A family is "worried sick" after a 28-year-old went missing after a night out.
Samantha Donkin, known as Sammie, who also uses the surname Smith, is described as being "vulnerable" and was having a difficult time when she went to meet a friend in Gateshead on Friday, June 19.
Her sister, Natalie Stokoe, told Chronicle Live: "She was fine on Friday, she said she was going to see her friend in Gateshead.
"I messaged her about 1.30am saying 'are you coming home?' and she said she was staying out, and she didn't come home the next day.
"Her friend said she got into a taxi at 11.30pm, which went to Morpeth. My sister doesn't know anyone in Morpeth as far as we know, so it doesn't add up.
"We've been ringing and messaging and she hasn't answered, so after 24 hours I reported her missing to the police, who are looking for her.
Labour was shaken by Ukip at the General Election. You don't have to look hard to find senior Labour figures that will candidly admit this. But things have got a lot worse for Labour since - they get worse every week, and every time Corbyn and his communist cohorts open their mouths. This week's Little Red Book incident could have been scripted by the spin doctors at Tory Central Office; it certainly had the Parliamentary Labour Party wanting to crawl under their seats!
Senior Labour figures are coming back from Oldham and reporting that huge numbers of their supporters are telling them that they are switching to Ukip because they won't vote for a Corbyn-led party. Ukip came very close to kicking out Labour in nearby solidly Labour Heywood, but things have now got to the stage that the previously unthinkable is indeed possible: loss of perhaps Labour's safest seat in the country! Certainly the Bookies think so and have now dramatically shortened their odds.
But, whilst a Ukip win would be welcome to many, it's not all that appealing to senior planners at Ukip, who are playing to the long-term. Their focus is on the referendum - a referendum which any thinking person must admit was dragged out of Cameron in a moment of panic after seeing huge numbers of working-class Tory supporters defect. Corbyn is one of Ukip's best assets, and Labour would come to it's senses a lot earlier if the Parliamentary Labour Party had the ammunition to oust him. A Ukip win would put the nuclear option into their hands. So, Ukip is hoping for an illustration of the very possible, but not a show of the very probable, or the disaster scenario of an outright win! If you relish paradoxes this has to be one of the very best.
So what's going on in Newark? From a serious challenger, nine out of ten LD voters desert the party and it loses its deposit! Those votes should have gone to Labour, but Labour is seriously down in the polls too. Seriously down from one of its worst results ever, at a time when it should have been packing on votes!
Nine thousand voters certainly haven't deserted the LD's to go to UKIP. The vast majority of those LDs voted for Cameron's left-of-center, split-on-Europe, Tory party! UKIP have taken both Tory and Labour votes, and are likely to keep them. UKIP have likely also brought people back into politics who have felt they've had no real representation in recent decades.
The LD screw-up in removing Clegg has likely finished the party for good, and we are back with three party politics - only a different three parties! Miliband is poison, even to most Labour voters, and if he ever becomes PM by default it is going to be a very sad fixed five year term for this country. A completely wasted five years until even brainless Labour supporters, who don't realise who and what they are electing, have had enough of him.
There are still a lot of imponderables, but we certainly live in interesting times. A change of leadership could completely transform any of the old parties, and even save the LDs from oblivion. That none of them can do this shows what a disparate rabble each of them really is! Here's the real reason for the surge in devolution: nowadays people feel better able to do things for themselves.
Maybe I should have titled this post "Whatever happened to The Big Society?"
http://www.conservat...ciety_plan.aspx Goodness, it was all there a few days ago!
Full story at Computer Weekly: http://www.computerw...internet-h.html
Cam is the man who wants us to believe that this time around he will keep his promise for a referendum on the EU in 2015, and that we can trust him to renegotiate our membership. Promise, what promise? Referendum, what referendum? Don't remember that; do you Nick?