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Conservatives plans for A1 and A69 tolls in Northumberland were blocked by Lib Dems in government
The Conservatives planned to charge motorists £120 a year to use the A1 through Northumberland, it has been revealed. The plan, which would have covered large swathes of the country's roads, was blocked by Liberal Democrats in government, led by the Transport Minister at the time, Norman Baker.
Lib Dem parliamentary candidates Gita Gordon and Stan Collins took a break from meeting people in their
constituencies South Shields and Jarrow to do a bit of essential
shopping in Pelaw.
They bought a trolley-full of groceries and still got 25p change from
the £15.86 per week which Lib Dems are now saving standard rate taxpayers.
Stan said, "Ordinary people would be much worse off if Lib Dems had not
been in government. We forced through lower tax for most taxpayers. A
tax cut which David Cameron said was impossible in the 2010 leaders'
"For pensioners, taxpayers, parents and children, Lib Dem policies have
been delivered which make a real improvement to their lives and life
chances. I'm in no mood to apologise for what we couldn't get done.
Give us more MPs and we'll make an even better difference to people's
Above: Dr Nick Cott on Gosforth High Street
NEWCASTLE CENTRAL LIB DEM CANDIDATE NICK COTT WELCOMES HIGH STREET PLANNING CHANGE AND U TURN OVER OFFICE CONVERSION
North East Liberal Democrats have expressed concern at the lack of action on the part of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird in response to a letter enquiring whether Ms Baird is willing to implement a review of Northumbria Police's policy of non-disclosure of Freemason membership on the part of its officers.
Flood Free Homes
Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor, Liberal Democrat candidate for Newcastle East is supporting the campaign for Flood Free Homes which was launched earlier this year . The campaign has been launched by the Association of British Insurers, supported by Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, the Property Care Association's Flood Protection Group and the BRE Centre for Resilience. The aim of the campaign is to raise the issue of long term flood defence investment and land and water management.