The Gambling Commission has found that 450,000 children are gambling every week

Dear Editor, Gambling is so often the preserve of the poor and the desperate. Sadly too many find themselves in such financial straits in the North East. It is all too easy to be lured into betting and the growth of online gambling is making it even easier –  all from the comfort of your […]

LETTERS

The government plans to impose vicious cuts upon the Army Air Corps.

Dear Editor, I was deeply disappointed to learn that the government plans to impose vicious cuts upon the Army Air Corps. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been justly criticised for their attitude towards our Armed Forces but the record of Tory governments under both David Cameron and Theresa May have been equally appalling.  Despite […]

LETTERS

I welcome plans to increase animal sentencing guidelines

Dear Editor, I have long complained about the inadequacy of sentences handed down for animal cruelty so I am delighted that Michael Gove plans to increase the maximum jail term to five years. The current maximum of six months is woefully low and with an automatic third off for a guilty plea very few people […]

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Statement on the UKIP leadership election result

First of all, I would like to offer my congratulations to Henry Bolton on winning the UKIP leadership election. His will be a difficult, and in many ways unenviable, task. We must now get back to showing what we stand *for*, not what – or who – some wish us to stand against. The Party […]