Ian Shires

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

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You still have a chance to have a look at the proposals for the new train stations at Willenhall and Darlaston. Officers from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Walsall Council are on hand at the exhibition at The CHART Centre, 19 Gomer St, Willenhall WV13 2NS till 8.30 this evening. This is your chance […]

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Whilst out and about over the weekend we were asked by residents to look into a couple of issues. The first was to see what could be done to stop the frequent flooding that occurs on the bend where Crab Lane becomes Sneyd Lane. The photograph doesn’t show the problem at its worst, the flooding […]

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Published on LGA Daily News Headlines 19 March 2019 Primary school SATs create too much pressure, survey warns Senior teachers across England are calling on the Government to scrap SATs for Key Stage 2 students and look at alternative methods of testing 10 and 11 year olds.  A survey of 230 senior primary school teachers […]

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Opinion: Special educational needs

by Ian Shires on 19 March, 2019

Published on LGA Daily News Headlines: 19 March 2019 Opinion: Special educational needs In its editorial, the Guardian says that as the proportion of special educational needs children in alternative schools continues to rise, ministers should also focus on boosting inclusion. It says councils’ dedicated support budgets have been stretched beyond breaking point, while the […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Mark Platt | Tue 19th March 2019 – 12:28 pm I’m a private renter. Nothing unusual about that I’m sure you’ll say, lots of people are. And that’s true, but it wasn’t always that way, and the current situation, of growing numbers of private renters, is a recent phenomenon. The […]

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Liberal Democrats demand better for town centres

by Ian Shires on 18 March, 2019

The Liberal Democrats will today debate how to end the crisis in the country’s town centres. The debate will focus on the party’s motion to Spring Conference – Town Centres fit for the future. The motion sets out bold measures to ensure town centres flourish in an increasingly digital economy Measures include: boosting support for […]

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Your Lib Dem FOCUS Team have been out and about in Willenhall North over the weekend delivering the latest edition of Focus, WN Feb 19 talking with residents, reporting in issues. Main issue which came up time and time again was the amount of fly tipping there is. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but […]

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I received this email off West Midlands Police, thought I’d share it with you.                                  Dear Ian West Midlands Police have issued the following statement. Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward said: “We are shocked by the tragic news of the New Zealand terror attack and our […]

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Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement on police funding in his Spring Statement, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: “Faced with the current epidemic of knife crime claiming the lives of so many young people, the Government’s response today is shockingly inadequate. “The Conservatives have cut £1 billion from police budgets since 2015, and […]

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