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Tuesday 9 May – Officially a candidate for election

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Today I went with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Berwick upon Tweed, to County Hall to get our nominations in for the elections. The Elections staff go through the paperwork (7 pages of it) line by line, carefully checking all the details. The awkward bit is checking the electoral numbers of those constituents nominating (or sponsoring) our candidacy. Luckily both our applications were deemed to be in order and so we are now both candidates for this election.

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Now County Hall was captured by the Conservatives in the local elections last week. When Labour abolished the district councils and create the unitary authority (without holding a referendum) it was naked gerrymandering, since the County Council was designed to be a permanent Labour redoubt, something that couldn’t be guaranteed with the district councils. Well last week that all changed. One key part of our manifesto for Northumberland was to stop Labour’s plan to move County Hall from the county town of Morpeth and move it to Ashington. This was unnecessary and expensive, as well as causing a lot of uncertainty for those who work in County Hall. To part pay for this move, a set of massive For Sale signs were put up around County Hall Morpeth (6 in all, one would have sufficed).

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Well the Conservatives have been in power for about 48 hours, and the For Sale signs were taken down today.

Sign of the times

Sign of the times

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