Ian Shires

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

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Lib Dems call for demolision of derelict pub

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2017

Willenhall Liberal Democrats have called for the demolition of the former Brown Jug pub in Short Heath following fears about the safety of the building.  Back in June 2016 following pressure from the Short Heath Liberal Democrat Focus Team Walsall Council agreed to send a notice to the owners of the site requiring the derelict […]

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If you were hoping for a clear and sensible plan for Brexit Britain from Theresa May you’ll be disappointed. Theresa May’s 12 point speech contained no plan for Britain. The one thing we did learn is the Conservatives have ditched their 2015 manifesto promise to stay in the Single Market and have now decided to […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Paul Walter | Tue 17th January 2017 – 12:52 pm Reacting to Theresa May’s Brexit speech, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: Theresa May is leading the UK towards a hard Brexit that was never on the ballot paper. This is a theft of democracy, a presumption that the 51.9% […]

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You could make a difference in 2017.  You could foster. Are you able to provide a safe and stable environment for a child to grow up in?  Walsall Council’s Fostering Team urgently needs more caring, supportive fostering families to look after children of different ages and backgrounds. Could 2017 be your time to make a […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Thu 12th January 2017 – 11:07 pm We’ve run some cracking results late on Thursday nights in the last 8 months but this one is pretty amazing even by those standards. Last May, in the Sandhill ward in Sunderland, we got, to put it euphemistically, a modest […]

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Residents put their case against proposed service cuts

by Ian Shires on 10 January, 2017

Walsall Council met last night (Mon 09 Jan 2017) in full session and as you would expect at this time of year a number of petitions were received concerned about a number of the proposed budget cuts being considered  by the Labour/Liberal Democrat administration ahead of the special budget meeting on the 23 February. Two […]

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Vince Cable calls for end to EU free movement

by Ian Shires on 7 January, 2017

Published on liberal democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Fri 6th January 2017 – 11:15 am  Vince Cable writes for this week’s New Statesman arguing for the end to the EU’s free movement of people. He builds on the themes he initially set out on an article for this site just after the referendum – which […]

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This is how to respect the referendum result

by Ian Shires on 7 January, 2017

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Rob Parsons | Sat 7th January 2017 – 11:15 am I am frequently told that, as a “Remoaner” I must “respect” the result of the referendum. It seems to me that I am not being asked to respect it so much as to fetishise it. Actually, I do respect it. […]

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Walsall’s Planning Committee granted permission for yet another hand car wash in-spite of opposition from local residents. This particular car wash is a bit bizarre in that it will be sharing a site with a restaurant up in New Invention. Lib Dem Cllr Ian Shires spoke against the application in support of the residents. Ian […]

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Time to take stock on the effectiveness of Scrutiny?

by Ian Shires on 5 January, 2017

Corporate and Public Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee met Tuesday night in Walsall Council House. First up on the Agenda was a deputation backing up an online petition asking the council not to stop the funding for what is termed as Category 2 school crossing patrols. Have to say I was more than disappointed with the […]

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