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North Jesmond

Gerry Keating, Deborah Burns, West Jesmond MetroLiberal Democrats have represented North Jesmond Ward for some 21 years and have built a strong reputation for taking up the issues that matter to local people, and keeping in regular touch through the Focus newsletter and through the emailed eFocus. Councillor Gerry Keating leads the team, supported by Deborah Burns, with assistance from former North Jesmond councillors Peter Breakey, Catherine Walker, Ron Armstrong, Lucy Keating and Libby Dicken.

Your North Jesmond Liberal Democrats Focus Team, led by Cllr Gerry Keating, is always happy to hear from you, and to help with any problems or queries. Email gerry.keating@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

If you'd like a copy of eFocus - more local news, more often - just email us your postcode

Service and Action all year round

Gerry Keating, Deborah Burns, Jesmond Library

In normal times we also hold ward surgeries where you can come and meet us. These are held at Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace, on the first Thursday of each month at 6pm, and the 3rd Saturday at 10am (no surgeries held in August).

  • Climate Change. Part three of our ‘Plan for the Future’
    Article: Apr 2, 2021

    The UK is due to host the 26th United Nations climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 1-12th November. But there are now reports of a delay to until Spring 2022. Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency, Wera Hobhouse MP commented: "Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government for immediate clarification over the potential delay to COP26. It is deeply unfair to leave developing nations in the lurch with so many conflicting reports about the future of the COP.

  • Cable works
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Newcastle City Council Permit Team has created a Residents Hub to provide some advice and support specifically targeted at residents across the city who are querying road works.


  • Ed Davey Supports Carers ()
    Article: Mar 22, 2021

    The Government has announced that it will remove parts of the Coronavirus Act that reduce people's rights to care.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "Watering down the rights to care for elderly, disabled and vulnerable people was unlawful and unnecessary. Far too many families have seen the hardships of lockdown compounded by having the lifeline of care cut off completely.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby at Parliament
    Article: Mar 20, 2021

    New economic data from the Office for National Statistics show the Government borrowed £303.1bn in the year to March, the highest level since the end of World War Two.

    The figures show that, compared to the previous 12 months, borrowing is nearly £250bn higher in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Cllr Christine Morrissey
    Article: Mar 18, 2021

    It's reported that the the Government is to introduce a shift in eligibility dates which will mean that many children will not benefit from pupil premium funding. Newcastle Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Christine Morrissey, said:

    "Once again, disadvantaged school pupils are set to lose out as the Tories prioritise penny pinching over proper support.

    "This was raised by the Liberal Democrats weeks ago and Daisy Cooper MP even wrote Gavin Williamson a letter to outline what a serious issue this was.

    "It is shocking and disappointing nothing has been done in the meantime.

    "By moving the goalposts on the entitlement criteria for the 'Pupil Premium', thousands of children whose parents have become unemployed between October and January will not get the crucial support they need.

    "Schools also stand to suffer because of this unnecessary move, forcing an additional financial burden onto them.

    "Liberal Democrats introduced the Pupil Premium because we know how vital it is to target support to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. And it's meant hundreds of thousands of pounds for schools in Newcastle.

    "The Conservative Government must urgently rethink this decision or they run the risk of more disadvantaged children falling behind."

  • Wendy Chamberlain MP (Wendy Chamberlain)
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Liberal Democrats MP Wendy Chamberlain has called on the Government to pass the Domestic Abuse Bill and make misogyny a hate crime.

    "The challenge to the Government is - Pass the Domestic Abuse Bill - it's been in the offing for four years. Legislate to make misogyny a hate crime. Make sure that those occupying positions of trust are people we really can trust, " she said..

  • NHS pay rise
    Article: Mar 11, 2021

    The graphic says it all. And not just nurses. We include all the caring services.

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrats MP for Richmond Park, has today held a Westminster Hall debate on the mental health of mothers during the perinatal period, with a specific focus on the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated systemic problems for vulnerable women.

    "The sheer volume of responses we've had in just a matter of days signals just how significant an issue this is, and how critical it is we act quickly, " she said.

    "Even before the pandemic took hold of public resources, this was a service that was chronically underfunded and understaffed. It's clear we need better mental health support for all ages and at all stages. We also need better training throughout our health service to identify and support those who are struggling. This must be a priority."

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    The British Business Bank's new report shows gross bank lending (excluding overdrafts) to smaller businesses rose to £104bn, up 82% year-on-year.

    "These latest figures illustrate just how desperately our small businesses need a lifeline, which the Chancellor failed to throw them in his budget,", said Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle Liberal Democrats on business issues.

    "They need help not more ways of taking on debt to survive.

    "Firms in sectors like travel, retail and tourism are finding that their owners who have already invested decades of their time are now spending their life savings and taking on debt.

    "These are viable businesses, who have supported jobs in our communities and who followed the Government's guidelines, yet are paying the price."

    Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Spokesperson for Treasury, Christine Jardine MP, said " I am calling for urgent compensation to businesses drowning in spiralling fixed costs. In particular, helping with rent costs, which small businesses are forced to pay despite being closed for months to come.

    "We've seen this work to great success in Germany already, and it's time British small businesses also received this vital lifeline."

  • Aeroplane
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for the Treasury Christine Jardine MP attended an online meeting with key figures from the travel industry this morning to discuss the issues facing the sector.

    At the event, hosted by the travel industry publication Travel Trade Gazette, attendees spoke of their frustration at lack of sector specific support and clarity from the Government over quarantine, the mounting debts many travel companies and tour operators are facing, and welcomed the idea of the revenue replacement scheme which the Liberal Democrats called for in the Budget.