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As our national membership soars past 100,000, join our fightback for a better city of Newcastle today!

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: May 6, 2017 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 private Councillor surgeries which are advertised widely and regularly.

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

  • Housing benefit
    Article: Apr 28, 2017

    Sign petition here http://www.libdems.org.uk/housing-benefit-cuts?recruiter_id=185279

    Around 120 young people in Newcastle upon Tyne will be affected by the Conservative government's decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.

    In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.

    Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves (see notes to editors).

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Newcastle Central, Dr Nick Cott ,commented:

    "The heartless decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing young people onto the streets of Newcastle. As a City we've worked hard to reduce rough sleeping, but with further Tory cuts in the offing, we don't have spare capacity if more are forced out.

    "Vulnerable youngsters with nowhere else to turn are being abandoned by this Conservative government. This nasty and counterproductive policy should be overturned immediately.

    "Younger generations have the most to lose from the increasingly divisive policies and hard Brexit agenda being pursued by this Conservative government.

    "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country. The Liberal Democrats will restore housing benefit for 18-21 year olds and prevent a destructive hard Brexit robbing young people of their futures."

    Figures from the House of Commons library showing the number of 18-21 year olds by constituency here in receipt of Housing Benefit who will be affecteded are:

  • Nestle Anita Lower
    Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to the news that almost 300 jobs are to be axed at Nestle sites in the north east - including at Fawdon in the City.

    "The workforce are telling us that 110 local jobs will disappear over the next two years," said Anita Lower, the Leader of the Opposition on Newcastle City Council and the Liberal Democrats candidate for Newcastle North, where the Fawdon factory is situated, who visited the plant recently.

  • 100,000 members
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat membership surge is taking it through a landmark 100,000 members - thanks to a staggering 12,500 joining since Theresa May announced the snap General Election last Tuesday.

    Reaching six figures makes the party bigger than it has been since the mid-1990s and puts it on course to reach its highest membership ever within days. The biggest the party has been since its formation is 101,768 in 1994.

  • Housing office move
    Article: Apr 24, 2017
    Housing Options Saville Row office in Newcastle City Centre closes on Friday 28 April. They're still contactable via phone / email during the move to the City Library - see graphic.
  • Housing benefit
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Sign petition here http://www.libdems.org.uk/housing-benefit-cuts?recruiter_id=185279

    Dear please ditch plans to scrap housing benefit for 18-21 year olds


  • No hard Brexit
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Tim Farron has ruled out doing any coalition deals with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn after the election.

    Every Liberal Democrat vote and every Liberal Democrat MP elected is a challenge to Theresa May's Hard Brexit agenda. In the next parliament we will fight to stop a disastrous Hard Brexit, keep Britain in the Single Market and make sure people have their say on the final Brexit deal in a referendum with remain as an option.

  • Winning here poster
    Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats announce that three leading councillors have been selected to fight the General Election on 8th June in the City's three seats.

    They are :
    Newcastle upon Tyne North : Anita Lower (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group of councillors in Newcastle)
    Newcastle upon Tyne East : Dr Wendy Taylor MBE (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group of councillors in Newcastle)
    Newcastle upon Tyne Central : Dr Nick Cott (Lead on children's services, Liberal Democrat Group of councillors in Newcastle)

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

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  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit.

    If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market.

    If you want Britain to have a decent opposition - this is your chance.

    Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.

    Labour won't win any seats off the Conservatives.

    The SNP could only possibly win one seat off the Conservatives.

    But there are dozens of Conservative seats where the Lib Dems are the challengers, such as Berwick and Hexham heer in the north east. The only way to stop Theresa May winning a majority is by the Lib Dems winning in those seats.

    The only way to prevent a Conservative majority is by voting Liberal Democrat.

    The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.

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

Stop press : Contact our General Election HQ in Newcastle - call 0800 086 8398

Our General Election candidates are

Dr Nick Cott (Central)

Anita Lower (North)

Dr Wendy Taylor (East)

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.


"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

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Liberal Democrats membership has been soaring since the General Election and is close to its highest ever - if you aren't one already, join us to help us build a better Britain

City limits

Newcastle is home to two great Universities and we welcome 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 in May 2016, is supported by her deputy Clr Wendy Taylor and an enthusiastic and experienced team of councillors, Party members and Focus deliverers

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

The great city of Newcastle upon Tyne was granted a mayoral charter by King John in 1216