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Welcome to the Newcastle Liberal Democrats website

The Liberal Democrats are proud to have been in control of Newcastle City Council from 2004 until 2011. In that time, we cut waste and contained council tax rises, oversaw improvements in educational achievement and spent more on the services people said they wanted, such as community safety, street cleaning, recycling and the environment.

The Liberal Democrats are a powerful and effective force on the Council, with 20 members, one of the strongest Lib Dem Groups in the country. Conservatives and UKIP have no councillors. We chair the Scrutiny Committees.

We hope that you enjoy visiting our website, and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any more information.

You can help the Liberal Democrats fight for Newcastle. A donation will help strengthen our campaigns. Your help WILL make a difference.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jun 28, 2016

    City Council staff exercising their Facebook skills with this minifilm


    which is an interview with West Gosforth Liberal Democrat Councillor Nick Cott.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2016

    "I'm devastated and I am angry. After the referendum we have become a deeply divided country, " Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron says:

    "Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I share.

    "Young people voted to remain by a considerable margin, but were out voted. They were voting for their future, yet it has been taken from them.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2016

    Are you one of the majority in Newcastle, one of the 16 million who voted for a better tomorrow for us and future generations? If so, join the Liberal Democrats here :


  • Article: Jun 23, 2016

    Britain's remaining in the European Union is key for trans-Atlantic security and common efforts to fight violent extremism, the chief of the NATO alliance said Wednesday. "It's up to the people of Great Britain to decide whether to remain or leave," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press. "But what I can do is tell you what matters for NATO. A strong U.K. in a strong Europe is good for the U.K., but it's also good for NATO": http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cd9d8f65357a44d1a284080234bd5ba5/ap-interview-nato-head-says-europe-safer-britain-eu

  • Article: Jun 22, 2016
    By Wendy Taylor

    Many local residents have told Liberal Democrat campaigners in recent weeks that they find it difficult to get the facts about the upcoming referendum - that both sides make claims that may or may not be true & this conflicting information makes it hard to come to a decision about what's best for our future. So I thought it might help to explain why I think staying in Europe is so important.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2016

    Gosforth efocus 55

    In this edition :

    * Bins collections

    * Prospects for the economy

    * Great North Road next phase

    * Policing changes

    * Broadway Schools

    * The People's Theatre - an easy way to help

    * Sandy Lane Improvement Scheme

    * Broadway West playing fields

    * Melbury and Warkworth Woods report

    * New Brunton Park play area

  • Document: Jun 19, 2016
  • Article: Jun 17, 2016
    This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who've woken up with their lives changed forever.
    Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers.
    When something terrible happens, I feel it. I am not one of those who shies away from emotion. And I, like so many others, am really feeling it today.
  • Article: Jun 16, 2016
    By Greg Stone
    A little over a decade ago, I took a deep breath and signed the paperwork - and a large cheque - agreeing the purchase of the Brewery site for what was then the Science City scheme, in a partnership between the council, Newcastle University, and the RDA.
    In regeneration, it often takes at least 10 years for seeds to flower, so I am glad that the Science Central project has today taken a huge step forward with the announcement of investment of £350m from Legal and General to develop the site. I congratulate those who have secured this deal, which will be of immense economic importance for the city. We all look forward to seeing the project built and occupied by companies driving the science and technology economy.
  • Article: Jun 15, 2016
    By Greg Stone
    Newcastle Liberal Democrat Opposition councillors are warning that subsidised bus services in Tyne and Wear are under threat of being axed by the North East Combined Authority's lead member for transport, Nick Forbes.
    Nexus are currently carrying out a consultation on the public transport services it will provide in future but it does not specifically refer to the threat to subsidised services.
    Opposition transport spokesman Cllr Greg Stone said:
    "These cuts are not being imposed by central Government, which has protected bus support grant funding. These cuts are being introduced locally, and have been significantly worsened by Nexus blowing £2.6 million of its budget on the failed QCS plan. NECA's Labour run authorities have all reduced their Transport Levy contributions towards public transport in this year's budget.
    This budget shortfall will put significant pressure on the network of secondary bus routes currently operated via Nexus subsidy. These services are not commercially profitable but play an important role in providing useful evening and weekend services, as well as local connectivity outside city centres. For example, the 553 service which provides important links between Gosforth and Wallsend via High Heaton, Walkergate, and Walker is used by people to commute to work at the Regent Centre and Freeman Hospital, and the 18 and 32 local shopper services are particularly valuable for older people who have no other transport options if they wish to visit local shopping centres and health facilities.
    The Nexus consultation seeks to identify priorities for future public transport but it does not make it explicit that cuts to subsidised routes are planned. Its survey makes a brief reference to redirecting resources to protecting subsidised services and I would encourage people to support this option and make their voices heard in support of protecting these routes.
    We call on NECA's transport lead Nick Forbes to publicly state how much he intends to reduce subsidised bus funding by, how many routes are under threat, and what steps he is taking to mitigate the impact of these projected cuts."


"We see people as individuals, not as opposing tribes lined up against each other across borders. We favour co-operation over isolation - your failure is not my success. We stand up against abuse of power, for entrepreneurship and individual endeavour. We see immigration as a blessing not a curse and value the contribution of every single individual has to make to this beautiful country of ours"

Tim Farron MP, on his election as Leader of the Liberal Democrats 16th July 2015

Tim Farron at Newcastle Civic Centre with Lib Dem activists Jan 2016

Tim Farron meets Liberal Democrats in Newcastle in January 2016

R.I.P. Rt Hon Charles Kennedy

former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Seen here celebrating gaining control of Newcastle City Council in 2004

Charles Kennedy celebrates Liberal Democrats taking control of Newcastle 2004

Tim Farron was elected as new Leader of the Party on 16th July 2015 with 56.5% of the vote

Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

Fight back graphic

Newcastle is home to two great Universities and tens of thousands of students from around the world. Be sure to join LibDemSocs when you arrive - and register to vote!

Two respected Universities

Anita Lower

Cllr Anita Lower, re-elected as Liberal Group Leader on Newcastle City Council, May 2016, is supported by her deputy Clr Wendy Taylor and an enthusiastic and experienced team

Jackie Milburn statue (By Ultra7 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

The great city of Newcastle upon Tyne is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the granting of a mayoral charter by King John in 1216

Liberal Democrats membership soars by over 15,000 since the General Election - if you aren't one already, join here to help us build a better Britain