Ian Shires

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

Busy week ahead for Lib Dems

by Ian Shires on 23 May, 2016

Busy week ahead as we prepare for fresh opportunities in the new Council Year. This evening will see the Annual Council meeting in the Council Chamber. This is the meeting which sees the investiture of the new Mayor for 2016/17 Cllr Kath Phillips. We wish her well as she begins what will be a very […]

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Published on The Guardian website by the Press Association Friday 20 May 2016 08.28 BST One in five students are only registered to vote where they study, but many will be away or are unaware of date of the vote Students at Aberystwyth University. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo University chiefs issued the findings as they promoted a […]

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Tim Farron took time out to talk with the volunteers at Walsall’s Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) prior to BBC’s Question Time from Walsall Town Hall last night. Liberal Democrat leader Ian Shires had earlier briefed Tim on the arrangements that have been agreed between the Lib Dems and Labour groups to form a joint administration […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 18th May 2016 – 12:53 pm Funnily enough, Liberal Democrats aren’t that impressed with the Queen’s Speech. There certainly is a lot to worry people of a liberal disposition. Three immediately come to mind: The Queen might as well have said: “My Government will indulge all […]

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale will be in Walsall tomorrow (Thursday 19 May 2016) as a panel member on the BBC’s Question Time programme which is being broadcast from Walsall Town Hall. His visit to the town comes at a very opportune moment as the Lib Dems on Walsall Council are poised to […]

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The die is cast for Walsall’s Lib/Lab Pact

by Ian Shires on 17 May, 2016

The die is cast. Walsall is about to have its first Lib/Lab Pact administration as the Labour Group endorsed the deal hammered out between Lib Dem Leader Cllr Ian Shires and his Labour counterpart Cllr Sean Coughlan in a series of meetings since the Local Elections on 5th May. Welcoming last night’s decision of Walsall […]

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Paddy slams Tory plans for the BBC

by Ian Shires on 17 May, 2016

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Sun 15th May 2016 – 8:00 pm The Huffington Post reports what it describes as Paddy’s “blazing rant” about the Tories’ plans for the BBC. To be fair, they have probably never witnessed or been on the receiving end of an actual Paddy rant. This is mild […]

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Have just picked up on a notification of a planning application for the old Meadow House site in Stroud Avenue. The proposal is to vary the existing planning permission in order to increase the depth of the single storey projections to the six new semi detached properties. To put that in terms we can all […]

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The jury is out on whether all the grief and hassle over the weekend with two road closures over the weekend in Short Heath was worth it or not. The closure of Bentley Lane at the same time as Lucknow Road was closed was always going to be controversial with the two diversion routes converging […]

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Update on Government plans for academies

by Ian Shires on 11 May, 2016

I received this email early this morning giving me feedback on Update on Government plans for academies from “Petitions: UK Government and Parliament”. Given its content I felt a need to share it with you as a warning that we all need to remain vigilant as to what goes on in our local schools and in particular at […]

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