North Tyneside mayoral candidate Dr John Appleby to stand for the Lib Dems as candidate for Tynemouth at the General Election
North Tyneside Liberal Democrats have announced academic Dr John Appleby as their candidate for the Tynemouth constituency at the General Election. Dr Appleby is also the party's candidate for the North Tyneside mayoral election.John lives in Whitley Bay, and has lived in the North-East for over thirty years. He is the Head of Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University, responsible for balancing teaching and research, and the interests of over 1000 students and staff. He has been a councillor for a disadvantaged area of Newcastle, a school governor, trustee of several charities, union branch president, and a member of regional and national church committees. His interests include reading, hill-walking and folk music.
"Politically I’m a pragmatist, aiming to balance well-being and concern for the vulnerable with the need to run things efficiently in everybody’s interests. I always aim to find ‘constructive consensus’ – ways to move forward that everyone can buy into. Overall, my priorities are the environment, and increasing cooperation within the UK, with Europe, and the wider world through dialogue, education and trade.
As a professional in Higher Education, I see the value of our international students (who should not be regarded as migrants) and the vital importance of our science and research sectors. Right now, we need to get the best deal with Europe in everyone’s interests, with a final decision taken by the British people. A bad deal with Europe will leave everyone worse off, and with worse prospects for human and animal welfare, nuclear safety and the environment."