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Thread on my long #Hexham constituency battle with the @nationaltrust to support local tourism / heritage / jobs

This has now gone national given #NationalTrust loss of their core purpose, closures, job cuts, approach to finances + treatment of local representatives 1/ ImageImageImageImage
Over 4 years ago the #NationalTrust failed to support, and then closed - without any consultation - #GeorgeStephenson’s birthplace, in Wylam, in my constituency, in #Northumberland.

Stephenson is one our greatest pioneers 2/…
The Trust are choosing the wrong path to go down, and as an organisation they need:

- a review of their core purpose and objectives, similar to the recent Glover review into National Parks

- advice on utilisation of their vast reserves, not job cuts and further closures 3/
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Sadly the #NationalTrust is becoming a joke.

As #Hexham MP I want reform of this, once great, organisation.

A thread on:
- their redundancy plan 🪓
- their £1Billion+ assets 🆙
- and 4 yr failures of local #Northumberland treasures 🚂🚂🚂 1/ ⬇️…
Their recent disaster is their plan to dismiss their experts 2/:

This latest approach is consistent with poor behaviour of the #NationalTrust for years, as my constituents know.

They closed #Stephenson’s birthplace in #Wylam in 2017 without any consultation + have shown no intention to reopen.

And they have over £1Billion + in the bank 3/
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From today, so many of #Hexham / #Northumberland amazing local #shops can now re-open, along with #churches, zoos + much more! 🏪 🛍 📖🧸 ⛪️ 🦒
Pls #ShopLocal + support our small businesses: #UseThemOrLoseThem
#ShopLocal 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
Support #Independent shops 👍
Enjoy the slowness 😎
Be Kind 🙏
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Positive news on shops, and other businesses reopening from:
- #Hexham high streets
- to the Northumberland zoo
- am busy updating constituents but key updates here: from Monday June 15 govt and @N_landCouncil working to help businesses/ shops reopen 1/:…
The updated FAQs are here 2/:…
From this weekend, adults living alone – or single parents with kids under 18 – will be able to form a #supportbubble with 1 other household ▶️can spend time together inside each others’ homes without needing to stay 2 metres apart. A targeted intervention tackling loneliness 3/
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29th January ...
Thread for yr commute to work ⏩ thanks to our #armedforces keeping us safe.
On this day 29/1/1856 Queen Victoria instituted Britain’s highest military decoration, the #VictoriaCross #VC.
Awarded for outstanding bravery ‘on the field of battle’.
#NeverForget 1/ Image
The metal from which the medals are struck is either from Russian cannon captured at the Siege of Sevastopol or other cannons.
Only 1355 #VCs have been awarded since 1856.
11 were awarded for the defence of #RorkesDrift in the Zulu wars on 23/1/1879 - 141 yrs ago this week 2/ Image
Bravery comes in many forms. Locally in #Northumberland I commemorate Private Fred Dobson of #Ovingham.
A 27-year-old private, with the #ColdstreamGuards he twice volunteered to go out under heavy fire to bring in two wounded men at Chavonne in France on 28 September 1914. 3/ Image
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Great visit today to @NorthumbriaNHS #HexhamHospital spending time with the great doctors, midwives + nurses on the many wards there #NHS #Proud ImageImageImage
Marion and the team had strong advice to please get your #Flu jab!
Their message is
Stay #FluFree
And #StayWellThisWinter Image
Great visit to the amazing #Maternity ward saw me meet old friends and the family’s new addition = the one day old Joshua Whiley - born in #Hexham #Hospital Image
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Why #WorldWar1 + the 1919 #Forestry Act show why #Northumberland leads the way on forestry and #climatechange: A thread:
... We all agree we need to plant more #trees 🌲🌲🌲
to combat climate change + also because forests / timber is vital to both our enjoyment + economy 1/ Image
In 1919 the country was short of wood = a national emergency. #Northumberland land around Kielder Castle, just south of Scots border, was identified + soon after planting began on an ever expanding basis.The #kielderforest is the biggest in UK + growing with recent additions /2
100 years ago, our island was less than 5% #woodland.
Good news = woodland today covers nearly three times as much land, at 13 per cent, and is probably as wooded as days of yore.
Bad news = we still import more #timber than we grow = bad business + bad for #climatechange 3/
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Excited! After many years of personal campaigning, ministerial visits, + @educationgovuk lobbying today am going to @QEHSHexham to see plans for £30 million + new #Hexham #School plans - my thanks to many, notably @Conservatives govt, @N_landCouncil + local councillors Image
Successful school campaigns take many years. For #Hexham #schools we started properly in 2012:…
The campaign benefited from @dFE minister David Laws visit in 2013 + saw national government sign off of their money in 2015:…
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Progress on #LongTermEconomicPlan:
- #Wages 🆙 4% = fastest wage growth in over 11 yrs ▶️ more 💷
- #Jobs: Long-term unemployment down 🔽 50% in last 5 yrs countrywide + in #Hexham 💪
- Female #employment = record high👩‍🔬…
Clearly more to do on #FinancialInclusion ... but massive good news on
