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Surprise support for improved public transport in region from Ukip MEP

2:34pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I WAS surprised that Jonathan Arnott, the Ukip MEP, has pledged his support for improved public transport in the North East (HAS, 20 Oct).

Union contempt

2:32pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ANDY Richardson, The Northern Echo’s business editor, implies that paying for car parking at hospitals merely pays for increasing private sector executive pay (Echo, Oct 15).

Fly-by cyclists

2:29pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I STRONGLY support the plea in The Northern Echo (Oct 21) that bicycles should be banned from pedestrianised areas, in Darlington.

Darlington's wonderful Civic Theatre

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE TAKE: Rhiannon Walker, left and Claire Wilmer who have both landed the lead in Sister Act at Darlington.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (7036849)

2:27pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I WAS in the audience for the opening night of the latest Darlington Operatic Society show, Sister Act, and once again people of Darlington have true reason to be very proud of an award-winning production and our wonderful Civic Theatre.

Dip in nurse to population ratio

2:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DATA from the independent World Health Organisation shows that the UK’s nurse to population ratio has fallen from 12.2 in 1997 to 8.9 per thousand in 2013. But this is only part of the story.

This BBC drama is well worth a peek

The Northern Echo: GANGLAND: Irish actor Cillian Murphy who stars in the BBC series Peaky Blinders

12:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE BBC2 period drama Peaky Blinders shown at 9pm on Thursday nights must be one of the best mini series I've watched.

Mansion tax

The Northern Echo: View of the Mansion House looking down Coney StreetReproduced courtesy of the York Architectural and York Archaeological Society (YAYAs) Evelyn Collection

11:52am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE proposal to impose a mansion tax to raise revenue for national expenditure opens a can of worms.

Parking problems

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE PARKING: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's early Christmas parking boost

11:52am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I NOTE that Alex Cunninghan has condemned a new hospital parking regime at North Tees after patients were hit with fines of up to £70 (Echo, Oct 20). But the Labour Party is quite happy to see the NHS charge for parking at hospitals. This is just another sound bite from Mr Cunningham, who is all talk and no action.

BT scam

The Northern Echo: Your Say: Typing on computer keyboard

11:50am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I WONDER if anyone else has had the latest scam phone call regarding computer faults.

Dead wrong

The Northern Echo: The funeral of motorcyclist Kevin Morgan at Holy Trinity Church, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran
RESPECT  Motorcyclists at the church wait for the arrival of the coffin (7874107)

11:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I REGULARLY get quotations for funeral plans amongst my junk mail. I don’t bother with it, it’s simply dead money.


The Northern Echo: TELEVISION DEBATE: Nigel Farrage and Nick Clegg face off in the first European debate

11:48am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IN a recent edition of BBC Question Time there was the inevitable question about immigration.

Stick to principles

The Northern Echo: Ed Miliband

11:47am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BECAUSE immigration is seen to be threatening to some vulnerable groups it could be a crucial factor in how electors vote in the General Election.

Room for us all

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE difference between myself and my critics (HAS, Oct 21) is that they object to me writing letters to the Editor, while I welcome their contributions.

Tory donors

12:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

IT says it all that a few days after he takes to the airwaves to claim that a one per cent pay rise for NHS staff is unaffordable that James Wharton MP attends a £250-a-head fundraising dinner for Conservative donors (Echo, Oct 18).

Oh how I will miss your warm smile Lynda

12:13pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

I WAS sorry to read the sad news that Lynda Bellingham,on of our most under-rated actresses of the past 30 years, has passed away at the age of 66 years.

Demolition of Spennymoor schools

12:14pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

I MAY have missed something in the reporting of the forthcoming demolition of two schools in Spennymoor (Echo, Oct 15).

Candidates contributions on the rise with election on horizon

12:13pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

WE can tell the General Election is only seven months away as all the no-hopers, like Chris Foote-Wood, the Prospective Parliamentary LibDem candidate for Richmond, are writing into HAS at every opportunity on any subject.

The difference between AV and STV

The Northern Echo: BREAKING: Tories retain control of Hillingdon despite losing five seats to Labour

12:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

I AM afraid John Riseley (HAS, Oct 20) is mixing up AV (Alternative Vote) with STV (Single Transferable Vote).

