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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.

  • 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.

  • Sheep
    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:

  • 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 final evidence session on its Joint Enterprise: follow-up inquiry on Wednesday 22 October when evidence will be heard from:

    At 9.30 am

    • Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Unemployment Lib Dems
    Article: Oct 16, 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 September that figure had fallen to 730.

  • Event: October 25, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Berwick Voluntary Forum, 5 Tweed Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1NG

    Alan Beith holds regular surgeries for constituents. If you have a problem which needs Alan's help, or wish to raise an issue or concern with him, please come along to one of the surgeries held throughout the constituency. It may be useful to bring any documents relating to your concern with you. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Pension
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension next year. Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen and MP Sir Alan Beith have welcomed the increase which is triggered under the Liberal Democrats' Triple Lock on state pensions.

    Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

  • Alan Beith and Julie Porksen
    Article: Oct 9, 2014

    During his closing speech at party conference today, Liberal Democrat MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced that, for the first time, waiting times will be introduced for patients suffering from mental health conditions.

    Plans mean that people with depression should begin "talking therapy" treatments within 18 weeks, from April next year and young people with psychosis will be seen within 14 days - the same target as cancer patients.

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.