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Vince and Jo

"The Liberal Democrats offer a compassionate, positive vision for the future :

* Investment in public services;

* Support for business to create jobs;

* Environmental stability;

* And a fairer deal for young people.

For anyone who shares our values and our aims, we ask you to join us and support us to help make them a reality. With your help we can achieve real positive change for Britain."

The Liberal Democrats leadership team is headed by Rt Hon Vince Cable MP and Jo Swinson MP

Newcastle Lib Dem Focus team 2018

As our national membership continues to soar, join our fightback for a better city of Newcastle and an open, optimistic, hopeful, diverse and tolerant Britain!

  • Care home
    Article: Jan 13, 2018

    For over 20 years successive Governments have failed to to introduce a sustainable system of funding for social care, Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor, LIberal Democrats spokesman, has told a meeting of Newcastle City Council.

    The issue of paying for social care has been considered in depth - by the Royal Commission in 1999, the independent King's Fund in 2005 (which the Government subsequently acknowledged), and the "Dilnot Commission" in 2011 - and some important changes have been made, but the key features of the means-test remain broadly unchanged since 1997, while the issue of very high lifetime social care bills remains unresolved.

  • Dr Wendy Taylor NHS
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Our health spokesman Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor (in the red jumper) has received this email:

    "We thought you'd like to know that following the Cabinet re-shuffle , Jeremy Hunt remains as Health Secretary and will also have explicit responsibility for social care. So, with a stark winter facing us all, I think we can safely say no immediate change.

  • Great North Rd - roadworks
    Article: Jan 7, 2018

    The CR4 cycleway works between Broadway and Brunton Lane on the Great North Road leading out of the City (a part of the Darlington to Blyth scheme) were due to start but there has been a short pause while a petition is discussed at the meeting of Newcastle City Council on Wednesday. The work will take a year, but there should be very little impact on traffic for the first 6 months (allowing time for the Killingworth Road scheme to be completed and that road reopened)

  • Article: Dec 16, 2017

    John, Lord Shipley, a Liberal Democrat peer and former Leader of Newcastle City Council, asked the Government whether they are planning to re-open the Leamside railway line between Sunderland, Washington and Durham; if so, what steps they are taking to achieve this; how much progress has been made; and when they expect that line to re-open.

  • Parks
    Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Ten year plan - Newcastle Liberal Democrats say "Labour's plan for our parks is risky, expensive and unnecessary. They just want to get rid of their responsibilities!"

  • Article: Dec 9, 2017

    John, Lord Shipley, formerly Leader of the Liberal Democrats administration of Newcastle City Council, recently asked the Government what is their estimate of the number of new homes created in the financial year 2016-17; this was the answer.

    Estimates of the number of new homes completed, net conversions between houses and flats, and net change of use between non-domestic and residential are available for England, in 2016-17.

    Annual housing supply in England amounted to 217,350 net additional dwellings in 2016-17, up 15 per cent on 2015-16.

    The 217,350 net additions in 2016-17 resulted from 183,570 new build homes, 37,190 gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 5,680 from conversions between houses and flats and 720 other gains (caravans, house boats etc.), offset by 9,820 demolitions.

    18,887 of the net additions from change of use were through 'permitted development rights' (full planning permission not required). These comprised 17,751 additional dwellings from former offices, 330 from agricultural buildings, 106 from storage buildings and 700 from other non-domestic buildings

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not publish a similar series on net supply of housing, although house building estimates are published by the devolved administrations. A time series showing demolitions and conversions in Scotland is also available, please see below the link.