Helpful hospital staff

12:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MY recent letter about A&E services in Darlington was edited.

Annual elections for MPs

3:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JOHN RISELEY’S hugely expensive idea of annual elections for MPs (HAS, Oct 11) would attract fewer and fewer voters. Drawing lots for each year’s challenger from the losing candidates would be a farce.

Extra layers of government

3:58pm Thursday 16th October 2014

CHRISTOPHER Foote-Wood’s reply (HAS ,11 Oct) to my letter the previous day about the effect of an additional layer of governance only goes to highlight the point that the present elected, or prospective, parliamentary representatives take very little or no notice of what we think and say, or, in my case, write.

Cameron speech a triumph

The Northern Echo: Prime Minster David Cameron

3:56pm Thursday 16th October 2014

DAVID CAMERON’S speech to the Tory Party Conference, in Birmingham, was a triumph of professional oratory and definitely displayed his statesmanlike qualities.

Lay off Cilla, she's a British winner

The Northern Echo: CILLA: Sheridan Smith, left, and Cilla Black.  Smith recently starred in a three-part ITV drama exploring the rise to fame of the singer turned TV star

3:44pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IN response to Victor Connor's assessment of my letter about Cilla Black (HAS, Oct 10), I would like to point out that, according to the Guinness Book of Hit Singles, Cilla Black is one of the most successful British female singers of all time.

A very costly mistake

3:55pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I RECENTLY had the misfortune to watch a televised debate of the European Parliament. It would be hard to find a more boring example of political navel-gazing anywhere in the world.

Giving to Children in Need... whether they like it or not

The Northern Echo: wilton pudsy.jpg

3:44pm Thursday 16th October 2014

STOCKTON’S Friday market traders are to give up a day’s pay for Children in Need whether they like it or not.

Heckler ruined Michael McIntyre show

The Northern Echo: OPENING NIGHT: Michael McIntyre

3:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A HECKLER ruined the Michael McIntyre show at Darlington Civic Theatre this week (Echo, Oct 14).

Park smoking ban

The Northern Echo:

3:40pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I’M all for the smoking ban in open spaces (Echo, Oct 16). Smoking is killing innocent people.

Festival Walk overdue for demolition

The Northern Echo: NEEDS ATTENTION: Festival Walk in Spennymoor

3:07pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

I READ recently that Spennymoor Town Council is trying to attract traders for the Festival Walk shopping centre which has been in administration for five years.

Alarm over Ukip and comparison to Nazi party

The Northern Echo: Eccentric: UKIP chief Nigel Farage

3:05pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

I READ an interesting article at the weekend, comparing Ukip’s rise with Germany's political position in the 1930s.

We need Lib Dems now more than ever

The Northern Echo: WARNING: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned benefits cuts will continue until 2018

3:02pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

WITHOUT a fairer society we cannot ever change our country for the better. Without a stronger economy we can never hope to protect those on the lowest incomes.

Coalition boast on economy

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE ACT: Conservative leader David Cameron and the LibDem’s Nick Clegg outside No.10 on the first day of their power-share

2:58pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

LAST weekend I received a newspaper from the Lib Dems telling me how well they have handled the economy.

Too many homes, too few schools

The Northern Echo: ROYAL VISIT:HRH The Duke of Kent officially opened Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form in Spennymoor today. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:54pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

DURHAM County Council plans to build more than 31,400 new homes by 2030, some with as many as six bedrooms.

Ebola - why us?

The Northern Echo: A medical exercise takes place by 22 Field Hospital at the Army Medical Services Training Centre near York,  before more than 100 Army medics are sent to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola crisis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October

9:17pm Sunday 12th October 2014

IT was with great difficulty on BBC Radio 2 that I listened to the mother of a child from Sierra Leone complaining that her child had been refused entry to a school where he had previously been taught.


The Northern Echo: England's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 9, 2014. See PA story

9:15pm Sunday 12th October 2014

I WATCHED a few minutes of the England match on Thursday, in what was little more than a kick about.

All for Labour?

The Northern Echo:

9:15pm Sunday 12th October 2014

REGARDING the letter by Geoff Bulmer about the state of the main political parties (HAS, Oct 9). Such are the views of the correspondent that he can’t make his mind up regarding who he cares to be voting for at the next General Election.

