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Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan James Beith is a British Liberal Democrat politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Berwick-upon-Tweed. He was born on 20 April 1943 in Poynton, in Cheshire and was educated at The King's School, Macclesfield, Balliol College, Oxford. He has been Berwick-upon-Tweed's MP since 1973 and is now the longest current serving Liberal Democrat MP and only current Liberal Democrat MP to have experience of the House of Commons in the 1970s.

A train pulls into the station at Morpeth in Northumberland

Morpeth could lose rail services as East Coast train franchise sold on

South East Northumberland Rail User Group hits out at new franchise arrangements for the East Coast service

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

MP Sir Alan Beith fears cuts may leave HMP Northumberland staff vulnerable

Sir Alan Beith has raised concerns with Sodexo boss Tony Leech after last month's standoff at HMP Northumberland

HMP Northumberland

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith to meet prison bosses after disturbance by inmates

An MP is to meet bosses of HMP Northumberland to discuss concerns following trouble by inmates last month

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

MP Sir Alan Beith voices concerns over HMP Northumberland arrangements

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has voiced serious concerns over arrangements at a prison where troubled flared

L-R Beverley Branlghan, Alan Connell, Joyce Connell, Jess Sidney, Ivan Sidney, Susan Johnston, George Gobling and Barry Elliott

Legacy of sport is left by Cramlington rugby stalwart

Ken Johnston died from a heart attack at an England vs Scotland match at Murrayfield this year

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Northumberland youths need to look out for agricultural careers says MP Sir Alan Beith

MP Sir Alan Beith has called for better career advice for young people wanting to secure a job in farming or agricultural work.

A general view of Edinburgh in Scotland

Scottish National Party offers to take North East workers

The Scottish National Party claims independence would be better for the North East than control from London

The Rio Tinto Alcan plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland

Former Alcan workers in legal battle over pay-offs

The GMB Union, on behalf of people who lost their jobs at Rio Tinto Alcan when the plant closed, has launched employment tribunal proceedings

There have been sharp rises in the number of people having to go to food bank

Conservative warns that benefit changes are making more use North foodbanks

A broken benefits system is causing people to turn to food banks, aspiring Conservative politician Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said

HS2

Ministers plan to bring high speed rail north as they look for support

Proposals to speed up construction of the HS2 line in the North of England will be presented next month

MPs opposing higher energy charges include Guy Opperman, Emma Lewell-Buck, Alan Beith and Ronnie Campbell

North East MPs unite to condemn direct debit fuel bill rip-off

MPs from all parties are urging the Government to act to stop fuel companies imposing extra charges on customers who don't pay by direct debit

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Leaders warned Labour row will cost the North East jobs

Labour in-fighting will cost the North East jobs, Liberal Democrats have warned

Prime Minister promises action over 4-month fire in Northumberland

Sir Alan Beith has secured a pledge from the Prime Minister to speed up efforts to tackle a blaze at a carpet recycling firm at Thrunton

Wind turbines near Kielder

North East welcomes government reduction in wind turbines subsidy

Financial incentives offered to energy firms for erecting rural wind farms are to be reduced by the Government

The single carriageway on the A1 road near Felton in Northumberland

No decision on A1 dualling North of Newcastle until 2014

A range of measures to boost the automotive sector have been announced by the Treasury - but a decision on the A1 north of Newcastle will have to wait

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Watchdog chiefs raises questions over Northumberland's three-tier education system

Nick Hudson, regional director for Ofsted, said the council must ask some "very, very hard questions" about the system.

Residents demand action over smouldering Northumberland brickworks

Residents are demanding action after smoke from the smouldering remains of a brickworks continued to cause problems

Northumberland has missed out on a 5p rural fuel duty cut

Northumberland misses out on 5p rural fuel duty cut

Northumberland councillors and MPs are unhappy that the county has missed out on a 5p rural fuel duty cut planned by the Government

The Duke of Northumberland opens the Aln Valley Railway

Duke of Northumberland re-opens historic railway

A long-running project to restore a historic rail link is full steam ahead after being officially opened by the Duke of Northumberland

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

North East MPs question case for £50bn high speed train line

North East MPs are asking questions of ministers after claims the HS2 rail scheme will cut journey times by less than half the amount claimed

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