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NEWCASTLE EAST

The constituency is formed from the following wards in the great City of Newcastle upon Tyne :

  • Byker (The Byker Wall Estate, St. Peter's and part of Walker)
  • Dene (Part of Gosforth, Benton and Cochrane Park)
  • North Heaton (High Heaton around Coast Road)
  • North Jesmond
  • Ouseburn (All of Shieldfield, Ouseburn, part of Quayside and part of Byker)
  • South Heaton (most of Heaton around Chillingham Road)
  • South Jesmond (Jesmond, Jesmond Vale and part of the City Centre)
  • Walker (Walker Riverside and St. Anthony's Estate)
  • Walkergate (Walkergate, Walkerville and part of Walker)

Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor will be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the constituency at the General Election on 8th June 2017.





Wendy Taylor.

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 20, 2017

    You can complain about the Council's performance to your councillors (and you often do!) or

    • By phoning the Corporate Complaints Office on 0191 211 5180
    • By email to complaints@newcastle.gov.uk
    • Online at newcastle.gov.uk/complaints
    • By filling in a form in the "If you have a complaint" leaflet, available at all council offices
    • By letter to the Complaints Office, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2BN
  • Parks
    Article: Nov 18, 2017

    On Monday the Labour Party Cabinet at Newcastle City Council intends to give away our parks. Please sign our petition today.

    We, the undersigned residents of Newcastle upon Tyne, call on the Labour administration at the City Council to abandon their proposal to hand the management of the city's parks over to a Trust on the following grounds:

  • Cycle marking
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    CYCLE SAFETY

    We've been sent this advice by the local police. It is particularly relevant with dark nights and in the light of a number of cycle/car and cycle/pedestrian incidents recently.

    Cycling should be fun, but it should also be safe. By following a few simple safety rules, you can make sure you keep out of trouble on the roads.

  • Sir Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 3, 2017
  • Vince Cable, Greg Stone
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Newcastle City Council's Liberal Democrats Opposition will table a motion at tonight (Wednesday's) city council meeting calling for the council to support growing calls to halt implementation of the Universal Credit single payment scheme.
    Universal Credit is high on the political agenda, with recent calls for the Government to ensure that the UC helpline is made free for users, after reports that some people were facing long delays in getting through whilst incurring high bills due to the helpline's call cost per minute.
    The Government has now acted on this issue, but significant problems and delays continue to be reported as recipients are being forced to wait for more than the target 6 week date for processing new claims, leading many to face financial desperation and driving many to need to use food banks. Housing organisations are also reporting significant increases in tenants getting into rent arrears due to the delays in receiving UC payments, which replaces housing benefit.
    The Lib Dem motion, proposed by Cllr Greg Stone, will call on the council to support calls to Government for greater flexibility and assistance to applicants for the benefit whilst their claims are being processed, and to pause the implementation of a planned acceleration of the introduction of Universal Credit. This has given rise to fears that many people face the prospect of waiting up to three months for their first payment, and having no income until well after Christmas.
    Although the principle of combining numerous benefit payments into the unified Universal Credit, and of allowing people to receive Universal Credit whilst returning to work is widely seen as being worthwhile, with all main parties having indicated broad support for its introduction, it is increasingly clear that the implementation is leading to significant difficulties for many people who are waiting far longer than stipulated for their payments to be set up.
    Housing provider Your Homes Newcastle estimates that as many as 58% of its tenants receiving UC are now in rent arrears as a result of these delays. Nationally, one in nine recipients have faced waits as long as 10 weeks for payment, and in some parts of the country, the average waiting time is as high as 12 weeks. 57% of recipients are believed to have had to borrow from friends or family to bridge the gap, and there are fears that some have had to resort to "payday lenders" or loan sharks.
    Newcastle has been one of the first major cities to take part in the transition to Universal Credit and the council and YHN know that this is causing real problems for benefits customers in the city. It's clear that the Government needs to act and needs to do more to ensure that people get genuine help in the shape of 'advance' temporary payments, options for frequency of payment, and improving advice and online support rather than expecting people to wait for hours for phone calls to be answered.
    The situation is made worse by reports that some benefits recipients are being encouraged by DWP and Job Centre Plus to make an early switch to the new Universal Credit system without it being made clear that this is likely to mean them receiving lower total payments than at present. The Lib Dems believe this is misleading and unacceptable and want this practice to be reviewed and if necessary stopped.
    Cllr Greg Stone said
    "The principles behind Universal Credit are valid. It can simplify a currently very complicated social security system, help incentivise people back into work, increase take up and income for people who rely on it, and can help to reduce fraud and error. However, it is increasingly apparent that the roll-out by Government is deeply problematic and the delays in payments are causing financial misery to thousands of people.
    There is growing pressure on Government to delay forthcoming phases of the Universal Credit roll out until it has got a grip on the problems that are causing delays. It cannot be right that people have to wait up to three months to receive their benefits, and it is increasing poverty and stress for people who are literally left with nothing for food and housing."
    The Lib Dem motion also calls on the Government to reconsider other aspects of its welfare reforms, including reversing recent cuts to the 'work allowance' component, introducing a second 'work allowance' for couples receiving Universal Credit, abandoning the two child cap on benefits, and ending the freeze on working age benefits which is affecting some of the people in Newcastle on the lowest incomes.
    Cllr Stone said:
    "The Lib Dem Opposition is slightly surprised the Labour council administration has not spoken out sooner on these issues. The Lib Dem general election manifesto made commitments to reverse Conservative benefit cuts, and we hope that Labour will join with us in the council chamber this evening to support our calls to Government for a pause in extending Universal Credit to new beneficiaries, and for a rethink on cuts to some of the poorest people in Newcastle

