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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.

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  • Tim Farron
    Article: Mar 19, 2017

    Where will liberal pro-Europeans, a group that includes people, even MPs, from across Labour, Conservative, Green, Lib Dem and no party, end up at the next general election? Will they be split ineffectually across many parties, will they coalesce around a new party or will the Liberal Democrats be the magnet which draws them together?

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was in Birmingham supporting Beverley Nielsen for West Midlands Mayor just last week, and in his latest article he explains the need for a strong opposition, and why the Liberal Democrats are the only ones who can provide that essential scrutiny to Tory policies.

    Tim Farron says only the Lib Dems can stop the Conservatives staying in power for the next 25 years.

  • Beverley
    Article: Mar 16, 2017

    On Thursday 4 May 2017 a new Mayor will be elected for the whole of the West Midlands. The Liberal Democrats have chosen Beverley Nielsen to be their candidate.

    Beverley Nielsen has lived and worked in the West Midlands for twenty years and is passionate about championing the qualities that make the region a great place to live, work and learn.

  • Brown & green Wheelie bins
    Article: Mar 15, 2017

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Ann Holtom has slammed Birmingham's Labour Council for putting up the charge for garden waste collections from £35 to £40 per year, an increase of 14%.

    Ann said: "This increase is totally unacceptable, especially when the current inflation rate is just 1%. There is no reason for this price hike as the government provided the Council with millions to establish the garden waste scheme, including the cost of new velhicles, depot refurbishment and other improvements and for the thousands of green waste collection bins. This is just another example of Labour costing you more!"

  • Ray Hassall
    Article: Mar 14, 2017

    We are very sorry to have to report that Councillor Ray Hassall, Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham passed away at his home on the evening of Thursday 9 March, aged 74. Cllr Hassall was a longstanding member of Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats.

    Councillor Hassall had undergone major heart surgery at the end of last year but appeared to be recovering well and had begun to resume his duties gradually as a Ward Councillor for Perry Barr. His sudden death has stunned his friends and colleagues.

  • Library petition
    Article: Mar 13, 2017

    Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats have been working alongside residents to fight Birmingham Council's plan to close the pubic library in the heart of our town centre.

    The future of Sutton Coldfield's main library, housed in the Red Rose Centre remains uncertain against a backdrop of financial mismanagement by Labour-led Birmingham Council and public spending cuts from Conservative central government. Local Lib Dem campaigner Jenny Wilkinson raised a petition against the closure which was presented to Birmingham Council and local Lib Dems, including Jenny Wilkinson, are among the founder members of the Library Lobby; a non-party-political community group which has spearheaded cross-party efforts to save the library. The group has been holding public meetings with residents and library users alongside working with officials and local interest groups.

  • Ann_new
    Article: Mar 12, 2017

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Ann Holtom has been letting Pype Hayes residents know through her latest newsletter what the restructuring of ward boundaries means for them. Voters in Pype Hayes will elect one councillor to reperesent them on Birmingham City Council. The new ward will be smaller in size enabling the elected councillor to be very "hands on" and available to local residents. The first election for the new ward will be held in May 2018 with the elected councillor serving a four year term.

  • 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.