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, or register your support using the 'Register/Support' link on the left.

  • Dr Wendy Taylor
    Article: Feb 16, 2020

    The Government has total failed to fix the social care system in England and to help make sure everyone receives the help they need when they need it - both now and in the future, Liberal Democrats Councillor Dr Wendy Taylor has told Newcastle City Council.

    "Everyone should be able to live a healthy life with the support they need in their local community. That means properly investing in the NHS and social care, doing more across government to promote wellbeing and to reduce inequality at every stage of life. It means making the shift from healthcare that kicks in only when people are ill to systems of wellbeing that help them to stay healthy and minimize levels of physical and mental ill-health.

  • Parklands schools
    Article: Feb 16, 2020

    Speaking to a meeting of Newcastle City Council, Liberal Democrats councillors have highlighted the hazards of pollution to schoolchildren from cars whose engines are left idling. But the Labour Party has declined to act, trying to push the immediate issue into some future grand startegy

    In March 2019, Public Health England published a document entitled a 'Review of interventions to improve outdoor air quality and public health'
    This review gives evidence-based advice to both local and national government on actions that can be taken to improve outdoor air quality and health. And action needs to be taken by us all as air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, as it's estimated that between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year can be attributed to long-term exposure to pollutants. There is strong evidence that air pollution causes the development of coronary heart disease, strokes, respiratory disease and lung cancer, and exacerbates asthma.

  • Farewell EU _ Colin Ferguson, Wendy Taylor, Doreen Huddart
    Article: Feb 1, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats in Newcastle marked the UK leaving the UK at Grey's Monument. The people were told how wonderful it all would be. But were we conned?

    Already it is becoming clear that the Prime Minister's negotiating deadline is with EU won't work. The European Commission has warned that Brexit trade talks could be delayed until March. Liberal Democrats Brexit spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Mar 7, 2020 10:00 AM - 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 Greg Stone 2019
    Article: Jan 31, 2020
    News that Northern Rail is to follow the East Coast Main Line in being "renationalised" is not unexpected or unwelcome, but there are underlying issues that will need to be addressed before the region sees a rail renaissance, and rail users should not expect a quick fix, says Liberal Democrats' Greg Stone. Recent experience on the Metro network suggests ditching a struggling private sector provider does not automatically lead to better performance under a public sector operator if underlying problems aren't addressed.
  • Lord Shipley
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    "Much has been promised by the new Government to level up Britain, " John, Lord Shipley, the former Leader of the Liberal Democrtas administration when they controlled Newcastle, has told the House of Lords. "That levelling up seems to prioritise infrastructure investment, but it must surely also include investment in education and training, given that recent cuts in public spending have impacted negatively at all stages of education."

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    "If you could stop terrorism by passing illiberal new laws, the Conservatives would have ended it ages ago", Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said..

    "It's less than a year since the Conservatives passed their last piece of unnecessary, reactionary legislation in the name of combatting terrorism, and they're already proposing another one.

    "We need policies based on evidence, not cheap headlines. Judges already have the power to lock up terrorists for life; tying their hands with mandatory minimum sentences simply won't help. And polygraphs simply aren't accurate or reliable enough for such critical decisions.

    "Liberal Democrats will always stand up for human rights and civil liberties. We will continue to oppose authoritarian laws that do little to make us safer, but a lot to undermine essential British freedoms."

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jan 22, 2020

    After the Chancellor of the Exchequer warned manufacturers that "there will not be alignment" with the EU after Brexit, Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey rejected his approach, saying:

    "Major industries across the country have time and again made clear that pan-European regulatory alignment has been a success in supporting the creation and retention of millions of jobs.

  • Jonny Oates (Lord Oates)
    Article: Jan 20, 2020

    T he Liberal Democrats defeated the Government on a vote in the House of Lords to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

    The Lords passed an amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, moved by Liberal Democrat peer Jonny Oates, by 270 votes to 229. It would give EU citizens in the UK the automatic right to stay, rather than having to apply to the Home Office, and would ensure they can get physical proof of their rights.

  • Purple crocuses
    Survey: Jan 20, 2020
    25 questions

    Many residents of Newcastle have raised concerns about global and local environmental issues.

    This survey is to gauge your concerns and priorities and what actions you'd like to see locally and nationally.

    It will help to inform our policies and the matters we raise at City Council - already this year we've put forward a motion about tree planting in the City.