Activist network of workers, students, retired and claimants in and around Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The network was launched out of the bottom up protests of the students, which others were keen to support and now campaigns against cuts.

We meet every fortnight at organise specifically to oppose cuts to services, jobs and communities.

We aim to coordinate with other local campaigns including campaigns to save Libraries; Youth services; Play services; Pools & Leisure centres; City Hall; Sure Start services etc.

Monday 31 December 2012

Lobby your councillor in January against the cuts

If you live or work or study in Newcastle upon Tyne then you should make sure you lobby your councillor in January to oppose the cuts.

More information on the cuts can be found on this blog (scroll down)

But to find out which local ward you live, study or work in click here and simply fill in your postcode and it will take you to the ward information page

THey dont always make it easy so if it doesnt list your January ward committee and local ward surgeries here, then click here and type in your ward. Then select on any of the three councillors and it will tell you when there surgeries are.

(PS if you have councillors of different parties i.e. two lib dem and one labour) then they might have surgeries at different times. In which case you can go to both or either!

Some tips:
- go with other people (a protest, larger lobby will have more impact, you can let press know why you are there as well)
- if a local service is closing, pool, library, play centre. Contact other users or workers and let them know you are going and invite them to come too.
- get some facts (from this blog) or by talking to others users. i.e. whats closing in your ward, will the consultation period mean that they will consider not closing the service etc. 
- don't forget you can lobby about all services not just those in your ward. Most wards will be affected, libraries, youth, play, sure start, social care, street cleaning, environment etc. will effect every ward, but you also use services in the ward next door, in the city centre, across the city. If day centre you use is closing and its across the city still talk about this.
- think about what your asking them to do? Vote against cuts; not carry out the coalition governments cuts; link up with local residents / campaigners to oppose the budget; link up with councillors nationwide who are willing to make a stand; set a needs budget.

We'll post more this week on:
- needs budgets
- summary of the cuts
- strategies to defend local services (occupations; demonstrations; marches; pickets; read-ins etc)

Also why not let us know if you plan to lobby / protest and we will try and link up people in the same ward. Either email: or leave a comment here or contact us via facebook 


  1. Benwell & Scotswood - surgeries

    Sat 12 January Denton Burn Library, West Road 10.00am – 11.00am
    Sat 19 January West End Customer Service Centre, Condercum Road 10.00am – 11.00am
    Sat 26 January: Ferguson’s Lane Community Association, Broadmead Way 10.00am – 11.00am

    Cllr Sir Jeremy Beecham, DCL, DL or Lord Beecham
    Address 39 The Drive Phone: 0191 285 1888 Term Expire 01/05/2014
    Gosforth Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE3 4AJ E-mail:

    Cllr Rob Higgins
    Address 11 Highwood Road Phone: 0191 274 7623 Term Expire 05/05/2016
    Denton Burn Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE15 7UR E-mail:

    Cllr Hazel Stephenson
    Address 36 Thorntree Drive Phone: 0191 274 1159 Term Expire 07/05/2015
    Denton Burn Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE15 7AR E-mail:

  2. Blakelaw- surgeries

    Sat 5 Jan: Fenham Library, Fenham Hall Drive 10.45am – 11.45am
    Thurs 17 Jan: Blakelaw Neighbourhood Centre 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Sat 26 Jan: St James’ and St Basil’s Church Hall 10.00am – 11.00am

    Cllr Sue Pearson
    Address 31 Great North Road Phone: 0191 236 2274 Term Expire 07/05/2015
    Brunton Park Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE3 5LX E-mail:

    Cllr Phil Risk
    Address 7 Earl’s Drive Phone: 0191 660 8358 Term Expire 01/05/2014
    Newcastle upon Tyne Business: Political Party Labour
    NE15 7AJ Mobile:

    Cllr David Stockdale
    Address: 1 St Buryan Crescent Phone: 0191 271 5163 Term Expire 05/05/2016
    Cheviot View Estate Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE5 3XF E-mail:

    Byker - surgeries

    Sat 5 Jan: Byker Community Centre, Headlam Street, Byker 10.30am – 11.30am
    Sat 5 Jan: St Martin’s Church Hall, Roman Avenue 9.30am – 10.30am
    Sat 12 Jan: Allendale Community Centre, Allendale Road, Byker 10.00am – 11.00am
    Sat 12 Jan: The Chevron, Gordon Road 11.00am – 11.30am
    Thurs 31 Jan The Willows Club, Scrogg Road 6.00pm – 7.00pm

    Cllr George Allison
    Address 113 Allendale Road Phone: 0191 265 8995 Term Expire 05/05/2016
    Byker Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE6 2SY E-mail:

    Cllr Veronica Dunn
    Address 18 Merchants Wharf Phone: 0191 276 1358 Term Expire 07/05/2015
    St Peter’s Basin Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile:
    NE6 1TR E-mail:

    Cllr Nick Kemp
    Address 10 Sefton Avenue Phone: 0191 240 3068 Term Expire 01/05/2014
    Heaton Business: Political Party Labour
    Newcastle upon Tyne Mobile: 0777 621 3186
    NE6 5QR E-mail: