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  • Sutton Coldfield town sign

    The Liberal Democrats have consistently supported the idea for a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield. We supported the Referendum Group in gathering the 10,000 signatures for the petition to Birmingham Council which kicked off this process and very soon now residents will be getting their ballot papers in the post. They have to be returned by Thursday 16 July and we hope everyone will vote "Yes".

    Article / Jun 19, 2015
  • Farron and Lamb

    Liberal Democrat leadership rivals Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are the star attraction at the party's local government conference at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester next Saturday.

    On Saturday 20 June you have a chance to find out what the leadership contenders think about local government at the Liberal Democrat Local Government Conference jointly hosted by the Assocation of Liberal Democrat Councillors and the Local Government Association Dems.

    Article / Jun 13, 2015
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    Sutton Coldfield town signAfter all the campaigning, the petitions and the consultation we are finally at the point where the residents of Sutton Coldfield are to be asked if they want their own Town Council. Ballot papers will be sent in the post to every elector in the town at the end of June, to be returned by 16 July.

    The Liberal Democrats favour the idea of devolution and have supported the proposals for a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield, a commitment to it appearing in our manifesto for the City Council elections in the past two years.

    We need this now, perhaps more than ever, given the huge combined local authority of Birmingham, Black Country and Coventry councils being created. Local decisions need to be taken locally not ever more remotely in huge bureaucratic entities.

    No more being 'short-changed' in getting our fair share of the resources of Birmingham City Council; more influence over the way existing resources are spent and the priorities of local services; more efficient and cost-effective services designed with the local infrastructure and local needs more firmly in mind; and a stop to the way in which Sutton's distinctive local identity has been eroded and the latent potential for active civic engagement amongst residents not being fully exploited.

    These are just a few of the excellent reasons we need our own Council. You can read more about this,how much it will cost and what the differences from the present arrangements will be in the Town Council group leaflet "Sutton Coldfield Says Yes".

    Document / May 28, 2015
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has strongly welcomed the decision of Birmingham City Council planners to refuse permission for the East Birmingham Network to build a new school on the old Saab garage site facing Eachelhurst Road. The council said the development would be out of character with the area and did not represent sustainable development.

    Article / May 19, 2015
  • Join_us

    After another fascinating parliamentary campaign in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield and in Ann's local fight in Tyburn Ward, both Ann Holtom and Richard Brighton-Knight would like to pass on their sincere thanks to all of those who supported the Liberal Democrats in the recent elections.

    Ann and Richard acknowledge that, on both a local and national scale, these have been a difficult set of results for our party. However, it's their belief that times of trouble can be somehow reinvigorating. The Liberal Democrats believe in campaigning for and with people in their communities all year round, not just at election time. The local party remains as committed as ever to ensuring that the spirit of opportunity and fairness for all does not go ignored in our area and we will continue to focus on the issues which matter most to local people.

    Article / May 15, 2015
  • Kingsway Extra Care Housing, Blackburn

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat general election candidate for Birmingham Erdington has strongly welcomed the launch of the Lib Dems 'Rent to Own' policy. The plans help first-time buyers build up a share in their home through renting. Young people will be able to buy their own home without a deposit to help them onto the housing ladder under radical Lib Dem manifesto plans. This revolutionary scheme is a huge shift in housing policy and will give those caught in 'generation rent' a chance at home ownership.

    Article / Mar 21, 2015
  • Ann

    Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats have selected their candidates for the general election on 7 May. They are Ann Holtom who will stand in the Erdington seat and Richard Brighton-Knight for the constituency of Sutton Coldfield.

    Ann Holtom was born and brought up in Erdington. She has campaigned and fought to improve the area all her political life and was a local councillor here for ten years. As well as being the Lib Dems parliamentary candidate in 2010. Ann believes that Labour Council and the local Labour MP have failed Birmingham. Under the Lib Dems, Birmingham was a well-run, three-star city. Now the independent Kerslake report has exposed how far Labour has brought the city down. As she takes on sitting MP Jack Dromey Ann says: "This time Birmingham deserves better."

    Article / Mar 20, 2015
  • Ann and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has said 'thank you' to all the Tyburn Ward residents and users of Castle Pool who supported the fight to save the swimming pool from the threat of closure. Ann has welcomed the news that the pool will stay open thanks to the decision by the Boldmere and Kingsbury Swimming Clubs, together with the Pool User Group, to form a not-for-profit community charity which will now run the pool. The announcement about this, first made last year, has recently been formally confirmed by Birmingham Council.

    Article / Jan 31, 2015
  • school sign

    Tyburn Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has made representations to the head of planning at Birmingham City Council calling for the building of a new school on the old Saab garage site on Eachelhurst Road to be rejected.

    Ann has pointed out that the planners have not taken into account the findings of the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons which call for a ban on siting schools and other public services like hospitals and care homes near busy main roads or other air pollution blackspots.

    Article / Jan 6, 2015
  • Xmas

    Ann and Trevor Holtom wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Led by our Parliamentary spokesperson for Birmingham-Erdington, Ann Holtom and local party Chair, Graham Lippiatt, everyone at Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats wishes all visitors to our website a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

    Article / Dec 23, 2014