#Savings, thanks to the inertia miracle that is #AutoEnrolment ➡️ 10 million UK working people now saving 8% every year = 100% Good news 👍 /2
#Tax now seeing #threshold up from 6k in 2010 to £12k+ = massive tax break for low paid. Means more in your pocket as low paid not being taxed as they were under labour. This was a Coalition policy but an undersold ongoing success story 3/#Keepingmoreofyourmoney
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After significant #rainfall across #Northumberland, I have visited villages with high river levels in #Tynedale, and spoken with local Cllr's + @EnvAgency. Thankfully no threat to properties on this part of the #Tyne. Will be visiting the #RiverRede tomorrow.
The #Tyne is high -see #Hexham today - but a v long way off #StormDesmond levels, +flood defences doing a good job. #Kielder reservoir acting as a buffer, as no water down the spillway, thereby reducing by over 10% levels downriver. But pls be #FloodAware by the waters edge 2/
Lots of standing water on roads whether in Warden, Hexham, Corbridge or country lanes - please report these -
+ be v v careful when driving, walking on riverside footpaths + on no account tackle a ford 3/ Image
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Great to meet the #Tynedale #NCS students helping at Dene Grange in #Hexham today. #Team2Northumberland leading the way 👍 ImageImageImage
I am doing all I can to promote the #NationalCitizenshipService.
It is a gt way for 16/17 yr olds to meet new friends, develop skills, open their minds + expand their viewpoints. The opportunities it offers, at a tiny cost, are genuinely life charging many will testify 2/
Yesterday’s event underlined this: #Team2Northumberland were a delight to meet. We discussed a lot but the issues / ethics session showed a real understanding of equality issues, an assertion of abortion rights, and a progressive view in favour of legalised assisted dying 3/
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Mega #Hexham summer tour day ends with street surgery + home visits on #CauseyHill overlooking #Hexham - thread of visits + meets ⬇️ 1/ Image
Good catch up visit to @NorthumbriaNHS #Hexham #Hospital to get updates from many of the teams on the wards and do a walk round with Gillian the Matron #NHS #Proud 2/ Image
Wide ranging update meeting with constituents raising a variety of key local and national #ClimateChange issues - discussion of everything from #ESG to #Coal #Forestry to #LandUse #NetZero to #EnvironmentPlan 3/ Image
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Great news @JohnnyMercerUK becomes a minister @DefenceHQ - as a former soldier he has led the fight for even better treatment of our #veterans and serving men + women.
I will be welcoming Johnny to #Northumberland when he is here in September + hope to take him to #albemarle Image
And with my Berwick friend and neighbour @annietrev also promoted to be a Minister at the #MOD the #defence community will see a real change in #Northumberland 👍 Image
Off on a mega day in #Hexham today on Day 2 - multiple surgeries, business visits, going to the hospital and meeting constituents galore. Looking forward to it 👍
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Mega #Forestry day today in #Hexham ... 👍
A thread on #trees, forestry, #jobs, #climatechange, #environment + so much more:
- start with thanks to @EGGER_UK + @John_Forestry for hosting @treechampion + #Defra Forestry Minister @DavidRutley + many more 1/ Image
#Egger provides over 650 jobs in Hexham + is the largest, + probably best, private sector employer in #Northumberland. Staff are understandably v proud of this family owned business. Great for #Forestry Minister @DavidRutley to meet, support and talk to them 2/ Image
David was here to convene a round table to listen + address:
- #Forestry industry opportunities
- challenges
- discuss an action plan for the way ahead
- getting the many arms of #Defra working together to get more trees planted 3/ Image
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Sadly missing the debate on #AssistedDying @HouseofCommons today as
have long-standing Hexham commitments.
But am clear we need to change the law + have consistently voted for @dignityindying
Have a read of my article on why:
#Towhomdoesyourlifebelong ?…
I have no doubt the #AssistedSuicide law will eventually change in UK - as it is changing elsewhere. I well remember walking through the voting lobby with @Ed_Miliband discussing how it requires leaders of medics, churches + communities to see things differently
After the last vote I gave this interview to my #Hexham paper .... and since then #doctors, #church + community leaders have come to me urging a law change…
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Gutted ... + sat on the 8pm to #Hexham with an🍺 but a thread ⬇️ on:
- @michaelgove + the wonderful team of #MPs, staffers/volunteers who supported #TeamGove
- the @Conservatives positives I take from the last few weeks
+ my hopes + aspiration for future of this gt country 1/ Image
Firstly my congratulations to @Jeremy_Hunt + @BorisJohnson + good luck for the month ahead of hustings/ scrutiny nationwide + on the media.
Hoping we have a robust but positive contest, showing off the best in @Conservatives #ideas, #aspirations + #values #ToryLeadership 2/
A pleasure to help @michaelgove
- the best minister since 2010 in @Conservatives govt
- best debater in @HouseofCommons + feared by #Corbyn + co
- with great policy ideas for the future
+ a track record of investing in #Hexham schools 3/
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