Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May.
Thousands of you all across Newcastle supported Labour in the recent elections. Labour made gains on the City Council, winning the seats of Ouseburn and North Jesmond from the Lib Dems. Our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was also re-elected.
Labour works all year round across the whole city, not just at election time. Over the past year we have spoken to thousands of residents, asking your views and making sure we represent you effectively.
Time and again, you told Labour volunteer campaigners how betrayed you felt by the Lib Dems, who voted with the Tories to impose unfair cuts, the Bedroom Tax and a huge increase in student Tuition Fees.
This Tory Government isn’t interested in Newcastle. The Conservatives haven’t had a councillor elected here since 1992! Their unnecessary and damaging austerity programme of cuts continues to hit families in our city hard. Only Labour is a strong and effective voice for our city, standing up for our communities and holding the Government to account for the decisions they have made.
Through these tough times, we aim to protect those in our communities who are likely to be severely affected by these cuts, and will continue to invest in making Newcastle a great place to live and work. This includes building new houses, installing new cycle routes, protecting our parks and green spaces, upgrading roads and pavements, installing super-fast broadband and making our city centre more welcoming and attractive.
Council Leader Nick Forbes said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who showed their support for Labour in these elections. Unlike the other parties, we don’t take your vote for granted.
“Our hardworking teams of Labour councillors and volunteers are active across the city all year round. We also send regular newsletters updating you on our work and campaigning in the city.
“We will continue to listen to your ideas for improving council services and work with you to make things better in Newcastle. If you’ve got a problem or suggestion to make, please get in touch with the local Labour team in your area and we’ll do what we can to help.”