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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 and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool
    Article: Jul 20, 2014

    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.

  • Ayoub Khan
    Article: Jul 19, 2014
    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.
  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    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.

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

    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."

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

    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.

  • Rubbish -£35
    Article: May 17, 2014

    Liberal Democrat candidates in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield have called on Birmingham City Council to pay back all or part of the £35 paid by residents who have joined the discredited green waste collection scheme. The call comes after reports that the council is planning secret collections of uncollected waste which has been left in the streets and on grass verges by residents in protest against the so-called 'garden tax.' The claims have been made by the union representatives for the refuse collectors who say the Labour council has told them to clear the streets of all abandoned green waste before the local elections next Thursday - whether or not residents have paid the fee.

  • Rubbish -£35
    Article: May 10, 2014

    Birmingham Council plans to charge residents £35 a year to remove green garden waste is a flop. Official figures show only a handful of residents have signed up. Now Labour "big wigs" are worried residents will hide garden rubbish in with household refuse and are threatening to "take action" again anyone who does.

  • Ann
    Article: May 8, 2014

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat campaigner and candidate in Tyburn Ward, has welcomed the promise made in the Lib Dem manifesto for the Council elections on May 22 to allow the Erdington District Committee, the body which makes important local decisions about Council services, budgets and cuts in Erdington, to meet again in Erdington rather than at the Council House in central Birmingham.

  • This pile of dumped rubbish was left by the Tory council for weeks before taking it away!
    Article: May 6, 2014

    Research by Ann Holtom and the Tyburn Liberal Democrat team has supported residents' claims that our streets have got dirtier over the last two years. Due to the Labour council's year on year slashing of street cleaning budgets the levels of litter and fly tipping has soared. Add Labour's shambolic "garden tax" to the mix and our streets are now regularly an eyesore.

  • Bomb
    Article: May 5, 2014

    Hard-pressed Birmingham residents should be paying £300 extra a year on their Council Tax, according to a statement by Labour's deputy leader.

    Leading Liberal Democrats hit out at the statement as "utterly irresponsible" at a time when families are struggling with their own finances. The shocking statement came after Labour rejected more than £3 million offered by the Coalition government to stop council tax from being increased.