Newcastle First Welcomes New Member
A senior Conservative from Newcastle has today announced his decision to join Newcastle's only community based, independent political party.
Tim Gilks runs his own business and helps people to start their own small business through his company Admirals Choice. He is a committed Christian and plays an active role in the church. He is also a volunteer with the Fire & Emergency Support section of the Red Cross and an active member of local committees.
Tim was until recently the party's spokesman for Newcastle North constituency and stood for election in 2011 and 2012 in Fawdon and East Gosforth wards. It is likely that he will have a significant role to play with Newcastle First.
Tim Gilks (photographed with Ernie Shorton) said: "Like many people in Newcastle, I have lost confidence in Prime Minister David Cameron. David Cameron is not only considering privatising the Fire & Rescue Service, which could compromise public safety, but has now pushed through his controversial proposal to redefine marriage, which he stated he would not do, before the last election. For me, this was the final straw.
"I have been uncomfortable for some time over many of the Government's proposals to rebuild the economy on the backs of the poor. Families in Newcastle are facing savage council cuts and falling living standards while the Government can find billions of pounds for High Speed Rail which will give a significant competitive advantage to Manchester and Leeds.
"It's hardly any wonder that people believe the Conservative Party does not care about people living in Newcastle.
"I have joined an organisation that has demonstrated to me its commitment to putting people before politics and putting the North East first."
Welcoming Tim to Newcastle First, Ernie Shorton Party Secretary said: "I have known Tim since 2010 and I know he will be a real asset.
"Many people in Newcastle are concluding that Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives are failing our city. It is why a number of proud Geordies came together in 2011 to provide a real community based alternative to the parties that have failed Newcastle for too long.
"In the two years since we launched, we have built a strong foundation of support and are increasingly being seen as the main challenger to Labour in many parts of Newcastle. People of faith, community champions and people who are fed up of Newcastle being let down by the national parties are increasingly finding a home with Newcastle First."
Party Leader Jason Smith said: "Tim takes an active interest in the local community and should be regarded as an asset by any organisation he joins. That is why I am delighted that Tim has chosen to join Newcastle First."