Local MEP supports calls for child chess prodigy to stay

A chess playing MEP has lent his support to calls for a child chess prodigy to be allowed to remain in this country. Nine-year-old Shreyas Royal has been dubbed Britain’s “greatest chess prospect in a generation” and is ranked number four in the world in his age group. But his father’s visa will expire next […]

Mainstream politicians of all sides have made a dog’s breakfast of Brexit

On June 23rd 2016, the British people took the historic and momentous decision to leave the European Union. Here in the North East, over 58% of those who voted chose to Leave. That decision wasn’t taken in a vacuum: it came after the 2014 European elections were won by a Leave-supporting party, and the 2015 General […]

The police should be concentrating their diminishing man power on preventing and detecting crimes such as dishonesty and violence

Dear Sir, Surely the police should be concentrating their diminishing man power on preventing and detecting crimes such as dishonesty and violence rather than ‘hate crimes’.  The definition of a ‘hate incident’, which may not even be a crime, is so broad as to be self-defining: if the ‘victim’ or ‘anyone else’ considers something to […]

You only have to look at the current situation on Saddleworth Moor to realise what an important role our Army provides in times of crisis

Dear Editor, Tomorrow (Sat) sees the annual Armed Forces Day and it is right that their essential work is highlighted, particularly when they are under attack themselves financially. Events will be going on in various locations reminding us of their role in safeguarding our national security – and it is a role that grows ever […]

Benefits of Brexit

I’ve recently been challenged by a constituent to name one clear, tangible benefit to local people of leaving the European Union. It reminded me of the need to write this article: to talk not just about implementing the referendum result, or sovereignty, or democracy – but also about practical benefits to local people and businesses. I’ve […]

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