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Joe Morris promises Labour support for farming and agriculture

Joe Morris promises Labour support for farming and agriculture

11 February, 2024

Across the North East the news of the closure of the Port Talbot steelworks in Wales was met with sadness and remembrance for the past damage done by the Conservatives to industry in our region. This compelling evidence of the Conservative’s failure to enact a meaningful industrial strategy, or support industries critical to our national … Read More

Campaigning across the Constituency

Campaigning across the Constituency

4 February, 2024

It’s been a busy week knocking doors and speaking to voters in Ponteland, where the Town Council By-Election is being held on the 8th February. There’s been amazing support on the doorstep for the Labour Candidate Michael Clarke, who is looking to bring a Labour voice on to the Town Council. The Conservatives are clearly … Read More

Campaigning in Ponteland for Mike Clarke and Joe Morris

Campaigning in Ponteland for Mike Clarke and Joe Morris

28 January, 2024

Campaigning for the Ponteland East Town Council By-Election is in full swing. We’ve been out talking to voters and leafletting in the town, listening to residents concerned and unhappy about 14 years of Conservative mismanagement and incompetence. The Labour Candidate, Michael Clarke, has lived in Ponteland for more than thirty years and knows how desperate … Read More

Guy Opperman Neglects Dentistry Rescue Plan as 70% of Hexham Dentists Reject New Patients

Guy Opperman Neglects Dentistry Rescue Plan as 70% of Hexham Dentists Reject New Patients

18 January, 2024

In a recent House of Commons vote on a crucial motion to rescue NHS dentistry, Guy Opperman’s lack of support is callous and disheartening. Communities across the Constituency and struggling to access dental care. The proposed motion by the Labour Party aimed at addressing the dental crisis includes: Creating 700,000 additional urgent dentistry appointments Offering … Read More

Keir begins General Election year with message of hope

Keir begins General Election year with message of hope

5 January, 2024

The New Year celebrations are rapidly receding as the United Kingdom braces itself for what will be a decisive General Election year. Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Labour Party spoke in Bristol yesterday, offering a message of hope to a nation exhausted and disillusioned with fourteen years of shambolic Conservative government.

Let’s make 2024 a Labour Year!

Let’s make 2024 a Labour Year!

1 January, 2024

A Happy New Year to all of our members, supporters and everyone in the Constituency. The Labour Party will be working in 2024 to build a better Britain. It’s increasingly looking like Guy Opperman’s Conservative Government may call an election in early May. In the Hexham CLP we’ve been actively preparing for this eventuality and … Read More

Joe Morris pledges to fill the banking void in our towns

Joe Morris pledges to fill the banking void in our towns

17 December, 2023

Since 2015 nearly two in every three bank branches in the Hexham Constituency, one of the largest constituencies in England, has closed. While many of us appreciate the benefits of online banking the closures of these bank branches cause many difficulties for different parts of society. Small businesses rely on local bank branches to manage … Read More

Labour unveils bold plan to counter 36% decline in local buses under the Conservatives.

Labour unveils bold plan to counter 36% decline in local buses under the Conservatives.

11 December, 2023

Our Parliamentary Candidate Joe Morris has revealed shocking figures that show 35.9% of bus services in Northumberland have been axed under the Conservatives. Despite the Conservatives promising “bus services so frequent you wouldn’t need a timetable” in 2022, the total number of miles driven by buses in Northumberland plummeted by from 13.8 million kilometres driven … Read More

A week of action campaigning for Joe

A week of action campaigning for Joe

10 December, 2023

There’s been no let up in pace of campaigning this week. In Westminster Rishi Sunak’s disastrous government staggers under the weight of another crisis of its own making. Yet again Conservative MPs are openly talking a leadership contest. We could be at the polls sooner rather later. Some think May next year, others think a … Read More

Working for victory with Joe in Hexham and Tynedale

Working for victory with Joe in Hexham and Tynedale

3 December, 2023

This week UK Polling Report announced that Joe Morris and Labour are likely to win the Hexham Constituency at the next General Election. This would be a historic Labour gain, with the seat turning red for the first time in its 138 year history. This prediction was covered in detail by the Hexham Courant but … Read More

Building Bridges: Joe Morris campaigning in Haydon Bridge & Hexham

Building Bridges: Joe Morris campaigning in Haydon Bridge & Hexham

26 November, 2023

They say that a week is a long time in politics. The national news this week was full of the Conservative’s Autumn Budget statement. This was a predictably cliched, shallow pre-election affair, heralding so-called tax cuts, while freezing personal allowances and promising to usher in a new era of bitter austerity. Cold charity indeed for … Read More

People deserve better: Northumberland needs homes argues Joe Morris

People deserve better: Northumberland needs homes argues Joe Morris

22 November, 2023

As winter bites, bringing with it rain, wind, storms and inevitably snow and ice millions of individuals are homeless, living in houses with insecure tenancies and struggling with poor quality accommodation. Stuck in rented accommodation families worry that if they complain they may be evicted – like 130 families in Northumberland this year. For many … Read More

