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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: Nov 5, 2016 10:00 AM - Jan 28, 2022 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!

  • Cllr Wendy Taylor NCC
    Article: Jan 13, 2022

    In a recent report to Council, Labour's Cabinet Minister acknowledged that the highways network is the most valuable asset of the City Council, that Newcastle currently has a maintenance backlog of £184 million (roads £75 million and footpaths £109 million) and that over 200 streets in Newcastle have more than 80% of the length needing treatment. That is simply unacceptable, Cllr Wendy Taylor from Newcastle Liberal Democrats told a Council meeting on 12th January. (She's pictured just before it started)

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 12, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Metropolitan Police to investigate the Downing Street Garden Party held in May 2020, after figures revealed the force has fined thousands of people in London for breaches of lockdown rules during the pandemic.

    Analysis of the latest official figures by the party show that the Metropolitan Police have given out 17,745 Fixed Penalty Notice fines for breaches of various Covid laws between 27th March 2020 and 17th October 2021. These include 113 fines for holding a gathering of over 30 people (as has been alleged at Downing Street), more than any other police force in the country.

  • Alistair Carmichael ()
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the police to investigate reports that over 100 Downing Street staff were invited to a "bring your own booze" party in the Number 10 garden during the first lockdown on 20 May 2020.

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: "This garden party looks like a clear breach of lockdown rules at a time the public were being ordered to stay at home.

    "Boris Johnson himself said just days after this party that the police should step in to stop people holding outdoor gatherings. It would absolutely reek of double standards if the police don't investigate these allegations in full.

    "We must get to the bottom of this. If rules were broken, those responsible should face the full force of the law."

  • Christine Jardine MP, Lib Dem Treasury spokesperson
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    The Conservative government's stealth tax raid will cost the average family in the north east £340 a year by 2026, or a total of £400 million, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The figures reveal the scale of the cost to families of the government's decision to freeze the personal tax allowance and higher rate tax threshold until 2025/26, compounding the growing cost of living crisis.

    The new analysis by the House of Commons Library has found the freeze will mean an additional 80,000 people on low pay here will be dragged into paying income tax by 2026, while a further 45,000 people will fall into the higher rate tax bracket. The research is based on modelling using the latest inflation forecasts from the Office of Budgetary Responsibility.

    The Liberal Democrats are demanding that the government drops their planned stealth tax raid that will "clobber families who are already feeling the pinch," amid soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living.

    Across all regions, household disposable incomes are estimated to be 1% lower in 2025/26 than they would be if there was no freeze to income tax thresholds, or £430 lower per household.

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "The Tories must drop this unfair stealth tax that will clobber families who are already feeling the pinch.

    "People are worried about the rising cost of living and paying their bills this winter. Now they face years of tax rises under a Conservative government that is taking them for granted."

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    Pressure is mounting on the government to announce more support for people facing soaring energy bills, after analysis by the Liberal Democrats found almost 130,000 families in cabinet ministers' seats are living in fuel poverty.

    The party's leader Ed Davey said the figures showed cabinet ministers are "turning a blind eye" to families in their own backyard who are struggling to pay soaring heating bills.

  • Dr Wendy Taylor, Newcastle City Council
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have said that scrapping free Lateral Flow Testing would create a "cost of living with Covid crisis" for millions as the Government issued a non-denial denial of reports of a proposal to scrap free tests.

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats Health Spokesperson Dr Wendy Taylor is calling for free Lateral Flow Tests to remain for as long as the Government are asking people with Coronavirus to self-isolate.

    Councillor Taylor said: "It seems this Government is happy to hand out billions in crooked Covid contracts to their chums, but intends to scrap free covid tests plunging millions into a cost of living with Covid crisis.

    "Scrapping free tests when cases are at record levels would be hugely counter-productive and would hit those who can least afford it hardest, at a time when families are already being clobbered by rising taxes and energy bills.

    "It's clear that the Government's left-hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Ministers have already confirmed to our Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP that they will end free lateral flows but then said on national TV that they "didn't recognise" reports - a classic non-denial denial.

  • Wendy Chamberlain
    Article: Jan 9, 2022

    As letters from Lord Geidt to Boris Johnson over the investigation into the Downing Street flat refurbishment are published, Liberal Democrats Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

    "This is just another day in the Number 10 circus act and the latest chapter in the Conservative sleaze scandal. Boris Johnson's excuse for the non-disclosure of WhatsApp messages - because he had a new phone - is akin to the dog eating your homework.

    "This desperately sad attempt to cover his own back will leave serious question marks hanging over the outcomes of Lord Geidt's investigation into the flat refurbishment.

    "Boris Johnson may have completely pulled the wool over Lord Geidt's eyes, but the public will take a very dim view of this utter nonsense."

  • Daisy Cooper
    Article: Jan 9, 2022

    Potential reforms on cladding are expected from Michael Gove's Department for Levelling Up, House and Communities. Liberal Democrats Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said "The Conservative Government still has its head in the sand about the scale of this scandal and the nightmare that leaseholders are living.

  • Tim Farron (C&W Herald)
    Article: Jan 9, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservatives' broken promise to Afghans as a "total betrayal".

    It comes after a statement from Home Office minister Victoria Atkins in Parliament revealed that women, girls, and religious and other minorities in Afghanistan have been put to the back of queue of the Government's resettlement scheme.