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Northern Democrat No 49 Mar 10

Northern Democrat No 49 Mar 10

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Published by Jonathan Wallace
March 2010 edition of the Northern Democrat, which I produce for Liberal Democrat supporters and members in Northern England
March 2010 edition of the Northern Democrat, which I produce for Liberal Democrat supporters and members in Northern England

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The Northern 
no. 49no. 49no. 49no. 49no. 49MarchMarchMarchMarchMarch20102010201020102010
The newsletter for Liberal Democrats in the North of Englan
Produced, printed and promoted by Jonathan Wallace, 7 Laburnum Grove, Sunniside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5LY
Change that works for you
Liberal Democrats met in Birmingham over the weekend of12th-14th March for the party’s last Conference before thegeneral election.
And with the battle for votes looming on the horizon, NickClegg launched the Liberal Democrats 4 key policies to changeBritain. Nick told Conference:
Under the Liberal Democrats, no-one will pay tax on thefirst £10,000 they earn. That’s the most fundamentalchange to the tax system for decades.
We will give every child the fair start they deserve, byreducing class sizes and increasing one to one tuition inour schools.
We’ll rebalance the economy so that Britain is no longer just betting on things, but Britain starts building thingsagain.
And we will build a clean, open, fair politics.“Things don’t have to be the way they are,” said Nick. “Thecoming election is a chance to get fairness and to get change.“Almost 1 in 4 voters chose the Liberal Democrats at thelast election. If that increased to 1 in 3, we could lead the nextgovernment.”With speculation growing that neither of the old parties willbe able to win a majority in the election, Nick also told theConference that as Liberal Democrat Leader, he is not the“Kingmaker” when it comes to deciding who should form thenext Government.“Some days the papers say our party is doing a deal withLabour,” Nick told the Conference. “Some days theConservatives. But they can’t predict the future. I can’t predictthe future.“Voters should give politicians their marching orders - notthe other way around. I am not the Kingmaker. 45 million votersare the kingmakers.”
Thumbs up -Nick Clegg atthe rally held atthe start of theConference inBirmingham
Northern news 
Hexham Constituency DinnerFriday March 26thGuest speaker Michael Moore MP, Shadow Spokesperson forInternational DevelopmentTickets £22.50Contact Philip Latham 01434682494 or emailprlfox@btinternet.comThe dinner will be the launch of Andrew Duffield’s push for victory.
Newcastle HQ opens for business
The Newcastle Lib Dem Campaign HQ is now up and running. It is located at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club,Brunton Rd, Kingston Park in the East Stand. Go through the double doors in the club house, up the stairs go straightahead past the lift, turn right and the entrance is at the end of a short corridor! Our office phone number is: 0191 2142857 and office hours are from 10-4.
Help stick on the label of success!
Newcastle North Liberal Democrats are holding a sticking day from 10am-6pm on Saturday 27th March for the RoyalMail Freepost at
St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Wyndham Avenue, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne,NE3 4QJ.
Come along for an hour or two and help Ron Beadle be elected the first Liberal MP in Newcastle for over80 years!
 Wendy on her way to Houseof Commons
Liberal Democrats in Newcastle EastConstituency have chosen local councillor WendyTaylor as their candidate for the General Election.
A consultant in Clinical Oncology at the NorthernCentre for Cancer Care in Newcastle FreemanHospital, Wendy has been a councillor for Dene Wardsince 1988.Commenting on her selection,
Wendy said, “It is agreat privilege to have been selected as the LiberalDemocrat parliamentary candidate for NewcastleEast.“As a local councillor, I know the area very well andI am really passionate about offering local people acredible political alternative to Labour’s record offailure in the North East. The Lib Dem run NewcastleCity Council demonstrates that the Liberal Democratsare capable of turning around a failing Labouradministration.“People in Newcastle East deserve an MP that -unlike Labour - does not take the area for granted. I am looking forward to campaigning in the constituency and fightingfor a fair deal for local people in the aftermath of the recession.”Wendy has been an Executive Member of Newcastle City Council since 2004 and currently holds the portfolio forEnvironment, Sustainability and Transport working successfully on issues such as waste management, climate change,cycling, and public transport & highways.
Wendy Taylor meets Nick Clegg at the party’s SpringConference in March 2010.
Northern news 
North East Euro MP Fiona Hall has called for a total ban on the trade in blue fin tuna. The huge Mediterraneanfish, beloved of Japanese sushi eaters, is the most expensive food in the world. Individual fish can sell formore than £10,000.
WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, claims that stocks of blue fin tuna have collapsed and that the fish willbecome extinct if controls are not introduced urgently.Organised crime is also said to be involved in the lucrative business, flouting all EU controls on the fishery. Fionasaid that unless trade was halted there would be no blue fin tuna left.“It is time to protect this critically endangered fish before it disappears from our seas,” she said. “I urge the UKGovernment to support a total ban on the trade of blue fin tuna.”Ministers of EU member states must now agree a European position to take at the next meeting of CITES (theConvention on Trade in Endangered Species) that takes place in March.
Fiona calls for end to trade in blue fin tuna
News that Teesside Cast Products is definitely shutting down has been greeted withdismay by local Liberal Democrat campaigners.
Ian Swales, prospective Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar constituency
, said,“I am shocked that, despite all the talk, there has been no solution to this problem.With the right intentions from the company and the Government, this site could havebeen saved and turned back into a world class steel producer. Closing the site isindustrial, economic and social vandalism. The news is devastating for the area.“It’s now time for urgent government action. The package they have alreadyannounced will do little for the thousands losing their jobs or the thousands morealready out of work. One of their first steps should be to move a major Governmentagency from the overcrowded South East to the Tees Valley. They have beenpromising this for years.”
Lib Dem Leader on Redcar and Cleveland Council Chris Abbott
said, “This isa real setback for our area but we must continue to keep up the pressure on theGovernment to provide real jobs in our area.”
Corus closure “devastatingfor Teeside” - Swales
Fiona battles to cut skin cancer
North East MEP Fiona Hall has spoken out in support of legislation that would place a duty on tanningbusinesses to prevent the use of sunbeds by under-18s. The new laws will also impose strict requirementsfor supervision, provision of information on health risks, and eye protection.
Ahead of a debate of a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons that would protect children and teenagersfrom the dangers of sunbeds, Fiona, a member of MEPs Against Cancer in the European Parliament, said:“It is outrageous how easily sunbeds can be accessed by children and teenagers even though research has shownthat they increase the risk of skin cancer.“Teenagers and especially young girls are often put under pressure to have a tan and it is irresponsible to allowthem easy access to cheap coin-operated sunbed and unstaffed tanning salons that offer neither health warnings norproper eye protection.”“Regulating the use of sunbeds is the only way to reduce the huge rise in skin cancer seen over the last 20 years.”Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in young adults aged between 15 and 34. Without proper eyeprotection, UV from sunbeds can also severely damage the eyes and lead to irritation, conjunctivitis and eye cancer.This month, a sunbed awareness campaign was launched by Cancer Research UK in Sunderland. A recent surveyby the charity showed that 50% of girls aged 15 to 17 in the city use sunbeds.“I fully support Cancer Research UK’s sunbed awareness campaign in Sunderland,” said Fiona. “It is time to give aclear message that misuse of sunbeds can have fatal consequences.”
Ian Swales joins theprotest calling for Corusto be saved

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