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Scott sets a challenge for the Government in Rural Northumberland

Scott Dickinson, Labour's candidate for Berwick, has called on Conservative candidate Ann Marie Trevelyan to make the case for rural Northumberland to her colleagues in the Westminster  government. 

Scott criticised the government's dithering over devolution and its confused attitude to Europe, and warned that vital investment schemes like the Enterprise Hubs in Wooler and Alnwick could be at risk of missing out on future funding..
The failure of the coalition government in Westminster to agree which powers will be devolved to Local Economic Partnerships, the regional funding bodies set up by the coalition, means  there will be a gap in European funding for the region for the first time since we joined the European Union. 
Scott Dickinson said 'The government talk constantly about a fair deal for the UK from Europe, but there's regional funding on offer that we risk missing out on because David Cameron can't make his mind up. It's as if he'd rather we lose out than risk being attacked by his own extremists for engaging sensibly with Europe. That's why I'm calling on Ann Marie Trevelyan to act now and use the links to Westminster that she boasts about to urge David Cameron to make his mind up '
In rural Northumberland the failure to agree the programme with the Commision, which depends on agreeing the powers of the LEPs, risks a potential gap in funding for the Rural Growth Network, which has helped fund schemes such as the Enterprise Hubs in Alnwick and Wooler.
Scott said 'European funding is absolutely vital to rural Northumberland and mustn't be overlooked because David Cameron can't make his mind up. Any delay in the UK Government agreeing the programme with the Commission because of dithering over devolution could jeopardise projects in Northumberland - a gap in European funding being available could force projects to close and investment to stall. The Government has shown their colours when it comes to what they think about Europe but this money has the North East’s name on it and they need to act now.'

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