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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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  • Thank You Diamond
    Article: May 10, 2016

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrat candidates in last Thursday's city and parish council elections, our lead campaigners, Ann Holtom in Tyburn Ward and Jenny Wilkinson in Sutton Trinity, wish to say a big "thank you" to all the people who chose to cast their votes for the Lib Dems. These remain challenging times for the Liberal Democrats but nationally the local elections of 2016 showed that the Lib Dem fightback is still on course.

  • Ann & Trev
    Article: May 3, 2016

    The Conservative candidate in Tyburn Ward used a paid-for advertisement in the Tyburn Mail to launch an attack on Ann Holtom. Clifton Welch accused Ann of not giving 100% to Tyburn Ward residents and for being "a part time candidate". He has also now featured the same attack in a special election leaflet. The attack has prompted angry responses from local residents who have been contacting Ann to say they remember how hard Ann worked as a local councillor for ten years and how she remains committed to being a strong voice for Tyburn Ward against the out of touch and incompetent Labour council and Clifton's own Tory government which has done so much damage to our area with unfair cut after unfair cut

  • CV Train
    Article: May 2, 2016

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat candidate for Tyburn Ward in the local elections on 5 May, has slammed the Birmingham Labour party for ignoring residents on a range of vital transport issues. Ann has been campaigning to re-open a railway station on Castle Vale and at the Fort to improve links into Birmingham city centre. She has also taken up residents' complaints over increased aircraft noise and local road improvement schemes. The Lib Dems have also been campaigning to make the M6 toll free against the background of the recent closures of the M6 in the area.

  • Document: Apr 28, 2016
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    The Liberal Democrats have published ther manifesto for this year's local elections.

    In it we have set out three priorities for the council. We believe they are priorities for the public also - that our city should have clean streets and pleasant neighbourhoods and that we should do our bit to tackle global warming by achieving a significant improvement in recycling.

    .By down-grading these issues, the Labour leadership of the council has allowed poor decisions to be made and ruined neighbourhoods through petty cuts. Flytipping is rife and other kinds of anti-social behaviour - of many varieties - are on the increase.

    However difficult the times, we should all be able to have pride in our city. Litter strewn streets and dumping on every corner strips our city of its pride.

    In some areas, such as tackling some kinds of antisocial behaviour, small investments could make big differences.

    Our priorities are:

    TACKLING FLY-TIPPING AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

    IMPROVING RECYCLING

    BUILDING STRONG NEIGHBOURHOODS

    Commenting on the Lib Dem fightback in Birmingham, Tim Farron MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has said:

    "I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham are taking the lead in challenging the city's poor recycling rates and worsening environment.

    "Our councillors work in communities helping to make them strong and I hope that Birmingham will elect more of them."

  • Jenny
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    The final plan to re-draw Birmingham's ward boundaries, including all those in Sutton Coldfield, has been put on hold by the Boundary Commission as they enter a further round of consultation with local people. Commenting on their decision, Jenny Wilkinson, Sutton Liberal Democrats lead candidate in the city and parish elections said:

  • Travellers
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has criticised local Labour councillors for their failure to act after a group of travellers camped unlawfully on Pype Hayes Park.

    Ann said: "This is not the first time travellers have set up camp on Pype Hayes Park . Again they have left a mess to be cleared up, worried residents and stopped people enjoying their local green space. Yet only now, after they have been moved on, does our local Labour councillor Mike Sharpe, say he is entering into discussion with the council about how to prevent this happening again. He and his ineffective fellow Labour councillors in Tyburn Ward should have been doing something about this years ago. There are good examples of the kind of measures which could have been installed all across the city and as close as New Hall Valley Country Park. Action not words is what we need from Cllr Sharpe - but don't hold your breath. "

  • Hands off our Green Belt
    Article: Apr 22, 2016

    Liberal Democrat candidates in the city and parish council elections have joined local campaigners in condemning government plans to build 6,000 homes and business developments on green belt land backing on to Walmley. The loss of green land, on both sides of the A38, will amount to 175 acres.

    In a statement, lead candidate in Sutton Coldfield Jenny Wilkinson and parish candidate for New Hall ward where much of the development will take place, Ann Holtom said:

  • Rubbish -£35
    Article: Apr 17, 2016

    Lead candidates for the Liberal Democrats in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, Ann Holtom and Jenny Wilkinson, have strongly criticised Birmingham's Labour council over their record on recycling, garden waste disposal and the increase in fly-tipping. In a joint statement the candidates say:

    "Birmingham's record on recycling is appalling .Labour has withdrawn key services and then they wonder why recycling rates are falling and why the city has failed dismally to meet its target - as the Lib Dems predicted when these changes were introduced.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Apr 15, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigners are contesting all the Birmingham City Council seats in our area on 5 May. We are also fielding two candidates per ward in the first ever elections for the new Sutton Coldfield parish.

    While we believe that party competition is essential to a healthy democracy, we do feel that in the most local of elections, like those for a parish council, there should be room for people who aren't affiliated to a national political party, who are genuinely independent and can speak for the town without restraint. This is why we agreed with other parties (not regrettably the Tories who appear to want to grab all for themselves) to restrict ourselves to standing a maximum of two candidates in each parish ward. We would strongly urge Lib Dem voters to think seriously about awarding their other votes to the Independents for Sutton candidates. They represent the organisation which campaigned for the parish council and without them there would be no parish council at all.

  • Paul Tilsley
    Article: Feb 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has added her tribute to Councillor Paul Tilsley, following his announcement that he was standing down as leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Birmingham Council. Ann said:

    "Paul has been a tower of strength in Birmingham and Liberal politics for well over 40 years. Paul first got elected to the council in 1968 and led the Liberal Democrat group from 2005. When I had to make the hard decision to move over to the Liberal Democrats from Labour, Paul's sympathy and helpfulness, eased a difficult path. He led the council group through the partnership years with the Conservatives with character and compassion and did a great job as Deputy Leader of the Council. These qualities and the way the council performed under Paul's lead are in stark contrast with the shambles of the Labour administration which took over. It's the end of an era and we will miss Paul's authority and good judgment but in Cllr Jon Hunt the Lib Dem group have picked an excellent successor, a leader who is genuinely committed to improving the lives of those he represents in Perry Barr and all the residents of Birmingham."