Judge party by its record

I read with interest recent comments from supporters of the Labour Party about their '˜plans' for Berwick and the Swan Centre, including that they were about to build a new leisure centre at a cost of £19million.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 27 March, 2018, 09:00

Of course, funding sources were never disclosed.

How convenient to plan this just before the Northumberland County Council elections.

The recent damning report into Active Northumberland found that there were no business plans for every aspect of its activities and that Active Northumberland, under Labour, was trying to save costs, including by removing lifeguards from swimming pools.

As questionable as the Labour Party’s promise to build a new centre, is its insistence that the new council administration has somehow ‘cut’ its £19million funding for Berwick.

In my view, the previous Labour administration delivered nothing for Berwick as its main focus was to placate its voters in south-east Northumberland, and it was judged accordingly by the electorate.

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The current administration has made a number of pledges, including firm plans to back the Berwick Regeneration Commission and to deliver a £30million-plus joint leisure and health facility with the NHS.

In time, we can judge it on its record and whether it has delivered.

David Luis Spencer-Barclay

Berwick-upon-Tweed