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STOP PRESS : Liberal Democrats candidates for the City Council Elections on May 3rd are Charles (Bill) SCHARDT; Ian GRAHAM and Peter Thompson.

Cllr Ian GrahamYou have 3 votes for these three candidates. (Pictured : ian Graham)

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  • Postal vote reminder
    Article: Apr 19, 2019

    Liberal Democrats candidates are standing in every ward of the great city of Newcastle upon Tyne. If you have a postal vote, please use it for your local Liberal Democrats candidate and return it as soon as possible. Everybody else can vote in person locally on May 2nd.

  • Police at Civic
    Article: Apr 15, 2019

    "It seems the Home Secreatry will talk about anything to tackle knife crime except the one thing that communities most desperately need: more police officers", says Ed Davey, who leads for the Liberal Democrats in Parliament on Home Affairs .

    "The Home Office's own analysis shows that the Tories' excessive police cuts have contributed to the rise in serious violence, yet the Home Secretary stubbornly refuses to fund forces properly so they can put more officers on our streets.

    "Tackling this knife crime epidemic does require a public health approach, but police are an integral part of that approach. How on earth does Javid expect police officers to spend more time working with youth workers and other agencies when they're already hugely overstretched?

    "The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must urgently give local police forces the funding they need to recruit more officers and restore the community policing that prevents crime and keeps us safe."

    According to the National Audit Office, the Government has cut £1 billion from frontline police budgets in real terms since 2015.

    In the same period, the number of full-time equivalent police officers in England and Wales has fallen by 4,797 (4%). On top of that, the number of Community Support Officers is down 2,579 (21%) and the number of Special Constables is down 5,045 (31%).

    A leaked Home Office report last year shows that the Government's police cuts "likely contributed" to the rise in serious violent crime

  • Article: Apr 13, 2019


    'Forward to a better future with the Liberal Democrats'


    I. Introduction
    Newcastle Liberal Democrats hold firm to the values of the wider Liberal Democrat party. Our national vision is set out in the preamble to our party's federal constitution:
    The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.
    In Newcastle, we aim to stay true to our national vision.
    In all that we say and do, we will strive to be open, tolerant and united and to demand better for the residents of our city.
    We add one more proviso to our vision locally in our desire to be close to the communities in which we serve, to listen to local people, to work with community organisations, and to act on their behalf where it is possible to do so, in line with our Liberal Democrat principles.
    We believe passionately that our focus as a local party and actions should be rooted in communities.

  • Death penalty - Amnesty
    Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have attacked the Government's stance on the death penalty, being aided by a new Statutory Instrument which would give Ministers more powers to allow the export of goods that could be used for capital punishment or torture post-Brexit.

    Brian, Lord Paddick, former Assistant Commissioner and now Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson in the Lords said:

  • Fight Climate Change
    Article: Apr 9, 2019

    Newcastle Council needs a Cabinet report within 6 months outlining the actions it will take to tackle the climate emergency, Cllr Wendy Taylor has demanded on behalf of the Liberal Democrats Opposition Group.

    On October 8th 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5 degree C. there would be some devastating consequeneces, such as the loss of most coral reefs and extreme weather such as heatwavs and floods. The consequences of a 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4degree warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift across energy, land, industrial, urban amd other systems to reduce emissions. Yet in the autumn budget last year, Climate Change was not even mentioned. In February thousands of schoolchildren and young people walked out of classes to join a UK-wide climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle this escalating ecological crisis.

  • Dr Wendy Taylor
    Article: Apr 6, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have written to the Chief Inspector of Ofsted to urge her to include assessments of mental health support in schools in Ofsted Inspections.

    The Liberal Democrat lead on Mental Health, Claire Tyler, has written to the Chief Inspector as the new draft Ofsted framework does not include assessment of the work that schools and colleges do in promoting or supporting the mental health of students.

    The Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, Judith Jolly, and Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson on Education, Mike Storey have also signed the letter.

