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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.

Recent updates

  • Ann
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner has attacked proposals to change parliamentary boundaries affecting Birmingham Erdington.

    In a release to the press Ann said: "Do you live in Erdington? Well not for much longer if the parliamentary map makers get their way. In their proposals for a new constituency to elect your MP, they have taken local residents out of Erdington and put you into an artificial creation called Ladywood. This odd shaped thing stretches from Castle Vale across the rest of Tyburn and then into the city centre, taking in Nechells and Soho, and even includes an area of Smethwick which isn't part of Birmingham at all.

  • Library petition
    Article: Oct 22, 2016

    Sutton Coldfield Lib Dems' campaign to stop the closure of our main town library got a boost today when nearly 700 signatures on a petition to save the library were collected in Sutton town cente. Our street stall on the Parade attracted a lot of interest and most people were shocked and disappointed to learn of Birmingham Council's plan to axe the library to save money.

  • SC library
    Article: Oct 11, 2016

    "Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats are shocked and dismayed by Birmingham City Council's plans to close Sutton Coldfield Library. While the library may be relatively large compared to the number of users, the recent acquisition by the Council of the Red Rose Centre, in which the library is based, could be expected to provide savings in rental costs, as well as the opportunity to ensure the efficient use of the building.

  • Rochdale Council are working hard to rid the town of anti-social fireworks.
    Article: Oct 7, 2016

    Pype Hayes campaigner Ann Holtom has attacked the decision by Birmingham's Labour council to cut funding for the annual Bonfire Night fireworks in Pype Hayes Park - again. Last year the Council, claiming pressure on its budgets, said it was unable to reach a deal with a suitable sponsor and the annual event failed to take place. This year the Council has again failed to find private help to fund the event.

  • QT
    Article: Aug 17, 2016

    We are pleased to pass on the news that BBC Question Time will be coming to the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 22nd September. This is something that Independent for Sutton councillor Paul Long has arranged to happen and it should be a great event and wonderful boost for the town.

    For security reasons, the venue has not yet been announced, but as soon as the BBC release the information, we will put it up on our website and Facebook page.

  • Jenny
    Article: Aug 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Jenny Wilkinson has called on Councillor Louise Passey, who was elected last May under the Independents for Sutton banner, to resign her seat and fight a by-election now she has defected to the Tory group on Sutton Town Council.

    Vesey Ward resident Jenny said: "Louise Passey was elected in May on a platform which promised that Sutton could be run by residents for residents and which said "NO" to party politics. Now she has broken the trust the electors of Vesey Ward placed in her to deliver this independence by joining the Conservatives.

  • Theresa May
    Article: Jul 18, 2016

    In a statement issued today the two lead candidates for the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham Erdington and Sutton Coldfield, Ann Holtom and Jenny Wilkinson are challenging the new government to keep their Referendum promises

    They say: "The Leave camp in the Referendum made much of the money we send to Brussels, £350 million a week according to their campaign bus. But between 2007-2013, Birmingham got £640 million back from the EU to help revitalise important attractions like the Town Hall, the ICC and the Hippodrome Theatre, as well as money for community projects all over the area -all significantly important to the city's economy and tourism.

  • Brum
    Article: Jul 17, 2016

    Since the Euro referendum, thousands of new members have signed up to the Liberal Democrats, supporting our goal of an open, tolerant, optimistic, outward-looking, diverse Britain.

    This includes many new members in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington and we are delighted to welcome them all. A successful new members' evening was held last week at the home of our lead candidate in Sutton Coldfield, Jenny Wilkinson with much discussion of current affairs. Similar events are planned for the future and we hope to meet more of our new members over the next few months. The party offers conferences at local, regional and national level, policy forums as well as local campaigning.

  • Candidates Winning Here 1
    Article: Jul 15, 2016

    There have been four Lib Dem by-election gains out of ten contests on principal authorities this week.

    The most satisfying win may have come in North Norfolk where we gained a seat from the Tories but the Ukip candidate who got just 17% of the poll there is the sitting county councillor for the same area. Elsewhere there were gains from Independents in Cornwall and Wiltshire and from Ukip, also in Cornwall. There was a promising move from fourth to second place in Jeremy Cobyn's home borough of Islington although still a long way behind the winning Labour candidate.

  • Thank You Diamond
    Article: May 10, 2016

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrat candidates in last Thursday's city and parish council elections, our lead campaigners, Ann Holtom in Tyburn Ward and Jenny Wilkinson in Sutton Trinity, wish to say a big "thank you" to all the people who chose to cast their votes for the Lib Dems. These remain challenging times for the Liberal Democrats but nationally the local elections of 2016 showed that the Lib Dem fightback is still on course.