New candidate enters fray for Berwick North

Berwick town councillor Catherine Seymour is to stand as Conservative candidate for Berwick North on Northumberland County Council .

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 7:32 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:03 am
Catherine Seymour

She has been on the town council since 2013, serving on several committees, as well as representing the council on the Northumberland Association of Local Councils (NALC), Fairtrade and as a Freeman trustee.

Catherine said: “Residents of Berwick have been telling me that they see the need for a more effective representative on the county council. For too long we have been the forgotten town and local people have not been listened to.

“So now is the right time for me to take up the requests I have received to stand up for a better deal for our town at county council level. I believe I have the right level of competence and experience and a commitment to openness, transparency and accountability.”

Catherine has lived in Berwick for many years. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.

She is also vice-chairman of the Berwick Civic Society.

Catherine added: “It is clear that Berwick is ignored by the current Labour administration, selling off public properties and putting nothing back and that the council-owned Arch have the wrong priorities for Berwick and pursue expensive unnecessary projects. Their focus is very much on the south east of the county.

“With our money, this county council has as its main priority the wasting of up to £80million on the unnecessary new County Hall in Ashington and risking £120million on buying a shopping centre in Cramlington, not creating a single new job in the process.

“As a result of the recent budget the debts of the county council will soar to over £1.4billion, putting council finances at extreme risk and cutting the funding for social care and daily services.”

Other candidates in Berwick North are Gavin Jones (Lib Dem), Anne Forbes and Jim Herbert (both independent).