New political party aiming for North-East devolution

NORTH EAST PARTY: Susan McDonnell from Peterlee launches a the North East Party today. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT (6539064)

NORTH EAST PARTY: Susan McDonnell from Peterlee launches a the North East Party today. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT (6539069)

First published in News

A POLITICAL party has been launched with the aim of bringing devolution to the North-East.

The North East Party is aiming to secure powers similar to those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It intends to contest 12 seats in the region at next year’s general election, funded through membership and donations from people who want political independence from Westminster.

The North East Party (NEP) wants to take control of issues such as job creation, public services, including health and social care, as well as education and public transport. It also says it wants to ensure world class science and research is carried out in the region.

The party’s chairman is Hilton Dawson, former Labour MP for Lancaster and Wyre, who lives in Warkworth, Northumberland, and is from the area.

The 60-year-old social worker, who has a wife, two daughters and is a grandfather-of-four, said: “We are the most neglected region in England and until we have real power and real decision making here we won’t be to address the fundamental issues of the North-East.

“This is the poorest region in the country with the highest level of unemployment and the highest level of social deprivation.

“It is also a region which is rich in community spirit, entrepreneurialism, research and development and opportunity.”

Susan McDonnell, a former Peterlee Town Councillor and Labour Party member, is considering standing against Easington MP Grahame Morris in the general election next May.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Peterlee with her husband, and has one son, narrowly missed out on a seat on Durham County Council last year.

Ms McDonnell, the party’s administrator, who works as an office manager for an email marketing company in Newcastle, said: “The purpose of the party is to bring political representation to the North-East.

“We had a referendum on regional assembly and that failed because it was dressed up as another level of bureaucracy.

“What we would aim to try and do is get true devolution for the North-East so we are not beholden to Westminster. We would decide on the key issues that affect the region with our own Government.

“It won’t be a separate country, but we will have devolved power so decisions that affect the North-East will be made here in the North-East by North-East people.”

The first gathering of the North East Party will be held at the Durham Conference Centre on Monday, June 16 from 6pmto 9pm.

For more information contact@TheNorthEastParty.org.uk, log on to www.TheNorthEastParty.org.uk or visit www.facebook.com/TheNorthEastParty

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12:47am Tue 27 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I suspect that they will be even less successful than the Liberal Democrats.
I suspect that they will be even less successful than the Liberal Democrats. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -3

6:08am Tue 27 May 14

tubgut says...

Another layer of government thank you no. More riders on the gravy train if what we have got their fingers out and found more jobs that's what is needed. Now UKIP are on the scene only 9% behind labour , times there are a changing. Dopy Dave and Red Ed have been found out and still ignore immigration as an issue as long as we are in the EU we have no control of our borders and who comes in. As for those who don't think it's an issue wake up and smell the coffee it's having a massive impact on the UK.
Another layer of government thank you no. More riders on the gravy train if what we have got their fingers out and found more jobs that's what is needed. Now UKIP are on the scene only 9% behind labour , times there are a changing. Dopy Dave and Red Ed have been found out and still ignore immigration as an issue as long as we are in the EU we have no control of our borders and who comes in. As for those who don't think it's an issue wake up and smell the coffee it's having a massive impact on the UK. tubgut
  • Score: -5

10:06am Tue 27 May 14

bambara says...

Doubt this lot will make any impact, but I can see the reason for them. Over decades the Northeast has voted for one sort of government and had a different one which then imposes policies which are oppossed to those voted for by this region on the people of the Northeast.

There are probably a lot of people in the Northeast who are thoroughly disillusioned with government of the Northeast by a distant group who share neither the political or cultural values of the northeast.
The Northeast never voted for privatisation, for thatcherism, for cuts to services, but they were impossed on us.
We have seen the nations assets sold off by the Tories to provide fat profits for their fat cat friends, with the money from sales being funnelled into tax cuts for the rich.
We have seen dodgy practise, miss-selling and huge price rises as the results of this private ownership (so much for the propaganda of better service, greater efficiency and lower prices. Anyone seen a utility bill decrease since the selloff?) - Same for rail prices, we saw the service improve recently when the east coast mainline contract award failed and it had to be temporarily re-nationalised. A much improved service, but Tory ideology drives them to privatise everything, even where it is proved to be against the best interest of the public, so that improved service is only temporary until they can again sell off the service to private interests.

