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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.

Recent updates

  • Cllr Sue Roodhouse (L) and Terry White (R)
    Article: Aug 1, 2015

    Terry White, who stood for the Green Party in Rugby at the general election, has joined the Liberal Democrats. White has also stepped down from his role as co-ordinator of Rugby Green Party as well as from the role of chair of the under 30's branch of the midlands region of the party. In a statement Mr White, a former member of the Lib Dems, said he had rejoined the party because he was confident in the fight back of the party following the election of Tim Farron as leader.

  • Sutton Coldfield town sign
    Article: Jul 17, 2015

    The result of the ballot on whether or not to set up a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield has been declared and it's a resounding "Yes". On a good turnout for a local government election, at just under 40%, the vote was 29,851 for the proposal and 8,980 against. This works out at about 70%-30% and there can be no doubt in the minds of Birmingham City councillors that they should approve the decision at their September legal meeting and then move quickly to set up the new body to serve the interests of the residents of the Royal Town. For anyone to vote against it against the background of this ballot would surely now be unthinkable.

  • Farron and Lamb
    Article: Jul 9, 2015

    Next Thursday, the Liberal Democrats will have a new leader. Under the leadership of either Tim or Norman our party will start a new era, continuing our fightback and rebuilding our party.

    You may have already heard from party president Sal Brinton but the party is going to do the announcement slightly differently. Both of the leadership candidates want to make sure that members are at the centre of the day, so rather than doing the usual press conference to announce the result, we'll be announcing the winner on social media late afternoon. The new leader's first public appearance will then be at a members rally starting at 6pm that evening in central London.

  • vote 16 logo
    Article: Jul 6, 2015

    Erdington Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is giving her backing to the national call for sixteen year olds to have the vote in the referendum on EU membership which David Cameron has promised will be held next year.

    Ann said "Sixteen year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote. I am disappointed to see that that the Government has not included any proposal to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote the EU Referendum Bill before Parliament. This Bill paves the way for the crucial vote on this country's membership of the European Union and this represents a huge missed opportunity. The Coalition government was willing to allow sixteen year olds the vote in the referendum on Scottish independence last year, so why are the Tories holding back on letting English, Welsh and Northern Irish 16 year olds take part in this vital election?

  • Document: Jul 3, 2015
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    This is the front page of our latest Royal Sutton Coldfield Focus newsletter. We are putting it out across as much of the Royal Town as we can in time for the final day to return postal votes in the consultative ballot taking place now. We urge a "Yes" vote but more importanly if you haven't sent in your ballot please do so, however you wish to vote, as a good turnout will be taken into account by Birmingham Council in deciding what to do next.

  • Sutton Coldfield town sign
    Article: Jun 19, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have consistently supported the idea for a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield. We supported the Referendum Group in gathering the 10,000 signatures for the petition to Birmingham Council which kicked off this process and very soon now residents will be getting their ballot papers in the post. They have to be returned by Thursday 16 July and we hope everyone will vote "Yes".

  • Farron and Lamb
    Article: Jun 13, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leadership rivals Tim Farron and Norman Lamb are the star attraction at the party's local government conference at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester next Saturday.

    On Saturday 20 June you have a chance to find out what the leadership contenders think about local government at the Liberal Democrat Local Government Conference jointly hosted by the Assocation of Liberal Democrat Councillors and the Local Government Association Dems.

  • Document: May 28, 2015
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    Sutton Coldfield town signAfter all the campaigning, the petitions and the consultation we are finally at the point where the residents of Sutton Coldfield are to be asked if they want their own Town Council. Ballot papers will be sent in the post to every elector in the town at the end of June, to be returned by 16 July.

    The Liberal Democrats favour the idea of devolution and have supported the proposals for a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield, a commitment to it appearing in our manifesto for the City Council elections in the past two years.

    We need this now, perhaps more than ever, given the huge combined local authority of Birmingham, Black Country and Coventry councils being created. Local decisions need to be taken locally not ever more remotely in huge bureaucratic entities.

    No more being 'short-changed' in getting our fair share of the resources of Birmingham City Council; more influence over the way existing resources are spent and the priorities of local services; more efficient and cost-effective services designed with the local infrastructure and local needs more firmly in mind; and a stop to the way in which Sutton's distinctive local identity has been eroded and the latent potential for active civic engagement amongst residents not being fully exploited.

    These are just a few of the excellent reasons we need our own Council. You can read more about this,how much it will cost and what the differences from the present arrangements will be in the Town Council group leaflet "Sutton Coldfield Says Yes".

  • Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking
    Article: May 19, 2015

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has strongly welcomed the decision of Birmingham City Council planners to refuse permission for the East Birmingham Network to build a new school on the old Saab garage site facing Eachelhurst Road. The council said the development would be out of character with the area and did not represent sustainable development.

  • Join_us
    Article: May 15, 2015

    After another fascinating parliamentary campaign in Erdington and Sutton Coldfield and in Ann's local fight in Tyburn Ward, both Ann Holtom and Richard Brighton-Knight would like to pass on their sincere thanks to all of those who supported the Liberal Democrats in the recent elections.

    Ann and Richard acknowledge that, on both a local and national scale, these have been a difficult set of results for our party. However, it's their belief that times of trouble can be somehow reinvigorating. The Liberal Democrats believe in campaigning for and with people in their communities all year round, not just at election time. The local party remains as committed as ever to ensuring that the spirit of opportunity and fairness for all does not go ignored in our area and we will continue to focus on the issues which matter most to local people.