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Benwell and Scotswood Ward Liberal Democrats would be pleased to hear from any resident who has a problem, a query or would like to help the Lib Dems in the ward. Please get in touch with us via info@newcastle-libdems.org.uk, or register your support using the 'Register/Support' link on the left.

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Jun 4, 2016 10:00 AM - Aug 27, 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!

  • Gosforth High St congestion
    Article: Aug 3, 2021

    Following the announcement of further changes to the temporary scheme on Gosforth High Street, local Liberal Democrats are calling for the council to finally engage in proper consultation with the local community on the permanent future of the high street.

    Liberal Democrats across Gosforth have repeatedly raised concerns around inaccurate and insufficient signage, confusing road layouts, lack of congestion mitigations and the absence of meaningful consultation with the local residents and businesses that rely on the High Street.

  • Survey: Aug 2, 2021
    12 questions

    Dear neighbour,
    This past year has been difficult for all of us. We hope we can all look forward to a more positive year ahead.
    The Castle Liberal Democrats FOCUS Team wants to hear about the issues and priorities that matter most to you.

    We can only be the effective local representatives we want to be if we know what you care about.
    Taking the time to fill in this survey helps us to work better on your behalf.

  • Ed Davey Leader
    Article: Jul 24, 2021

    The Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has called upon the Chancellor to be "on the side of the self-employed", as a million people face being slapped with a tax bill on money they never earned.

    Income tax bills landing at the doors of the self-employed and freelancers of this country at the end of July will be calculated based upon their earnings in 2019-20 - neglecting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and trade.

  • Ali Avaei
    Article: Jul 22, 2021

    As Australia and New Zealand pull out of the Rugby League World Cup, Cllr Ali Avaei, Opposition Spokesperson for Culture, Heritage and Sport, said: "This is a bitter blow for the competition and the fans. Australia and New Zealand have to weigh up the risks of participating when case rates in the UK are so high, and the RLWC organisers should surely now think about whether to go ahead. Weighing up the public health challenges against the benefits of hosting a prestigious competition will be a challenging, but necessary, task.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    The Government failed to guarantee the reopening of schools in September in the House of Commons this week. Newcastle Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Ckkr Christine Morrissey said:

    "I am horrified by the Minister's failure to reassure MPs that schools will open again in September. It is a major blow to every family.

  • Cllr Anita Lower
    Article: Jul 3, 2021

    It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Anita Lower. She will be sorely missed by many in local government, in Newcastle and further afield, and by her constituents who she has served with great commitment over many years.

    Cllr Anita Lower was first elected to the Council in 1994, serving continuously as a councillor since then until her death. She was councillor for Blakelaw ward for 10 years and then councillor for Castle ward from 2004 to 2021. Anita held many important roles in the Council, including serving in the Council's cabinet during the years of the Liberal Democrats administration between 2004 and 2011. She also held the post of Leader of the Opposition between 2013 and 2020. Anita had been serving as chair of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a role which won her great respect across the Council, for her ability to work constructively in ensuring that council decisions and decision-makers were open and held to account.

  • sarah_olney
    Article: Jun 24, 2021

    During the House of Commons debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership , which will increase GDP by only 0.017%,the Liberal Democrats' Spokesperson for Trade Sarah Olney MP urged the Government to consider whether the risks of entering this partnership was in the interests of the public.

    Speaking after the debate, Sarah said:

    "The Government have hailed this new agreement as a remedy to post-Brexit trade but in reality it's set to be a drop in the ocean.

  • Jamie Stone MP in Parliament
    Article: Jun 23, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats in Parliament have called on the Government to scrap visa fees for all foreign veterans and currently serving personnel in the UK Armed Forces.

    Liberal Democrats' Spokesperson for Defence Jamie Stone MP tabled a cross-party amendment to the Armed Forces Bill, which reached committee stage in the House of Commons today, calling for visa fees to be waived for any current or previously serving members of the UK armed forces and their families.

  • Azuma
    Article: Jun 23, 2021

    The proposed revisions to scheduled timetables on the East Coast Main Line will reduce direct services and connectivity to other major Northern cities and are a cause for genuine concern for the region's rail travellers, businesses, and political leaders.

    It's been known for well over a decade that the Newcastle-Northallerton section of the ECML is a significant constraint on the rail network's capacity, restricting ability to expand or even maintain current service levels with significant implications for the connectivity and competitiveness of the region's economy.