Ian Shires

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

Halloween culture ramps up fears of mental illness

by Ian Shires on October 31, 2014

Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness. Norman warns that “schizo-patient” Halloween costumes are stigmatising people with mental illnesses. Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should never be ignored or stigmatised.  Speaking today at the National Child and Adult […]

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With the onset of the darker nights Willenhall Liberal Democrats have revamped their regular weekly advice surgeries as follows: Every Thursday: New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Road. 4.30pm to 5.30pm (New Service) Every Friday: Oakwood Lodge, Chaucer Avenue, Short Heath. 7.00pm to 7.45pm (Revised Service) Every Saturday: New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Road. […]

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ABC of the EU institutions

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Published on European Parliament/News:  Article - Institutions − 30-10-2014 – 11:04    Find out the facts about the EU institutions in our infographic What does the Parliament do and what are the responsibilities of the Commission? What do we mean with the European Council and how is it different from the Council of the European Union? Read our infographic […]

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£381,579 boost for children in Walsall – Thanks to Lib Dems in Government Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Walsall are set for a £381,579 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​ But from April 2015, […]

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‘twas the night before Cabinet, when all through the Council House not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Hush can you hear it? The silence? It’s almost deafening it’s so quiet!  Walsall’s new Labour bosses have put forward a whole raft of cuts adding up £29 million in the coming council year with a further £57 […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice  By Stephen Tall | Wed 29th October 2014 – 11:00 am “As Ukip is to the Tories, so can the Green party be to the Lib Dems.” That’s a sentence I wrote 7 years ago, November 2007. So I was interested to see this post by YouGov’s Peter Kellner – ‘Ukip, the Greens and the new politics […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By NewsHound | Wed 29th October 2014 – 10:15 am Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has been writing at the Huffington Post about the need for politicians to support the growing number of what he terms the ‘little platoons’ of entrepreneurs and small businesses: Unlike many politicians, I think this rise in […]

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The UK’s drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today. Norman’s call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world. The report finds that tough criminal sentences for drug users make no difference to the rates of drug use. The Home Office’s “Drugs, International Comparators” study […]

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Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill’s EU Referendum Bill. You can read Malcolm’s letter below. Dear Colleague, I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove’s recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats […]

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The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons. Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum […]

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