Ian Shires

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

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has criticised Theresa May for failing to prepare for no Brexit, despite admitting it was an option. Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s Brexit statement in the House of Commons today, Vince Cable said: “The Prime Minister rightly asserts that there are two alternatives to her plan, […]

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Cable: The Conservative Government is in meltdown

by Ian Shires on 16 November, 2018

Responding to the raft of resignations from Mrs May’s Cabinet, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable said: The Government started Britain on a journey with no actual idea of their route or their destination. The Conservative Government is in meltdown and it’s clear the Conservatives are now driving the country off a cliff. The […]

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Fly tipping. See it. Report it

by Ian Shires on 15 November, 2018

Just a quick heads up on how to report in Fly Tipping to Walsall’s Clean & Green service.

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With a bit of look, those responsible for this wanton piece of criminal vandalism will be caught and will be prosecuted. Eagle eyed residents spotted the incident soon after it had happened and immediately reported it into the Council and myself. Can you believe that someone would stoop as low as this? The good news is […]

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Responding to a report by the BBC into the use of isolation booths in schools, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said: Isolation booths are barbaric, counterproductive and symbolic of a broken education system. More and more schools are picking up the pieces of local government cuts with increasingly stretched resources. People do not go […]

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The Liberal Democrats have today announced they will back a cross-party amendment to the Finance Bill to ensure the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals are introduced within six months. Speaking ahead of the vote next week, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said: A few months ago I was approached by a mother who was […]

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MPs must now let people have final say on Brexit

by Ian Shires on 14 November, 2018

Responding to reports that the EU and UK negotiators have agreed the text of the EU withdrawal agreement, Liberal Democrats Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said: No matter the deal, Brexit will hurt the pockets of ordinary people and leave the UK weakened. No one voted for this. No one deserves to be punished because of […]

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Time for reflection

by Ian Shires on 11 November, 2018

Didn’t go to the Civic event in Walsall, nor the one in Willenhall or Short Heath. Joined a small group of residents from New Invention at the World War 1 memorial on the Community Green opposite The Square, New Invention. Couple of young lads who had come along with their mom added their poppies to […]

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Responding to today’s High Court ruling that the Government acted unlawfully when it cut payments to modern slavery victims, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: Theresa May once rightly called modern slavery the great human rights issue of our time, but her Government cut support for victims by 40%, leaving them vulnerable to […]

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Responding to the reports that more than 400 high-rise residential buildings still have the same type of external cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower fire, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse said: Grenfell should never have happened. The fact that thousands of families are still living in unsafe high-rise buildings is a disgrace. The […]

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