My letter – Council cuts, crime on the rise, police budget cuts, Court closures – is this the Northern Powerhouse?

Dear Editor,

In the run up to the recent General Election we heard much talk about ‘the Northern Powerhouse.’

Today the Government confirmed that Hartlepool’s Magistrates’ and County Court (along with others across the North East) will close next year.  So, that means that the town has no A&E and an entire hospital that remains under threat, a significant and long running unemployment problem, deep Council cuts that have resulted in the loss of many frontline services, an underfunded police service (not to mention a 22% rise in crime in the last year) and now will lose its Courts.

Is this what David Cameron and his Conservative colleagues meant by the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ in the run up to the election?


Jonathan Arnott, UKIP MEP


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