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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 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.

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    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.

  • Improving Broadband and Mobile Coverage
    Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Northumberland has been successful in a bid for an innovation fund to explore ways to take superfast broad to hardest to reach places.

    Sir Alan Beith, the Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick upon Tweed, has welcomed the announcement, saying:

    "Local people and the business community regularly talk to me about the problems they have in getting reliable broadband services. Improving our broadband infrastructure is critical to the competitiveness of the economy as a whole and is crucial for growth in rural areas such as ours. There are several rural communities in Northumberland where superfast broadband is urgently needed to enable small businesses to survive and grow."

  • Alan Beith
    Article: Jun 18, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith is to meet the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, to discuss the prospect of additional funding for the Duchess's High School in Alnwick which is needed to help the school move into new premises. The new school is being built thanks to pressure from Sir Alan and the support of the Coalition Government, which has made sure that Alnwick's new school is a priority.

  • Julie school bus pic
    Article: Jun 17, 2014

    News that the Labour administration have cancelled a scheduled meeting in the face of protests shows a total disregard for democracy, say local Liberal Democrat campaigners.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Northumberland County Council Jeff Reid said

    "Cancelling Council meetings is subverting the process of democracy.

  • Business is Great
    Article: Jun 17, 2014

    Local MP Sir Alan Beith is inviting business owners and managers in the Berwick area to take part in a forum on innovation next Friday (27 June) at Berwick Workspace.

    The forum will give business owners and managers the chance to hear from Professor Roy Sandbach, Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University's Business School.


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