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Northern Democrat No 46 October 2009

Northern Democrat No 46 October 2009

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Published by Jonathan Wallace
Northern Democrat edition from October 2009. This is the newsletter I publish for Liberal Democrats in the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria
Northern Democrat edition from October 2009. This is the newsletter I publish for Liberal Democrats in the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria

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The Northern 
Democrat 
no. 46no. 46no. 46no. 46no. 46OctoberOctoberOctoberOctoberOctober20092009200920092009
The newsletter for Liberal Democrats in the North of England 
Produced, printed and promoted by Jonathan Wallace, 7 Laburnum Grove, Sunniside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5LY
I’ll beback!
Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable praised theprogress of the party in the North when he spoke at theregional conference on 17th October at Gateshead. Hepromised to come back again in the near future. Moreabout the conference on page 2.
 
 Vince draws in the crowdsto Gateshead conference
The North East regional conference saw recordattendance when it was held at GatesheadCivic Centre on Saturday 17th October.
Guest speaker was Vince Cable who praised thework of the region in building up from a small baseto a successful position able to challenge Labour.Vince also went on to give a comprehensiveview of the state of the economy, the financial crisisand the banks.He also promised to return shortly to the regionto boost local campaigning.Vince’s full speech can be seen on the YouTubechannel of
Northern Democrat 
editor JonathanWallace. Go to www.youtube/jonathanwallace.The conference also saw the retirement of NorthEast regional president Nigel Martin and regionalsecretary Judith Fletcher.The new officers of the region are:President:
Suzanne Fletcher
Chairman:
Frank Hindle
Deputy Chairman:
David Freeman
Deputy Chairman:
Charles Jevon
Deputy Chairman:
Trevor Peel
Treasurer:
Ian Barnes
Secretary:
Anne-Marie Curry
Membership:
Alan Lewis
Disability Co-ordinator
Jean Walters
Conference Committee Chair:
Diana Maddock
Candidtes Committee Chair:
Doreen Huddart
Candidates committee:
Maelor Williams
Candidates committee:
Philip Latham
Candidates committee:
Chris Foote Wood
English Council:
Trevor Peel
English Council:
Jean Walters
English Council:
Nigel Martin
English Council:
Frank Hindle
Vince Cable addresses the regional conference atGateshead, chaired by Berwick MP Alan Beith.
Above: retiring regional president, Nigel Martin, ispresented with a bottle of whisky by regional chair FrankHindle. Left retiring secretary Judith Fletcher is presentedwith flowers.
 An evening with Ros Scott
Northern Durham Liberal Democrats invite you to anevening of fine food, good company and the inspiringcompany of Baroness Ros Scott, President of theLiberal Democrats.Chapters Restaurant, Derwentside College,Front St, Consett7.30pm, Thursday 26th November£20 a ticketTo buy tickets, contact Owen TempleTel 01207 505564 email owen@oltemple.f2s.com
 
In Cumbria, the Lib Dem onward march continuedwhen Elissa Robinson picked up a seat from theIndies on Eden Council.
The result was of the by-election for Penrith West, heldon 8th October, was:
LD Elissa Robinson 387 (51.7; +51.7)
Con 157 (21.0; -17.6)BNP 102 (13.6; +13.6)Ind 58 (7.8; -37.5)Lab 26 (3.5; -12.7)Green 18 (2.4; +2.4)Majority 230Turnout 31%
LD gain from Ind
Percentage changeis since May 2007
Goldstar for Redcar
Lib Dem candidate Steven Abbot came close towinning Labour’s safest seat in Redcar and Clevelandon 17th September in a by-election for the South Bankward.
With just 88 votes separating Labour and Lib Dems, partycampaigners will be looking for a gain in the ward in thenext elections.The result was:Sue Jeffrey (Lab)442 (43.6%; -6.3%)
Steven Abbott (Lib Dem)354 (34.9%; +12.8%)
Vince Smith (Ind)102 (10.1%)Martin Gordon Bulmer (UKIP) 69 (6.8%)Joan Bolton (Con) 47 (4.6%; -0.1%)Turnout 21.3%Majority 88Lab hold9.55% swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats
Steven Abbott (third left) with some of hiscampaign team after the count that saw the LibDems come close to winning Labour’s safestseat in Redcar and Cleveland.
Northern by-elections 
Lib Dem gain in Eden
North East ex-pat now Mayor of Bedford 
The victor of the by-election for Mayor ofBedford, Dave Hodgson, is something of aNorth East ex-pat, the Northern Democrat canreveal.
Dave lived and worked in the North East in themid 1980s when he was active in the Young SocialDemocrats.
Northern Democrat 
Editor Jonathan Wallacerecalls a few house parties attended by the both ofthem in their travels around the country for theformer SDP’s youth wing.Dave was also the organiser for the Alliance inDurham City for the 1987 general election.The Mayoral by-election in Bedford was held on15th October. He gained the position from theIndependents in an area the Conservatives werehoping to pick up.
Lib Dems carry the torch for North East Olympic hopes
North East Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to bring the Olympic flame to our region as partof the UK celebrations in 2012.
Led by Berwick’s MP
Sir Alan Beith
, Liberal Democrats from around the North East have written to Lord Coeas Chairman of the London Organising Committee asking for the flame to visit the region.Other signatories are
Fiona Hall MEP
, Newcastle City Council Leader Cllr
John Shipley
, Leader ofNorthumberland County Council Cllr
Jeff Reid
,
Ron Beadle
, parliamentary spokesman for Newcastle North;
Greg Stone
, parliamentary spokesman for Newcastle East;
Carol Woods
, parliamentary spokesman for DurhamCity; and
Ian Swales
, parliamentary spokesman for Redcar.Alan said, “The Olympics is a wonderful opportunity to encourage many people to get involved in all kinds ofsporting activity. Bringing the Olympic flame to the north east will remind people that although the focus of theGames is London, we can all get involved.“The Lib Dem team presented Lord Coe with a letter inviting the Olympic Flame to the North East at an event topromote London 2012 at the recent Lib Dem party conference in Bournemouth.”

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