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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.

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

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Recent updates

  • Moor protest 21 Aug 16
    Article: Aug 24, 2016

    Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed Newcastle City Council's decision to scrap its proposal for a major roundabout on land at Little Moor and Dukes Moor following Sunday's massive public protest led by Liberal Democrat councillors for Jesmond and Gosforth.

    The Opposition have called throughout for local communities to have input into the design options for the Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road junctions - and had predicted the council would climb down and put forward alternative options ahead of a "town hall meeting" later this week.

    The Liberal Democrat group believes it should be possible to design a solution for the Blue House junction based on the council's own 2013 proposal for a traffic light controlled junction on the existing road alignment, but is proposing that the council now tables other options it has already considered, with an assessment of their benefits and disbenefits.

    Cllr Nick Cott (West Gosforth) said "We are delighted that the clear view of the local community expressed loudly and very visibly at our protest march has now been listened to by the council, but the council has only itself to blame for not acting earlier on our requests for wider involvement from councillors and the local community."

    Cllr Henry Gallagher (East Gosforth) said "We are conscious that while the community has won a victory, there is still some way to go. We are aware that the council has looked at options that would prevent a right turn from Jesmond Dene Road. We are particularly concerned this could lead to increased rat running in High West Jesmond. We will continue to support residents groups to participate in this process."

    Cllr Catherine Walker (North Jesmond) said : "The 33 bus service would have been adversely impacted by the prohibition of right turns onto Osborne Road. This service is essential for many Jesmond residents who wish to access Gosforth or the City Centre. It is the only service which covers the Osborne Road area of Jesmond and although other buses are available from the Cradlewell or Great North Road many residents cannot walk to these. Also, even though there is a metro station at Jesmond and one at West Jesmond, these again are too far away for many residents, particularly the elderly or those with walking difficulties, to access."

    Cllr Greg Stone, opposition transport spokesman said "The council tried to exclude us from the process but they haven't been able to ignore community concerns. It is very clear that the council's plan was not acceptable to the public.

  • Back lane dumping by student landlords in Newcastle
    Article: Aug 23, 2016

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats are calling on Newcastle City Council to crackdown on the dumping of furniture by Student Landlords every summer.

    "Once again, the back lanes of Ouseburn and other student areas are filled with furniture and other materials dumped from student houses over the summer." said Liberal Democrat Ouseburn Ward Councillor Gareth Kane "Not only is this unpleasant for other residents, and illegal, it is costing the cash-strapped Council both in terms of clearing it and lost trade waste fees. Student Landlords make a lot of money from renting their properties, it's not unreasonable to expect them to respect the law. I'm calling on the Council for a co-ordinated crackdown to stop this problem at source."

  • Article: Aug 22, 2016

    The BBC is reporting over 2000 of us turned up to protest yesterday afternoon, and it's been on all their local news bulletins since then. See


    There are a couple of simple things that can still be done, even though the Council's website response site is reported closed.

    1. If you took pictures on the march, put on your social media, or repost any you spot on your own timeline

    2. If you haven't already signed the online petition at

  • Article: Aug 21, 2016

    The Journal published this article yesterday


    but there's been a small change on police advise and on expectations of potential higher numbers of people attending than expected.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2016
    Please come along to support this event to show the Council that you are against the plan. There has been an encouraging response against the proposals so far, but we need to keep up the pressure.
    Following police advice and expectations of potential higher numbers of people attending than expected we are issuing further advice.
    Please assemble at Little Moor, at the junction with Moorfield.
    The rally will now take place ONLY on Little Moor. Please do not gather on Dukes Moor as you may disturb the cattle.
    There are no restrictions to the normal use of the public highway, therefore if coming to the rally by car, you are advised that you must park in a safe location. Pedestrians should observe normal road safety when crossing to the rally.
    The police ask that no-one obstructs the public highway, either by vehicular or pedestrian means, so we ask people to act responsibly.
  • Article: Aug 7, 2016
    Your Liberal Democrat councillors invite residents to join them for a "March for the Moor" from 2pm on Sunday 21stAugust.
    We'll be "beating the bounds" starting at Duke's Moor, then on to Little Moor, followed by a protest rally, as the Council's consultation process comes to a close.
    Join us with your family, friends, bike, dog or banner and make your feelings known about the plans to grab a swathe of our "green lung" to make way for an enormous motor-way style roundabout on both of those areas.
  • Newcastle bins crisis
    Article: Aug 5, 2016
    By Greg Stone

    Have your say on Labour's failure to resolve the bins crisis and see the Evening Chronicle's coverage on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleChronicle/posts/1105955979497007

    As city bin dispute passes 100th day, Newcastle's Lib Dem Opposition issues strong condemnation of chaotic council performance on neighbourhood services

  • Petition: Aug 3, 2016

    We the undersigned residents of Newcastle upon Tyne call upon the City Council to improve road safety at the Broadway East and Broadway West roundabout on the Great North Road by raising the level of the zebra crossings and installing a small refuge at the centre of each.

  • Event: Sep 3, 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!

  • Blue House Roundabout July 2016
    Article: Jul 31, 2016

    Councillors from West Gosforth, North Jesmond, East Gosforth and Parklands today met with the City's Liberal Democrats Transport spokesman at Blue House Roundabout, which the Council plans to replace by a mega-roundabout which would consume a large area of Little Moor and Dukes Moor. Hundreds of local people have already signed our petition at


"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