Ian Shires

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

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We must create a non Brexit dividend

by Ian Shires on 14 September, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Chris Bowers | Sat 14th September 2019 – 9:37 am The Liberal Democrats have been the proud standard-bearers of the rearguard action from the 2016 EU referendum. That Britain is still in the EU, and we as a party are enjoying a revival from the drubbing of 2015, are direct […]

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Noisy manhole covers!

by Ian Shires on 14 September, 2019

Ian has received the following advanced information about roadworks affecting Farbrook Way, (between the junctions of Perry Hall Drive and Edinburgh Drive). Repairs will be carried out on a manhole cover and frame on Wednesday 18 September between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm. The work is being done by Amey on behalf of Severn Trent […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Kirsten Johnson | Wed 11th September 2019 – 8:49 am The National Audit Office has today published their investigation into special educational needs support. Entitled “Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England“, it has revealed that more than four in five local authorities are overspending their high […]

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Published on Local Government Chrinicle 09 SEPTEMBER 2019 BY LGC CONTRIBUTOR Senior fellow at the King’s Fund analyses what Sajid Javid’s one-year spending review means for adult social care It is a marker of how complex the funding streams for adult social care have become that it takes a fair bit of work to decipher the effect […]

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Lib Dem Lords Leader boycotts Parliament shutdown

by Ian Shires on 10 September, 2019

Lib Dem Leader in the Lords, Dick Newby, and the Labour Lords Leader, Angela Smith, refused to participate in the Royal Commission that will prorogue Parliament. In addition to this, Liberal Democrat peers boycotted the House during the ceremony which shut down Parliament. Speaking ahead of the shutdown, Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords, Dick […]

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Angela Smith MP joins the Liberal Democrats

by Ian Shires on 9 September, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Sat 7th September 2019 – 9:57 pm Now we are 17. Angela Smith, the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, who joined Change UK from Labour back in February has tonight announced that she had joined us. Rosamund Urwin@RosamundUrwin Third @thesundaytimes scoop of the night: @angelasmithmp tells @cazjwheeler […]

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Misinformation needs to be challenged

by Ian Shires on 5 September, 2019

A letter was printed on the Readers’ letters page of the Walsall edition of the Express and Star the other day under the heading “This is what remaining in the EU means – A reader explains what he thinks remaining in the EU would look like ” it was actually published September 2nd 2019 and can […]

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Davey slams Spending Review as “fantasy figures”

by Ian Shires on 5 September, 2019

Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey, has slammed the Conservative Government’s Spending Review as “fantasy figures” because of the ​economic threat to the UK posed by Brexit. Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Ed Davey said: Mr Speaker, Liberal Democrats have fought for more cash for our schools, police and NHS. But isn’t […]

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Responding to the Conservative Government defeat tonight, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said: We cannot let Boris Johnson use an election to tip the country into a dangerous no deal Brexit, which neither the people nor their representatives support. We do relish the opportunity to fight an election, and we are confident that […]

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Two times Jo Swinson was awesome today

by Ian Shires on 5 September, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Wed 4th September 2019 – 10:00 pm Today saw Jo Swinson’s first PMQs as leader against our incompetent and awful Prime Minister. She had intended to ask about a constituent’s mother who was having a hell of a time getting settled status despite living in this country […]

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