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Marking Small Business Saturday - "shout outs" from Liberal Democrats' councillors for some of the many excellent local businesses in Newcastle.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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Government must support young people as latest statistics reveal they have been hammered by job losses over last yearArticle: 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.
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.
Leader of Liberal Democrats launches local election campaign : Praises Newcastle Liberal Democrats for their record of achievement, service and actionArticle: 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.
Call for an up to date bus strategy locally to meet Government's funding bid deadline in 10 days timeArticle: Apr 6, 2021
Opposition Liberal Democrats on Newcastle council are seeking further clarity from the North East Joint Transport Committee and transport bosses on their intentions for a new bus strategy for the region, after the Government's publication of a National Bus Strategy in March. Tyne and Wear has lacked an up to date bus strategy in recent years following the collapse of Nexus plans for a Quality Contract Scheme, and the JTC has not yet set out its full response to the Government's blueprint, having received only a brief update at its last meeting in March.
Call for rethink on litter bins in Newcastle's parks- a more effective summer strategy is needed after recent litter tsunamiArticle: Apr 6, 2021
Opposition Liberal Democrats councillors in Newcastle are calling on the council to rethink its removal of litter bins from parks, and to draw up a "summer strategy" for the city's parks and green spaces to reduce repeats of the tidal wave of litter affecting many city parks last week.
They believe the council would save money and improve the appearance of city beauty spots by reinstating some of the bins removed as part of council budget cuts in recent years, suggesting that the cost of emptying bins during warm weather weekends would potentially be less than the cost of large scale clean ups after heavy public use of the parks.