Ian Shires

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

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It’s Saturday 23rd May. Still 11 days to the AGM at Walsall Council. Still no answer to who will lead the fight to protect local services from a renewed icey blast of austerity measures coming out of Westminster from a Tory Government freed from the constraints imposed by the Liberal Democrats. Let’s recap. Where do […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Lynne Featherstone | Fri 22nd May 2015 – 2:07 pm Not for the first time in the history of the party, the Lib Dems are faced with adversity – after the crushing loss of a huge number of our dedicated and hardworking colleagues. But we are a party of […]

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Senior Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith has today joined a growing number of people who have endorsed Tim Farron’s bid to become the next Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Sir Alan was the Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1973 until 2015. Until May 2015 he was the longest-serving Liberal Democrat in Parliament. He has […]

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Commenting on migration figures, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Paddick said: “The Tories promised to cut net migration to tens of thousands but failed spectacularly. Instead of admitting their target was a stupid idea, they have pushed the ‘let’s sound tough on immigration’ button yet again. “Theresa May needs to get it into her head – […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By NewsHound | Fri 22nd May 2015 – 10:10 am Catherine Bearder MEP has co-written an article for the New Statesman on the Conservatives’ plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. She said: Fundamental rights, the rule of law and democratic principles are frequently violated in nearly all EU member […]

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Published by Adjacent Digital Politics Limited 20 May 2015 Plans to form a combined authority in the West Midlands moved a step closer after two Councils announced that they would be prepared to join….. Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have pushed plans to form a combined authority in the West Midlands a […]

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We received the following email off Walsall Council updating us on the latest fuel switch. It was Liberal Democrats who first got Walsall Council to join this scheme . Thank you for your continued support with spreading the word about possible cheaper fuel bills for our residents, it is very much appreciated. Over Twenty Thousand […]

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Walsall Council has responded to a number requests for action to resolve parking problems across the Borough some of which have been as a result of campaigns by the Liberal Democrat Focus Teams across Willenhall. Below we have posted extracts from the report. These proposals have been formally advertised from Friday 15 May, with a […]

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Putting himself firmly behind Tim Farron’s bid to become the next Leader of the Liberal Democrats, former MP Simon Hughes has said Farron will put affordable housing at the heart of his leadership if elected. Hughes and Farron today visited the site of the old Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, where Hughes, who represented […]

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Walsall’s future on a knife edge

by Ian Shires on May 21, 2015

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 is “Decision Day” for those Walsall Councillors who do not belong to either of the two major Parties. The day that they have to come down off the fence (or not as the case may be) and decide who is best placed to lead the fight against further harsh austerity measures […]

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