Cllr Wendy Taylor

Get all Newcastle homes insulated demand Liberal Democrats

At least 10,000 people die every winter in the UK because their home isn't warm enough. Living in a cold home puts millions of people with health conditions at particular risk of harm - health conditions such as respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis, cardio-vascular diseases and illnesses affecting the immune system such as arthritis, asthma, or those undergoing chemotherapy. Many people with these conditions have frequent admissions to hospital, usually with respiratory infections and it's estimated that living in cold homes costs the NHS £860 million a year.

17 Jan 2023
Cllr Greg Stone

The new regional devolution deal - Liberal Democrats trigger debate at Newcastle City Council

It is in the interest of everyone in the region that the North East secures funding to allow it to build the prosperity, the skills, the infrastructure and the resilience of the region. We may still want to ask for more funding, but this represents an opportunity for incremental future Deals to accelerate that process and add more responsibilities, powers, and resources, said Cllr Greg Stone, who proposed an emergency motion at Newcastle City Council on behalf of the Liberal Democrats Opposition as part of the regional approval process.

12 Jan 2023

Business as usual from the usual suspects is not what the region needs to revitalise the economy or political culture

Whilst Keir Starmer's plan for political reform may garner media coverage for a day or two, those with long memories may be forgiven for a certain sense of weariness at the essentially cynical nature of a platform which he himself admits is uncertain to actually make it into Labour's election manifesto. It is not in disputed that decentralisation offers a timely opportunity to rebalance the distribution of political power and give impetus to the rebalancing of the economy. It is welcome that Gordon Brown, the high priest of centralisation and control during his long tenure at the Treasury has belatedly embraced this reality in the form of his 40 point plan, but the Starmer-Brown proposals risk falling short of the radical reform the country and this region needs. Talk of shifting power away from the "old political establishment" lacks credibility when it is remembered that Labour is exactly that in the North East. The record of the North of Tyne mayor to date in driving economic transformation suggests that

7 Dec 2022
Aidan King PPC

82 out of 87 schools in Newcastle face cuts of £4.5 million next year - protect education spending, Newcastle Liberal Democrats tell Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Liberal Democrats in Newcastle have called on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt not to make children and young people pay for the Conservatives' botched Budget by cutting school and college funding further during next week's Autumn Statement. as shocking new figures show that schools in the city face cuts in their spending power of £4.5 million next year.

9 Nov 2022
Cllr Greg Stone

Electric vehicle charging points in Newcastle - confusion and delay in repairs and replacements, policy and procurement "shambles" say Newcastle Liberal Democrats

For some time now it has been apparent there have been concerns expressed by Electric Vehicle (EV) users across Newcastle and Gateshead that on-street public charging points are frequently out of action. A great deal of these have ongoing technical problems and have been out of service for long periods, Councillor Greg Ston ehas told Newcastle City Council.

8 Oct 2022

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