BENWELL AND SCOTSWOOD WARD
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Event: May 6, 2017 10:00 AM - Jul 29, 2022 12:00 PMGosforth 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!
More devolution to the region - call for more scrutiny and debate in first reaction from Newcastle Liberal DemocratsArticle: Jun 30, 2022
I was interested to read of the warm endorsement by North East business organisations of documents relating to the region's bid for a further Devolution Deal, which will reportedly lead to an extra £100 million a year for the region and a promised 17,000 new jobs, along with a new regional elected mayor, says Greg Stone
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Article: Jun 17, 2022
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to cut VAT, to help families with the cost of living while keeping soaring inflation in check.
It comes as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak rejected calls to cut taxes now as he claimed it could risk fuelling inflation.
When the last emergency VAT cut was introduced in December 2008, inflation fell from 4.1% to 3.1%. The ONS also found that the cut to VAT in the hospitality sector in 2020 led to a fall in consumer inflation.
It's time Wild West water companies were held to account by the Government and its regulator over sewage dumping in our riversArticle: Jun 9, 2022
The Government's regulator of water and sewage companies, Ofwat, is to be taken to court over sewage in English and Welsh river. Liberal Democrats Environment and Rural Affairs Spokesperson Tim Farron MP reacted :
"Water companies have been allowed to get away with dumping sewage for far too long and frankly the whole thing stinks.
Taxpayers' money up in flames as money wasted on dodgy PPE highlighted. Incompetence of Johnson and his Government shown up again.Article: Jun 9, 2022
The Public Accounts Committee's latest report shows that there was a colossal waste of taxpayers' money on unusable personal protective equipent (PPE) in the NHS. Liberal Democrats Health and Social Care spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said:
"This report is further evidence of Boris Johnson's dire track record during the pandemic.
"Not only has his Conservative Government wasted billions of pounds on useless PPE, taxpayers will now have to see their money literally go up in flames as that PPE is burned.
"Even worse, Ministers have spent millions more storing this unusable PPE, only now, much later to realise they can't use it.
"Hard working families, who are struggling to make ends meet, will be outraged that the Conservatives have squandered their money for no other reason than their sheer incompetence. Taxpayers deserve an explanation."
Liberal Democrats join with European liberal parties to condemn plans to scrap Northern Ireland protocol : would be a clear breach of international law and damage UK's reputationArticle: Jun 8, 2022
The Liberal Democrats have joined with Liberal parties from across Europe to condemn the British government's proposals to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The annual ALDE Congress last weekend in Dublin called for genuine, workable solutions to the Protocol as opposed to the current ideological approach.
This initiative was proposed jointly by the Liberal Democrats, Northern Ireland's Alliance Party and Ireland's governing party Fianna Fáil, and supported by sister Liberal parties across Europe.
Liberal Democrats are urging the UK Government to abandon its plans for domestic legislation overriding the Northern Ireland Protocol - warning that it is a breach of international law, and would result in a trade war during the cost of living emergency.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"At a moment when the UK should be working in lockstep with our allies in the face of Russia's aggression, unilateral action on the Protocol would ignite a diplomatic firestorm.
"As well as being a clear breach of international law and hurting our global reputation, such a move would be deeply damaging domestically too - not least in Northern Ireland, where it would be destabilising.
"The Conservatives are embarking on a course of action which could lead to a trade war with our closest neighbours. This would turn a cost of living emergency into a nightmare."
Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance Party, said:
"The Alliance Party very much welcomes this positive gesture of solidarity from our liberal sister parties in Europe, which makes clear the opposition right across Europe to the UK government's retrograde threat of unilateral action over the NI Protocol.
"The Protocol makes the best of a bad situation for Northern Ireland by providing a necessary new set of rules governing the trade divergence resultant from a reckless hard Brexit, pushed by the Conservative Party and the DUP. Any changes to the Protocol must be accomplished through pragmatic engagement and partnership between the EU and UK government. The correct channel for this is the EU-UK Joint Committee and will not be achieved by any partner acting alone.
"Unilateral action will only undermine trust, heighten political tension in Northern Ireland and risk provoking a trade war."
Article: Jun 6, 2022
As a vote of Conservative MPs of no confidence in Boris Johnson is called for this evening, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"Every Conservative MP must do the right thing and kick out this dishonest Prime Minister from Number 10.
"There is simply no excuse for backing Boris Johnson. He broke the law and partied while millions of people did the right thing and followed the rules during the pandemic, even when it meant being unable to see their loved ones. His behaviour and his lies are proof that he is not fit to govern.
Energy price cap soars : Call energy COBRA meeting and declare national emergency, demands Liberal Democrats LeaderArticle: May 24, 2022
Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap will increase to £2,800 in October. The Leader of the Liberal Democrats has called on the Prime Minister to convene a special meeting of COBRA and declare a national cost of living emergency.
The 'Energy COBRA' would bring together Ofgem, energy company bosses and government officials and ministers to discuss solutions to the cost of living emergency, including a windfall tax on the super profits of oil and gas companies.
Independent review of Children's Social Care is a valuable opportunity for reform say Newcastle Liberal Democrats.Article: May 24, 2022The long awaited review Independent Review of Children's Social Care (the McAlister Report) just published is impressive and offers an excellent opportunity to reset systemic failings in children's services. It sets out a clear plan to address the crisis in children's social care capacity to support looked after children and tackle persistently poor outcomes for children in care, says the Liberal Democrats Opposition spokesperson for children and families on Newcastle City Council Cllr Christine Morrissey.