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.

Yes supporters in Maryhill, Glasgow, as voters go to the polls in the Scottish Referendum

Scottish Independence: No vote could be the "worst possible outcome for the North East", experts warn

A pledge to continue using the Barnett Formula to calculate public spending could squeeze the North East, experts have claimed

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

Claims Ed Miliband is considering a guarded border with Scotland are 'ridiculous', a North East MP has said

Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley has slammed Sunday newspaper claims that Labour plans a guarded border with Scotland

Julie Porksen, from Hepscott

Lib Dems and Labour combine to defeat Government over bedroom tax

North East Lib Dem Julie Porksen prompted rebellion over bedroom tax that defeated the government, but Labour say only they would abolish the tax

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith believes Commons Speaker crisis is not over

Commons Speaker John Bercow still has questions to answer over the appointment of a new clerk, says Sir Alan Beith

HMP Northumberland

Prison officer claims HMP Northumberland is a 'powder keg waiting to explode'

Worried prison officer claims prison bosses are failing to address critical problems at HMP Northumberland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Political row sparked after Cease 24 in Alnwick is saved for another year

Northumberland County Council Lib Dems hit out at the authority's Labour leaders for 'taking credit' for domestic violence funding deal

Defra office at Alnwick

Sir Alan Beith warns DEFRA not to embarrass itself and pull out of Alnwick base

Sir Alan Beith says the move by DEFRA would make a mockery of the department's rural affairs remit

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan Beith pays tribute to murdered Newcastle University medical students

Sir Alan Beith said deaths of Newcastle University students Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, stabbed in Borneo, was 'devastating' for their families

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Murders 'could increase in Northumberland' if service closes, say campaigners

PCC Vera Baird criticised for failing to keep Alnwick-based Cease24 domestic violence service open as it faces a lack of funding

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Patients in Northumberland facing 'tartan curtain' over healthcare

A "tartan curtain" is blocking access to healthcare services in Scotland, Sir Alan Beith has claimed

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

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