It has been another really busy week in the constituency. I have had meetings with scores of constituents regarding a range of issues and concerns and I have also met with numerous local businesses and organisations.
This culminated on Saturday when I visited and officially opened a new community hub in Bedlington, The Lodge, which is based at the main entrance of St Benet Biscop High School. The Lodge will be open to students, families and the local community and will offer a myriad of activities and workshops for the whole community of all ages.
This project took two years of planning and fundraising more than £130,000. I was extremely impressed with the facility and the desire and drive of those involved who are determined to ensure that The Lodge can be enjoyed by the whole community. I congratulate everyone involved and wish them every success in the future.
I listened to Nick Clegg's speech to the Lib Dem party conference and despite his rhetoric the reality is that actions speak louder than words and people will not be fooled by him. He sought votes pledging to fight savage Tory cuts and then joined a Tory-led Government days later and backs cuts that go too far too fast. He has broken a list of promises from tuition fees to the VAT rise.
Successive reports and economic forecasts are deeply concerning for us here in the UK and also the world economy. Surely it is about time that the Chancellor realised we need more people in work to really get the deficits down.
Here in Wansbeck and throughout the UK, families and businesses want to see action now, they want see action to get the economy growing and get people back to work. We need a real plan for jobs and growth in Wansbeck, in Britain and around the world, and we need it quickly.