Replay: Newcastle Good City Conference meets to discuss future of the city

Politicians, academics and business leaders gathered to discuss the future of Newcastle, including thoughts, musings and analysis from Journal editor Brian Aitken

Tom White/PA Wire The Tyne Bridge and The Sage Gateshead
The Tyne Bridge and The Sage Gateshead

Follow live updates from the Newcastle - A Good City in Tough Times event at the Life Centre.

Journal editor Brian Aitken will be bringing you views and updates from the conference, plus we'll feature views from council leaders, academics and business-thinkers in the North East.

You can have your say by joining in on the hashtag #nclgoodcity on Twitter


High-profile delegates from the North East are at the Centre for Life to explore new opportunities to shape the city.

Entitled, Newcastle - A Good City in Tough Times, the event will involve almost 100 senior delegates from health, business, Government, education, arts and culture, faith and voluntary sectors.

The Journal’s editor Brian Aitken, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and Ruth Abrahams from Disability North are some of those attending.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, is one of the five keynote speakers.

You can tweet your views to #nclgoodcity and we might feature your opinions on Newcastle.


Nick Forbes tweeted ahead of the conference starting today:



The Bishop of Newcastle is opening the conference with his thoughts about the city:



Good question from Mark Robinson, food for thought:



Is the economic argument strong enough? Nick Forbes tweets about the economic strength of the North East as a whole:



If you're following the Newcastle - A Good City in Tough Times here or on Twitter, it's worth taking a look at our North East Twitterati - or #netwitterati

It's a collection of some of the most influential Twitter users in the North East as voted for by other Twitter users, many of whom we hope will be at the conference today sharing their views.

Well worth a browse to see who you should be following...


What do you think of Ed Cox's suggestion, would it work?

And growing skills and getting young people into skilled work is one of the pillars for ensuring the region grows, as Brian points out it needs skills:



Here's the view inside the Centre for Life, as Ed Cox gives his views on the city and the region:



Ed Cox has finished his keynote speech about the North East region and it's economy, here's what the attendees make of it:



There's a comment on our story today about a £64million package on the North East's roads/infrastructure which would make interesting reading for those at today's conference:

Peter Armstrong: "I live in London currently and am amazed at the lack of infrastructure investment in the North East. What is planned merely scratches the surface of the regions needs welcome though it is - a vote catcher I think. Where are the plans for the A1, where is the commitment for future spending beyond this gesture. The North East is being slowly strangled while money ,road, and housing -and real long term jobs - are ploughed into the south east. Not good enough Westminster- everyone should tell them so including the Journal ! As an exiled Geordie I will do the same."


Social inclusion is now the topic of discussion at Newcastle Good City:



The conference is hearing from Shona Alexander about social inclusion issues in the city, some startling statistics being mentioned:



Any takers?



It's conference, conference, conference, this morning. Our regional affairs reporter Adrian Pearson is over at an LEP conference in Durham. You can follow him on Twitter for updates.


The conference was still hearing from Shona Alexander when Brian Aitken tweeted:


Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, highlights good ideas coming out of the event:


Newcastle Diocese have tweeted this picture from the event:


Message from Brian:


And another:


Lunch time! Coverage will resume this afternoon.



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