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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.

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Recent updates

  • Article: May 30, 2016
    By Peter Morris, European Movement

    Polling shows young people in the U.K., like elsewhere in Europe, have radically different views to their parents' generation on a whole range of issues, from immigration to gay marriage, reports Politico. They are also far less taken with Euroskepticism, tending to view the EU, and globalization in general, as an opportunity rather than a threat. Problem is, they can't be relied on to get to the polling booths on June 23: http://www.politico.eu/article/cameron-brexit-eu-referendum-easyjet-generation-can-fix-brexit-if-they-can-be-bothered/

  • Article: May 27, 2016

    Migration statistics released yesterday expose the Tory Government's failing to offer a safe haven to people fleeing the war in Syria.

    The Prime Minister committed to welcoming 20,000 refugees by 2020, but progress has been slow and weak, not even reaching 10 percent of the target.

    During the 12 months up to March this year, just 1,667 Syrian nationals were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. By comparison, Canada settled 25,000 Syrian refugees in three months, between November 2015 and February 2016.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The crisis is one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our lifetime. It is time the Prime Minister stood up and used Britain's power to change attitudes and save lives.

    "He must not turn his back on the world's most vulnerable and should lead the response in the European Union rather than run away from it, but we are paralysed by a campaign too afraid to talk about refugees.

    "Thousands of men, women and children are dying as they desperately flee war. People are not risking their lives, clinging to rafts or lorries in hope of a welfare payment, they are doing it because they believe it's their last attempt to survive.

    "It's folly to think that this crisis goes away if Britain votes to leave. We will only solve it by working closely with our neighbours within the European Union.

    "I do not want a successful campaign to stay in Europe overshadowed by further division in society, stoked by fear tactics straight out of Donald Trump's playbook.

    "The language, the lies, the ignorance coming from some leave campaigners needs to be challenged. If the PM and other remain campaigners aren't prepared to do so, that I and the Liberal Democrats will."

  • Article: May 19, 2016

    Some would have you believe that at the heart of the UK's upcoming EU referendum is the question of sovereignty. They'll say that EU decision-making has undermined British parliamentary democracy, and that the only way for us to regain control is to leave. Not that they'll ever tell you what they'd do or how they'd do it, and who will pay the price by losing their jobs.

  • Article: May 19, 2016

    Although few would dispute the need for a devolution deal for the North East to give the region more power and funding for economic development, skills, and transport, as well as health and social care, there is growing concern in the region over the inability of North East council leaders to get their act together to ensure the deal goes through.

  • Article: May 16, 2016

    This is the reply to an email from Liberal Democrat Cllr David Faulkner asking questions of the responsible Cabinet Member relating to refuse collection, which we publish in full because so many people have been complaining to us about this essential front line service.

    I must make it clear that no formal dispute has been declared. Hence there is no 'formal' negotiation process with Unions. Nevertheless, we are in almost daily contact with Unions, staff and managers.

    The Leader of the Council has of course been kept up to date with developments on a daily basis, and attended meetings, although as you will understand, I am the responsible cabinet member leading on this.

    We have held a number of meetings with the Trade Unions, including the Chief Executive, Cabinet Member, Director and Head of Service to look to achieve an outcome. The Chief Executive, Mick Murphy and myself have met with front line staff to listen to concerns, and further staff engagement sessions are currently underway, chaired by Mick Murphy. We are working very hard with all parties to try to overcome the operational difficulties we are experiencing.

    Our aim here is to make the service sustainable and protect jobs in future years while conforming with legislation. We have made no changes to the length of rounds, and have no less front line resource because we have not proposed any redundancies in this area. Changes were outlined in the Integrated Impact Assessment as part of budget proposals approved by Council on 2 March 2016. A copy of the IIA is available on our website( that's www.newcastle.gov.uk)

  • Article: May 16, 2016

    British airlines have unlawfully pocketed nearly £300m in taxes paid by passengers who have cancelled or missed their flights, barristers say, as they prepare to take legal action to help millions of passengers get their money back.

    For years, carriers including British Airways, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2 and Virgin have effectively denied passengers Air Passenger Duty (APD) refunds where they are rightfully owed by charging them "excessive" fees to reclaim it.

  • Petition: May 15, 2016

    WE the undersigned residents of Newcastle upon Tyne call upon the City Council to improve the standards of cleanliness and maintenance of the conveniences at the West Road Crematorium

  • Article: May 14, 2016

    So the International Monetary Fund .... you know the one, the GLOBAL organisation that bailed out this country following Labour's mismanagement in the 1970's ....announced yesterday that the effect of the UK leaving the EU would have a "substantial and negative effect on the UK Economy and future growth potential". This follows a detailed investigation and study that the IMF have been carrying out over some time using a variety of different economic modelling tools and current international trade agreements around the world.

  • Article: May 12, 2016
    We understand the difficulties of operational managers and appreciate their fire-fighting, which can't be easy. However …..
    The media/social media silence of the otherwise "never off the media" Leader of the Council is noted by many. When there's a tricky issue, keep a low profile and leave it to others seems to be the approach.
  • Article: May 9, 2016
    By Peter Morris, European Movement

    VATICAN CITY -Pope Francis…on Friday gave a speech on Europe that the bloc's leaders hope will convince citizens - including Brits - that the EU is worth fighting for, according to senior EU officials. Politico reports: http://www.politico.eu/article/pope-francis-europe-speech-a-boost-to-anti-brexit-campaign/


"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

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Anita Lower

Cllr Anita Lower, re-elected as Liberal Group Leader on Newcastle City Council, May 2015

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