Ian Shires

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

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Tom Arms | Fri 22nd June 2018 – 8:55 am Thank you Melania. Thank you Ivanka. Thank you also Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for Homeland Security. Thank you for engineering a reversal of the inhumane policy that tore 2,842 children away from their immigrant parents. No thanks for President Trump, Attorney General […]

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Walsall Council will have the opportunity to comment on the latest proposals for the West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Deal 2 when it meets in full session on Monday 16th July 2018 following a recommendation passed at the “five minute” Cabinet  meeting on Wednesday. It is unlikely that full council will not approve the deal […]

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Walsall Council has advertised a Traffic Order to extend the double yellow lines on the exit onto the Lichfield Road from The Square. There’s a copy below. The Council’s action follows a request from Cllr Ian Shires and the Willenhall North Lib Dem Focus Team for officers to look at road safety at the exit […]

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Delays beset much needed social care legislation

by Ian Shires on 22 June, 2018

Responding to a government announcement that the green paper on care and support for older people has been delayed until the autumn, Cllr Richard Kemp, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “It is hugely frustrating and disappointing that this green paper has been delayed. “These reforms were promised to offer […]

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Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Baroness Randerson has raised the issue of under-funding of local roads in the Lords this week, following the LGA pointing out that the Government is spending £1.1 million per mile on strategic roads but just £21,000 per mile on local roads. You can see the dialogue below. Baroness Randerson (LD) My […]

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Yesterday saw the first meeting of Walsall’s new Tory Cabinet which came to power amidst the controversial use of the Mayor’s casting vote on who should run the Council at the Annual Council meeting at the end of May. If you had blinked you’d have missed it. In the absence of the Conservative Leader of […]

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A gentle ramble through Mrs May’s arithmetic…

by Ian Shires on 19 June, 2018

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Mark Valladares | Mon 18th June 2018 – 8:24 am I’m a mathematician by training, and work professionally with numbers. And, because I find testing arithmetic projections entertaining, I thought that I might play with the proposed “£20 billion for the NHS”. See what you think. Firstly, I should […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Mark Valladares | Mon 18th June 2018 – 2:42 pm Amidst the drama of Brexit, the Guardian covered a report from the US which may well have gone unnoticed by many. “Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Local Newspaper Closures on Public Finance.”, published by academics from the […]

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Victory declared for ‘upskirting’ Bill

by Ian Shires on 19 June, 2018

Published on Liberal Democrat voice by The Voice | Tue 19th June 2018 – 7:16 am (R-L) Vince supports the “upskirting” bill with campaigner Gina Martin, sponsoring MP Wera Hobhouse and Ms Martin’s solicitor, Ryan Whelan The Liberal Democrats have declared victory in their bid to make ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence.Following Tory MP Christopher […]

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Published by Mark Hall, Communications Director of BusinessWaste.co.uk  11 june 2018 Every home and business in the UK could be set to add another recycling bin to their collection as recycling costs skyrocket. Research by the Uks waste management agency, BusinessWaste.co.uk, shows that the cost of sorting ‘dry mixed recycling’ (DMR) materials in the UK is […]

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