  • Gosforth ward surgery 2016
    Event: Dec 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Gosforth High Street NE3

    Gosforth councillors will be on Gosforth High Street on the first Saturday of every month, outside the Shopping Centre (look out for the umbrella and the sandwich board)

    This is in addition to private Councillor surgeries which are advertised widely and regularly.

    We look forward to seeing you to discuss issues of concern, or just to say hello!

  • Metro
    Article: Oct 29, 2017
    Opposition Liberal Democrats have reacted with alarm to today's chaos in Newcastle arising from the almost complete failure of the Metro service.
    Planned power maintenance has resulted in an unforeseen power outage to the South Gosforth depot, resulting in many of the network's cars being unable to operate. The crisis appears to have caught Metro operators Nexus without effective contingency plans, with the existing bus replacement service to Tynemouth being withdrawn and Metro passengers being unable to use tickets on bus routes.
  • Tyne Bridge festival
    Article: Oct 28, 2017
    50 years ago civil rights campaigner Dr Martin Luther King Jr came to Newcastle upon Tyne to be honoured with a doctorate from Newcastle University. Tomorrow Sunday 29th October there will be aprogramme of events in Newcastle inspired by Dr King and epic civil rights struggles from across the globe, both past and present.
    Out of the buildings and through the streets of Newcastle will come a unique afternoon of theatre, music, dance, circus and art to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those who have led the long march for civil rights. Starting from different locations across the city, the stories from Selma, Alabama 1965, Amritsar, India 1919, Sharpeville, South Africa 1960, Peterloo, Manchester 1819, and the Jarrow March, Tyneside 1936 will be woven together in a unique immersive performance featuring a local cast of hundreds that will develop throughout the day.
    The first ever performance event on the Tyne bridge will celebrate the inspiring visit in 1967 by paying homage to those who gave their lives and by recognising how our stories resulted in positive, meaningful change. There will be a finale of performance, sound and light that will send Dr King's unshakeable message of peace, justice, equality and cooperation into the night sky and across the Tyne.
    See also www.freedomcity2017.com/freedom-city-2017/freedom-city-tyne
  • Lord Shipley
    Article: Oct 18, 2017
    John, Lord Shipley said in the House of Lords : "The Minister will be aware that Help to Buy has
    assisted quite a number of young people to buy their first home, but is he aware of the research which now shows that Help to Buy is actually helping to increase house prices, putting home ownership beyond the reach of many more people?"
  • Metro sign
    Article: Oct 8, 2017
    Numerous calls to the Metro system's helpline have not been responded to, particularly outside of office hours. Opposition Liberal Democrats have called on public transport operator Nexus to make a statement on how many calls using Metro station Help Points have gone unanswered in the last year.
    The Lib Dems have turned a spotlight on the issue after recent reports of late night anti social behaviour and violent disturbances on the network, particularly on the St James - Coast service.