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AS at May 2021, the Liberal Democrats was a 20-strong group which is the Official Opposition to the Labour administration.

Individually they represent 8 of the 26 wards in the city (see separate pages for Castle; Dene and South Gosforth; Fawdon and West Gosforth; Gosforth; Manor Park; North Jesmond; Ouseburn; and Parklands)

Leader : Cllr Nick Cott

Deputy Leader : Cllr Colin Ferguson

Chair of Scrutiny Committee : Cllr Anita Lower

Chair of Health Scrutiny Committee : Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor

For reports on some of the contributions of Liberal Democrats councillors to meetings of Newcastle City Council :

* You can find agendas and papers HERE

* and videos of the whole proceedings of Full Council HERE

  • 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.

  • North of Tyne combined authority logo
    Article: May 19, 2021
    Liberal Democrats in Newcastle are calling for Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, to make a public statement, after it emerged that talks are resuming with the Government about replacing the current North of Tyne authority and Mayor, with a new directly-elected Mayor across the authorities covering the so-called 'LA7', including Northumberland, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham, as well as Newcastle.
  • 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.

  • National Lockdown logo
    Article: Jan 7, 2021

    In a show of apparent petulance, Labour's Council Group fought off two attempts by the Opposition to ensure a proper debate on the vital vaccine rollout scheme that is central to our country's return to normal life.

    Blaming "long questions" from Opposition members holding them to account, the Labour Group first refused to bring forward the motion on vaccines, before refusing to extend the meeting by a mere 30 minutes to ensure a debate could be had.

  • Cllr Nick Cott
    Article: Jan 5, 2021
    "The news of the latest lockdown is sobering but sadly not unexpected. The picture in Newcastle, whilst serious, has seen a lower rate of increase of the virus but other parts of the region and the country have clearly experienced a drastic resurgence of the spread of the virus as a result of faster transmission of the new variant in the last fortnight. The blunt reality is that the Government has acted several weeks too late at every stage of the crisis," said Cllr Nick Cott, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Opposition on Newcastle City Council.
  • Social distancing
    Article: Mar 25, 2020
    At the current time politics as usual is not appropriate. The utmost priority is the safety and welfare of all Newcastle's citizens and we will work with the council and partner organisations to safeguard this.
    Newcastle Liberal Democrat councillors are working from home to support the community and neighbour networks that have been established in many neighbourhoods in the wards we represent. We aim to ensure that older and vulnerable constituents receive any assistance they need at this time, whilst staying aware of the need to comply with the Government's instructions on staying at home and social distancing - like the gulls in the picture!
  • Cllr Griff Kane
    Article: Dec 22, 2019

    Opposition Liberal Democrats' councillors are in a state of shock as it has become clear that the Labour Administration have failed to fully account for the Climate Emergency in the Council's budget proposals for 2020-21.

    Responding to questioning at the Finance & Budget Monitoring Scrutiny Sub-Committee, Officers admitted that the numerous committees established with great fanfare by Leader of the Council, Cllr Forbes, to address climate and environment matters would have no formal role in feeding into the Council's budget consultation process, and may even report too late to influence the Council's spending priorities for the coming financial year.

  • Climate change logo
    Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Liberal Democrats councillors and activists will be out in force tomorrow in Newcastle City Centre following up their Climate Emergency motion and the stratedy approved by their Party Conference with a street protest locally.

    "Our children have shown us the way. Come and join us and make your voice count - we only have one world, it's our responsibility to do everything we can to stop any further damage to the environment and climate change. We'll be joining other protests at the Civic Centre at 11am.

  • Bus station Newcastle
    Article: Sep 6, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats Opposition believes the revised plans to tackle air pollution from traffic on Tyneside merely a case of delaying possible charges for driving in the city centre rather than scrapping them. They continue to be concerned the council's plans are neither legally compliant with air quality legislation nor likely to tackle growing citywide problems. (The press statement by the Labour councils is below, including daily charges of up to £50 a day for some non compliant vehicles including buses)

  • Article: Aug 12, 2019

    "The news that the councils seem to be no longer considering the possibility of the £12.50 daily charge for the Central Motorway and Coast Road will be a relief to many people, but it isn't immediately obvious that the new proposals comply with the relevant air quality targets", says Cllr Greg Stone, Liberal Democrats opposition spokesperson on transport and air quality. "These plans appear to do nothing to improve identified air quality problem areas like Shields Road, the Cradlewell, Gosforth High Street, and the Coast Road.