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Northern Democrat 61 Feb 12

Northern Democrat 61 Feb 12

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Published by Jonathan Wallace
February edition of the Northern Democrat, a newsletter for Liberal Democrats in the North of England
February edition of the Northern Democrat, a newsletter for Liberal Democrats in the North of England

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The Northern 
no. 61no. 61no. 61no. 61no. 61February February February February February 20122012201220122012
The newsletter for Liberal Democrats in the North of England 
It’s just amonth away 
It’s only a month to go before the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference comes to Tyneside. Theparty will be arriving in force to debate the issues of the day in the Sage, Gateshead.
Not only is this a great chance to showcase the region, it is also an ideal opportunity for many membersthroughout the North of England to attend conference and find out how the Liberal Democrats make policyand shape the programme of the government. For information on how to apply to go to the conference, goto page 2.
Published and promoted by Jonathan Wallace, 7 Laburnum Grove, Sunniside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5LY
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Conference in our region
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Beith welcomes Youth Contract 
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New Lib Dem Euro MP 
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Tough action promised to protect egg farmers
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MEP fights to save seafood jobs
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Extra social care funding for Northumberland 
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Swales welcomes Post Office deal 
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Beith welcomes uturn on local broadcasting 
Pages 7
Ed Davey tackles feed in tariff 
Northern Democrat 
February 2012Contents
Editorial: please send material for inclusion to the editor, JonathanWallace, phone 0191 4883190 or email  jonathanwallace@compuserve.com
Conference in our region
The national party is really pleased that this spring, for the firsttime, conference comes to the North East. For many years thosewanting to attend conference from the North East have had totravel round the country. Now it will be on your doorstep!We believe that The Sage Gateshead, which occupies a splendidglass and stainless steel building, with its many fringe andtraining rooms and modern auditorium, is an ideal venue for us.Conference will be held there from 9 - 11 March 2012. We hopethat those members who have never been to a nationalconference will come along.Conference comes at a particularly important time. We will havebeen in government for almost two years and it offers us a greatopportunity to look forward. We hope to debate some excitingand varied motions. The coalition is presently undertaking itsMid-Term Review, a program to identify which goals in theCoalition Agreement have been met and where further policydevelopment is needed. Conference is a great place for Localand Regional Parties to feed into that.As well as discussing policy motions, there will be a Q&A sessionwith Nick Clegg, set piece speeches from both Nick Clegg andVince Cable, a full programme of training as well as a wide andvaried fringe programme. There will also be a number of popular ministerial surgeries where members can raise issues directlywith our ministers. But most importantly, it’s a fantasticopportunity to network, socialise and catch up with fellow members from across the country.Online registration is now open. Rates start at just £21 for a one day pass and concessionary rates areavailable too. To find out more and to register, go to:
Do come along and support conference coming to the North East. I look forward to seeing you at TheSage Gateshead.
Andrew Wiseman, Chair, Federal Conference CommitteeAndrew Wiseman, Chair of the Federal Conference Committee, which oversees the running of conference and decides what’s on the agenda, writes to members in the North East about thedecision to come to Gateshead on 9th - 11th March.Andrew Wiseman
Business leaders have backed the £1bn Youth Contract, announced byLiberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg inNovember, which aims to ensure that all jobless young people areearning or learning again before long-term damage is done.
Britain’s four biggest employer organisations, the Confederation of BritishIndustry (CBI), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the British RetailConsortium (BRC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), haveformally backed the Youth Contract and will also urge their members to backthe initiative.Starting next April, the Youth Contract will provide at least 410,000 newwork places for 18 to 24 year olds into work over the next three years. Thisincludes 160,000 wage subsidies and 250,000 new work experience
Northern News February 2012
Beith welcomes backing for Youth Contract
placements.A new programme to will help 16 and 17 year olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). This willhelp the most disengaged young people get back to school or college, onto an apprenticeship or into a job with training.In addition, there will be at least 20,000 more incentive payments to encourage employers to take on youngapprentices in England.
Sir Alan Beith MP
said, “Youth unemployment is an economic waste and a slow-burn social disaster. If young peopleare out of work, the consequences of that will be felt for decades afterwards. We need to ensure young people do nothave a false start.“That is why it is excellent news that Britain’s four biggest employer organisations are backing the scheme. I lookforward to working with local employers to make sure the Youth Contract is a success so that we won’t lose the skillsand talent of our young people – right when we need them most.“As a Liberal Democrat, I am proud that the Coalition Government is working with business to do the right thing toprevent another lost generation.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg
said, “Supporting people into work is my priority for 2012 and helping youngpeople get proper lasting jobs is especially important.“The Youth Contract will make sure every unemployed young person starts earning or learning again before long termdamage is done.“But government can’t do this alone, we need businesses to play their part too. That’s why the support of theConfederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, British Retail Consortium and Federation of SmallBusinesses is such good news.”
Nick Clegg on a visit to Newcastle in 2009 to look at training opportunities provided by the City Council,then in Lib Dem control. In government, the Lib Dems have created the Youth Contract which will helphundreds of thousands of young people to get work experience, training and into jobs.
Sir Alan Beith MP - pleased with Youth Contract

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