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.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London

Chancellor puts North at heart of finance statement - but massive cuts are coming

George Osborne's plan to cut stamp duty may not affect average buyers in the North East, analysis shows

PM David Cameron, with Alan Beith MP and Conservative candidate Anne Marie Trevelyan next to the A1, north of Morpeth, Northumberland

The Journal Opinion: Who gets the credit for dualling the A1 in Northumberland?

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The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, December 2, in which we took beyond the politicians' chest-puffing to the A1 fight that is still to come

David Banks

David Banks: The SNP are standing for Berwick. I offer myself to Plaid Cymru

Journal columnist David Banks on a political twist in Northumberland and a spot of controversy on the railways

North East councillors with the Rt Hon William Hague MP

North East city leaders meet with top Tory over devolution

Core Cities leaders met with William Hague but warnings are sounded the Government must see the regional picture

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron defends massive funding gap between London and North East

The Prime Minister said the Government was committed to building up the North East, but said London needed investment

Alexander Gibson, whose son (also called Alexander) was killed in a head-on collision on the single carriageway A1 north of Alnwick last November

Grieiving dad Alexander Gibson from Berwick welcomes A1 dualling announcement

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Father who lost his son in A1 smash welcomes plans to dual the road but wants action and not just talk

Prime Minister David Cameron during a tour of construction works

North East 'could face a skilled labour crisis' unless A1 work starts now

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Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association says HS2 could drain the region of skilled workers unless major A1 work gets going now

Councillor Iain Malcolm

North East Combined Authority must include Teesside to become "truly visionary", says councillor

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm says North East should stretch from Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire and grasp opportunity of devolution

Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith at Berwick Ambulance Station

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

Sir Alan Beith with Julie Porksen

Northumberland Lib Dems welcome pension increase for 63,0000 pensioners

Liberal Democrat campaigners have welcomed 2.5% state pension increase triggered by 'Triple Lock' change they introduced

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg pledges developing North East will be at the heart of Lib Dem manifesto

Liberal Democrats will accept "One North" proposals to imporve the region's transport network, says party leader Clegg

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


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