Your choice – Frying pan, fire or moderation and unity.

Just look at today’s posts below and you cannot fail to recognise that the Tory government is so focused on a Brexit for which it had no plans, that it has failed to carry on with many aspects of government that affect the daily lives of individuals, businesses, Northumberland and the country at large. Security, Environment, the NHS and protecting our businesses from fraud are issues that must be dealt with effectively. Add to this the matter of cuts to school funding and the divisive plans to promote grammar schools. What a mess.

Electing the Tories locally gives them the message that we approve of the way they think and behave in power. Their Northumberland Manifesto is totally silent about their policies regarding social care and education. Yet people in Morpeth know how Labour have treated our town – with arrogant cynicism and ridicule. If you want to avoid Northumberland jumping from the Labour frying pan into the Tory fire, vote Liberal Democrat on 4th May for the voice of moderation.

Electing the Tories nationally would be a disaster, and the larger their majority the worse that disaster would be. They have governed and made vital decisions based on the interests of the Conservative party itself. The impact on the vulnerable, the struggling and those just managing, indicates clearly that they are definitely not a party with the interests of those people at heart. Yet opposition from Labour and Jeremy Corbyn has been weak and their party is falling apart. 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, vote Liberal Democrat at the General Election.

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About Joan Tebbutt

Joan is a Morpeth Town Councillor representing Morpeth Kirkhill, and previously represented the area on Castle Morpeth Borough Council and the County Council before it became a Unitary Authority. She has been a school governor for 14 years and is Chair of Governors at Morpeth County First School (Goosehill). A former Mayor of Morpeth (2013/14) she is Chair of Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Chair of the Town Council's Planning and transport Committee.
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