Ian Shires

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

New Lib Dem spokespeople announced

by Ian Shires on 29 July, 2015

Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats’ lack diversity at the top of the party – by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party’s history to lead the party’s fightback. The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back […]

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Upcoming changes to train services

by Ian Shires on 28 July, 2015

We have been informed of the following news about changes to train services….. Monday 27, Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 July. Due to planned engineering work the following train service alterations will apply:  The 22:54 Birmingham New Street to Northampton will not run. Passengers should use alternative trains. A rail replacement bus will operate […]

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Busy weekend again for myself and the Willenhall Liberal Democrat Focus Team. True a lot of time was spent dodging the heavy downpours as we went round delivering Focus. Must say it felt more like the onset of Autumn rather than the start of Summer holidays. Surgeries this week have been busy as usual and […]

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And this is why MPs doing casework is important

by Ian Shires on 27 July, 2015

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Sun 26th July 2015 – 8:55 am View image | gettyimages.com I’ve heard quite a few people say that MPs should concentrate on making laws and not act as “glorified social workers.” I totally disagree with that approach. I’ve also heard politicians, ministers, even Liberal Democrat […]

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Travellers have broken onto a Green Flag site off Bentley Lane, Short Heath giving rise to concerns from residents on the nearby Manor Farm Estate and the many users of the local Country park.   Willenhall Liberal Democrats have lobbied Walsall Council to take urgent action action to evict those responsible for this illegal incursion […]

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Breaking the Establishment

by Ian Shires on 24 July, 2015

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Sarah Noble | Thu 23rd July 2015 – 2:05 pm                           “We stand up for the outsider instead of the establishment.”, Tim Farron said during the leadership rally last week. For party members who were rather discouraged […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Thu 23rd July 2015 – 8:55 am So, David Cameron, like Tony Blair before him, pledges to help the US in the Middle East. We know that that sort of intervention is unlikely to end well. It would also be unlikely that the UN would ever […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 22nd July 2015 – 7:22 pm The Government has ignored Electoral Commission advice and brought forward changes to the way we register to vote. Individual electoral registration was brought in during the last Parliament, but electoral registers would have contained existing data until 1 December […]

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On Farron’s lurch to the left…

by Ian Shires on 23 July, 2015

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 22nd July 2015 – 4:28 pm If you read some commentators, you’d think that in less than a week of leadership, Tim Farron had virtually turned us all into revolutionary socialists. Matt Dahan wrote a story for the Independent which suggested that Nick Clegg would […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Joe Otten | Tue 21st July 2015 – 5:17 pm Yesterday, all but 48 Labour MPs abstained on government proposals to save £12bn from the welfare bill, in particular from the working age poor. This dithering follows 5 years of vitriol directed at Liberal Democrats over measures that did […]

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