Labour’s candidate for Hexham East says this council by-election is an opportunity for much needed change in the area.

Jonathan Wheeler said: “We live in a wonderful part of the county, but there are aspects that need to be improved to serve local people better. There are buildings standing empty, such as the old middle school, which could be used for both younger and older people in the community. The old bus station has stood derelict for years and little or nothing was done by the previous councillor to address this issue.

“Listening to people in our area, affordable, energy efficient housing and access to GPs are a major concern. A decent home, education, access to healthcare, transport and community support are things which make places good to live. If elected, these are things I will be concentrating on for our area.

“With the climate crisis and opportunities lost by the recent COP 26 conference, I know from talking to people that the environment is a major concern. People can do things individually but councils and governments must lead the way for the sake of future generations. I will ensure that our green spaces are preserved and that protecting the environment is embedded in all the council’s policies.

Northumberland Labour leader Scott Dickinson said: “In Jonathan we have a totally committed individual who is passionate about making life better for everyone in the area  He is visible in the community and very much in touch with issues in Hexham East. He will make a very good councillor who is determined to get stuck in from Day One to make things better for people living in the area.”

“People are sick of the sleaze at a national level, voters should know that I will live by the seven principles of public life; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
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