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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: Jul 23, 2016

    A month long consultation process starts on Monday about major changes for key routes into and out of Newcastle to the north. These affect Blue House on the Great North Road, the Jesmond Dene Road junctions with Moorfield and Osborne Road, the Haddricks Mill junctions and Killingworth Road as it goes north under the Metro line. These are amongst the worst places in the City for car accidents and injuries to cyclists. The work could take over 2 years in places, but is said to "future proof" major routes with the proposal of radical changes that will affect local people and through travellers.

  • Document: Jul 21, 2016
  • Article: Jul 17, 2016
    By Ron Beadle

    Welcome to the new age. This is the age of drink sodden throwers of plastic chairs across foreign town squares; this is the age of those who pronounce England with one too many syllables; the age of those who cannot discriminate - Pole from Czech, Muslim from Hindu, or Jamaican from Nigerian; but believe them all inferior and think they should leave. This the age of those 'armed with a can of lager and a limited vocabulary' (as Alan Bleasdale once put it). This is the age of the flag-wavers, emboldened by numbers, singing 'No Surrender' and longing for conflict. This is the age of those who glory in the Second World War but fail to understand that theirs was the side that lost it. This is the age of those who believe the Saint George was English, of those who honour the Queen but would have denied entry to her ancestors, along with the real St George. This is the age of those who believe that a foreign retirement is theirs by right but that foreigners have no place here. This is the age of those who salute the Union Jack but jeopardise the Union it represents.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2016
    Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors in the Gosforth, North Jesmond, High Heaton, and Benton Park Road areas of Newcastle have expressed concern at Newcastle City Council's failure to seek feedback from local councillors and residents ahead of the unveiling of proposals for the Blue House-Haddricksmill corridor and junctions improvement plan next week.
  • Article: Jul 8, 2016

    A review of the changes to the state pension arrangements, including the impact of the age changes, is set to be published in May 2017, said Cllr Robin Ashby. So now is an appropriate time to make representations to Government, even though its reaction to 193,000 petition signatories was to say in February it had no plans to alter state pension ages.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have commented on a proposal to write to the Secretary of State for Education about the White Paper on Educational Excellence.

    Councillor Greg Stone said : There are good grounds for opposing the Government's White Paper and education agenda - and especially fair funding. It is essential nationwide but many schools are struggling at the current funding levels.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2016

    In his first response to the Chilcot Report on the Iraq War, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron MP said : "Far from being Bush's passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain's reputation around the word."

    "Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

    "I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

    "I hope Sir John Chilcot's findings can in some way provide comfort to the families of the British servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives, and to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives and a generation has been shaped by this illegal war.

    "Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences."

    In 2003 all 53 Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the Iraq War. You can see Charles Kennedy's speech to the House of Commons here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoFVdes7qM8. Note the barracking and insults in the Commons from those gung-ho for this war.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2016

    Councillors from both the Liberal Democrats and Labour have expressed their concerns about the state of community relations, and what can be done to repair them, following the flare up in tensions as a result of the UK vote to leave the EU.

    Councillor David Faulkner proposed that : "Council deplores the hostile and misleading anti-immigration narrative that the Leave side of the EU Referendum campaign propagated and the way in which it has poisoned political discourse. Council believes that the damage to community relations will be lasting and the encouragement to the far right a serious concern. Newcastle is both a City of Sanctuary which welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees, and is a city in need of the skills that migrant labour bring.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2016

    At the meeting of Newcastle City Council meeting tonight, the 34 Labour members present voted down a motion to take the bins chaos to arbitration proposed by the Liberal Democrats. Apart from the responsible Cabinet member, Cllr Kemp, only one Labour council spoke, claiming that people in his ward accept their bins not being emptied when they understand why the situation has arisen (he and Cllr Kemp vigorously deny it's a "dispute". If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...)

  • Event: Aug 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Gosforth High Street NE3

    Gosforth councillors will be on Gosforth High Street on the first Saturday of every month, outside the Shopping Centre (look out for the umbrella and the sandwich board)

    This is in addition to Councillor surgeries which are advertised widely and regularly.

    We look forward to seeing you to discuss issues of concern, or just to say hello!


"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