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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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  • Nick Clegg and school dinners (Dave Radcliffe)
    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals also from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but as education is a devolved issue, it will be up to those running schools there to decide whether to spend the money on free lunches.

  • Fort Parkway
    Article: Aug 2, 2013

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is calling on the West Midlands police to lead the fight to keep the A47, Fort Parkway free from speeding vehicles after residents' complaints about noise and safety have increased. In 2011, a court injunction was obtained after residents, the police and Birmingham Council (then jointly run by the Liberal Democrats) went to court to prevent the Fort Parkway being used as a night time and weekend race track. The injunction, made 'car cruising' illegal there and it runs until 22 September 2013. Ann Holtom is calling on the police to ensure that the injunction is enforced and, if necessary, to go back to court to get it extended.

  • Moseley Road Baths
    Article: Jul 30, 2013

    Residents campaigning to keep open Castle Pool on Castle Vale have received a setback as Labour councillors in Hall Green killed off hopes of restoring Moseley Road Baths. The Secretary of the Friends of the Baths issued a statement saying: "This says everything you need to know about [Labour councillors'] attitude to our community. People are very angry. At no point have they come to us and addressed our concerns about the need for people to swim."

  • Money
    Article: Jul 23, 2013

    Reform of party funding was a popular issue before the last election. All three main political parties had it in their manifestoes and thanks to Liberal Democrat pressure it appeared in the Coalition Agreement. Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has said she is disappointed to learn that, while the Lib Dems wanted to press ahead on this reform to help restore public faith in politics, the other political parties have not been able to reach agreement and there won't be changes to party funding this side of the next general election.

  • Ann and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool
    Article: Jul 15, 2013

    Labour councillors in Birmingham have voted to accept the closure of swimming pools and leisure centres in the city. This brings the possible closure of Castle Pool on Castle Vale one step closer. Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom commented: "Labour's 'vision' for leisure in Birmingham will inevitably lead to closures and to precious NHS money being wasted propping up inefficient services. The vote makes it even more important that residents support the campaign to save Castle Pool by signing the petition which is circulating at the moment. The District Committee meets on 30 July to decide the fate of the pool and will take their lead from the main council vote unless residents' voices are loud enough."

  • CV Train
    Article: Jul 11, 2013

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has condemned as short-sighted and potentially costly the decision of Birmingham's Labour council to sell off land near the Camp Hill Chords rail link. Ann Holtom said: "For years local residents have campaigned to bring back a railway station to Castle Vale to improve local transport links, shorten journey times into Birmingham and link to another new station at the Fort shopping centre. This misguided move could put an end to rail development plans for this line altogether or cost Birmingham taxpayers' money if the land has be compulsorily purchased should the rail scheme proceed in the future."

  • Ann and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool
    Article: Jul 5, 2013
    The Labour party in Birmingham have a 'vision' for leisure facilities in the city. This includes the possible closure or privatisation of swimming pools and leisure centres. This means Castle Pool, Erdington Pool and Kingstanding Leisure Centre could be under threat. Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has already gone on record committing her support to local residents who wish to keep our local pools and leisure centres open, safe and fully available to the public.
    These decisions could be taken as early as the next Erdington Distrcit Committee meeting on 30 July. Unfortunately Labour has decided to hold these meetings in central Birmingham rather than in Erdington, making it more difficlut for local people to be there.
    Now Ann is calling on Tyburn's Labour councillors to protect these vital local facilitiesand not to vote to close or privatise any of them. Ann said: privatisation might seem an option for keeping our pools open but following the shocking collapse of the roof of the LA Fitness pool in Gravelly Lane is it a completely safe one? Labour always blame the government for imposing cuts on services but they are the ones now proposing to shut down or sell off our pools and leisure centres. I will continue to campaign with local residents to promote healthy leisure activities and keep our local facilities open, safe and fully available to the public."
  • Ann and Trevor Holtom at Castle Pool
    Article: Jun 29, 2013

    Since the announcement by Birmingham Labour leader, Sir Albert Bore, of his "vision" for leisure facilities in the city, residents on Castle Vale and across Tyburn Ward have been contacting Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom for reassurance that Castle Pool and Erdington Leisure Centre aren't under threat. Labour has warned that baths may have to be closed or privatised.

  • Money Pension
    Article: Jun 27, 2013

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat campaigner in Tyburn Ward, has warned that Labour are planning to freeze the pensions of ordinary people if they win the next general election. Speaking after Labour shadow Chancellor Ed Balls' interview on the Sunday Politics show when he said Labour would include the state pension in their welfare cap, Ann echoed the words of Danny Alexander MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, saying this meant the pension would have been frozen this year.

  • Mosque
    Article: Jun 26, 2013

    Leading Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom, has strongly denounced the spraying of racist graffiti, including the Nazi symbol the swastika together with the initials of the militant English Defence League, on a Mosque in nearby Redditch. The mosque, which is under construction, and which has been targeted before by vandals, was sprayed with paint stolen from the building contractors and building equipment was also taken from the site.