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Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

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  • AnitaLowerhousebuilder
    Article: Mar 1, 2015
    By RMC

    Lib Dems challenge Newcastle Core Strategy greenfield housebuilding target after new DCLG

    figures suggest it's 36% too high: 7000 homes may not be needed after all

    Lib Dem candidate for Newcastle North and leader of the Lib Dem opposition on Newcastle City Council Anita Lower

    has called for an independent "second opinion" on Newcastle City Council's Core Strategy annual housebuilding target

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Email: stanstheman@cix.co.uk

    South Tyneside Lib Dems Announce General Election Candidate: Stan's The Man for Jarrow

    South Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced that Stan Collins will contest the Jarrow constituency at the forthcoming General Election.

    Stan Collins is a Cumbria councillor with a long record of public service and a professional background as a business systems analyst. He has a track record of identifying problems and opportunities early and of proposing practical measures in response, and believes that an MP should work to help residents, industries, businesses, and services take advantage of opportunities and cope with difficulties in the face of what can often be rapid and fundamental changes.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrats in the North East have welcomed the prospect of major devolution for the North East after the Coalition Government announced plans to transfer responsibility for health and social care to the Greater Manchester local authorities. The move to restore NHS services, public health and social care responsibilities to democratically elected local government control is in accordance with long held Lib Dem aspirations for meaningful local and regional devolution in England.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015
    By RMC
     
    
    Stockton Liberal Democrats have announced that Anthony Sycamore will be the party's candidate for Stockton North
    at the forthcoming General Election.
    Anthony, 54, is a classical and jazz musician (a pianist) and a teacher at international classical music 'conservatoires'.

    He studied Music at the University of Oxford and at the Royal Northern College of Music, and previously worked
    as an investment banker (albeit a reformed one who saw the light!), a software developer and as a music lecturer
    at the University of Durham, before moving to the South West where he has served as a councillor and a trustee
    of several organisations. He has also travelled, performed and worked in Europe. Anthony is a strong supporter of liberal values including justice, transparency and openness in politics,
    and human rights. He is pro-European and a supporter of co-operation to tackle international issues.

    His experience as a former banker and a period of homelessness as a teenager gives him an understanding of
    how the worst excesses of the financial system cause inequality and poverty. He intends to campaign at this
    election on a platform of tackling injustice and corporate tax evasion and malpractice, as well as promoting
    the Liberal Democrat record in government and the party's plans to extend tax cuts for average earners and
    invest £8 billion a year more into the NHS.
  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Gateshead Lib Dems to oppose Council Tax rise

    Plans by Labour Councillors in Gateshead to put up Council Tax by nearly 2% are being strongly fought by Liberal Democrats who are planning to move an amendment calling for a freeze.

    Labour wants to charge Gateshead Council Taxpayers an extra £1.4 million but as a result, they will lose a grant from the Coalition Government of £900,000. The grant is given to those councils that freeze their Council Tax. The net effect of this Council Tax rise is that it will raise only £500,000 for services.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015
    By RMC

    Gita Gordon (NELD)

    South Shields Lib Dems announce Gita Gordon as their General Election
    candidate

    South Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced that Gita (Gitanjali) Gordon will be the party's candidate for South Shields at the forthcoming General Election.


    Gita Gordon is married with two young daughters and has worked as a business development executive, including helping to launch new lines
    for Calvin Klein perfumes. She has a degree in Welfare Studies from the University of Central Lancashire and also has career experience in the
    care sector, giving her particular experience and expertise in issues relating to victims of domestic violence, mental health, disadvantaged
    children, young people and adults, and those with disabilities.

    Born in India, she speaks fluent Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu and has a working knowledge of Bengali. She is the party's first BME candidate for
    a North East constituency. She is a member and volunteer for Soroptomists International, a women's organisation which focuses on
    improving life for women globally, including work on campaigns against FGM and domestic violence, and has also been a volunteer for the British
    Heart Foundation and Age Concern.

    Gita is a Lib Dem regional party executive member and a supporter of the Social Liberal Forum wing of the party. She is a member of the Lib Dem
    Disability Association and the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats, and has previously assisted the party's campaigns in parliamentary
    by-elections and the Scottish referendum campaign. Gita is well-respected within the Liberal Democrats for her enthusiasm and for
    her contributions to community campaigns. She is a strong believer in the importance of a genuine down-to-earth approach, valuing and
    listening to others' concerns, and engaging positively with all sectors of the community.

    Gita says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to stand as a candidate at the election for South Shields and I look forward to
    campaigning on the Liberal Democrat record in government, including championing equal treatment for mental health and helping to secure a
    greater voice for the vulnerable and socially excluded.

    I believe in supporting people through a strong economy generating real growth in jobs, apprenticeships, and standards of living, as well as
    improving our surroundings and environment to make life more pleasant and beautiful. I will be looking to give South Shields voters a
    compassionate and competent alternative to decades of Labour domination and complacency in this constituency."


    Factfile:

    In South Shields constituency since 2010, Lib Dems in government have helped to deliver:

    · £15.38 a week tax cut for 33,400 people (£800 per year)
    · 4,900 of the lowest paid taken out of paying income tax completely
    · 5,260 apprenticeships - 3300 more than the number when Labour left office in 2010
    · 17,200 women into work
    · 1,800 new business start ups
    · 16,000 pensioners better off thanks to the Lib Dem "triple lock" pension guarantee
    · universal free school meals for 2500 under 7s
    · tax free childcare for 2400 families
    · free 2/3/4 year old childcare for 2200 children
    · £13,204,000 of extra funding for South Shields schools

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015
    By Jonathan Wallace

    "Good life" guru digging for victory in battle for Parliament

    A LEADING Lib Dem Councillor in Gateshead, who gave up work for the "good life" in Sunniside, is digging for victory to become the next MP for Blaydon.

    Jonathan Wallace gave up paid employment nearly 6 years ago to go back to the land to keep goats, bees, chickens and ducks and to grow his own food. But now he is plotting his campaign from his allotment to win Blaydon constituency.

  • Article: Nov 7, 2014

    Northern Futures Summit

    The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is hosting the Northern Futures Summit on 6 November 2014 in Leeds, in partnership with Centre for Cities.

    The Northern Futures consultation launched in July this year, asking the question:

    "How do we build on the strengths in the north to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest and regions in the world?"

    Read the ideas that people have sent in: http://bit.ly/NorthernFutures

  • Article: Sep 18, 2014
    By By Jonathan Walker (The Journal) http://www.thejournal.co.uk/

    The Scottish referendum has "electrified" the debate about how the North East should be governed and whether it should have the power to manage its own affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

    But he defended controversial plans to retain the Barnett Formula, a funding system which helps determine how public money is distributed across the United Kingdom - and helps ensure Scotland receives more cash than the North East.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    86612 children in the North East are now receiving free school meals because of the Lib Dems working in government.
    Free School Meals will be served up from the first day of term thanks to the Lib Dems - saving families over £400 a year per child. Vote Lib Dems.