The Labour Party has spelled out its priorities ahead of the local elections next week.

The party is contesting all county council seats in the Hexham constituency.

If elected, the party said its priorities will include protection for private renters and green retro fitting of existing housing.

Protecting frontline workers and ensuring secure jobs with proper pay and training are some of the other priorities.

The party wants to introduce a community hub in every ward, providing a base for community health and social services as well as voluntary activities.

Prioritising investment in town centres and support for sustainable business, framed by the green agenda is also high on the agenda.

Hexham Central with Acomb candidate Penny Grennan said: “The time is right for an alternative to Tory austerity and sleaze.

“The pandemic has shown how communities can work together and now is the time for a change, a change that provides security and local infrastructures which benefits the majority, policies that stimulate the local economy, and proper opportunities for all.”

Hexham Town Council Labour candidates are Penny Grennan and John Ord for the Gilesgate ward, and Victor Ball for the Leazes ward.

The local council and police and crime commissioner elections are taking place on May 6.