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  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Nov 7, 2015 10:00 AM - Jan 29, 2021 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!

  • Covid doctor Cllr Aidan King
    Article: Jan 18, 2021

    Front line health care professionals from the Newcastle Liberal Democrats Councillors' group have welcomed news that over 4 million people including 90% of over 80's in North East have received Covid vaccine, as well as all 1600 residents of Newcastle's 50 care homes. But there's still a long way to go to protect the whole population, and they warn against complacency.

  • Wendy Chamberlain
    Article: Jan 18, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the increase in Universal Credit to be extended to anyone caring for a friend, family member or neighbour who cannot cope without their support.

    MPs in Parliament will vote on a motion to scrap the planned £1000 cut in Universal Credit. Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP is pushing for an amendment which would see unpaid carers as well as others who rely on 'legacy' benefits to be awarded the increase too.

  • Fishing boat
    Article: Jan 18, 2021

    "Fishermen are telling the PM that his deal did not do any of the things he claimed for it, let alone what he had promised," Liberal Democrats MP for Orkney and Shetland Alistair Carmichael said. "The harder the Tories spin, the angrier fishing communities get. The Government needs to start listening to the people who know what they are talking about and start to clean up the mess that the Prime Minister has created.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    A Supreme Court ruling today is set to force insurers to pay out on disputed coronavirus claims. Cllr Robin Ashby, Newcastle Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Business, said:

    "This is an excellent result and will provide a lifeline for many small businesses who have been plagued with worry and financial hardship throughout this pandemic.

  • Sarah Olney and flags
    Article: Jan 15, 2021
    "The Government's South America travel ban, which has just come into effect, is a necessary step and one that the Liberal Democrats had already called for, " says Sarah Olney MP , Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport
    "The coronavirus pandemic has been going on for more than a year, yet time and time again the Conservative Government is too slow to act. Whether it is travel bans, testing at airports or even the national lockdown itself, Government inaction is allowing the virus to spread further and faster.
  • Alistair Carmichael ()
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    150,000 records have been accidentally deleted from the Police National Computer. Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs Alistair Carmichael MP, said:

    "People will rightly be alarmed that a blunder on this scale is even possible. The Home Secretary must take responsibility and come forward to explain exactly what went wrong, how it went wrong, and what she is doing to make sure it never happens again.

    "It's already the case that far too many crimes go unsolved and too many criminals are never identified. This fiasco risks making our communities less safe and the police's job even harder, at a time when they are already under enormous pressure.

    "Instead of spending her time coming up with ever crueller and more impractical asylum policies, Priti Patel should focus on getting the basics right and keeping people safe."

  • Parakeets
    Article: Jan 10, 2021
  • National Lockdown logo
    Article: Jan 7, 2021

    In a show of apparent petulance, Labour's Council Group fought off two attempts by the Opposition to ensure a proper debate on the vital vaccine rollout scheme that is central to our country's return to normal life.

    Blaming "long questions" from Opposition members holding them to account, the Labour Group first refused to bring forward the motion on vaccines, before refusing to extend the meeting by a mere 30 minutes to ensure a debate could be had.

  • Cllr Nick Cott
    Article: Jan 5, 2021
    "The news of the latest lockdown is sobering but sadly not unexpected. The picture in Newcastle, whilst serious, has seen a lower rate of increase of the virus but other parts of the region and the country have clearly experienced a drastic resurgence of the spread of the virus as a result of faster transmission of the new variant in the last fortnight. The blunt reality is that the Government has acted several weeks too late at every stage of the crisis," said Cllr Nick Cott, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Opposition on Newcastle City Council.