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February 25, 2010 5:17 PM

Liberal Democrats in Newcastle East have chosen local councillor Wendy Taylor as their candidate for the for the forthcoming General Election.

A consultant in Clinical Oncology at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle Freeman Hospital, Wendy has been a councillor for Dene Ward, which is in the Newcastle East constituency, since 1988.

Speaking after her selection, Councillor Taylor said: "It is a great privilege to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat

parliamentary candidate for Newcastle East.

"As a local councillor, I know the area very well and I am really passionate about offering local people a credible political alternative to Labour's record of failure in the North East.

"The Lib Dem run Newcastle City Council demonstrates that the Liberal Democrats are capable of turning around a failing Labour administration.

"People in Newcastle East deserve an MP that - unlike Labour - does not take the area for granted. I am looking forward to campaigning in the constituency and fighting for a fair deal for local people in the aftermath of the recession."

Councillor Taylor has been an Executive Member of Newcastle City Council since 2004 and currently holds the portfolio for Environment, Sustainability and Transport working successfully on issues such as waste management, climate change,

cycling, and public transport & highways.