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Keeping in touch with our area - all year round!

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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  • Travellers
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has criticised local Labour councillors for their failure to act after a group of travellers camped unlawfully on Pype Hayes Park.

    Ann said: "This is not the first time travellers have set up camp on Pype Hayes Park . Again they have left a mess to be cleared up, worried residents and stopped people enjoying their local green space. Yet only now, after they have been moved on, does our local Labour councillor Mike Sharpe, say he is entering into discussion with the council about how to prevent this happening again. He and his ineffective fellow Labour councillors in Tyburn Ward should have been doing something about this years ago. There are good examples of the kind of measures which could have been installed all across the city and as close as New Hall Valley Country Park. Action not words is what we need from Cllr Sharpe - but don't hold your breath. "

  • Hands off our Green Belt
    Article: Apr 22, 2016

    Liberal Democrat candidates in the city and parish council elections have joined local campaigners in condemning government plans to build 6,000 homes and business developments on green belt land backing on to Walmley. The loss of green land, on both sides of the A38, will amount to 175 acres.

    In a statement, lead candidate in Sutton Coldfield Jenny Wilkinson and parish candidate for New Hall ward where much of the development will take place, Ann Holtom said:

  • Rubbish -£35
    Article: Apr 17, 2016

    Lead candidates for the Liberal Democrats in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, Ann Holtom and Jenny Wilkinson, have strongly criticised Birmingham's Labour council over their record on recycling, garden waste disposal and the increase in fly-tipping. In a joint statement the candidates say:

    "Birmingham's record on recycling is appalling .Labour has withdrawn key services and then they wonder why recycling rates are falling and why the city has failed dismally to meet its target - as the Lib Dems predicted when these changes were introduced.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Apr 15, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigners are contesting all the Birmingham City Council seats in our area on 5 May. We are also fielding two candidates per ward in the first ever elections for the new Sutton Coldfield parish.

    While we believe that party competition is essential to a healthy democracy, we do feel that in the most local of elections, like those for a parish council, there should be room for people who aren't affiliated to a national political party, who are genuinely independent and can speak for the town without restraint. This is why we agreed with other parties (not regrettably the Tories who appear to want to grab all for themselves) to restrict ourselves to standing a maximum of two candidates in each parish ward. We would strongly urge Lib Dem voters to think seriously about awarding their other votes to the Independents for Sutton candidates. They represent the organisation which campaigned for the parish council and without them there would be no parish council at all.

  • Paul Tilsley
    Article: Feb 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has added her tribute to Councillor Paul Tilsley, following his announcement that he was standing down as leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Birmingham Council. Ann said:

    "Paul has been a tower of strength in Birmingham and Liberal politics for well over 40 years. Paul first got elected to the council in 1968 and led the Liberal Democrat group from 2005. When I had to make the hard decision to move over to the Liberal Democrats from Labour, Paul's sympathy and helpfulness, eased a difficult path. He led the council group through the partnership years with the Conservatives with character and compassion and did a great job as Deputy Leader of the Council. These qualities and the way the council performed under Paul's lead are in stark contrast with the shambles of the Labour administration which took over. It's the end of an era and we will miss Paul's authority and good judgment but in Cllr Jon Hunt the Lib Dem group have picked an excellent successor, a leader who is genuinely committed to improving the lives of those he represents in Perry Barr and all the residents of Birmingham."

  • Christmas Tree
    Article: Dec 24, 2015

    Everyone at Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats wishes all visitors to our website a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Here is the Christmas message from Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats.


  • airplane
    Article: Dec 22, 2015

    Recent press reports concerning aircraft noise over the Pype Hayes and Birches Green area support the increasing number of complaints which local Liberal Democrat campaigner and Pype Hayes resident Ann Holtom has received on this issue. Ann said: "Everyone wants the regional economy to expand and Birmingham airport plays a key role in this but residents under flightpaths have a right to speak out when their lives are blighted by aircraft noise; a problem which residents say seems to be getting worse and worse."

  • Euro LDs
    Article: Dec 17, 2015

    The West Midlands EU Referendum Launch and Training Event will be taking place on January 9th at:

    Birmingham City Uni, The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD.

    Doors will open at 1:30pm.

    Admission will be FREE but numbers will be restricted. Book early to secure your place for what will be a fantastic event.

  • Ann
    Article: Dec 2, 2015

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat campaigner, has responded to the election of Cllr John Clancy as the new leader of Birmingham City Council.

    Ann said: "The Liberal Democrats wish Cllr Clancy well but we have little confidence he will succeed because the Labour machine in Birmingham is more concerned in the interests of the party than in ensuring the city is run for the residents' benefit. Social care chaos, Trojan Horse scandal, slammed by the Kerslake report, wheelie bin fiasco, traffic nightmare in the city centre - the list of Birmingham Labour's mismanagement is endless.

  • Ann
    Article: Nov 4, 2015

    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."