Working on many issues

Mr Watts’ most recent letter to this newspaper asks why I have prioritised Brexit over special educational needs (Berwick Advertiser, March 7).

Sunday, 17th March 2019, 8:00 am

The answer is that I have not.

As your readers know, I believe that we should leave the EU.

I was elected on the 2015 manifesto giving the UK an EU referendum, I campaigned for Leave during the referendum in 2016, and I was re-elected in 2017 on a manifesto to deliver Brexit, as the referendum outcome asked.

I continue to work on education and special needs matters; I believe Northumberland has failed its SEND students for too long.

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The advent of a Conservative council in 2016 has meant that, together, we have made progress, and only this week the Secretary of State for Education has announced funding for two new special schools in Northumberland.

Mr Watts will no doubt be very reassured to know that we are making progress on investment into our wonderful constituency on many fronts beyond education – roads, broadband, the Berwick harbour, the Maltings, through to the Borderlands Deal, a new hospital, a new school and sporting centres, to name but a few.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed