Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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New comparison table about TA pay

by Owen Temple on 28 June, 2017

A week ago I complained about the way in which councillors were rail-roaded into making a decision to approve the new Teaching Assistant pay offer. One of the points I made was about the lack of time for councillors to raise questions and get answers. Despite that, with the teaching assistant workforce already undertaking its ballot, […]

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Derwentside Trust recognised for their efforts

by Owen Temple on 22 June, 2017

It was good to see the Derwentside Trust recognised in the Volunteering Celebration Event recently organised by Durham Community Action. Pictured here at Beamish Museum, where the event was held, are Sharon Unsworth and Jackie Rennoldson who received a certificate on behalf of the many volunteers who now make Glenroyd House tick. I am full of […]

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I won’t have won many friends at County Hall yesterday by arguing that the decision on the TA deal should be delayed whilst councillors looked at the small print, but I make no apology. The deal that is being offered is much better than the one that was to be imposed on TAs twelve months […]

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New Teaching Assistant proposals on the table

by Owen Temple on 19 June, 2017

The latest offer from the council to Durham’s TAs is to be put to the council meeting on Wednesday. Most unsatisfactorily the report is extremely last minute (issued tonight for a Meeting at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday) and still short on precise detail, but at least it does two things I and my party have […]

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Thank you

by Owen Temple on 10 June, 2017

Thank you to all those of you (3,398 in North West Durham) who voted Liberal Democrat in Thursday’s election, and to all those of you who would have done so had you not decided that we were not going to win in North West Durham, and it was therefore more important to you to stop […]

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NW Durham Live TV Election Debate on Friday Night

by Owen Temple on 30 May, 2017

All five North West Durham General Election candidates will take part in a TV Debate on Friday night at 8.00 p.m. The debate is being filmed by Made in Tyne and Wear, and will go out simultaneously on Sky 117, Freeview 7, and Virgin 159 as well as on Made in Tyne and Wear and Made […]

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A subdued return to the election campaign

by Owen Temple on 26 May, 2017

The dreadful events in Manchester on Monday night have left many families in appalling grief, and all of us saddened on their behalf. The murderous action has left the whole country shocked, and the appetite for election campaigning reduced. Never the less, the election has restarted and the questions in many people’s minds as diverse […]

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How can you Help?

by Owen Temple on 22 May, 2017

Elections are bruising. As a candidate, they lift you up and they can dump you just as fast. Today’s been a good day with a previously unknown supporter driving to Consett to pick up some posters – fired up to support a political party for the first time. No sooner had he left than the phone […]

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The nominations are in for North West Durham, and in one area at least I claim an advantage. I am resident in North West Durham, and have been for many years. North West Durham, however, is clearly a powerful magnet. It still has the capacity to attract Conservatives from the deep South who seek to cut […]

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Up and Running for North West Durham

by Owen Temple on 9 May, 2017

This morning I handed in my nomination papers, paid the deposit, and believe I was the first completed nomination for North West Durham constituency. Let battle commence. I’m very proud that my local party wanted me to run again. Their faith in me is heart-warming. So is their belief that there is still a place […]

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