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Sir Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen

- working together, working for you

ALan Beith, Julie Porksen and supporters

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

Alan has made it his 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. He's worked tirelessly to represent us and our area since he was first elected in 1973. Julie is working hard alongside Sir Alan and we want to see her elected to Parliament in May 2015 as Alan's successor. She has made a commitment to continue Alan's outstanding record of service and to be a strong voice for the whole of the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituents.

You may be interested in our 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 closer to home for patienets across Northumberland, 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 Julie or Alan, or any of the team, can help please don't hesitate to get in touch by email, phone or letter. You can also meet Alan and Julie at one of Alan's regular advice surgeries or at events around the constituency - check out the events page for details.

If you would like to help with our campaigns or offer your support then please do join the party and join our local team.

  • House of Commons Justice Committee
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Berwick's Liberal Democrat MP Sir ALan Beith is to chair the Justice Select Committee's one-off evidence session to follow up its 2013 Report on Older Prisoners on Wednesday 29 October when evidence will be heard from:

    At 9.30 am

    • Andrew Selous MP, Minister for Prisons and Probation, Ministry of Justice
    • Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offenders Management Service (NOMS)
  • Sir Alan and Tweedmouth woman Sally Gilchrist at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Norway
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    On a recent visit to the NATO Joint Warfare centre in Stavanger, Norway, Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith met Sally Gilchrist from Tweedmouth, who is serving there with the RAF as part of the British component.

    Sir Alan comments:

    "The new Joint Warfare Centre plays a crucial role in preparing senior NATO military commanders to deal with threats to member countries of the Alliance, and recent events in Ukraine show how important this now is.

  • Julie Porksen with school children
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Northumberland are set for nearly £220,000 to be spent helping three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Julie Porksen and Alan Beith with Berwick campaigners outside Berwick Infirmary
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Sir Alan Beith MP has raised concerns about access to cross-border health services in a House of Commons debate on further devolution for Scotland.

    Sir Alan said:

    "We are having increasing difficulty accessing services across the border between England and Scotland, and increasingly, barriers are being erected. I express the hope that the settlement that Scotland is staying in the United Kingdom will mean that people can continue to cross borders for the best health provision."

  • Alan Beith and Julie Porksen
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    In her submission to the Northern Futures initiative, Northumbrian Lib Dem Julie Pörksen has raised the importance of dualling the A1 as a key driver for economic growth in the North East.

    Northern Futures is an initiative set up by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to work out how to build on the strengths in the North to create an economic core.

  • Julie Porksen
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Northumbrian farmer's daughter Julie Pörksen, who trained and worked as an agricultural economist, has set up a petition calling for the Government to scrap the six day livestock movement rule.

    The rule requires a six day gap between livestock movements on and off the farm and was introduced following the last foot and mouth outbreak as it aims to reduce the size of any future outbreak of these disease.

  • Julie Porksen with a lamb
    Petition: Oct 20, 2014

    We, the undersigned, call on DEFRA to end the six day livestock movement rule with immediate effect.

  • House of Commons Justice Committee
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    The Justice Committee took oral evidence from the Criminal Cases Review Commission on its work on 14 January 2014 [link]. Following that it sought comments on the work of the CCRC from certain academics and lawyers, and then offered the CCRC a chance to respond to those comments. These written submissions are published here [link].

  • Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith MP at Berwick Ambulance Station
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Berwick Liberal Democrats' campaign for the second Berwick ambulance to work 24 hours is gaining significant support from Berwick residents. In the first full week since the petition was launched over 1200 people have signed up to the campaign which was set up to improve 24 hour emergency cover for Berwick and surrounding areas.

  • House of Commons Justice Committee
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Berwick's Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith, will hold its third evidence session in its inquiry into the Impact of changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on Tuesday 21 October when evidence will be heard from:

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

Julie Porksen and Alan Beith with Berwick campaigners outside Berwick Infirmary


Advice 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?



Join Alan and Julie'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 Julie and 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.