Ian Shires

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

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There are some works being carried out on behalf of the council on the following roads Coppice Lane, (at canal bridge) Knightsbridge, Short Heath – Carriageway patching works from the 06/04/2017 to 07/054/17 between 0930 – 1600. Tarmac will carry out the on behalf of Walsall Council. Gas main connection works will be carried out on the A462 Sandbeds Road, near to […]

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Willenhall liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority is set to start a number of extensions to Midland Metro. The plans announced this week by Transport for West Midlands will see the network triple in size over the next decade, with passenger numbers forecast to increase from around 6.5 million […]

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Back in October last year Walsall Council had only sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall town centre thanks to continuing austerity measures from Mrs May’s Tories at Westminster. The Council needs to spend £86 million less over the next four years […]

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So what’s all this about a Metro Mayor?

by Ian Shires on 19 March, 2017

In May 2017 a number of areas will be electing a metro mayor for the first time. The directly-elected metro mayors will be responsible for setting out a strategy for growing the city region economy, in our case that would be through the West Midlands Combined Authority West Midlands City Region . The elected Metro Mayor will, […]

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Published on Liberal democrat Voice By Joe Otten | Tue 14th March 2017 – 12:01 pm Nick Clegg, blistering in the Standard, warns that the government is condemned to break its Brexit promises. Recalling promises of a stronger trading position, the continuation of the benefits of membership, no hard border with Ireland (never mind Scotland), […]

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Are the Conservatives delivering for you?

by Ian Shires on 14 March, 2017

With apologies to Jason Hunter for lifting this text…….. We heard lots of complaints about the LibDems being in Government between 2010 and 2015 but the LibDems gave us zero tax on the first £10,000 we earn, free childcare, free school meals, more apprenticeship places for 16-18 year olds, a guarantee of a place to […]

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You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Came across a Tory leaflet over the weekend; first we’d seen for a long time here in the north Willenhall area. Now […]

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Tories Break Five Year Tax Lock Election Promise

by Ian Shires on 10 March, 2017

Remember this? So it was more than a bombshell to the many self employed workers across Willenhall and the wider borough of Walsall when the Chancellor announced a tax hike to their National Insurance contributions. These changes were introduced despite an explicit promise in the Conservative manifesto not to increase national insurance contributions. To make […]

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Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met this week to discuss a range of topics ranging from the work of the Safeguarding Children’s Board, through to bringing together all the local agencies in a single Health and Wellbeing Strategy to form the Walsall Plan. There were performance updates on the work being done to promote and […]

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Upcoming Road Closure in New Invention

by Ian Shires on 3 March, 2017

Beacon Road at its junction with the A462 Essington Road, is set to be closed from the 6th March to the 23rd March to enable contractors working for National Grid (Gas) to carry out some much needed gas main renewal. Road closures always cause disruption as they disturb the natural flow of traffic around our area. There […]

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