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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
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Tyburn Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has told residents that a new report from MPs may help their case in opposing the building a new school on the old Saab garage site on Eachelhurst Road.

    The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons calls for a ban on building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots to help cut thousands of deaths connected to the "invisible killer" of traffic fumes. The MPs also say that more than 1,000 existing schools must also be fitted with air filtration systems in classrooms to protect pupils from car exhaust fumes.

  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking
    Article: Dec 2, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that Birmingham is to get a share of £114 million to support the Cycling Ambition Cities programme. This is part of a £214 million boost to cycling, the largest ever single investment in the activity. The package includes £100 million over the next few years to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside and crossing Britain's most important and busiest roads, a much needed boost to road safety conditions across the country.

  • CV Train
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the publication of the Birmingham Connected white paper which contains proposals for improving transport across the city and includes the re-opening and upgrading of rail routes via Castle Vale and The Fort. The plans also support new housing and employment in the areas served by these routes.

  • 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.