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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Sep 12, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    So the County's Esteemed Leader has announced a "bigger than expected windfall" for Northumberland residents, as the sale of the County Hall site is likely to bring in more money than anticipated. It appears disingenuous to refer to this as a "windfall" as, not only has the sale been on the cards for some time, but it was a very deliberate decision. Furthermore, the value of the site is no surprise to most of us, despite what "world class auditors Ernst & Young" predicted. Note however, that this is described as a windfall for the County in general, as most of the money raised will go out of Morpeth, by the Leader's own admission.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    Today we witnessed a travesty in terms of both natural justice and democratic process in relation to planning for the future of Morpeth. The County Council's Strategic Planning Committee today was "minded to approve" the Mitford Estates planning application for land West of Lancaster Park, despite valiant efforts by objectors and a passionate defence of the Neighbourhood Plan by Cllr Andrew Tebbutt, a member of the Committee. The Town Council has requested that the Secretary of State consider calling this in so he can make the final decision, so perhaps all is not yet lost. However, it was sickening to watch and be unable to respond to the ludicrous claims made and partial explanations given. One Councillor queried what the "theme" of the Neighbourhood Plan was. The misleading answer given was to "urgently" create employment opportunities. That was part of a much wider "vision" of the Neighbourhood Plan, which was about facilitating sustainable and balanced growth whilst protecting the character and setting of our ancient market town.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt in The Morpeth Herald

    The Editor

    Morpeth Herald

    Dear Editor,

    Congratulations to Joyce Wotherspoon* on her brilliant letter "A resident's welcome". It would have been laugh out loud funny had not the overall message been so depressingly accurate. Joyce does well to warn new residents of what they will be taking on, as no doubt developers will be doing their utmost to ensure they see everything through rose tinted glasses. Not that Morpeth people are likely to be unwelcoming to new residents, as we are warm hearted people and would welcome them to take part in our social and cultural life and bring some youthful and energetic input into our community. Hopefully, in due course, they will also become engaged in helping us to do battle for a better deal for Morpeth.

  • Document: Jul 31, 2016
  • Article: Jul 15, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    Local Lib Dems and many others feel let down and disenfranchised by the dishonesty and aggression of both sides in the pre EU referendum campaigns. Many of us are angry, including many young people whose futures we have compromised, yet who will live with this decision for the longest time. Yet many who voted Leave did so without knowing the full facts; in the belief that Remain would win anyway; and in an attempt to rebel against the status quo, with the EU being the scapegoat for multiple ills.