Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

West Midlands moves a step closer towards Devolution

by Ian Shires on 9 December, 2016

The long road to wresting some decision making powers away from the Westminster Government back to the West Midlands moved into Walsall Council Chamber on Tuesday (6th Dec 2016) as Councillors met to discuss the small print in the legislation needed to enable the West Midlands Combined Authority led by a Metro Mayor to become law. The […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Thu 8th December 2016 – 9:18 pm Sometimes I feel like I just want to get a big, soft cushion with Obama’s face on it to hide behind every time the news comes on after 20th January next year. The US electorate has put a Twitter troll […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Fri 9th December 2016 – 5:00 am Well, I said earlier that double figures would be a very good result for the Liberal Democrats in Sleaford and North Hykeham. Had this poll taken place during the coalition years, we’d have ended up in last place with […]

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Published By Walsall Advertiser  |  Posted: December 07, 2016<!– –> A462 Clarkes Lane courtesy of Google. TRAFFIC delays will run into next week due to emergency repairs, Walsall Council has confirmed. The repairs are being carried out on the A462 Clarkes Lane in Willenhall, near to the junction of Durham Avenue. They start today (Thursday, December 8) […]

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Deepening Healthcare Crisis Looms

by Ian Shires on 7 December, 2016

Social Care was once again the centre of attention as Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met earlier this week to discuss the precarious state of healthcare in the town. Liberal Democrat Health spokesman on the Board Cllr Ian Shires pointed to the Westminster Government’s failure to offer any financial help for social care in last month’s Autumn Statement as […]

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National care crisis piles on the budget pressures

by Ian Shires on 5 December, 2016

Local Councils have been put on high alert over a deepening crisis within the care homes sector reports Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson on Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board Cllr Ian Shires. The warning came after Department of Health ordered the sector watchdog to monitor the finances of leading care home companies. Any insolvencies could cause […]

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What Brexit really means

by Ian Shires on 2 December, 2016

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By The Voice | Fri 2nd December 2016 – 5:55 am Just in case you missed it earlier, we won! Sarah Olney defeated Zac Goldsmith by 1872 votes. We can’t call her Sarah Olney MP yet. She only officially acquires that title when she takes the oath in the Commons on […]

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Commenting on the news recently that the Former Leader of Walsall Council Cllr Mike Bird was criticising the current Labour/Lib Dem Leadership of the council for engaging Julie Alderson as Interim Executive Director for Change and Governance, Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Ian Shires suggested that the Conservatives needed to check their own record on temporary […]

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Wednesday’s Autumn Statement

by Ian Shires on 21 November, 2016

Our Demands for the Autumn Statement This Autumn Statement comes at a time when our economy is in turmoil, our public services are in crisis and people and businesses are struggling to keep afloat. Liberal Democrats want to see a statement that seeks to provide confidence and reassurance- to our health services, to workers and […]

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