Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lib Dem's Attitude Seen as 'Medieval Historicide'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lib Dem's Attitude Seen as 'Medieval Historicide'

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A SENIOR county councillor has rubbished claims that deprived communities could miss out on funding if Northumberland's former districts are consigned to the history books.

Liberal Democrat Andrew Tebbutt has been accused of "medieval historicide" by Labour opponents for advocating an end to statistical references to the districts of Blyth Valley, Wansbeck, Castle Morpeth, Tynedale, Alnwick and Berwick.

The political spat follows a recent County Hall debate about child poverty in Northumberland, in which Coun Tebbutt said there was a need to move away from referring to the now-abolished former districts.

Yesterday Labour leader Grant Davey said his group was astounded at Coun Tebbutt's attitude, and his apparent hostility to the continued use of the previous council areas.

"I cannot believe that, after three years in power, the Lib Dems still don't understand the advantages of using historical and geographical deprivation areas to measure data, and how they can assist councils in accessing the funding they need to improve situations such as child poverty." Coun Davey said an "attitude of medieval historicide" prevailed right through the Lib Dem administration at County Hall. …

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