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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/
Clearly many organisations have been affected by #Covid19 ... that is understood; but the overriding impression for many yrs is of a “dumbing down” of what was created by the 1907 National Trust Act. Their approach in #Northumberland is proof 4/…
More details of the #NationalTrust proposals nationally show

- widespread closures (my negative experience as a constituency MP with #NT will be replicated countrywide)

- changing the “visitor experience” 5/…
I am asking @DCMS ministers to review the @nationaltrust.

It is created by the 1907 National Trust Act + ensuing statutes + its approach can be altered by @HouseofCommons

My concern is for this great institution, + its millions of members, whose support is being abused. 6/
The experience of this #MP is of a #nationaltrust organisation that has
- lost its way,
- has forgotten its roots / reason for existence
+ is disdainful

They clearly have no plans for reopening #GeorgeStephensons birthplace in #Wylam 7/
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