  • NHS logo
    Article: Dec 7, 2017



    Telephone Number

    Monday 25th December 2017

    Tuesday 26th December 2017


    1st January 2018

    Asda Pharmacy

    Newcastle Shopping Centre,

    Fossway, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2XP,

    0191 210 6990


    09:00 - 18:00

    09:00 - 18:00

    Asda Pharmacy

    Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5BU,

    0191 213 4317


    09:00 - 18:00

    09:00 - 18:00


    Hotspur Way, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7XE

    0191 232 9844


    08:00 - 18:00


    Boots UK Limited

    Unit1, Kingston Park Shopping

    Centre, Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2FP,

    0191 271 5073


    09:00 - 18:00


    Boots UK Limited

    13 Gosforth Centre, High Street,

    Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1JZ,

    0191 285 1141


    10:00 - 16:00


    Lloyds Pharmacy

    Etherstone Avenue, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7JW

    0191 228 1128

    0191 220 1153


    09:00 - 13:00

    13:30 - 17:00

    09:00 - 13:00

    13:30 - 17:00

    Molineux Pharmacy

    Molineux Primary Care Centre,

    Molineux Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SG,

    0191 219 6097

    14:00 - 16:00




    140 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9QB,

    0191 273 3304

    12:00 - 14:00



    Boots UK Limited

    2-4 Sidgate, Eldon Square,

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7XF

    0191 232 4423


    09:00 - 17:00


    Ponteland Road Pharmacy

    163-167 Ponteland Road, Cowgate,

    Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE5 3AE,

    0191 2146022

    10:00 - 16:00

    10:00 - 16:00

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    The Government has announced a North of Tyne Authority will be set up (as long as Labour councils south of Tyne agee) with £30 million a year funding and the aim of increasing productivity and jobs. On an interim basis it is likely to be based in Newcastle
    Liberal Democrats in Newcastle say that there are some steps forward here which we can welcome, such as funding for brownfield housing developments, schools improvement challenge, and greater control of skills and training budgets. However, we have some concern at the prospect of a mayoral authority which will divide Newcastle and Gateshead and is significantly underpowered compared to competitor city-regions. We regret that it is being imposed on the electorate without a mandate and without public consultation.
    The region's political establishment has failed to make a notable success of the North East Combined Authority. We are sceptical that this new structure will enable Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland to keep pace with the likes of Manchester and Birmingham, with their hude budgets. It lacks the more substantive powers on offer to other city-regions in respect of health and social care, and transport that look set to make a big difference to the growth and success of major city-regions like Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. This Deal makes it more likely that the North East will compete with itself rather than the rest of the country, as North of Tyne, the South of Tyne rump of NECA, and Tees Valley vie to secure investment.

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to the principle of greater devolution to the region, but we believe devolution be most effective when it is given the powers to realise our region's true potential. We will do what we can to scrutinise the Deal and to hold its office holders to account, and want to see Opposition representatives leading the new authority's scrutiny function. We hope that over time the structure and scope of the Deal can be expanded if progress is achieved.

  • Metro
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    The Liberal Democrats are awarning that the £337 million grant funding for Metro upgrades is likely to only cover the existing network, rather than any future extensions, and thst it raises further challenges given that transport is unlikely to be included in the North of Tyne devolution deal. Although the Government announcement is good news, there is still a long way to go to meet Tyneside's transport needs. NECA and Nexus will clearly need to "mind the gap".
  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 20, 2017

    You can complain about the Council's performance to your councillors (and you often do!) or

    • By phoning the Corporate Complaints Office on 0191 211 5180
    • By email to complaints@newcastle.gov.uk
    • Online at newcastle.gov.uk/complaints
    • By filling in a form in the "If you have a complaint" leaflet, available at all council offices
    • By letter to the Complaints Office, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2BN

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


Liberal Democrats on Newcastle City Council

Anita LowerCllr Anita Lower, re-elected as Liberal Group Leader on Newcastle City Council in May 2017, is supported by her deputy Clr Wendy Taylor and an enthusiastic and experienced team of councillors, Party members and Focus deliverers

NLD bannerWelcome 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

Rt Hon Charles Kennedy

then 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 2016 Referendum and the 2017 General Election and is now at 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! We also have a very active Young Liberals branch in the city

Nuf said

The great city of Newcastle upon Tyne was granted a mayoral charter by King John in 1216 and voted to remain in the European Union 800 years later.