Lib Dems choose parliamentary candidate for North Tyneside

Greg Stone
Greg Stone

North Tyneside Liberal Democrats have selected Greg Stone to stand as the party’s candidate in the General Election.

Greg, 42, has been a Newcastle councillor since 1998. 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 chairman 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, and at the Sedgefield by-election in 2007.

He 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 per cent of voters in North Tyneside who voted Remain at the referendum to support me as their only choice on June 8.”

“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 per cent of voters in North Tyneside who voted Remain at the referendum to support me as their only choice on June 8.

“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.”