News en Coronavirus Update - 12th March <p><img alt="Coronavirus" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b60170cc-7f7f-4308-9435-1924c7fbafb1" src="/sites/" /></p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 22:03:32 +0000 6763 at Funding boost for rural areas as Government announces £200 million fund to create 6000 jobs across England <p><img alt="RuralFundingGraphic." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="24dc0881-c0ae-4ded-9456-89f144926aef" src="/sites/" /></p>&#13; &#13; <p>The new £200 million Government funding for rural businesses is expected to create thousands of new jobs and provide support to farming and rural tourism. </p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:51:58 +0000 5591 at Extra funding for Northumberland schools <p>Great news for schools across Tynedale and Ponteland, as the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, has announced an extra £1.3bn per year in funding to schools in England. The increase has been announced in response to concerns expressed during the general election that school funding has previously been allocated unfairly and inconsistently, with schools in different parts of the country receiving different levels of funding.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:50:46 +0000 5569 at General Election - Thank You! <p><strong>Local Campaigner and Member of Parliament for Hexham Constituency, Guy Opperman has thanked everyone that supported him in the election on June 8th, helping him to achieve the highest vote share in Hexham since 1958.</strong></p>&#13; &#13; <p>Guy said “I would like to thank everyone in Hexham constituency who voted for me and have supported me over the last seven years. </p> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:19:14 +0000 5499 at Conservatives oust Labour in Prudhoe <p>Labour have been wiped out in Tynedale in the Northumberland County Council Elections.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>The party lost both its seats in Prudhoe, as the Conservatives gained ground. The Conservatives also took the Bywell seat for the first time.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>Sitting Labour councillor Eileen Burt was defeated by Tory Ken Stow in Prudhoe North. And in Prudhoe South, Glenn Simpson trailed in third place between Tory Gordon Stewart. Karen Quinn took the Bywell seat with a majority of over 200.</p> Mon, 08 May 2017 15:22:59 +0000 5439 at Fairer Funding for our Schools <p>Hexham MP Guy Opperman has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of the recent Autumn Statement.<br /><br /></p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:00:03 +0000 52 at MP out and about in Prudhoe <p>On Sunday 20th September, Guy Opperman MP and your County Councillors did the rounds in Prudhoe listening to your views on important local issues.</p> <p>Among the many issues that were raised on our surveys were the long delays to the re-opening of the Ovingham Bridge (which Guy has criticised), fibre broadband, and the new government-funded High School.</p> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:12:12 +0000 51 at Victory for Ponteland greenbelt as Lugano appeal is rejected <p>Conservative Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark has today rejected a controversial appeal by Lugano to build 280 homes on the outskirts of Darras Hall in Northumberland.<br /><br /></p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:51:04 +0000 49 at Statement on Haltwhistle Upper School <p>I am very disappointed to see Haltwhistle Upper School facing this difficult Ofsted report. This is sad news for parents and pupils. In truth, we are seeing several schools across Northumberland, both academies and local authority schools, being judged as inadequate by Ofsted.<br /><br /></p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:46:38 +0000 48 at Haydon Bridge High School Update <p>The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors in December last year and was found to be inadequate in leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, and achievement of pupils. Ofsted found its sixth form provision “requires improvement.” <br /><br />&#13; I met the County Council's top education bosses last week to discuss the situation and see how best we can make progress for the pupils of Haydon Bridge High School.<br /><br /></p> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:14:40 +0000 47 at