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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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  • Ann

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Ann Holtom is calling on the government to make clear that free school meals for infants will not be axed as part of further austerity measures. Free school meals for infants were introduced under the Coalition government in September last year. Announcing the scheme the then Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: "Teaching healthy habits young, and boosting attainment early, will bring the biggest benefits. Universal free schoolmeals will help give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and fairer society."

    Article / Nov 4, 2015
  • tim farron

    Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats and Baroness Sal Brinton, the party president, will top the bill at the West Midlands regional AGM. Sal Brinton will address the meeting in the morning session and Tim Farron will be rounding off the day with his first speech as party leader in our region. New members don't have to pay to attend this event if it is their first Lib Dem conference but you will need to register.

    Article / Oct 16, 2015
  • CV Train

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the publication of the Movement for Growth strategic transport plan for the West Midlands, designed to use transport improvements to promote economic expansion. The plans which would transform public transport across Birmingham include proposals for new suburban rail lines and stations for Castle Vale and Castle Bromwich for which Ann has been campaigning.

    Article / Sep 21, 2015
  • Sutton Town Hall

    Local Liberal Democrats in Sutton Coldfield have criticised Birmingham City Council for what they are calling a snub to the hard work and initiative of the people who have fought for and won the campaign for a Town Council.

    The steering group set up by Birmingham to establish the new council will have just three places for the Referendum Group, the local organisation which initiated the campaign for a Sutton Town Council, collected the 10,000 signature petition which forced Birmingham to hold a vote and won the ballot decisively. According to guidelines issued by the National Association of Local Councils, the group which is at the forefront of the campaign is presumed to have the leading role in setting up the new council. But Birmingham Council has allocated eight places on the steering group to sitting councillors from Sutton Coldfield wards, seven of whom are likely to be Conservatives and only three to the Referendum Group. Other places will be taken by another Birmingham councillor, Sutton Business Improvement District and the Sutton Charitable Trust.

    Article / Sep 20, 2015
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Ahead of debates on climate change, air quality and health at the Liberal Democrat conference next month, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is calling on the government not to abandon the Coalition's commitment to the green agenda now the Tories don't have Lib Dems ministers on their case any longer.

    Article / Aug 3, 2015
  • Cllr Sue Roodhouse (L) and Terry White (R)

    Terry White, who stood for the Green Party in Rugby at the general election, has joined the Liberal Democrats. White has also stepped down from his role as co-ordinator of Rugby Green Party as well as from the role of chair of the under 30's branch of the midlands region of the party. In a statement Mr White, a former member of the Lib Dems, said he had rejoined the party because he was confident in the fight back of the party following the election of Tim Farron as leader.

    Article / Aug 1, 2015
  • Sutton Coldfield town sign

    The result of the ballot on whether or not to set up a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield has been declared and it's a resounding "Yes". On a good turnout for a local government election, at just under 40%, the vote was 29,851 for the proposal and 8,980 against. This works out at about 70%-30% and there can be no doubt in the minds of Birmingham City councillors that they should approve the decision at their September legal meeting and then move quickly to set up the new body to serve the interests of the residents of the Royal Town. For anyone to vote against it against the background of this ballot would surely now be unthinkable.

    Article / Jul 17, 2015
  • Farron and Lamb

    Next Thursday, the Liberal Democrats will have a new leader. Under the leadership of either Tim or Norman our party will start a new era, continuing our fightback and rebuilding our party.

    You may have already heard from party president Sal Brinton but the party is going to do the announcement slightly differently. Both of the leadership candidates want to make sure that members are at the centre of the day, so rather than doing the usual press conference to announce the result, we'll be announcing the winner on social media late afternoon. The new leader's first public appearance will then be at a members rally starting at 6pm that evening in central London.

    Article / Jul 9, 2015
  • vote 16 logo

    Erdington Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is giving her backing to the national call for sixteen year olds to have the vote in the referendum on EU membership which David Cameron has promised will be held next year.

    Ann said "Sixteen year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote. I am disappointed to see that that the Government has not included any proposal to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote the EU Referendum Bill before Parliament. This Bill paves the way for the crucial vote on this country's membership of the European Union and this represents a huge missed opportunity. The Coalition government was willing to allow sixteen year olds the vote in the referendum on Scottish independence last year, so why are the Tories holding back on letting English, Welsh and Northern Irish 16 year olds take part in this vital election?

    Article / Jul 6, 2015
  • 701.3 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    This is the front page of our latest Royal Sutton Coldfield Focus newsletter. We are putting it out across as much of the Royal Town as we can in time for the final day to return postal votes in the consultative ballot taking place now. We urge a "Yes" vote but more importanly if you haven't sent in your ballot please do so, however you wish to vote, as a good turnout will be taken into account by Birmingham Council in deciding what to do next.

    Document / Jul 3, 2015