Statement - Julie Pörksen

I am delighted to confirm that I shall be standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency.

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Vote Liberal Democrat in the General Election to stop a hard Brexit Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron responds to snap general election announcement:

If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

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Lib Dems back tenants over Housing Benefit

Local Liberal Democrats in Northumberland have welcomed the Court of Appeal's judgement which found in favour of tenants unduly penalised by the bedroom tax for having a 'spare room' which was found to be essential to their home life.
Berwick Liberal Democrats, led by General Election candidate Julie Pörksen, have been vociferous in their opposition to the bedroom tax since its inception. Julie has played a key role in creating the new national Lib Dem policy on social housing to combat the negative impact of the bedroom tax. 
Julie Pörksen commented:
"Humanity and common sense have won today. The Court of Appeal has actually treated the tenants as real people who have different needs, unlike the Government to whom they seem to be just a number.
"Many more tenants should now see their own situation reviewed as a result of this judgement.
"The bedroom tax has especially damaging effects in rural areas with a limited social housing market. I am concerned that Conservative plans to sell off social housing will just make it even more difficult for people to rent affordable homes in the future.
"Until the precedent set by this Court ruling helps reduce the bedroom tax for more tenants, I urge all Councils to both promote and use their discretionary funds in order to help those who most need support." 
The Conservative Government have decided to appeal against the Court's ruling, leaving tenants fearful for their future as this case continues.

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who voted in the election last May. I am disappointed not to be representing you in Parliament, working hard for everyone in our area and upholding the liberal values I cherish.

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Pörksen welcomes Amble jobs boost

Energy efficiency expert Baroness Diana Maddock and Liberal Democrat candidate Julie Pörksen have visited the new GP Power site in Amble which has attracted £20 million in investment and will create up to 30 jobs by the end of 2015.

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Beith confirms Conservative A1 charging claim

Sir Alan Beith has backed claims that Conservative ministers planned to introduce road charging on the A1 through Northumberland, and that Liberal Democrats used their influence in government to insist the plans were scrapped.

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Secret Tory plan to turn A1 into toll road revealed

The Conservatives planned to charge motorists £120 a year to use the A1 through Northumberland, it has been revealed. The plan, which would have covered large swathes of the country’s roads, was blocked by Liberal Democrats in government, led by the Transport Minister at the time, Norman Baker.

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£250 Carer's Bonus for 1,390 carers in North Northumberland

Liberal Democrats will give 1390 carers in Berwick constituency (and more than 53,000 carers across the North East) a £250 ‘Carer’s Bonus’ for looking after loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill.
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No more pay cuts for nurses, teachers & police in Northumberland

Public sector workers in Northumberland deserve to feel the benefits of the economic recovery by receiving pay increases by at least the rate of inflation, Liberal Democrat candidate for Berwick Julie  Pörksen said today.

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