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2012 Local Election: Campaign for Real Change in Newcastle is Launched
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2012 Local Election: Campaign for Real Change in Newcastle is Launched

The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has this week launched its campaign for the local elections.

Newcastle First will again put jobs, education, homes and reinvigorating democracy at the centre of its campaign for the local elections. The party’s aim is to win back the city from the politician councillors and will be fielding 13 candidates who share an ambition to reintroduce community politics to Newcastle.

At its annual general meeting and campaign launch, Party Leader Jason Smith said: “The politics in our city is broken. It is run by politician councillors representing old-fashioned parties who spend too much time squabbling over which of them has let down our city most. Not enough time is spent in the council chamber debating the issues that really matter to local people.

“It seems a very long time since a small number of independents agreed to work together under a single banner that became the Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party. Attracting candidates to stand in half of the 26 wards in the city is a massive achievement for a local party that is just over a year old.”

The party will field candidates in the eight wards it contested in 2011 and will also have candidates in Benwell & Scotswood, Castle, Fawdon, Parklands and Woolsington Wards. Seven candidates will stand for election in wards that elected a Liberal Democrat councillor in 2008 and six candidates will stand in Labour held wards.

Jason added: “Our baker’s dozen of candidates intend to slice through the election campaign to send a strong message to the council and councillors that it’s time to put Newcastle first. This election is an opportunity for voters in 13 wards to bring real and lasting change to our city.”

The full list of candidates are:

  • Benwell & Scotswood – Margaret McKenna
  • Byker – Angela McKenna
  • Castle – Malcolm Smith
  • Denton – Alan McKenna  
  • Elswick – Olga Shorton
  • Fawdon – Maureen Smith
  • Fenham – Ian Fraser
  • Lemington – Jason Smith
  • Newburn – John Gordon
  • Parklands – Lynne Gee
  • Walker – Wendy Thackray
  • Westerhope – Ernie Shorton
  • Woolsington – Marilyn Riseborough

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