Roy Keane

The Northern Echo: Roy Keane during a book launch at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 9, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read Niall Carson/PA Wire. (11347647)

9:13pm Sunday 12th October 2014

ROY KEANE shows a 'Holier than Thou' attitude, in his unfair criticism of Alex Ferguson published in his new book.

Immigration - and Ebola

The Northern Echo:

9:12pm Sunday 12th October 2014

THIS country is entitled to be proud of its record on granting political asylum and there is excellent work taking place in Middlesbrough. This country gives generously in overseas aid and it was our country after the war which pressed for the setting up of the European Human Rights Court.

Darlington rubbish collections are exactly that...

The Northern Echo: DRUG HAUL: Two bin bags filled with drugs were found in car boot

9:11pm Sunday 12th October 2014

ARE you and your readers confused by Darlington Borough Council’s new refuse collection?

Ukip - the worker's friend?

The Northern Echo: ELECTION SUCCESS: Nigel Farrage with Ukip’s regional chairman, Richard Elvin, in Durham recently

9:10pm Sunday 12th October 2014

THE emergence of another serious contender for parliamentary seats (Echo, Oct 11) brings a welcome broadening of choice, but one which our electoral system is undeniably inadequate to cope with. In many constituencies we will have little clue what the voters really wanted and even less hope that they got it.

Quango fear

The Northern Echo:

9:09pm Sunday 12th October 2014

B JACKSON (HAS, Oct 10) is rightly wary of quangos. In the North-East there are more than 100 of these shadowy, unaccountable Government-appointed bodies.

Magistrates have failed to recognise seriousness of animal cruelty offence

9:19am Friday 10th October 2014

THE North-East has an unenviable reputation for animal cruelty. The recent case where four teenagers tortured a rabbit is the only the latest in a long line to hit the headlines over the last few years (Echo, Oct 7).

Finding a route through Darlington town centre battlefield

The Northern Echo:

9:17am Friday 10th October 2014

WHATEVER the eventual outcome of the changes to Darlington ring-road – and I have many doubts – the implementation of the roadworks has been dreadful so far.

Right to be wary of regional assembly

9:10am Friday 10th October 2014

DR Stan Higgins (HAS, Sept 20) suggests the North-East missed an opportunity for greater autonomy when we voted no to a regional assembly, but he fails to explain why this occurred.

Subjecting Liberal Democrats to no scrutiny for decades was irresponsible

The Northern Echo: CHINA CALL: Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable wants more UK students to visit China

9:07am Friday 10th October 2014

EVERY year, Vince Cable gives his pitch from the left for leadership of the Lib Dems in the next Parliament, although he is in fact an old SDP hand.

Local heroes were the best

The Northern Echo:

9:01am Friday 10th October 2014

IN the late 1950s, I’d often spend my pocket money to stand on the terraces at Field Mill and watch "The Stags", or Mansfield Town, in action. In reality, I was there to marvel at the skill of Lindy Delaphena.

Angered at Cameron's Barnett formula for North response

The Northern Echo: David Cameron

9:03am Friday 10th October 2014

I’M fuming about the interview Prime Minister David Cameron gave to the local BBC this week, again and again evading the question on a Barnett formula for the North.

Grateful thanks to good Samaritan

9:00am Friday 10th October 2014

I WOULD like to thank the good Samaritan who picked up my badly bleeding husband after he had a nasty fall, landing on his face, at the top of Victoria Road, Darlington, on Wednesday , September 17 at about 3pm.

Tories antagonise would-be voters

12:01pm Thursday 9th October 2014

IN a perverse way I enjoy reading the outpourings of Peter Mullen.

Spennymoor council credit for Jubilee Park

11:59am Thursday 9th October 2014

I THANK R Bainbridge, from Crook, for the kind reference to our “stunning” Jubilee Park at Spennymoor (HAS, Oct 7).

Let's keep our soldiers out of this Ebola hell

The Northern Echo: A medical exercise takes place by 22 Field Hospital at the Army Medical Services Training Centre near York,  before more than 100 Army medics are sent to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola crisis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October

11:52am Thursday 9th October 2014

I READ with interest your front page about the deployment of a team of British medics to Sierra Leone where they will help tackle the growing Ebola crisis (Echo, Oct 8).

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