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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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  • 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:

  • Money
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat candidate, Ann Holtom, has reacted angrily to the news that Birmingham's Labour Council has failed to spend nearly £3 million, given to it by the Coalition government, to help provide crisis payments to some of the city's poorest families.

    Mrs Holtom, who is trying to win back her seat in Tyburn Ward, said: "This means that Labour has only managed to spend half the Local Welfare Fund money allocated to it by the Coalition. And in the last six months it has only managed to hand out about £400,000. Yet Labour is constantly bleating that it is the government which is to blame for cuts in Council spending. Nearly £3 million pounds of this money which could be going to help poor families to spend on food, clothing and other essentials is sitting in a council bank account. This is an outrageous failure on Labour's part towards the poorest people in our community and I urge residents to remember this when they go and vote on 22 May. "

  • Boddington
    Article: Mar 14, 2014

    Following the superb by-election win by Marion Bland and the Lichfield team in January, Shropshire Liberal Democrats have now recorded another gain from the Conservatives in a council by-election in Ludlow on 13 March. Increasing the Lib Dem share of the vote by nearly 12%, Andrew Boddington gained the seat in Ludlow North on Shropshire Unitary Authority with a majority of 197 votes. The Tories were second, an Independent third and Labour came bottom of the poll with just 7.4% of the poll.

  • Graham Watson MEP
    Article: Mar 4, 2014

    West Midlands Liberal Democrats are meeting for their spring summit at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge, Staffordshire on Saturday 15 March. Why not register for the day and enjoy good company, stimulating talks and political debate and learn about campaigning from the national and regional experts?

    The main guest contributors will be Sir Graham Watson MEP (pictured), former leader of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform parties at the European Parliament and Ryan Coetzee a former member of the South African Parliament and now senior poitical adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who will look forward to the 2015 general election. Sue Evans and Tom Morrison will also be there to give important training sessions on fund raising and campaigning.

  • Cllr Marion Bland
    Article: Jan 31, 2014

    Many congratulations to Cllr Marion Bland and her team in Lichfield for their win in Chadfield Ward, gaining a seat on the District Council from a Conservative who had failed to attend any council meetings for over six months. Marion has also represented Chadfield on Lichfield City Council since 2012 when she topped the poll in a by-election there.