Julie Pörksen - our local champion

 

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A mum to my two boys Ben and Silas, I am married to Paul and live in Rothbury. I grew up in Belsay where my mum taught at the first school and my dad is a sheep farmer near Cambo. I feel lucky to have grown up in Northumberland, we live in such a special place. I am determined to continue standing up for local people, fighting our corner and getting a fairer deal for our area.

My campaigning record:

Dualling the A1

We had huge success on this issue during the Coalition Government with Lib Dems in government announcing a £290m investment to improve the road right through Northumberland. Now I am working with other local campaigners to ensure work gets underway and to secure a dual carriageway all the way to Berwick. We cannot afford to let up on this issue. Now the Conservatives are in Government there is no guarantee that the dualling will take place - we have been told no dualling will happen until at least 2020.

Improving access to local healthcare

We desperately need to make it easier for people to access high quality healthcare quickly and conveniently. I and the Liberal democrat team have had considerable success moving services closer to where people need them - such as making kidney dialysis available in Alnwick for people across North Northumberland - and in improving ambulance cover for the area, but there is more to be done. 

Local jobs and apprenticeships

Although unemployment has fallen in North Northumberland, there are real concerns such as the closure of Jus-Rol in Berwick and the threat to the Covance site in Alnwick. The Liberal Democrats are continuing to support local businesses create more jobs. During the Coalition Government we helped create more than 3,570 local apprenticeships to give young people in Northumberland the skills needed to build a career.

A fairer deal for families

I have been fighting on the side of local families against the Morpeth- based Labour council’s £600 a year school bus charge for over-16s. It is simply not fair that young people’s opportunities in life should be so limited by where they live.