Local Election Campaign Launched

Local Election Campaign Launched

The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has this week launched its campaign for the city council elections on 3 May.

The independent campaigning organisation will be contesting more than 10% of council seats up for election across 5 wards in the West of the city. In contrast to other political parties, Newcastle First will also be backing a number of independent candidates standing across the city.

Newcastle First candidates are:

  • Benwell & Scotswood – Adam Mitchell
  • Callerton & Throckley – William Jobes
  • Denton & Westerhope – Alan McKenna, Tracey Mitchell & Jason Smith
  • Lemington – John Gordon & Sarah Armstrong
  • West Fenham – Ian Fraser

The Newcastle First manifesto will focus on the issues residents are concerned about including:

  • Getting the basics right by tackling potholes, cleaning our city and improving bin collections;
  • Reintroducing school crossing patrols cut by Labour or, in locations where this is not possible, establish a zebra or pelican crossing at all sites in place of the school crossing patrol;
  • Tackling fuel poverty through the creation of a publicly owned energy company giving cheaper and more sustainable energy to local residents;
  • Building sustainable communities by improving our open spaces, improve public transport and make sure housing stock is sufficient to meet local demand;
  • Devolving power to local communities by creating 4 or 5 new Local Area Committees to make key decisions at a more local level.

Party Leader Jason Smith, who is standing in Denton & Westerhope 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.

“Our plan for the city is far more ambitious than the four things outlined by the Tories, and they haven’t had a councillor in the city for more than 20 years. Every one of our councillors will be far more accountable to local people than current Labour and Lib Dem councillors.”

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