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  • Ford motor
    Article: Oct 15, 2019

    One in three car firms are cutting jobs, according to latest reports. Newcastle Liberal Democrats business lead Cllr Robin Ashby commented :

    "It is time Boris Johnson woke up to the fact that the manufacturing sector, and the automotive industries in particular, are suffering badly from Brexit-related uncertainty. Jobs are being lost, investment is down sharply, and confidence is low. In the region this affects not just Nissan but the whole supply chain of nearly 30,000 people dependant on it and other manufacturers. We are the only region with a positive balance of trade in manfactures - what's bad for Britain is worse for the North East.

    "Brexit will be disastrous for British business, but the Conservative Government know this. They simply don't care. We know Boris Johnson's disregard for business, but we must be clear that this will mean people right across the country losing their livelihoods. Liberal Democrats demand better.

    "The only route out of this mess is to stop Brexit. The best deal possible for our car makers and others is the one we already have as members of the European Union and the one Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for."

  • Chuka Umunna
    Article: Oct 8, 2019

    As the blame game starts, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary, Chuka Umunna responded to reports of Angela Merkel's reaction to the Prime Minister's proposed Brexit deal saying:

    "It is obvious that Boris Johnson's Conservatives are trying to shift the blame for their own arrogant refusal to negotiate or suggest workable options.

    "It is clear for all to see that the Conservatives have made a total mess of Brexit and Boris Johnson is intent on pushing the UK closer to a catastrophic no-deal Brexit.

    "The blame for this mess does not lie with Merkel. It lies on the shoulders of the Conservatives.

    "Liberal Democrats are clear that the best deal for the UK is the one we have now, inside the EU. That is why we will keep fighting to stop Brexit."

  • Heidi Allen MP
    Article: Oct 7, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the party.

    Heidi, who is the MP for South Cambridgeshire, and will stand in the seat as the Liberal Democrat candidate at the next election, is the seventh MP to join the party in 2019.

    In joining the Liberal Democrats, she has called on others to reject the status quo, and unite behind the party's campaign to Stop Brexit.

    Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen said:

  • Dr Charles Addison MP
    Article: Oct 1, 2019

    This year marks the centenary of the Liberals Housing Act of 1919, named after the Liberal Health Minster Dr Charles Addison MP, which laid the basis for councils to provide social housing.


    As Parliament struggles with our future relationship with Europe, we are reminded that it was 19th century Liberal philosophy to create a European order based on co-operation rather than conflict and on mutual trust instead of rivalry and suspicion. The rule of law was to supplant the reign of force and self-interest.

  • Dr Charles Addison MP
    Article: Oct 1, 2019

    This year marks the centenary of the Liberals Housing Act of 1919, named after the Liberal Health Minster Dr Charles Addison MP, which laid the basis for councils to provide social housing.


    As Parliament struggles with our future relationship with Europe, we are reminded that it was 19th century Liberal philosophy to create a European order based on co-operation rather than conflict and on mutual trust instead of rivalry and suspicion. The rule of law was to supplant the reign of force and self-interest.

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Nov 2, 2019 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 Nick Cott
    Article: Sep 30, 2019

    Liberal Democrats Shadow Education spokesperson in Newcastle, Cllr Nick Cott, reacts to the National Education Union, who say "the funding crisis continues next year" for 81% of schools in England. They estimate that 15,684 schools will have less money per child in real terms in 2020 than they had in 2015.

    "The Conservatives continue to fail our children. This data removes the wool that Boris Johnson tried to throw over our eyes - that he is making parents and teachers wait for the money their schools desperately need," said Nick.

    "Whilst he peddles catchy soundbites, teachers are still faced with impossible decisions on which support staff to cut or which basic supplies not to buy.

    "The money in the Spending Round won't reach all schools until next September. Even then, it will probably take until around 2022 for the cuts since 2015 to be reversed. That's seven years wasted - the length of time a child is at primary school.

  • Luciana Berger MP
    Article: Sep 26, 2019

    Luciana Berger, the former Labour MP who recently joined the Liberal Democrats, has been selected to fight the seat formerly held by Margaret Thatcher at the next General Election. As Finchley and Golders Green Liberal Democrats made the announcement, two opinion polls show her beating the sitting Conservative while the Labour vote in the seat has halved.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 25, 2019

    Following comments made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons this evening, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "The Prime Minister tonight proved he is totally unfit for office.

    "He heard the pleas of MPs, many of whom who have faced death threats, to moderate his language and dismissed their concerns with the same callous bluster that has become his trademark.

  • Cllr Ali Avaei and Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 25, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as "heartless" for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust paid over £2 million interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

    Former Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money being spent "lining the Government's coffers instead of training more doctors and nurses" was "an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS".

    The figures from the Department for Health and Social Care, uncovered by a Liberal Democrats Freedom of Information request, revealed £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid by over NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the last five years.

    According to calculations by the Liberal Democrats, that money could have paid for 22,000 Nurses, 13,850 Clinical Psychologists or 6,700 Consultants.

    The same statistics also show that the NHS Trusts, which service a local area or specialised function to deliver aspects of healthcare, paid almost £63m of interest on outstanding debt in 2013/2014. In 2017/2018, it dramatically rose to over £205m.

    The revelation reinforces concerns from the National Audit Office which warns "the underlying financial health in some trusts is getting worse", despite the Government's commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to "reducing year-on-year the number of trusts and CCGs individually in deficit, so that all NHS organisations are in balance by 2023/24."

    Ali Avaei, Liberal Democrats prospective MP for Newcastle Central, seen here with LIberal Democrats Leader Jo Swinson MP, said :

    "While hard working doctors and nurses are being forced to work with insufficient resources, it's frankly heartless that the Conservatives have starved Newcastle Hospitals of over £2 million.

    "If the Conservatives were actually giving our hospitals the funding they need then health trusts wouldn't be forced to run a deficit in the first place."

    Liberal Democrats MP and Newcastle alumnus Tim Farron added:

    "That taxpayers' money is being spent lining the Government's coffers instead of on training more doctors and nurses is an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS.

    "People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why Liberal Democrats are committed to a transformational investment in public health with a modest penny on income tax."