• Cllr Dr Aidan King
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    I'm Aidan and I work as Junior Doctor in the northeast NHS. When I was asked to do this talk I approached my consultant and asked her opinion on Brexit as a preamble to getting her thoughts on the topics I should talk about. Dr Sarah Jordan said "well Aidan, it's not going to be good, and it's going to be even worse for our region, in fact I feel so strongly about it that I joined the Liberal Democrats and ran as a councillor". Wow, I said, so did I.

  • Bollocks to Brexit
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    "To see the economy shrink by 0.4% - the biggest one-month fall in 3 years - just shows the extent to which the Conservative Government is damaging our economy. It was only being kept going by stock piling for a No Deal Brexit," commented Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks on the economy and business for Newcastle Liberal Democrats.

    "While business wants reassurance, the last three months demonstrate the immense uncertainty facing businesses, particularly those in export activities. Economically illiterate proposals being touted by the candidates hoping to take over from Theresa May signal that the Tories have abandoned any sense of fiscal responsibility.

    "The Conservatives were warned by Donald Tusk not to waste this time. Yet they continue putting party before country, causing more uncertainty in the process which threatens people's livelihoods right across the country. A new Conservative leader cannot change the parliamentary arithmetic, nor the facts of the negotiations.

  • Ford motor
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    After yet more closures and redundancies as Ford says their engine plant in Bridgend will close in September 2020 with the loss of 1,700 jobs, Newcastle Liberal Democrats business spokesperson Cllr Robin Ashby said:

    This decision is a devastating body-blow for the thousands of workers who now face redundancy. The UK Government must urgently work with Welsh Ministers to support these employees.

    Like other motor manufacturers including Nissan in our region, Ford's engine plant will not have been immune from the devastation that Brexit is wreaking right across the motor industry and the wider economy. It's time Brexiteers faced up to that. This is not taking control of our economy as they claim.

    People deserve better than this. They deserve an opportunity to reject this mess. That is why the Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for a People's Vote and the chance to stop Brexit.

  • Brexit posters
    Article: May 21, 2019
    After nearly 30 years as a Labour activist and the last few as a Labour Councillor, I have with a heavy heart decided I will be voting Liberal Democrat in the European Election on Thursday 23rd May.
    I have studied the local and national polls and other election statistics. It has been grim reading and I have found it impossible to see how voting Labour can stop the Brexit Party winning two seats in the North East.
  • EU ballot paper
    Article: May 9, 2019

    Independent experts say that Liberal Democrats are the clear choice for REMAIN in the North East.

    Jeremy Corbyn confirmed today that the Labour party will seek to deliver on Brexit and commit to doing so in their EU Election manifesto. This means that Labour candidates int he region will be bound to Brexit despite their previous campaigning to Remain.

  • Pro EU demonstrators in Newcastle
    Article: Mar 24, 2019

    How the Liberal Democrats have been fighting for your prosperity

    * We said in 2016 - Remain

    * We said in 2017 - Exit from Brexit

    * We said in 2018 - People's referendum

    * We said in 2019 - Revoke Article 50

    Join the 5 million signers and million marchers to send your message to Tory Brexit-liars and Labour Brexit-ditherers.

  • REMAIN 1
    Article: Jan 22, 2019

    Conservative Ministers have bowed to pressure from Liberal Democrats and MPs from across the House and have dropped plans to charge EU citizens £65 per person to register to stay in the UK - several hours after a new website went live!

    "It was abhorrent that people who have worked and contributed to our communities for so long should have to pay to stay at home. However, people will still be worried that Home Office will botch the policy as it has already done with the Windrush scandal, causing so much harm, " said anti-Brexit campaigner Wendy Tayor.

  • EU flag
    Article: Dec 4, 2018

    UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50

    The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has this morning confirmed that the UK can revoke Article 50 without EU approval. The case was brought forward by a cross-party group of politicians, including the Liberal Democrats.

    Liberal Democrats have long said that we can get out of this Brexit mess if we chose to. As MPs begin to debate Theresa May's terrible deal, many will be reflecting on how it compares with the deal we've currently got. Ultimately the Government must give a final say through a People's Vote, with the option to remain in the EU.

    Govt must publish Brexit legal advice

    The House of Commons will today debate a cross-party contempt motion over the Government's refusal to fully publish the Brexit legal advice.

    In an unprecedented move, this shows Parliament is finally taking back control from this chaotic Conservative Government. Taking back control was of course one of the things Leavers campaigned for (along with mythical money for the NHS) These political shenanigans suggest the Tories have something to hide. People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better.

    MPs expect the publication of the full legal Brexit advice before the debates on the withdrawal deal begin. However, the best way to avoid a Brexit mess is with a People's Vote, including the option to remain in the EU.


    Lib Dems back amendment to stop no deal Brexit

    The Liberal Democrats have added their names to a cross-party amendment, originally put down by Hilary Benn, which would force the Conservative Government to take no-deal Brexit off the table and pave the way to a People's Vote.

    The Liberal Democrats will work with MPs from all parties to get the country out of this mess. Given that the Conservative Government wholeheartedly accept that a no-deal Brexit will create chaos and mayhem, they must do the responsible thing and take No Deal off the table. This amendment paves the way to a People's Vote on Brexit, with an option to remain in the EU.

  • Lord Shipley - Brexit
    Article: Nov 29, 2018

    The Bank of England and the Treasury have concluded that Brexit - with or without a deal - will leave the UK poorer, less productive and with an economy smaller than if we had stayed in the European Union.

    The Treasury assessment of Theresa May's deal assumes a rapid transition to a frictionless trade deal with the EU and other free trade arrangements with third-party countries, but the prospect of these negotiations happening quickly is wildly optimistic.

  • Tom Brake speaks at Broghton seafront rally
    Article: Nov 19, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have been consistently fighting for the last two years against a damaging deal to leave the EU, but we know that now is the time for every single MP to make their decision on the most important matter facing the UK. And none more so that in the UK's first Remain city, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    That is why Tom Brake MP has written to local Remain MPs Catherine McKinnell and Chi Onwaruh urging them to join us in this fight.

    "This is a call to action in the fight against Brexit, " he said. "We are asking Newcastle MPs and others to help us stop this chaos with a People's Vote with the option to remain in the EU. March with us through the lobbies, in the knowledge that you are putting our country first and standing up for the wishes of the people of Newcastle, as well as being on the right side of history."

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