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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

  • 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.

  • 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.