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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Boddington
    Article: Mar 14, 2014

    Following the superb by-election win by Marion Bland and the Lichfield team in January, Shropshire Liberal Democrats have now recorded another gain from the Conservatives in a council by-election in Ludlow on 13 March. Increasing the Lib Dem share of the vote by nearly 12%, Andrew Boddington gained the seat in Ludlow North on Shropshire Unitary Authority with a majority of 197 votes. The Tories were second, an Independent third and Labour came bottom of the poll with just 7.4% of the poll.

  • Graham Watson MEP
    Article: Mar 4, 2014

    West Midlands Liberal Democrats are meeting for their spring summit at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge, Staffordshire on Saturday 15 March. Why not register for the day and enjoy good company, stimulating talks and political debate and learn about campaigning from the national and regional experts?

    The main guest contributors will be Sir Graham Watson MEP (pictured), former leader of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform parties at the European Parliament and Ryan Coetzee a former member of the South African Parliament and now senior poitical adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who will look forward to the 2015 general election. Sue Evans and Tom Morrison will also be there to give important training sessions on fund raising and campaigning.

  • Cllr Marion Bland
    Article: Jan 31, 2014

    Many congratulations to Cllr Marion Bland and her team in Lichfield for their win in Chadfield Ward, gaining a seat on the District Council from a Conservative who had failed to attend any council meetings for over six months. Marion has also represented Chadfield on Lichfield City Council since 2012 when she topped the poll in a by-election there.

  • christmas presents
    Article: Nov 28, 2013

    Would you be more likely to do your Christmas shopping using stores and services in local shopping centres like Erdington or Sutton Coldfield if you didn't have to pay for parking? Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats are calling on Birmingham Council to suspend car parking charges in the run-up to Christmas this year because they think it would encourage shoppers to use their local centres and would be a helpful boost for local businesses.

  • Clegg_head and shoulders
    Article: Nov 14, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is announcing a £4 million investment in the in Greater Birmingham and Solihull area from a pot of government cash given to England's major cities. The money will be invested over the next 3 years, with the aim of helping more than 25,000 young people into jobs that last.

  • Green Liberal Democrats Logo (square) (Green Libdems)
    Article: Nov 9, 2013

    In a recent review of environmental policy, local Lib Dem campaigner Ann Holtom told local people: "The Conservatives asked us to vote blue in order to go green. But now the Tories and Labour are writing off Green approaches as too expensive in hard times; a distraction from more pressing debates. Labour's promise to temporarily freeze energy bills sounds appealing but energy companies will be bound to hike up prices both before and after any freeze - adding to inflation - and the policy would also be a huge blow to our renewables sector, spooking investors and threatening billions of pounds worth of investment in green energy.

    "The Liberal Democrat view is simple: the Government made a commitment to the environment and we must stick with it. We carried through on the economic strategy and deficit reduction, despite calls to abandon it because it is right for the generations that will follow us. And in exactly the same way, for exactly the same reason, we must hold our nerve on the environment too.

    There is no doubt about the challenges presented by the changing political climate. The Liberal Democrats are now the only one of the three main parties which sees the environment as a priority".

  • kramer
    Article: Nov 2, 2013

    Two years ago, Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom urged local residents to have their say in connection with the proposed multi-million pound scheme to improve the main traffic route on the A452 Chester Road between Tyburn Road and junction five of the M6 - with major changes planned at busy Spitfire Island, Castle Vale. Now Liberal Democrat transport minister Susan Kramer has confirmed the proposals have been approved and the Coalition government is contributing £8.5 million pounds towards the cost.

  • Ann
    Article: Oct 23, 2013

    Local campaigner, Ann Holtom, is leading the opposition among Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands to the government's housing policy, the spare room subsidy, which is more usually known as the bedroom tax. In a speech to the West Midlands regional conference in Birmingham last week, Ann called on the government to go beyond the major review of the bedroom tax which Liberal Democrats forced on government ministers at their conference in September and to abolish the bedroom tax.

  • Nick Clegg and school dinners (Dave Radcliffe)
    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals also from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as education is a devolved issue, it will be up to those running schools there to decide whether to spend the money on free lunches.

  • Fort Parkway
    Article: Aug 2, 2013

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is calling on the West Midlands police to lead the fight to keep the A47, Fort Parkway free from speeding vehicles after residents' complaints about noise and safety have increased. In 2011, a court injunction was obtained after residents, the police and Birmingham Council (then jointly run by the Liberal Democrats) went to court to prevent the Fort Parkway being used as a night time and weekend race track. The injunction, made 'car cruising' illegal there and it runs until 22 September 2013. Ann Holtom is calling on the police to ensure that the injunction is enforced and, if necessary, to go back to court to get it extended.