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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

  • Alan Beith
    Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrats Sir Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen are asking residents across the Berwick upon Tweed constituency to support some local good causes battling for funding in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund scheme.

    Earlier this year, local people nominated over 7,000 community groups across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. 1,400 causes in 350 communities were then shortlisted for the Community Fund award.

  • Julie Porksen headshot smiling
    Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen is urging patients and their families to take part in a consultation on NHS Congenital Cardiac Services, which is now open.

    The consultation follows months of delay after a previous review of Children's Congenital Cardiac Services - the Safe and Sustainable Review - put the future of some highly specialised children's surgical services in doubt. The Independent Review Panel appointed by the Health Secretary to reassess the whole process concluded that the proposals to stop surgery at three hospitals in England were flawed, leaving too many questions about sustainability unanswered. The new review brings children's and adults' services together.

  • Sir Alan Beith MP's surgery tour ((c) Google Maps)
    Article: Sep 24, 2014

    The last two days of Berwick's Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith 's annual surgery tour take place on Thursday and Friday this week - with a slight twist.

    Thursday's tour - between Stobswood and Hauxley, will take place as usual. But the probable recall of Parliament on Friday means the MP will be represented by a member of staff for the last leg of the tour, which covers villages and hamlets between Hetton Steads and Doddington.

  • Julie Porksen headshot smiling
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrat campaigner and Northumberland farmer's daughter Julie Pörksen has used the start of British food fortnight as an opportunity to raise the profile of Northumberland's food and farming industries.

    Julie has said Britain and especially Northumberland produces some of the best food and drink in the world, and British Food Fortnight is the annual opportunity to celebrate it. The Fortnight is also home to the Bring Home the Harvest campaign, which aims to rekindle the tradition of celebrating British food and the harvest across the nation; in homes, in the streets, in schools, churches, farms, hospitals, restaurants, pubs, shops and in community centres, food will be harvested, sold, purchased, prepared, eaten and enjoyed.

  • Better Together
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Following the overnight counting of votes in the Scottish referendum on independence, Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has welcomed the decisive result in favour of continuing the union between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

    Sir Alan's Berwick upon Tweed constituency is the most northerly in England and shares a border with Scotland which is crossed by numerous people in both direction every day.

  • Julie Porksen headshot smiling
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Northumbrian Liberal Democrat Julie Pörksen is delighted and relieved that Scotland has voted no to independence.

    Following the result Julie said: "I am both delighted and relieved that Scotland has said no to independence. Independence would have made life and business difficult for many people living in the Borders and Northumberland.

  • Alan Beith
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    As political discussions continue following the decisive vote for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has said he will be making sure the voice of the north east is heard - particularly during questioning of the Prime Minister during October's session of the House of Commons Liaison Committee, which the Liberal Democrat MP chairs.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2014
    By By Jonathan Walker (The Journal) http://www.thejournal.co.uk/

    The Scottish referendum has "electrified" the debate about how the North East should be governed and whether it should have the power to manage its own affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

    But he defended controversial plans to retain the Barnett Formula, a funding system which helps determine how public money is distributed across the United Kingdom - and helps ensure Scotland receives more cash than the North East.

  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Figures released today showing a further drop in the number of unemployed people in the Berwick upon Tweed constituency have been welcomed by local Liberal Democrats Sir Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen.

    Local MP Sir Alan said

    "The latest figures show that in the Berwick constituency, unemployment is continuing to fall. In May 2010 there were 1,216 people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance but by the end of August that figure had fallen to 781.

  • Mike Moore MP and Julie Porksen at the Scottish Border on the A1
    Article: Sep 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat campaigners have said that the money needed to dual further stretches of the A1 must be found, to show that the Government is serious about the north east.

    Figures released at the weekend give an estimate of £600 m - or £14.2m per mile - to dual the remaining single carriageway sections of the4 A1 in Northumberland.


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.

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Dialysis4Berwick

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

Alan Beith MP at Berwick Infirmary

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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