THE Newcastle Lib-Dem Party has ‘’betrayed’’ North East Printing firms. The shock claim follows a probe from Labour candidate and councillor Stephen Lambert into firms used by Newcastle’s major political parties during the local election campaign.
According to the probe conducted by the Kenton Labour Councillor, up for re-election, the City Lib-Dems have used printing companies outside the region. Lib-Dem candidate for Kenton Robert Austin used a firm based in Rotherham called Instantprint, Manvers, Rotherham whilst nearby Lib-Dem Gosforth candidate Phil Hall used a printing firm called Election Workshop, based in Manchester. Parklands Candidate also used the Manchester Printing company.
It is believed that Lib-Dem Election Agent Tom Woodwark arranged for the printing of thousands of election leaflets outside the region.
In contrast, the Newcastle Conservative Party used a printing firm called Northern Print Solutions based in Gateshead.
Newcastle Labour used a Tyneside based firm called Field Print in Boldon, Gateshead whilst Kenton Labour used Dunston firm, PennyPrint.
Councillor Stephen Lambert, Labour Candidate for Kenton said:
‘’ North East Small businesses, like Printing firms, have been hard hit during the pandemic. That’s why all parties fighting the local elections across the city and elsewhere in our region must make use of North East printing companies. Both Labour and the Tories have done this, but I’m mystified as to why the city Lib-Dems have used Printing business over 150 miles away in Rotherham and Manchester. What’s wrong with Geordie Printers?’’
‘’North East Printers have been betrayed and let down by the Lib-Dems’’, he added.
‘’Councils across the region and the North of Tyne Combined Authority believe that small businesses are an integral part of the regional economy and will play a key role in the Post-Covid and Post-Brexit economic recovery,’’ he said.