Jude Kirton-Darling was looking forward to spending a bit of time with her toddler Natan this spring. Although the north-east Labour MEP remained disappointed about the EU referendum result, she thought it would be nice to be a full-time mum for a while. But Theresa May’s failure to get a deal through parliament means Kirton-Darling finds herself on the stump again instead of going to playgroup. “If you had told me three years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said. “As MEPs we see the Brexit process very, very closely from both sides and I have never seen such incompetent negotiations.” Back in 2014, when she was first elected to the European parliament, Labour took two of the three seats available in the north-east, winning 221,988 votes. Ukip got the third, with 177,660. The Conservatives missed out, getting 107,733 votes in the region. Nationally, Ukip sent the most MEPs to Europe (24), followed by Labour (20), the Tories (19), Greens … [Read more...] about How will Labour’s heartlands greet its Brexit tightrope act?
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‘To be or not to be, that is the question’ – a line from Hamlet and given to the world by Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare is a quote that would be apt in summarising events affecting Stratford-upon-Avon and its railway service and that came to a head 50 years ago between Easter and the beginning of May 1969.The story started around 1894 when the pressure and demand from businesses and the communities of Stratford-upon-Avon, Henley-in-Arden and Shirley led to the Birmingham and North Warwickshire & Stratford-upon-Avon Railway (BNW&SR) company being formed. This is why the railway between Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham via Henley in Arden is known as and called the North Warwickshire Line (NWL). In 1900 the GWR absorbed the BNW&SR. The work of building a railway between Tyseley Junction and Bearley Junction was awarded to C J Mills, a Henley contractor who began construction in 1905. In effect, the GWR completed an even bigger … [Read more...] about How one man’s bold act saved our railway line
Gilllingham continue to flirt with relegation as their hit and miss season carried on this week. Two home games against sides at the wrong end of the table represented a great chance for Steve Lovell’s side to put some real daylight between themselves and the bottom four.They started well enough, beating Oxford 1-0, but that was followed by a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers, meaning they sit 17th in the table, just three points above the drop zone with nine games to go.Capable of beating anyone on their day as they proved by doing the double over Portsmouth, without conceding, they can also turn in performances as they did during a 3-0 reverse to Walsall at Priestfeld.On the road, the Gills have done well recently, beating Wycombe 1-0 and then drawing 1-1 at Fleetwood.That has made it just one defeat in five away from Kent, as their only loss came at Sunderland, with Gills also winning at Burton and drawing with Coventry.Lovell remains confident his side have what … [Read more...] about PREVIEW: Luton Town v Gillingham