Yes I can see the reason for this bunch, but I doubt that the Tories will listen to people, they can't here us over the sound of money talking.
Doubt this lot will make any impact, but I can see the reason for them. Over decades the Northeast has voted for one sort of government and had a different one which then imposes policies which are oppossed to those voted for by this region on the people of the Northeast. There are probably a lot of people in the Northeast who are thoroughly disillusioned with government of the Northeast by a distant group who share neither the political or cultural values of the northeast. The Northeast never voted for privatisation, for thatcherism, for cuts to services, but they were impossed on us. We have seen the nations assets sold off by the Tories to provide fat profits for their fat cat friends, with the money from sales being funnelled into tax cuts for the rich. We have seen dodgy practise, miss-selling and huge price rises as the results of this private ownership (so much for the propaganda of better service, greater efficiency and lower prices. Anyone seen a utility bill decrease since the selloff?) - Same for rail prices, we saw the service improve recently when the east coast mainline contract award failed and it had to be temporarily re-nationalised. A much improved service, but Tory ideology drives them to privatise everything, even where it is proved to be against the best interest of the public, so that improved service is only temporary until they can again sell off the service to private interests. Yes I can see the reason for this bunch, but I doubt that the Tories will listen to people, they can't here us over the sound of money talking. bambara
  • Score: 0

11:35am Tue 27 May 14

David Lacey says...

You must have missed the 13 years when Labour ran both the North East and the country - into the ground. Devastated the economy, trashed the NHS and education. I don't recall the people voting for that load of nonsense but that's what they got.
You must have missed the 13 years when Labour ran both the North East and the country - into the ground. Devastated the economy, trashed the NHS and education. I don't recall the people voting for that load of nonsense but that's what they got. David Lacey
  • Score: 1

11:49am Tue 27 May 14

bambara says...

David Lacey wrote:
You must have missed the 13 years when Labour ran both the North East and the country - into the ground. Devastated the economy, trashed the NHS and education. I don't recall the people voting for that load of nonsense but that's what they got.
That would be the 10 years of boom followed by a global recession which was triggered by greedy bankers.
13 years where even after a global recession the UK saw Unemployment only just return to the levels it had fallen from as a result of the Labour recovery from Tory destruction of the industrial base of the UK.
That would be the improvements in the NHS instituted following 19 years of Tory cuts, not wholesale huge increases, the NHS spends only 2/3rd as much as our neighbours in Germany and France and only half what the USA spends (and is or was rated higher than Germany or the USA) so just measured and targeted improvements, which the tories have immediately begun to roll back and cut. (2 % cut every year "efficiency savings" from a service which costs 2/3rd what our neighbours and other major coutries pay)
As for education, improved results, and investment in building schools (which the tories immediately cut).
Right wing propaganda again David, not based on facts, not based on indipendant reports.
As we are told by UKIP 2 million additional immigrants since 1997.
2 million additonal immigrants and under Labour it took a global recession of a like not seen since the 1920's to get unemployment to rise to a level the Tories managed with just thatcherite ideology.
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: You must have missed the 13 years when Labour ran both the North East and the country - into the ground. Devastated the economy, trashed the NHS and education. I don't recall the people voting for that load of nonsense but that's what they got.[/p][/quote]That would be the 10 years of boom followed by a global recession which was triggered by greedy bankers. 13 years where even after a global recession the UK saw Unemployment only just return to the levels it had fallen from as a result of the Labour recovery from Tory destruction of the industrial base of the UK. That would be the improvements in the NHS instituted following 19 years of Tory cuts, not wholesale huge increases, the NHS spends only 2/3rd as much as our neighbours in Germany and France and only half what the USA spends (and is or was rated higher than Germany or the USA) so just measured and targeted improvements, which the tories have immediately begun to roll back and cut. (2 % cut every year "efficiency savings" from a service which costs 2/3rd what our neighbours and other major coutries pay) As for education, improved results, and investment in building schools (which the tories immediately cut). Right wing propaganda again David, not based on facts, not based on indipendant reports. As we are told by UKIP 2 million additional immigrants since 1997. 2 million additonal immigrants and under Labour it took a global recession of a like not seen since the 1920's to get unemployment to rise to a level the Tories managed with just thatcherite ideology. bambara
  • Score: -2

12:17pm Tue 27 May 14

David Lacey says...

I wondered when you would drag Thatcher's name back into the mix. I can't be bothered to address most of your long and boring message - but I WILL mention the fact that through PFI our grandchildren will still be paying for new hospitals and schools that were built by the most profligate government ever.
I wondered when you would drag Thatcher's name back into the mix. I can't be bothered to address most of your long and boring message - but I WILL mention the fact that through PFI our grandchildren will still be paying for new hospitals and schools that were built by the most profligate government ever. David Lacey
  • Score: 0

7:20pm Tue 27 May 14

MSG says...

I voted NO to an elected regional assembly so will not vote for a small minded isolationist regionalist party. I love being part of the UK so will vote UKIP.
I voted NO to an elected regional assembly so will not vote for a small minded isolationist regionalist party. I love being part of the UK so will vote UKIP. MSG
  • Score: -5

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