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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

  • John Dobson Street ANPR cameras
    Article: Oct 15, 2016

    Following demands from Newcastle Liberal Democrat Councillors, 5,100 Penalty Charge Notices during hours of darkness between February 23 and April 22 when bus gate signs were visible but not lit up are to be refunded (if you're one of them, you need do nothing)

    Opposition Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Cllr Greg Stone said: "Newcastle City Council were warned by the Liberal Democrat Opposition of the need to ensure that bus lane camera fines were being properly implemented in accordance with the law, including clear signage, and we particularly cited the situation in York where more than £1.8m had to be repaid to 55,000 penalised drivers. We were told that this had been taken into account in introducing the scheme.
    "An adjudication from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal sets an important precedent which could now see thousands of motorists challenge tickets received at John Dobson Street. It could see the council have to pay back hundreds of thousands of pounds.
    "The bus lane cameras have been widely criticised since their introduction. Whilst they may be legitimate to prevent vehicles misusing the bus lanes, many people perceive that they have been designed to trap unwary motorists to raise revenue. This ruling bears out the view that the Ridley Place / John Dobson Street section was not adequately signed and failed to suitably inform motorists unfamiliar with the situation.
    "We call upon the council to confirm that it will take urgent steps to address this issue and to confirm that it will automatically refund wrongly fined drivers. We believe that those responsible for this error should be held accountable, and call upon the relevant cabinet member, Cllr Bell, to issue a public apology for the council's maladministration on this issue. We also call upon the council to review the legality of the signage at other bus lane camera locations in the city."
  • School crossings
    Petition: Oct 4, 2016

    We residents of Newcastle upon Tyne are horrified at reports that all but two of the City's school crossings

    wardens are to be scrapped. This means that our children will be less safe, parents will be discouraged from walking with them to school, or allowing them to cycle or scoot. Children will be less healthy, traffic will increase, and parking and pollution problems will be worse. We call upon all Councillors to oppose these proposals and the City administration to withdraw them. They are detrimental to the implementation of other policies of the Council, and so will increase costs in the long term.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2016

    The Conservative Party has long claimed to be the Party of businesses -but, their track record since May 2015 shows that they are now anything but.

    Brexit represents a massive threat to businesses and jobs, but Theresa May's Government keep sending mixed messages about vital trade relationships and our Membership of the Single Market.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    The Liberal Democrat Conference last month agreed a policy motion, "Mending the safety net", on ways of stopping people from falling into poverty caused by problems with social security nets. Leaving aside the heated arguments for how this would best work, how about involving those we are talking about in having a needle and thread too ?

  • Churchill Schengen
    Article: Oct 1, 2016
    • Saturday October 15th from 1pm to 2.40 pm at Grey's Monument. See you there to express your concerns and demonstrate your support.
      Much like in March for Europe's case, the organisers are a grassroots group comprising professionals, students and people from different walks of life with one goal in common: a tolerant, open and internationalist idea of Britain and Europe, and an unwavering commitment to keeping Britain at the heart of Europe following the criminally irresponsible Vote Leave campaign, the calamitous result of the referendum and the worrying lack of rational direction that the government is showing. Newcastle is symbolic for our movement because it was the only major city in North East England that voted Remain in the referendum, and because it is an example of what European investment can do for the least advantaged parts of the UK: the Angel of the North, the Theatre Royal, the spectacular redevelopment of Newcastle's old Quayside and the thriving research culture of our universities would have been but a pipe dream had it not been for the European Union.

      At this Rally, there will be speeches by Liberal Democrat front bencher Lord John Shipley, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwura (Labour) and Green Party activist Lee Ferris. Live music and entertainment will include the wonderful Jazz Riot and will deliver a party atmosphere.

      "Please come and help reclaim the streets of North East England for tolerance, respect, and the noble ideals of the pro-European movement, emphasising the international, positive, forward looking and optimistic nature of our region and our communities. We deplore all the outbreaks of xenophobia and racism that we have witnessed in recent weeks and we stand together with the vulnerable communities in our society that are being targeted by xenophobic violence, " said Cllr Anita Lower, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Newcastle City Council

      "The North East, a net recipient of European funds, could lose up to £430M in EU funding after Brexit. Being part of Europe also helps us with trade and investment from across the globe. Up to 160,000 jobs in the North East are closely linked to our membership and rely on EU trade. We value the EU as a positive driver for peace, coexistence and progress."
  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Nov 5, 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 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!

  • Friends of Gosforth Central Park
    Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Local residents have reacted angrily to the news that some facilities in Gosfroth Central Park could swing towards being developed.

    Plans have been revealed that would see a private group take over the tennis courts, which are currently free to use. Under the proposals there would be a charge to use them, with limited free sessions available.

  • Police (Kent Police on Facebook)
    Article: Sep 25, 2016

    The current five priorities in the first Police and Crime Plan which are:

    · Putting Victims First

    · Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour

    · Domestic and Sexual Abuse

    · Reducing Crime

    · Community Confidence

    For each of these priorities a number of actions were identified which have improved services to local people:

  • Survey: Sep 24, 2016
    1 question
  • Greg Stone, Brighton 2016
    Article: Sep 24, 2016
    Speaking in favour of a comprehensive transport motion (below) at the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton, Cllr Greg Stone from Newcastle said that it "rightly emphasizes our aim of a Zero Carbon Britain and the need to safeguard air quality in our cities through ultra low emission zones. This should be the norm in big cities in coming decades.


"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

Fight back graphic

Liberal Democrats membership has been soaring since the General Election - 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 is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the granting of a mayoral charter by King John in 1216