Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Scribbler

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Scribbler

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Our man in the corridors of power reveals secret they want kept hidden KNOWN for his heavyweight political clout while Labour's North East regional minister, Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has now turned on student housing at Newcastle's cultural "crown jewel" - the Ouseburn.

He objected to plans for PS20m flats at Stepney Yard on the site of Balmoral Joinery, describing it as over-development.

While he's a well-known arts and opera fan, he didn't join the cultural community's call for more to be done to protect their businesses in the area.

Instead, he went full pelt into an attack on shifting students to the Ouseburn from Jesmond, which he said began when the Liberal Democrats ran the council. Sitting on the fence, he described what's happening in the area as a "grotesque failure" in social engineering.

THE new darling of the fire service, Labour councillor David Stockdale, is still giddy from taking his Newcastle-based fight for firefighters' pensions to a national level.

Fresh from the latest media craze "the fire brigade selfie", which involves posing with burly blokes around burning bon-fires, Coun Stockdale has seen his motion - which was first passed by Newcastle City Council - adopted by the Fire Brigades Union as an example to other authorities.

"It's snowballing," he ex-claimed, while pondering if Fenwick sell reflective trousers just like the ones worn by his new buddies.

And the love-in shows no signs of abating. When Newcastle City Council agreed to write to Government urging them to re-enter into urgent negotiations with union chiefs over retirement age, his Twitter account was ablaze with messages of support.

IT WAS a not so humorous ending to the Happy Chippy's time as the city's legal high supplier. The shop, also known as Sajways on Newcastle's Times Square, was stripped of its licence by Newcastle City Council in a licencing hearing set to break civic records.

It took members a rather unjolly seven hours to decide whether or not to remove the shop's licence to serve hot food late at night. The shop's owner, Mr Happy Chippy himself, did not attend the hearing, but his ferocious solicitor put those giving evidence through a thorough cross-examination. …

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