Greg Stone to be Lib Dem candidate for North Tyneside at GE


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Greg Stone chosen to contest North Tyneside at GE on June 8th
 
North Tyneside Liberal Democrats have selected Greg Stone to stand as the party’s candidate in the General Election.
Greg is 42 and has been a Newcastle councillor since 1998. He lives near to Benfield Road, yards from the Newcastle / North Tyneside boundary. He has a career background in economic development and regeneration and helped to secure millions of pounds of investment in the North East when working as a university funding manager. He is deputy chair of the North East Liberal Democrats regional party and Opposition spokesman on transport on Newcastle City Council. He previously stood for Parliament in Newcastle Central in 2005 where he took 33% of the vote, and at the Sedgefield by-election in 2007.
Greg said: “I am delighted to have been asked to stand by North Tyneside Lib Dems at this election, which is of immense importance for the future direction of our region and our country. As a senior member of the North East for Europe campaign I will be supporting a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, and I encourage the 46% of voters in North Tyneside who voted Remain at the referendum to support me as their only choice on June 8th.
Voters across the constituency from Seaton Burn to Wallsend and North Shields are not being well served by a complacent  Labour MP. I have a record of serving communities on both sides of the Coast Road as an effective local councillor for the past 19 years. I look forward to challenging the incumbent MP and speaking up on constituency issues including the pressure on local NHS hospitals at North Tyneside and Cramlington, greater focus on social care and mental health provision, fair funding for our schools, the need for more brownfield housing development rather than more greenfield sprawl, and the need to ensure North Tyneside voters have a reliable Metro service as the ageing system awaits reinvigoration
As a senior member of the North East for Europe campaign I will be supporting a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, and I encourage the 46% of voters in North Tyneside who voted Remain at the referendum to support me as their only choice on June 8th. But this election is bigger than Brexit. It offers voters a chance to change the direction of our country and to turn away from a bleak Tory vision of cuts and slashing of local services. It is very clear that Labour are incapable of winning this election. The country badly needs a real Opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit government, and Jeremy Corbyn and Labour cannot provide that. The Liberal Democrats will be fighting this election to become the real Opposition on a platform that targets the centre ground of British politics that has been vacated by Conservatives and Labour."

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