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The constituency is formed from eight electoral wards

in the great City of Newcastle upon Tyne :

* Benwell and Scotswood

* Blakelaw

* Elswick

* Fenham

* Kenton

* Westgate

* West Gosforth

* Wingrove

Nick CottCllr Dr Nick Cott will be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the constituency at the General Election on 8th June 2017.

  • Enviromental manifesto
    Article: May 29, 2017

    You can see full details of the Liberal Democrats' manifesto for the Environment, see http://www.libdems.org.uk/environment

  • School gate
    Article: May 29, 2017
    Plans by Theresa May and the Tories to axe free school lunches would waste the £1/2 million invested in Newcastle to upgrade school kitchens, according to the Liberal Democrats' Shadow Education Cabinet Member on Newcastle City Council.

    It comes after figures revealed almost 6,500 children in Newcastle are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals.

    When in government, the Liberal Democrats invested £160m upgrading school kitchen facilities across the country to enable them to prepare hot lunches.

    Dr Nick Cott, who is also Liberal Democrat candidate for Newcastle Central commented:

    "The Liberal Democrats in government invested £160m to give schools the kitchens they needed to ensure that no infant would go hungry.

    "This policy was extremely successful and guaranteed that local children who benefit from it most received at least two of their five a day in their school lunch.

    "But now Theresa May is threatening to throw that money down the drain.

    "A Conservative measure designed to save money will waste money. Not only is it heartless, it is bad economics.

    "I challenge the Conservative candidates in Newcastle to say whether, if elected, they would vote against their own party to ensure that children in Newcastle receive a decent lunch.

    "The Liberal Democrats will protect free school lunches for infants and ensure all primary school children can get a healthy, free lunch a day."
  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 29, 2017

    If we quit the European Court of Justice, we won't be able to access information which enable officials to stop and question over 50 terrorism suspects a day at our borders.

    The Schengen Information System (SIS II) is an EU-wide database on organised criminal and terrorist suspects across 28 countries, including 35,000 people wanted under a European Arrest Warrant. It includes alerts on suspected 'foreign fighters' - people who have travelled to Syria and elsewhere to fight for ISIS.

  • Three candidates
    Article: May 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats take any threat to the justice system of the United Kingdom very seriously, say Liberal Democrats Parliamentary candidates in Newcastle (pictured).

    Our justice system is under pressure; Brexit threatens international cooperation; the Conservatives have failed to defend the rule of law which is the cornerstone of our democracy and cuts to legal aid have denied effective access to justice to many. Therefore, the Liberal Democrats have a range of policies in place to ensure that our justice system remains a pride for our country.

  • 3 Newcastle GE candidates
    Article: May 26, 2017

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidates (r-l) Wendy Taylor (East) Nick Cott (Central) and Anita Lower (North) say :

    We have all supported Newcastle as a City of Sanctuary in Council, and to accept refugees from Syria into the City.

    We pledge to respect the importance of refugee protection, including in wide-ranging debates about immigration, and, if elected, to uphold the proud tradition throughout the UK of welcoming people forced to flee war and persecution and helping them rebuild their lives.

  • HQ Stall
    Article: May 25, 2017

    Lovely day on our stall outside HQ. All three constituencies represented,left to right;
    Cllr Karen Robinson (Newcastle East), former Lord Mayor Alderman Mike Cookson (Newcastle North) and Cllr Jackie Slesenger (Newcastle Central).

    Come and find us at 2 Jesmond Road West between the Civic Centre and Robinson Library.

  • 3 Newcastle GE candidates
    Article: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to doing more to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We can and must do more to get homeless people off our streets and into permanent accommodation.

    This is a joint statement by the three Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidates (r-l) Wendy Taylor (Newcastle East) Nick Cott (Newcastle Central) and Anita Lower (Newcastle North)

    However, the Liberal Democrats are calling for a cross-party, national strategy to end homelessness by 2020. We are extremely concerned about the impact of social rent reductions on funding for homeless shelters. We supported an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which sought to exempt 'supported housing' from these reductions. The Government failed to commit to the exemption, instead suspending the cuts for supported housing for one year only. The number of people sleeping rough in the UK rose to 4,134 in 2016, which is a 16% increase from the previous year, which in turn saw a 12% increase from the year before. There are many more people who do not show up in these statistics - those who are staying with friends or family members, or living in squats - often in very insecure and inappropriate accommodation.

    Research by Crisis suggests about 62% of single homeless people are 'hidden' and may not show up in official figures. The hidden homeless are often subject to exploitation and risks to personal safety and health are high. The average age of death for a street homeless person is only 47 years old. The needs of homeless people often extend beyond housing and include physical and mental health needs, and without a permanent address many find it hard to access services, benefits and practical opportunities to find a job, get advice or vote. We are aware that at least four in ten homeless people suffer from mental health problems.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we have made it a priority to deliver equality between the two in the delivery of public services. We believe that it is a national scandal that so many people are sleeping on the streets in 21st century Britain. By increasing support for homelessness prevention and ensuring proper funding for emergency accommodation, we can end rough sleeping across the country.

    The Liberal Democrats will also ensure that each local authority has at least one provider of Housing First services, to allow long-term homeless people to live independently in their own homes. The evidence suggests that supporting people and giving them long-term, stable places to stay is far more successful in tackling homelessness than constantly moving them to different temporary accommodation. One of the main causes of homelessness is the ending of tenancies in the private rented sector. This sector is home for 18% of the population. Private sector rents have become untenably high in many parts of Britain and many renters are now paying more than half their disposable income in rent. Moving from one rented home to another can be very expensive, with high lettings fees and large deposit requirements.

    The Liberal Democrats have an ambitious plan in place to tackle the housing crisis, with a view to not only to meet current demand, but also to tackle historic under-supply of homes. Until we get to grips with the housing crisis and build the homes we need, we are not going to be able to end homelessness. We want to see bold action taken in the next Parliament on housing, and we are proud that the Liberal Democrats are leading the way with plans to do just that

  • Sheriff Cllr David Down
    Article: May 24, 2017

    Congratulations to Cllr David Down, Liberal Democrat councillor for Parklands Ward, today elected Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Cllr David Down was born in Portsmouth and started his service in local government in 1965 when he joined the Engineer's and Surveyor's Department as a junior clerk, at £365 a year - a pound a day, less tax!

  • Heart Manchester
    Article: May 24, 2017
    Chief Constable Steve Ashman has now advised Newcastle City Council :
    Last night the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced the threat level was raised to CRITICAL - 'an attack maybe imminent'.
    In response to this heightened threat the public will see an increased policing and security presence across the country and at key sites, such as train stations, sporting events and other crowded places. This increased security is to protect and reassure the public.
  • Manchester
    Article: May 23, 2017

    Newcastle Liberal Democrats note with deep sorrow the recent events in Manchester. The hearts and minds of all the residents of Newcastle are rightly at this time with our friends and neighbours in Manchester and across the North who have lost their loved ones.

    We call upon all members and supporters of all political parties to observe the suspension of political campaigning until further notice.