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Castle Ward

Thom Campion - Castle 2021Castle Ward is the northernmost ward in Newcastle.

In the May 2021 City Council elections were held. Helen Laverick was elected with 1522 votes, a majority of 496 over Labour after a 5-way contest

Following the sad death of long-serving and much respected councillor Anita Lower a by-election was held and Thom Campion was elected and was re-elected in May 2022

Your Liberal Democrat councillors are always pleased to hear from you with any queries, problems or suggestions, wherever you live in the ward. Their promise is "service and action all year round"

You can contact them all via castle@newcastle-libdems.org.uk, or individually at

Cllr Ali Avaei ali.avaei@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Ali is a local pharmacist, who was first elected in 2018

Cllr Helen Laverick helen.laverick@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Helen is a business administrator. She was first elected in 2021

Cllr Thom Campion thom.campion@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

You can meet them in person at their monthly surgeries at:

St John's Church, Kingston Park Shopping Centre - 1st Tuesday of each month - 6.00pm to 7.00pm

15 minutes before Parish Council meetings at Brunswick, Hazlerigg and Dinnington (See Parish Notice Boards for Variations)

  • Robin Ashby
    Article: Apr 6, 2022

    * The typical family in Newcastle is set to pay an extra £121 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.

    * Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £23 million tax hit.

    * Newcastle Liberal Democrats are demanding emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Mar 29, 2022

    Thousands of families in Newcastle may miss out on the Government's £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills, new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    115,277 properties across the area are in council tax bands A-D and so are eligible for the £150 rebate. But the government's financial watchdog estimates that around a third of these will not be paying their council tax bill by Direct Debit and therefore won't automatically benefit from the help.

  • Cllr Thom Campion Budget 22
    Article: Mar 16, 2022

    A Liberal Democrats proposal to take new action against water companies has been blocked in Parliament by Conservative MPs. New "name and shame" law would have led to annual figures on animals killed by sewage dumping in rivers.

    Earlier this week, the Conservative MPs for Hexham and Blyth voted against a new law which would have forced water companies to report on the number of animals killed by sewage dumps.

  • Cllr Thom Campion Budget 22
    Article: Mar 3, 2022

    I must admit a slight excitement when the budget first landed in my inbox, I thought this was an opportunity for us to potentially turn things around and start truly delivering for people across our city. Obviously this shows my naivety as a new councillor as I couldn't really have been more wrong, Cllr Thom Campion told Newcastle City Council last night.

  • Ali Avaei
    Article: Feb 3, 2022

    "A report to Newcastle City Council indicates that the number betting premises in Newcastle has dropped from 55 in 2019 to 38 in 22, nonetheless if we look at all the gambling premises the total figure is just over 50 sites", says Councillor Ali Avaei, who speaks for the Liberal Democrats on sports and culture issues. "That's almost as many as community pharmacies that we have in the city. Do we really need so many gambling premises in the city , of which many are in most deprived areas of Newcastle? Is there anything we can do as a council to put an end to predatory behaviour of gambling companies, that on many occasions prey on the poorest in the society?" he has asked the responsible cabinet member