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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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  • 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.

  • Sutton Coldfield town sign
    Article: May 4, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat candidates for the local elections in the Sutton wards on May 22 (Hugh Duffy, Four Oaks; Trevor Holtom, New Hall; Sally Lippiatt, Trinity and Lyn Williams, Vesey) have issued a statement supporting the campaign to devolve power to an elected Town Council for Sutton Coldfield and welcoming the decision by Birmingham Liberal Democrats to include a commitment in its manifesto to setting up a Sutton Town Council, subject to its approval by residents in a referendum.

  • Birmingham Library
    Article: May 1, 2014

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat candidate for Tyburn Ward in the forthcoming local elections has strongly welcomed the decision, taken as a result of a motion put to Birmingham Council by the Lib Dem Group, to give a universal library card to all children in the city under the age of 16 years. Mrs Holtom said: "This move will assist the 45% of Birmingham children who do not currently hold a library card to develop their reading skills and give them access to all the other services offered by libraries in the city. I very much welcome this Liberal Democrat initiative to encourage all our young people to improve their literacy skills which can only help them do better at school."

  • Cyclist Jane Oseman keeps a wary eye on a large lorry at the Green Long Eaton
    Article: Apr 30, 2014

    Improved lorry safety is on the way and could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents a year. MEPs in the European Parliament Transport Committee have approved measures for safer lorry designs to help protect vulnerable road users BUT British Conservatives failed to back the measures.

    The proposed changes were pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEP and European Transport Spokesman Phil Bennion. Lorry drivers' sightlines would be improved by reducing the blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of lorry cabs.

  • elephants
    Article: Apr 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat candidate, Ann Holtom, has challenged UKIP leader Nigel Farage to explain why he and five other UKIP members of the European Parliament, including the deputy leader, voted 'no' to a resolution which would help prevent the illegal trade in ivory.

    Mrs Holtom, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Tyburn Ward, says she wants to know why Nigel Farage, and his party were six of only fourteen MEPs to vote against the proposal to combat worldwide wildlife trafficking. Mrs Holtom said: "The illegal ivory trade has led to the deaths of many elephants at the hands of callous poachers. Here was some small action that our elected representatives could take as a stand against this horror yet UKIP chose to put their ideological hatred of all things European before the welfare of these majestic animals."

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said: