I was pleased to get the chance to speak in the House of Commons on the provision of bus services - which is a key issue in rural and urban Northumberland
As always my speeches are available on They Work For You at http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2011-10-11a.23.0&s=speaker%3A24962#g35.0
We have been working hard on sorting out the provision of buses in Prudhoe, and supporting the Adapt Dial A Ride Scheme and I was delighted to applaud the work of the NCC Bus working group and the efforts of the Carr family and other public transport champions [even if the stenographer spelt their name wrong]
The importance of rural buses was also demonstrated [in the wrong way] by this story concerning the Kielder Marathon, which was organised so successfully last Sunday by Northumbria Water and Steve Cram.
I am sure there is a joke there about how you run 20 miles of a marathon and then decide that Northumberlands buses are actually better but I will have to raise that at the next House of Commons Bus debate.