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Castle Ward

Cllr Helen Laverick - Castle ward 2021 (2)Castle Ward is the northernmost ward in Newcastle. Under boundary changes which came into effect in May 2018, a part of the previous ward of the same name is now in the Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall Ward.

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

Your Liberal Democrats Focus Team councillors are always pleased to hear from you with any queries, problems or suggestions, wherever you live in the existing 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

You can meet them in person at their monthly surgeries when normality returns after Covid 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)

  • Small Business Saturday 2021
    Article: Dec 4, 2021

    To mark Small Business Saturday, Liberal Democrats have been out on Gosforth High Street - and have been highlighting some of the many great local businesses in the City (seen here are councillors representing 3 of the 4 wards covering Gosforth.)

    Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle LIberal Democrats on business matters, said "If we don't cherish our local businesses - be they in the centre of town, or in the district centres like Chillingham Road, Wansbeck Road or Brunton Park - they are at risk after the gruelling trading conditions of the pandemic, and the switch to online retailing. And once they've gone, they've gone.

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 13, 2021

    As more cuts and council tax hikes are set to whittle away residents' services for another year, the release of the Council's budget proposals have branded as "Groundhog Day" and "Labour's cuts, Labour's choices" by Opposition councillors in Newcastle ,

    Under more than a decade of Labour rule, the residents of Newcastle have watched their City struggle to deliver the services and support they expect. Opposition councillors remain concerned that the Labour administration remain focused on the impact of the Government's funding cuts, and neglect to look at how their efforts compare to neighbouring authorities.

  • Thom Campion - Castle 2021
    Article: Sep 9, 2021

    The result of the Castle Ward to elect a successor to the late Cllr Anita Lower declared tonight was :

    Thom Campion - Liberal Democrats - 1306 votes ELECTED

    Labour 773

    Conservatives 657

    Greens 250

    North East Party 89

    Immediately after the result was declared, Cllr Thom Campion said : "I'd like to thank the electors of Castle for putting their trust in me. I will repay that trust with service and action in the best traditions of the Liberal Democrats in the great city of Newcastle upon Tyne."

  • Robin Ashby - Lift the Ban
    Article: Aug 26, 2021

    Councillor Robin Ashby supported by Councillors Ali Avaei, Christine Morrissey and Doreen Huddart will propose:

    Council notes :
    1. As a City of Sanctuary, Newcastle is proud to have been able to receive some of the interpreters who served with the U K Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and their families.
    2. Local families are still grieving the loss of relatives who gave their lives in the service of their country in the attempt to free ordinary Afghans from oppression.
    3. As the Taliban have taken most of the country in breach of their agreement with the US and Afghan Governments, which enabled UK training forces to be withdrawn, millions of women and girls are facing the prospect of a new era of injustice, inequality, brutality, forced marriages, loss of freedoms and oppression.
    4. The UK has failed to meet its moral obligation to all of those interpreters and others who risked their lives supporting our troops, while the Conservative Government's international development spending in Afghanistan has been slashed.
    5. Taliban domination of Afghanistan must inevitably have an adverse effect on Pakistan, which may become a first destination to those fleeing, and those people of Pakistan origin who have made Newcastle their home.
    6. Local authorities will have to carry the heaviest responsibility in relocating and housing Afghan refugees. Therefore, although this is done willingly, it is vital that the Government provides emergency funds now to ensure this can happen successfully and that these funds are not taken from the international aid budget or related humanitarian funding streams.

  • Cllr Anita Lower
    Article: Jul 3, 2021

    It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Anita Lower. She will be sorely missed by many in local government, in Newcastle and further afield, and by her constituents who she has served with great commitment over many years.

    Cllr Anita Lower was first elected to the Council in 1994, serving continuously as a councillor since then until her death. She was councillor for Blakelaw ward for 10 years and then councillor for Castle ward from 2004 to 2021. Anita held many important roles in the Council, including serving in the Council's cabinet during the years of the Liberal Democrats administration between 2004 and 2011. She also held the post of Leader of the Opposition between 2013 and 2020. Anita had been serving as chair of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a role which won her great respect across the Council, for her ability to work constructively in ensuring that council decisions and decision-makers were open and held to account.