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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.

Transport, business, innovation and schools programm

Business, transport and schools to gain from massive investment in the North East

Transport, business, innovation - and that schools challenge we desperately need - all boosted as Government unveils £300m programme of investment for North East

Duchess's Community High School

Berwick MP to meet education minister over relocation of Alnwick school

Sir Alan Beith is to meet education minister David Laws to push for additional funding for the relocation of Alnwick's Duchess's Community High School

Ambulance outside the entrance to an Accident and Emergency department

Berwick MP calls for increased ambulance cover in North Northumberland

Sir Alan Beith has called for more ambulances to be based in Berwick to cut waiting times in emergencies

HMP Northumberland

Justice Secretary under pressure to explain Northumberland prison riot

A stand-off between prisoner and officers at HMP Northumberland, in Acklington, in March, saw around 50 inmates take over a wing at the jail on March 29 this year

Direct elections to run Northumberland National Park signalled in Queen's Speech

North East MP issues warning after Government presses ahead with fracking saying North East must not become a testing ground

Student Rhiann Charters from Wooler, who will have to start paying for her bus journey to school in Alnwick.

Wooler schoolgirl slams Northumberland County Council over transport charge

A 15 year old schoolgirl from Wooler has hit out at council bosses after they reintroduced transport charges for those in post 16 education

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Tories and UKIP: We could take Berwick from Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems could face a fight to keep Berwick at the next General Election believe the Tories and UKIP

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Vera Baird attacks plans to 'dismantle' probation service

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird attacked plans to let the private sector take over parts of the probation service

Writer and landowner Viscount Ridley who raised the broadband campaign in the Lords

Peer and MP back calls for superfast broadband in Northumberland

Rural areas of Northumberland risk being left behind in broadband roll-out, warn campaigners

Single carriageway section of the A1 in Northumberland

Government minister urged to 'get a move on' over plans to dual A1 north of Newcastle

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was challenged to explain why an inquiry into dualling the A1 is taking so long

The A1 in Northumberland updated

Politicians join forces to call for A1 dualling in the North East

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Politicians on both sides of the Scottish border have called for the full dualling of the A1 through the North East

Rail union bosses say not enough assurances have been given by the Government over services from Morpeth

RMT hits out at possibility of Northumberland losing train services

Rail union backs concerns raised by the South East Northumberland Rail Users Group.

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


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