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Liberal Democrats announce their "slate" of candidates for Newcastle City Council elections

April 7, 2018 3:31 PM
Newcastle Liberal Democrats have formally announced the successful nomination of their citywide candidates for the May 3rd Newcastle City Council elections.
The party aims to reduce Labour's majority on the council and increase the 20-strong Liberal Democrats Opposition group in the council chamber. The party is fielding 35 candidates who are serving councillors or have previous council experience. One third of the party's candidates are women, and 6 are from BME backgrounds.
Newcastle Liberal Democrats party chair Tom Gordon, who has recently been selected as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Newcastle East and is a first time candidate standing for election in the new Manor Park ward, said:
"As chair of the Newcastle Liberal Democrats I am thoroughly excited and optimistic about the strong team of candidates we are fielding this May. We have a diverse range of candidates consisting of new and old Liberal Democrat members of all ages and backgrounds. Our FOCUS Team candidates already work hard for the people and communities of Newcastle and electing them will ensure the complacent current Labour council administration is challenged effectively.
"We believe the city deserves a better, more responsive council than it has at present. Residents are increasingly frustrated with this council's lack of interest in local neighbourhoods, failure to prioritise basic services, rising council tax, and poor customer service. We will be challenging Labour on their disappointing record on crime, transport, street cleaning, road safety, and the environment and setting out Lib Dem plans for a cleaner, safer and more sustainable Newcastle.
"We are finding considerable disillusionment with the Labour council on the doorsteps and as the main Opposition to Labour on the city council we expect to make progress and take a number of Labour seats."
Arthur's Hill Shirley Mansfield, Bill Shepherd, Colin Steen
Benwell & Scotswood Hans-Christian Andersen, John Mansfield, Judith Steen
Blakelaw Bill Schardt, Ian Graham, Peter Thompson
Byker Hamed Aghajani, Mark Nelson, Catherine Walker
Castle Aidan King, Anita Lower, Philip Lower
Callerton & Throckley Judith Fourie, James Kenyon, Margaret Maddison
Chapel Christine Morrissey, PJ Morrissey [No third candidate *]
Dene & South Gosforth Henry Gallagher, Karen Robinson , Wendy Taylor
Denton & Westerhope Sarah Cross, Colin Daglish, Helen Laverick
Elswick Elizabeth Dicken, Barbara Down, David Faulkner
Fawdon & West Gosforth Nicholas Cott, Brenda Hindmarsh, Peter Lovatt
Gosforth Colin Ferguson, Philip Hall, Thomas Woodwark
Heaton Christopher Boyle, Matthew Folker, Jason Whalley
Kingston Park South & Newbiggin Hall Seyed-Ali Avaei, Ian Laverick, Kieran Robinson
Kenton Robert Austin, Rose Bunker, Jacqueline Slesenger
Lemington Ronald Clark, Adrin Neatrour, Robert Petrie
Manor Park Thomas Gordon, Doreen Huddart, Greg Stone
Monument Kamaljeet Singh Kundi, Stephen Psallidas, Bob Walker
North Jesmond David Besag, Gerard Keating, Crispin Welby
Ouseburn Gareth Kane, Ciaran Morrissey, Aleisha Stansfield
Parklands Pauline Allen, Robin Ashby, David Down
South Jesmond Deborah Burns, Mark Keville, Alexandra Logan
Walker Robert Renton, Joan Trinder, Susan Vernon
Walkergate Deborah Gallagher, .William Signey, David Slesenger
West Fenham Lucy Keating, Mohammed Millon, John Thorley
Wingrove Mohammad Farsi, Philip McArdle, Andrew McQuillin
* Note for Editor
Newcastle Liberal Democrats are committed to contesting each election in the city and standing in all of the city's 26 wards. Whilst it had been our intention to field a full slate of 78 candidates until very recently, the personal and work circumstances of one of our three identified Chapel ward candidates (Jordan Barnes) have changed in the last few days and we have therefore respected his wish to withdraw. We will therefore field two candidates in Chapel ward on this occasion, and intend to mount a strong campaign in this ward and across the city.