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  • Birmingham Library

    Erdington Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson, Ann Holtom, is calling on local residents to join her campaign to save libraries used by local people from further cuts or full closure by Birmingham City Council.Commenting on the news that the award winning Library of Birmingham, which was opened by Nobel Peace Winner Malala Yousafzai, is to have its opening hours slashed from 73 to just 40 per week with the loss of about 100 jobs, Ann Holtom said: "This vicious attack on learning by the inept city council is just the beginning. The Labour run council has already announced that further library services will be cut and this is likely to mean reduced opening hours or resources in local libraries in Erdington, perhaps even the full closure of one or more of our libraries altogether."

    Article / Dec 18, 2014
  • Green Liberal Democrats Leaf logo

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Birmingham Erdington, has welcomed the publication by Ed Davey MP, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, of the Green Focus newsletter. The Focus sets out what Liberal Democrats have achieved in government in promoting the Green agenda and looks forward to further progress on key environmental issues.

    Article / Dec 14, 2014
  • Ann

    Tyburn Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has told residents that a new report from MPs may help their case in opposing the building a new school on the old Saab garage site on Eachelhurst Road.

    The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons calls for a ban on building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots to help cut thousands of deaths connected to the "invisible killer" of traffic fumes. The MPs also say that more than 1,000 existing schools must also be fitted with air filtration systems in classrooms to protect pupils from car exhaust fumes.

    Article / Dec 9, 2014
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that Birmingham is to get a share of £114 million to support the Cycling Ambition Cities programme. This is part of a £214 million boost to cycling, the largest ever single investment in the activity. The package includes £100 million over the next few years to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside and crossing Britain's most important and busiest roads, a much needed boost to road safety conditions across the country.

    Article / Dec 2, 2014
  • CV Train

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the publication of the Birmingham Connected white paper which contains proposals for improving transport across the city and includes the re-opening and upgrading of rail routes via Castle Vale and The Fort. The plans also support new housing and employment in the areas served by these routes.

    Article / Nov 19, 2014
  • Ann and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool

    Despite the assurances of local Labour councillors that Birmingham Council would keep Castle Pool on Castle Vale in public hands, it has now been announced that this popular local swimming baths will only stay open after September 2014 through a community asset transfer. The pool will be run by a Users' Group representing a number of different local community organisations.

    Article / Jul 20, 2014
  • Ayoub Khan
    Ayoub Khan, a Birmingham barrister, has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election. Khan, (41), of Aston, Birmingham offered his condolences to the family of Bob Jones who died unexpectedly on 1 July, and promised to press for the rights of citizens in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton in the run up to the by-election, which takes place on 21 August. He also urged voters to make their voices heard, after the West Midlands recorded a second-from-worst turnout of just 12% at the original 2012 election.
    Article / Jul 19, 2014
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Local campaigner Ann Holtom has strongly welcomed the announcement by Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, that the party is now committed to a substantial reform of the spare room subsidy, the so-called bedroom tax. In October last year Ann took her fight to the West Midlands regional conference and won support of delegates for the abolition of bedroom tax as official Lib Dem policy by the time of the next general election.

    Article / Jul 18, 2014
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats, led by local party chair Ann Holtom, wish to thank all our supporters and voters across the eight wards in our area. Ann said: "It is a privilege for all the candidates to represent the party and give voters the opportunity to support the Lib Dems. On behalf of my colleagues I wish to thank everyone who helped in these elections and everyone who voted for me in Tyburn and for the Liberal Democrats in other wards. In other parts of Birmingham it is pleasing to note that the Lib Dems defended more seats successfully than at any time since 2010 and that all four seats in the Yardley consitituency of John Hemming MP were retained."

    Article / May 23, 2014
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Ann Holtom, who has been chosen to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Tyburn Ward on Thursday, was born and brought up in Tyburn. She has a proven record of 12 years service to the area, including ten as a councillor, fighting for local causes and supporting local residents. Ann is the only candidate in the local elections on 22 May who actually lives in Tyburn Ward, despite what you may have read in the local newspaper the Tyburn Mail. The Tyburn Mail mistakenly reported that Labour candidate Lynda Clinton lives in the ward. She does not. She lives at 230 Holly Lane, Birmingham, B24 9LD which is in Erdington Ward.

    Article / May 18, 2014