Newton News received numerous telephone calls this week regarding Mrs Irene Hewitson and her interview on TV and her stance on the Covid-19 pandemic.

We contacted the Town Council to obtain a comment for our readers:

“Mrs Irene Hewitson was expressing a personal opinion. She was speaking as a private individual and not in her role as a councillor and member of Great Aycliffe Town Council.

Great Aycliffe Town Council does not agree with Councillor Hewitson’s views regarding Covid-19 and does not endorse her actions.”

Complaints against Councillors: Please be advised that any complaints regarding a Councillor who has breached the Code of Conduct are dealt with independently by the Monitoring Officer at Durham County Council. They can be contacted on 03000 260 000, for more details please visit the website at