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Over 30 young people in North West Durham will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown. In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse […]

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Lib Dems gain 8,000 members in 48 hours!

by Owen Temple on 20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have gained 8,000 new members in the two days since Theresa May called a snap election. The increase in members is the fastest rise of new membership in the party’s history. The party now has over 95,000 members, more than double what it was at the time of the last general election. […]

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Anaerobic Digester update

by Owen Temple on 19 April, 2017

I am aware of the very serious issue with smells from this plant over the past few days. As a resident of Medomsley Road I experienced the smell myself at home, approximately a mile from the site, before walking down to the estates at Villa Real and on to the plant itself to photograph anything […]

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Prime Minister of the U Turn

by Owen Temple on 18 April, 2017

We have a Prime Minister who said she was in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, but couldn’t have moved more quickly or enthusiastically to become PM of Brexit Britain. She swore blind that she would not call a snap General Election, but would soldier on till 2020 in the interests of the stability […]

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Who is standing for election in your patch?

by Owen Temple on 10 April, 2017

I was asked yesterday who was standing in the county council election, and parish elections, in their area, so I thought I’d put up the links where you can find all the names in all the places in the county. Candidates for County Council elections in County Durham 2017. Candidates for Town and Parish Council […]

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The County Council candidates for Consett North

by Owen Temple on 5 April, 2017

Something in the air

by Owen Temple on 27 March, 2017

Clearly it hasn’t been a good weekend for residents of the new estates at Villa Real. I walked along Villa Real on Friday to visit the business park, and clearly smelled the silage-like smell of the anaerobic digester (as I have now also twice experienced on Medomsley Road by the Rugby Club). I then walked back […]

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End of term report

by Owen Temple on 22 March, 2017

It felt like the end of term at today’s final council meeting of this four year electoral cycle. It started off in jovial mood, with jokes cracked and some councillors taking selfies, but soon we moved into “questions from AAPs”. This is where a council officer from one of the area action partnerships reads out a […]

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I wasn’t able to jot down everything the council leader said in a surprise announcement as part of his report to full council, but I definitely did get the down following fragments. Speaking about the Teaching Assistants’ dispute he said that the council is “extremely close to confirming new grading proposals which will represent a sea […]

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New Gagging imposed in Teaching Assistant Dispute

by Owen Temple on 14 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat Press Release Gagged Again Liberal Democrats are furious that a legitimate motion to council, calling for the sacking of Teaching Assistants to be scrapped rather than just suspended, has been removed from the next council meeting agenda on the instructions of the council’s chief legal officer. In what he perceives as a thinly […]

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