2019 Local Election Campaign Launched
The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has this week launched its campaign for the city council elections on 2 May.
The independent campaigning organisation will be contesting more than a quarter of council seats up for election across 7 wards in the West of the city.
If elected, the Newcastle First candidates will focus on the issues that residents are concerned about including:
- Getting the basics right such as tackling potholes and improving bin collections;
- Work with police and council to tackle the crime and anti social behaviour that blights many residents’ lives;
- Opposing the proposed charge for coming into Newcastle and argue for transport infrastructure, like extending the Metro, that supports clean air;
- Backing residents in their fight against the Dewley Hill open cast mine;
- Making sure we have sustainable local infrastructure to deal with developments in the Outer West of the city.
Party Leader Jason Smith, who is standing in Benwell & Scotswood Ward, said: “We have built a team of local community candidates standing to put their ward first and be a voice for their community in the council chamber rather than the council’s representative in the ward. They are answerable to local people and not party bosses in London.
“Many of the Labour, Lib Dem and Tory candidates have chosen to keep their address secret but every one of our candidates will stand as they intend to work, open to the local community.
“Our city is crying out for change and a new kind of community based councillors and 2019 is an opportunity to make this happen.”
At the last election, Newcastle First local community candidates are the main challengers to Labour in Denton & Westerhope Ward - 162 behind the winning Labour candidate - and Lemington Ward.
Newcastle First candidates are as follows:
- Arthur’s Hill – Adam Mitchell
- Benwell & Scotswood – Jason Smith
- Callerton & Throckley – Ian Donaldson
- Denton & Westerhope – Tracey Mitchell
- Lemington – John Gordon
- West Fenham – Sarah Armstrong
- Wingrove – Joseph Eldridge