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Berwick election candidates

Berwick constituency, vacant following the retirement of Sir Alan Beith (Lib Dem).

►Nigel Revell Coghill-Marshall (Ukip)

►Scott Dickinson (Labour)

►Neil Humphrey (English Democrats)

►Julie Pörksen (Liberal Democrats)

►Rachael Roberts (Green Party)

►Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)

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English Democrats enter election race in Berwick

The English Democrats have joined the general election race in the Berwick constituency by putting up a candidate for the May 7 vote.

Neil Humphrey has been selected as the party’s representative for the Berwick seat, giving voters six choices on the ballot paper next month.

►Scott Dickinson (Labour)

►Nigel Coghill-Marshall (UKIP)

►Neil Humphrey (English Democrats)

►Julie Pörksen (Liberal Democrats)

►Rachael Roberts (Green Party)

►Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)

The English Democrats are campaigning for the creation of an English Parliament and executive within the United Kingdom with the same powers as the Scottish Parliament and executive.

The party’s main policies include restricting immigration to a points system. They would like to make St George’s Day a national holiday. The English Democrats also believe England should leave the EU via a referendum.

Mr Humphrey was a member of the Labour Party for 30 years before moving to UKIP, and then joined the English Democrats.

He says he would campaign for the A1 to be upgraded to a dual carriageway all the way up to the Scottish border. It follows the government’s financial pledge at the end of last year to dual the A1 only as far as Ellingham.

He believes pedestrian access, lorry turning and icy conditions have not been taken into account.

Mr Humphrey says the Berwick electorate should be concerned about concessions made to the SNP if they end up holding the balance of power after the election.

He said: “I think the constituency should be concerned about sleazy, back-room ‘horsetrading’ for a SNP backed coalition.

“I want a commitment that there can be no border move without a referendum on an area by area basis.”

Mr Humphrey says he understand the pressure on the NHS and wants things to change.

He said: “My wife is a retired ambulance woman. For some time I have been against super-hospitals, which move A&E further away and the running down of services.”

Mr Humphrey would also like to reintroduce so-called “Men’s Sheds” and open this up to younger ages.

He said: “Tools experience and career knowledge can be shared. We will fight to keep open libraries and protect budgets nationally from cuts.

“Working in control systems automation, there are very few senior engineers younger than myself. In 10-15 years time, we’ll all be retiring. All that infrastructure we rely on … we will have to import foreign immigrants. I believe we should be transferring those skills to the younger generation.

“I would like to see those who can program their mobile phones, or wire a car stereo, to be shown how in demand their skills could be in automation. That includes younger adolescences tempted by crime.”

Mr Humphrey’s also said he would like to see more professionals encouraged to enter politics and become members of parliament.

Source – Berwick Advertiser, 07 Apr 2015

North East Euro election results

The full results for the North East:

Labour Party – 221,988

•UKIP – 177,660

Conservatives – 107,733

•Liberal Democrats – 36,093

•Green Party – 31,605

An Independence from Europe – 13,934

BNP – 10,360

English Democrats – 9,279

Labour won 2 seats, UKIP finally win something – 1 seat.

Conservatives and Lib Dems both lose 1 seat.

Tory Martin Callanan lost his seat. Callanan, who was also chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, was the only MEP standing for reelection in the region, Labour’s Stephen Hughes and the Lib Dems’ Fiona Hall had both decided to stand down – in Ms Hall’s case probably a very wise decision – The Lib Dem vote collapsed from 103,644 in 2009 to just 31,605.

Newly-elected Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling said: “It is a fantastic night for Labour.

“We have knocked the leader of the Tories out of the European Parliament – an extremely corrosive politician who has upset a lot of people.”

Her new colleague Paul Brannen claimed it was a “major victory for Labour” as they had not just seen off Mr Callanan but “defeated the Liberal Democrats resoundingly”.

Ukip were the big spenders heading into the North East elections, with the party the only of the main four to spend money on billboard advertising in the region. Electoral Commission records also show their winner  Jonathan Arnott contributing more than £8,000 of his own funds to the campaign… a sum which no doubt he will now proceed to enthusiastically recoup in expenses.

Turnout for the European elections was 31%, with Middlesbrough’s 24% the lowest and Gateshead’s 35% the highest.