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SC&E Lib Dem AGM 2018

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

  • 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.

  • Ann & Trev
    Article: May 3, 2016

    The Conservative candidate in Tyburn Ward used a paid-for advertisement in the Tyburn Mail to launch an attack on Ann Holtom. Clifton Welch accused Ann of not giving 100% to Tyburn Ward residents and for being "a part time candidate". He has also now featured the same attack in a special election leaflet. The attack has prompted angry responses from local residents who have been contacting Ann to say they remember how hard Ann worked as a local councillor for ten years and how she remains committed to being a strong voice for Tyburn Ward against the out of touch and incompetent Labour council and Clifton's own Tory government which has done so much damage to our area with unfair cut after unfair cut

  • CV Train
    Article: May 2, 2016

    Ann Holtom, Liberal Democrat candidate for Tyburn Ward in the local elections on 5 May, has slammed the Birmingham Labour party for ignoring residents on a range of vital transport issues. Ann has been campaigning to re-open a railway station on Castle Vale and at the Fort to improve links into Birmingham city centre. She has also taken up residents' complaints over increased aircraft noise and local road improvement schemes. The Lib Dems have also been campaigning to make the M6 toll free against the background of the recent closures of the M6 in the area.

  • Document: Apr 28, 2016
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    The Liberal Democrats have published ther manifesto for this year's local elections.

    In it we have set out three priorities for the council. We believe they are priorities for the public also - that our city should have clean streets and pleasant neighbourhoods and that we should do our bit to tackle global warming by achieving a significant improvement in recycling.

    .By down-grading these issues, the Labour leadership of the council has allowed poor decisions to be made and ruined neighbourhoods through petty cuts. Flytipping is rife and other kinds of anti-social behaviour - of many varieties - are on the increase.

    However difficult the times, we should all be able to have pride in our city. Litter strewn streets and dumping on every corner strips our city of its pride.

    In some areas, such as tackling some kinds of antisocial behaviour, small investments could make big differences.

    Our priorities are:




    Commenting on the Lib Dem fightback in Birmingham, Tim Farron MP, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has said:

    "I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham are taking the lead in challenging the city's poor recycling rates and worsening environment.

    "Our councillors work in communities helping to make them strong and I hope that Birmingham will elect more of them."

  • Jenny
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    The final plan to re-draw Birmingham's ward boundaries, including all those in Sutton Coldfield, has been put on hold by the Boundary Commission as they enter a further round of consultation with local people. Commenting on their decision, Jenny Wilkinson, Sutton Liberal Democrats lead candidate in the city and parish elections said: