Wendy Taylor came to Newcastle to study medicine and never left! She works at Freeman Hospital as a Consultant treating patients with breast cancer. Wendy is married with two children, who both attended local schools and she is a Governor of Cragside Primary and Heaton Manor schools.
Wendy has been a member of the Liberals/Liberal Democrats since she was 16 and has been a Newcastle City Councillor for 29 years. Wendy was the candidate for Newcastle East in 2010, achieving an impressive second place, and was also the candidate in 2015. In 2015 Wendy was extremely proud to receive an MBE for public and political service.
Wendy is Deputy Leader of the Opposition on Newcastle City Council and the Chair of Health Scrutiny. As Executive Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport from 2004-2011, she helped to dramatically increase recycling, introduced a Car Club and sustainable transport plans, pushed for renewable energy in new school buildings, introduced 20mph speed limits on all residential streets and invested in roads and pavements. Newcastle was named as the most sustainable city in the UK two years running.
As the daughter of a refugee from Nazi Germany, Wendy strongly believes that the EU has helped keep peace in Europe and has fostered co-operation in trade, tackling crime and climate change and protecting human rights. Wendy campaigned for the Remain campaign and will campaign for a second referendum once the Brexit negotiations are complete, so that everyone can make a decision based on the final deal. She will also campaign for a cross party convention for the NHS and social care to ensure a sustainable future for these vital public services, reversing the Conservative’s cuts to renewable energy and tackling Climate change, protecting funding for schools, reversing damaging cuts to local Councils and protecting the triple lock on pensions.