Should We Spread Our Wings Beyond Newcastle?
The leader of the Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has today announced that he is consulting members on a plan to take the party beyond its traditional Newcastle City Council boundaries.
Residents in Northumberland and other parts of Tyneside have approached Newcastle First to take on the party political vested interests across a larger area.
Party leader Jason Smith said: “Fledgling parties around the country have asked us for support and advice as they develop their own brand of community based campaigning. By supporting the creation of local community based political parties, we have supported people to take control over their own communities.
“Here in Tyneside and Northumberland, people tell us they want a chance to take on the party politicians that have failed their area. While the development of a smaller devolution deal for Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside is welcome, the failure to progress the devolution deal in the North East is the latest failure of national parties putting their own interests and petty squabbles before the interests of the people they represent.
“A common complaint from people who live as far afield as Blyth, Hexham, Blaydon, Druridge Bay and Wallsend is that they wish they could vote for a Newcastle First candidate or stand for election as a local community candidate.
“I am asking members for their views about spreading our wings beyond the city ahead of a meeting of the Newcastle First Management Committee meeting next week.
“As a local party, we want to empower local residents and we have supported campaign groups beyond Newcastle but this proposal would mean that we would establish a committee to support local community candidates and independents in other parts of the North East.”