Jeff is a passionate Northumbrian – born and bred in the county and lived all his life in “the best place in the country”.
He joined the Liberal Party in 1972 and helped his mother win a council seat. He has been active in local politics, in one way or another, since then and is a Freeman of the County.
In 2008, the Liberal Democrats became the largest party in the County election that created a new unitary authority from six District Councils and the pre-existing county council. Jeff was elected leader of the Lib Dem group and became Leader of the council. He introduced a new approach to liaison with the 156 parish and town councils in the county by simply going to visit them and have a personal discussion about their needs and their view of the County Council!
The Liberal Democrats introduced a ‘Profit for Purpose’ Investment Company into the council’s structure, which has become an exemplar for other councils. They delivered the first council-owned new house-building programme in the county for over 20 years.
Jeff’s key interests as the PPC for Blyth Valley constituency are affordable housing, rural connectivity and apprenticeships. Services taken for granted in the urban environment can be difficult to access in rural areas but the needs of businesses and individuals are just as keen.
His role as Leader of the Council gave Jeff an excellent understanding of the county as a whole. With family connections in the area, Jeff has decided that he would like to use his talents, knowledge and experience in a different way, to serve the people of the constituency. With several towns and a large rural area, the Hexham Constituency is both a challenging and a rewarding place to be working.
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