The Need for Change in Newcastle

Councillor Colin Ferguson - Leader of Newcastle Liberal Democrats

Our City deserves better than what Newcastle Labour has offered over the last decade.

I see it every day when I speak to local people. Trust in the Council to deliver on the promises it makes are at an all time low. You don’t get the standards of services you expect. People don’t understand where their Council Tax goes, only that it goes up and up. What goes on in the Civic Centre feels increasingly remote and irrelevant to too many of us.

And yet the potential for our City has never been greater.

We have fantastic people, thriving businesses straining to be unleashed, world-class education institutions and some of the best public services to be found anywhere in the country.

What’s holding us back?

Newcastle Liberal Democrats say the wrong investment priorities, a “can’t do” culture, and failure to work with our Regional neighbours have combined to set Newcastle back.

Whether it’s internal Labour squabbling, pouring money into hotels whilst closing community facilities, not listening to our communities, or leaving the Tyne Bridge to rust, people know what to point to if they want to describe what’s going wrong. We see it when we wait years for promised action, or when flytipping piles up on the side of the street, or when no-one will answer the phone to address your queries.

We’re told there’s no alternative to decline at the Civic Centre: that we have to watch our services wither and our infrastructure crumble.

But I believe change is possible and- crucially- essential.

If you want to see that change, join us and vote Liberal Democrat this May.

Colin Ferguson - Leader, Newcastle Liberal Democrats & Leader of the Opposition

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