    Commenting on the letter, Newcastle Liberal Democrats lead on health issues Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor (pictured) said:

    "Teachers are often among the first to notice the signs that a pupil may be developing a mental health problem. Considering this and the fact the Tories are refusing to fund mental health support properly, it is important to assess schools on how they support children and young people's wellbeing.

    "The Ofsted inspection framework has a significant influence on school priorities. Liberal Democrats are clear that by strengthening the framework, school leaders will be more likely to prioritise plans to improve the mental health support for pupils.

    "The Liberal Democrats have always taken the lead in championing mental health. The mental health of children and young people must be a key area of concern for schools and therefore I urge Ofsted to recognise and assess the role of schools in supporting young people's mental health."

    The letter from Claire Tyler, Judith Jolly and Mike Storey is as follows:

    Dear Ms Spielman,

    We are writing to you as Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords with a strong interest in children's mental health. We are keen to see transformational improvement in children's mental health care, and have been interested in the work of YoungMinds 'Wise Up!' campaign.

    We believe that the draft Education Inspection Framework would be significantly strengthened if it recognises and assesses the role of educational providers in promoting and supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

    School life has a major impact on the wellbeing of pupils, and school staff are often among the first to notice the signs that a pupil may be developing a mental health problem. Recent mental health and education policy, including the proposals included within the Green Paper on Children and Young People's Mental Health, has recognised the crucial role that schools and colleges can play in promoting good mental health, preventing the development of mental health problems, and in ensuring young people can access support when problems first emerge.

    The Ofsted inspection framework has a significant influence on school priorities, and the lack of recognition for approaches to promoting or supporting mental health all too often acts as a disincentive for school leaders to prioritise such approaches within development or improvement plans, particularly when resources are scarce.

    We are pleased that the new draft Ofsted framework includes a reduced focus on exam grades and assessment. However, we are am concerned at the lack of focus within the framework on assessing the work that schools and colleges do in promoting or supporting the mental health of students.

    We support the findings of the joint inquiry by the Health and Education Select Committees, and the thematic review by the Care Quality Commission, and believe that Ofsted should assess and recognise the effectiveness of schools and academies in supporting children and young people's wellbeing.

    In particular, we think that the Education Inspection Framework should make it clear to inspectors, school staff, children and families that inspections will include an independent assessment of the extent to which:

  • Parklands puppy
    Article: Apr 5, 2019

    The Parklands puppy says "I've trained my owner to pick up after me and take the bag home if there are no bins. Can you do the same with yours?"

  • Commons logo
    Article: Apr 3, 2019

    "Our prisons are in crisis. They are so overcrowded that they are failing at their central purpose: to prevent crime and keep communities safe by rehabilitating offenders, " said Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrats Justice spokesperson, responding to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee's 'Prison Population 2022' report, published today 3rd April.

    "Even Tory Ministers now accept what the Liberal Democrats and the evidence have been saying for years: short prison sentences actually make people more likely to reoffend. Yet they are still locking up thousands of people for just a few weeks.

    "The Liberal Democrats demand better. Instead of just talking about ending short sentences, the Government must urgently bring forward legislation to do it.

    "Our goal must be to transform prisons into places of rehabilitation and recovery, with properly-funded education, training and treatment for prisoners to build a life free from crime."

  • Article: Apr 1, 2019

    1.5 million people in England are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, reveal statistics released by the Office for National Statistics. Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson MP said:

    "While the Conservative Government is too busy making a mess of Brexit, millions of people across the UK are facing the very real possibility of losing their ability to make a living, with young people, women and those with lower levels of education most at risk.

    "We cannot halt the march of technological progress, and neither should we want to. But we must take steps now to ensure that everyone in our society can benefit from that progress.

    "This is why the Liberal Democrats have called for all companies with over 250 employees to develop plans to support staff vulnerable to automation, and for the Government to grant every adult £9,000 over their lifetime to fund lifelong learning."

    The link to the statistics can be found here

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: May 4, 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!