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Dene and South Gosforth Ward

DSG Focus TeamUnder boundary changes to be implemented in May 2018, Dene Ward was be divided between two new wards : Dene and South Gosforth Ward (the west part) and Manor Park Ward (the east part, along with part of the current North Heaton Ward).

At the elections in May 2021, the people of Dene and South Gosforth re-elected Karen Robinson as part of the Liberal Democrats Focus team with 1777 votes, a majoity of 600 over Labour in a 4-way contest

To receive Dene & South Gosforth eFocus from them regularly (more news, more quickly) in addition to the regular paper Focus through your door, which is produced and delivered without cost to taxpayers, email "subscribe" and your post code to dene@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Their promise is "service and action all year round" so please do contact them with any queries, concerns or suggestions :

You can contact

Councillor Wendy Taylor via wendy.taylor@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Karen Robinson via karen.robinson@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Henry Gallagher via henry.gallagher@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

When lockdown rules are relaxed, you can also meet your councillors at their surgery at St George's Church Boundary Garden on the first Thursday of each month (except Christmas and New Year), from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The team will also be represnted on the first Saturday of each month 10am-noon on Gosforth High Street outside the shopping centre.

  • 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.

  • Cllr Pauline Allen with bus 2019
    Article: Oct 6, 2021

    A Liberal Democrats proposal to help local people suffering from plagues of rats has been kicked out by the controlling Labour group in Newcastle.

    Newcastle's Official Opposition had wanted all options for reducing or suspending charges for pest control, including for mice and rats - with a minimum charge of £84 - to be examined to support households budgets for as long as is necessary to get the issue under control.

  • Gosforth High St congestion
    Article: Aug 3, 2021

    Following the announcement of further changes to the temporary scheme on Gosforth High Street, local Liberal Democrats are calling for the council to finally engage in proper consultation with the local community on the permanent future of the high street.


    Liberal Democrats across Gosforth have repeatedly raised concerns around inaccurate and insufficient signage, confusing road layouts, lack of congestion mitigations and the absence of meaningful consultation with the local residents and businesses that rely on the High Street.

  • 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.

  • MD Mominul Hamid
    Article: Apr 29, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have accused Conservative MPs of "placing anti-immigration ideology ahead of tackling the scourge of modern slavery", after the Tories voted for new legislation that will weaken safeguards for victims and lead to more of them being held in immigration detention centres.

    The Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations were passed by 358 votes to 270, with all Liberal Democrat MPs voting against.

  • Electric car on charge
    Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrats are calling for a new local and national government strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the UK

    In a debate in the House of Lords this afternoon, Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Teverson will call on the Government to set a proper roadmap for local authorities as well as the government in Westminster to meet targets, and demand the creation of a new Minister for the Climate Emergency to oversee targets being met.

    There has been no government department explicitly dedicated to tackling the climate emergency since Theresa May scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2016.

    Lord Teverson, who led a debate in the House of Lords Grand Committee, argued that the Government needs more bravery when it comes to climate change, particularly in light of the Tories latest announcement this week that they will cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. He said:

    "It is absolutely essential that Westminster works with our local councils to tackle climate change. Local authorities are best placed to know how to cut emission in their area. If they don't then this commitment is nothing more than the Tories announcing they can run before learning how to walk.

    "Liberal Democrats have a proud record on promoting a greener country, with dozens of council groups declaring climate emergencies and promising to slash emissions.

    "We need a Minister for the Climate Emergency to sit in cabinet and oversee a real working roadmap that brings government and councils together. If this does not happen, I fear their recent announcement would end up being nothing more than a predictable disaster."

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Apr 20, 2021

    According to the latest unemployment statistics, 80% of those losing their jobs in the year to March are under 35. Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle Liberal Democrats on employment issues, said he was appalled and called for action.

    "People all across the UK - especially young people - are worried about their future. Millions still rely on job support and thousands are still out of work. We can't leave any of them behind as we get out of lockdown", he said.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Apr 15, 2021


    The House of Lords has passed a Liberal Democrats amendment that would allow individuals trapped in unaffordable mortgages, known as 'mortgage prisoners', to access mortgages with much fairer rates.

    Mortgage prisoners had their mortgages nationalised after the financial crash (like Northern Rock) and then sold on by the Treasury to vulture funds or inactive lenders, and therefore have been stuck paying what MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has called "obscene interest rates".

    The amendment, tabled by Liberal Democrats Peer John Sharkey, would require the introduction of a cap on the rates charged to mortgage prisoners and, under specified circumstances, ensure their access to fixed rate interest deals.

    Treasury spokesperson in the Lords for the Liberal Democrats, Susan Kramer said:

    "So many stories from mortgage prisoners have been shared with me over the past few weeks, many of them quite frankly heartbreaking.

  • Ed Davey and Ali Avaei
    Article: Apr 6, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a fairer, greener and more caring country where everyone has a chance to get on in life. In a message to Cllr Nick Cott, who leads a 20-strong group of councillors in Newcastle, Ed Davey MP (pictured here with Nick last year in Newcastle) said:

    " I know that local people who vote for Liberal Democrats on May 6th in Newcastle upon Tyne will get strong local champions who will get things done in your important city.