people every year when he visits our rural and sometimes remote villages to ensure that every constituent gets a chance to speak to him in person.

  • Julie Alan A1
    Article: Jul 7, 2014

    The North East Local Enterprise Partnership today agreed an historic Growth Deal with the Government which will see £289.3million invested in the North East LEP area. £111.7million has been confirmed in the first year, and as part of the Government's on-going commitment to the North East LEP it has provided an indicative award of a further £177.6million of funding from 2016/17 onwards. The deal will help to create up to 4000 jobs, and generate up to £120million in private and public sector investment.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014
    By Libdem HQ 29/07/2014

    Your pension to be protected by law

    Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today.

    These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago.


    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats' triple lock guarantee, the basic state pension has risen in each year of the last parliament by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.

    This means the state pension is £440 higher per year in 2014-15 than if it had increased in line with earnings from the start of this Parliament, and worth over £800 a year more in total.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to write this guarantee into law, giving pensioners more certainty that their pension will continue to rise in future.

    Announcing the plan, Steve Webb said:

    "A decent income in retirement for pensioners is central to the Liberal Democrat vision of a fair society.

    "For decades, successive Labour and Conservative governments allowed the state pension to decline after Mrs. Thatcher broke the 'earnings link' in 1980. Our manifesto promise of a 'triple lock' has been implemented every year since 2010 and means that the state pension is already a higher share of the national average wage than at any time since the early 1990s.

    "But if we are serious about having a decent state pension we need to go further. That is why the Liberal Democrats will guarantee in law that in each year pensions will rise by the highest of wages, prices or 2.5%."

    The Liberal Democrat plans are in stark contrast to the Labour years, which on one occasion saw Gordon Brown increase the state pension by just 75p-a-week.

    The triple lock guarantee would ensure an increase in the value of the state pension of at least £790 per year by the end of the next Parliament.

  • Julie Porksen headshot smiling
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The Great British High Street Awards, a national competition to find and celebrate the best high streets in the country was launched last week. The competition is being run by the Future High Streets Forum and the Association of Town and City Management. The six categories in recognition of the diversity of Britain's high streets are: city centre, town centre, market town, coastal community, village, and parade of shops.

  • House of Commons Justice Committee
    Article: Jun 26, 2014

    The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Berwick's Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith, will publish its First Report of Session 2014-15, Crime reduction policies: a co-ordinated approach?, at 00.01am on Thursday 26 June 2014 as HC 307.

    Embargoed electronic advanced copies will be made available to witnesses and members of the pressfrom 11.00am on Tuesday 24 June 2014.

  • House of Commons Justice Committee
    Article: Jun 26, 2014

    The Land Registry describes manorial rights as rights which were retained by lords of the manor when land became freehold. They can include rights to mines and some minerals, sporting rights such as hunting, shooting and fishing, and rights to hold fairs and markets. Manorial rights were specifically preserved in 1926 when other aspects of the manorial system were abolished. Following changes introduced by the Land Registration Act 2002 manorial rights lost their overriding status in relation to properties if they were not protected by being registered before 13 October 2013. This has led to large numbers of applications to enter a notice claiming manorial rights on properties in England and Wales being made to the Land Registry in recent years, and subsequent notifications of these claims being sent to landowners by the Land Registry. As a consequence, the Committee has recently received a number of representations calling for the abolition of manorial rights.

Northumberland County Council's Labour administration is planning to scrap free travel for post-16 students travelling to and from school or college - replacing it with a £450 annual charge. Please click here and sign our petition calling on them to rethink.

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Alan's Surgeries

If you have an issue you want to raise, a problem to share, or just to say hello, why not come along to one of Alan's regular surgeries around the constituency?

For details click on "Surgeries" on the left hand column.



Join Alan's campaign for dialysis treatment at Berwick Infirmary.

Alan Beith MP at Berwick Infirmary


Better broadband for Northumberland

Could you take 5 minutes to tell Alan about your internet connection?

We need information from residents and businesses to help make the case to the Government and other funders for better broadband in our area - thank you for helping.

Click on the picture above to take the survey.

Alan Beith