Sunderland safe seats “a cause for concern”

The Electoral Reform Society has raised concerns about local democracy and safe council seats in its review of the 2019 local elections.

The Electoral Reform Society has today (22nd August) published its review into local council elections which took place across the country on 2nd May.

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Consett pub congratulated as it is named CAMRA’s North East pub of the year

The Grey Horse pub in Consett has been announced as the pub of the year in the North East category in CAMRA’s nationwide search for the best pub in Britain. 

Dating back to 1848, the Grey Horse is the oldest pub in Consett and one of the oldest pubs in the North East. Ales on offer at the Grey Horse include Consett Red Dust, Consett Steel Town Bitter, and Consett Steelworkers Blonde. Since 2005 these and other award-winning beers have been brewed on-site at the Consett Ale Works brewery located at the back of the pub.

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Councillors welcome decision to extend 16-17 railcard to Grand Central services from Sunderland

It has been announced that a new railcard which is available for sale from next week offering 50% off train fares for 16 and 17 year olds will now be able to be used on Grand Central services to and from Sunderland.

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Last ditch effort to save Sunderland’s Doxford Arch as campaign reaches Parliament

City Lib Dems take campaign to save the ‘Doxford Arch’ from complete demolition to Parliament.

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Lib Dems call for Sunderland Brexit Party candidate to resign over "horrifying" defence of trophy hunting

A Liberal Democrat candidate for the Houghton and Sunderland South constituency at the next General Election has called for his rival from the Brexit Party to resign after it came to light he supports trophy hunting.

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Lib Dems Reveal Extent of ‘Criminal’ Tory Police Cuts

Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Durham Constabulary by 6.2% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

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Sunderland Council’s vision for city in 2030 “an insult” for Washington – Lib Dems

Campaigners in Washington have slammed Sunderland Council’s strategic vision for the city between now and 2030 for offering “next to nothing” for the town.

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Councillor urges Government to change the law to make safe standing at Sunderland AFC a reality

Government ban on safe standing in the Championship and Premiership is a barrier to SAFC introducing safe standing says one councillor on Wearside who wants the law to be changed.

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Campaign to save Sunderland’s Doxford Arch receives support from Opposition leader

Sunderland Lib Dem leader Niall Hodson urges action to save “last remaining landmark” of Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage.

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Cabinet Celebrate Failure Over State of our Highways

Labour are celebrating road improvements in preparation for the 10th July's Durham County Council's Cabinet. Liberal Democrat County Councillor Craig Martin calls this into question as the data tells a story of failure and worsening roads. That the Labour Portfolio Holder also needs questioning on their competence to do the position.

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Lib Dem Jonathan Wallace chosen for Northumbria PCC by-election

Liberal Democrats have chosen Gateshead Councillor, Dr Jonathan Wallace, to be their candidate for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election on 18th July.

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Extra Weekday Train to Newcastle from Chester-le-Street

From 19th May Chester-le-Street Railway station will have an extra weekday service to Newcastle. The 2.15pm to Newcastle will operate all throughout the week rather than just Saturdays. Lib Dem County Councillor Craig Martin has been campaigning for improved rail services and welcomes the change.

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Sunderland Lib Dem Councillor targets freebies after successful campaign to scrap free meals for Councillors

A newly elected Sunderland councillor has said she is “appalled” to be offered free Empire Theatre tickets and wants freebies for councillors scrapped.

Heather Fagan was elected as Liberal Democrat councillor for Doxford and Tunstall on 2nd May, taking the seat from incumbent Labour councillor Colin English.

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Labour accused of failing disabled residents over a dropped kerb backlog

In County Durham, figures have come to light showing that there are a large number of dropped kerbs still waiting to be completed by Labour controlled Durham County Council. This leaves those with mobility issues unable to get around.

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Chester-le-Street Lib Dems concerned at decision to spend £50,000 on public art despite lack of public support

Chester-le-Street's Area Action Partnership will begin the procurement process to select a significant piece of art for the town centre.

Lib Dem Councillor Craig Martin has expressed serious concerns that public opinion does not support spending almost £50,000 on art. 

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