A weekend of action for a better Britain in Throckley

A weekend of action for a better Britain in Throckley

13 November, 2023

Recent boundary changes have brought Callerton and Throckley, parts of the western edge of the Newcastle conurbation, into the Hexham Constituency for the first time at the next General Election. Residents and voters in these area have been moved from the safe Labour constituency of Newcastle North, served by the excellent Catherine McKinnell MP, to … Read More

The CLP marks Remembrance Sunday

The CLP marks Remembrance Sunday

12 November, 2023

This weekend our communities came together, united in a desire to remember those who gave their lives so we could live ours in freedom. Across the Hexham Constituency, in Hexham, Prudhoe, Throckley, Ponteland, Haltwhistle, Bellingham, Haydon Bridge, Allendale, Corbridge and beyond we gathered in solemn remembrance of those sacrifices. Joe Morris laid a wreath on … Read More

Angie’s Christmas Appeal

Angie’s Christmas Appeal

6 November, 2023

It’s been, yet again, a hard year and times are difficult but Christmas is coming soon, and I need your help once again to put a SMILE on the faces of local families The appeal is in its fourth year now, thanks to your amazing generosity and that of the wider Prudhoe community! I do … Read More

Tory maths bungle hits Northumberland Schools

Tory maths bungle hits Northumberland Schools

5 November, 2023

Joe Morris, our Parliamentary Candidate, slammed the staggering Conservative mathematical incompetence that will see Northumberland Schools lose almost £2million a year. Last month the Department for Education admitted to miscalculating the amounts of funding due to be granted to state schools in England next year, admitting to a £370m error in the information they gave … Read More

Trick or Treat? Tory U-Turn on ticket office closures

Trick or Treat? Tory U-Turn on ticket office closures

31 October, 2023

A Happy and Spooky Halloween to our members, supporters and readers! The government chose today to announce that it will abandon its controversial plans to close hundreds of train station ticket offices, including Hexham, in a cost saving measure. It was an immensely unpopular policy that saw passengers, unions and disability rights groups united in … Read More

Joe Morris challenges the status quo in the Tyne Valley

Joe Morris challenges the status quo in the Tyne Valley

29 October, 2023

Our Parliamentary Candidate Joe Morris ignored the downpours this weekend to lead the CLP and its branches in campaigning across the Tyne Valley. On Saturday he was in Hexham with members of the Hexham Branch talking to local residents and listening to their concerns. Sunday morning he fearlessly led a team of campaigners in the … Read More

Joe Morris’s weekend of intensive campaigning

Joe Morris’s weekend of intensive campaigning

23 October, 2023

This weekend our parliamentary candidate Joe Morris and CLP members have been out campaigning across the constituency. Joe joined us in campaigning on the streets in Prudhoe, Hexham and Stannington where he knocked doors and introduced himself to residents. He listened to their stories of 13 years of disastrous Tory government: an underfunded NHS, broken … Read More

Joe Morris Winning for Hexham!

Joe Morris Winning for Hexham!

17 October, 2023

Yesterday the CLP met in Hexham for the hustings and selection process for the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Hexham Constituency. After listening to the speeches and questions and answers from the two candidates (the third had withdrawn earlier in the day) members voted. The ballots cast in person and the postal votes were … Read More

Sparkling with Starmer in Liverpool and Hexham

Sparkling with Starmer in Liverpool and Hexham

14 October, 2023

This week saw our Party Conference in Liverpool. It was a busy and upbeat event where Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner and the rest of Labour’s team outlined their aspirations and policies for what we believe will be the next Labour Government after the 13 disastrous years of Tory misrule. Hexham CLP sent a number of … Read More

Tory backtracking and gimmicks

Tory backtracking and gimmicks

4 October, 2023

The Conservative Party Conference in Manchester has surfaced yet again all of the divisions and lurches to the right that characterise Rishi Sunak’s government. The PM himself has engaged in a strange kind of political pantomime over HS2. This High Speed Rail Link, originally intended to link London with Leeds and Manchester via Birmingham, was … Read More

Canvassing for Labour in Hexham West

Canvassing for Labour in Hexham West

1 October, 2023

This weekend members of the Hexham Branch of the CLP, supported by other Labour Party members, were out talking to residents in Hexham West. This is the most recent canvassing by the Hexham CLP, which has seen us talk to voters across the constituency, from Hexham to Prudhoe to Ponteland and points between and beyond. … Read More

Dinner and Conversation to unseat Opperman

Dinner and Conversation to unseat Opperman

23 September, 2023

Hexham Constituency Labour Party held a successful fundraising dinner at Newton Community Hall on Friday 22nd September. There was a capacity crowd with Labour Party members and supporters from all over the Constituency in attendance. There was a particularly warm welcome to members from Throckley and Longhorsley who have joined the CLP following recent boundary … Read More

General Election Campaign Updates

General Election Campaign Updates

16 September, 2023

This week saw two well attended events in Prudhoe and in Hexham. Members of the CLP’s General Election campaign gave presentations to packed audiences about progress to date. This was followed by a lengthy discussion about what more can be done and how we can increase activism and raise funds. Members were also excited about … Read More