THE Liberal Democrat group on Newcastle City Council has chosen Anita Lower to succeed David Faulkner as its leader. Councillor Lower is the first woman to lead the group. She has been a councillor for nearly 20 years and served on the executive for six years. The changeover will formally take place on Wednesday, May 22.

FAMILY HELP: Durham County Council is reminding parents that breast feeding workshops, baby cafes and support groups are being run at children’s centres across County Durham. For more information, call One Point on 03000-26-11-11.