Trio ready to fight for Sir Alan Beith's vacant Northumberland seat

Three candidates are in the running to fight Sir Alan Beith's Northumberland seat

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith
Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Three candidates are in the running to fight Sir Alan Beith's Northumberland seat.

Julie Porksen, Neil Bradbury and Mike Rumbles are vying to be chosen to represent the Liberal Democrats at Berwick at the next general election, following Sir Alan’s recent announcement that he would not be seeking to be returned.

Mrs Porksen is a farmer’s daughter and party campaigner from Hepscott who missed out on becoming Northumberland County Councillor for Amble West with Warkworth at May’s elections by a single vote.

Mr Bradbury was county councillor for Prudhoe West until standing down prior to the May elections and also works for the Citizens Advice Bureau as a manager in County Durham.

Mr Rumbles was a member of the Scottish parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine until defeated at a 2011 election. He was born at South Shields and was educated in the region.

Mr Bradbury was the only one of the trio who wished to comment last night.

He said: “There is a good strong range of candidates.

“It is an exciting opportunity for whoever is selected for the privilege of being put forward for the chance to represent the Berwick constituency.”

The constituency’s Lib Dem membership is to host a hustings on Thursday, with the winner to be named that night.

They will then appear at a special event being held to mark Sir Alan’s 40 years as constituency MP in Alnwick the following day.

That public event is expected to be attended by MPs, peers and those who have worked with Sir Alan since he was first elected in 1973.


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