Ian Shires

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

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The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious £100 billion spending plans to tackle the climate emergency, including generating 80% of our electricity from renewables and retrofitting all homes by 2030. Launching their ‘Our Plan to Tackle the Climate Emergency’, the party’s Climate Emergency spokesperson Wera Hobhouse declared that “the climate emergency is upon us and […]

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The most frustrating thing about Jo Swinson

by Ian Shires on 9 December, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Sun 8th December 2019 – 3:25 pm Jo Swinson was on Sophy Ridge this morning, setting out very clearly that every single Liberal Democrat MP elected on Thursday would be absolutely focused on stopping Brexit. She emphasised that Liberal Democrats could stop Boris Johnson getting a majority. […]

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Ducking out of Questions is trending for Tories

by Ian Shires on 7 December, 2019

It seems that Tory candidates are taking a lead off Boris Johnson by turning down opportunities to face questions from the general public. Such a question time had been planned at CHART in Willenhall yesterday evening. Unfortunately it had to be cancelled because the Conservative candidate and present MP for Walsall North Eddie Hughes pulled […]

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The Daily Mail could end Brexit

by Ian Shires on 7 December, 2019

 Published on Liberal Democrat Voice  by John King | Fri 6th December 2019 – 9:30 am The recent news that the Daily Mail has bought the i newspaper for £49.6m has caused alarm and dismay to many. Is this the latest example of the extreme right tightening their grip on Britain’s print media, 80% of which […]

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Details of a planning application has been received for a change of use from Shops (Class A1) to restaurants and cafes (Class A3) at 242, COPPICE FARM WAY, WILLENHALL, WV12 5XZ (the vacant shop unit on the ALDI supermarket site). You can view the application here quoting the application number 19/1508 Click Here to comment […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Richard Flowers | Sat 30th November 2019 – 5:03 pm For readers joining this series late, here are parts one, two and three… So far this week, I’ve discussed the lies and indecision at the heart of Brexit that make it impossible for Johnson to deliver on any of the grand promises he makes. […]

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Gone Potholing – Coltham Rd Car Park

by Ian Shires on 5 December, 2019

Success at last !! Finally work began this morning on dealing with the large potholes and drainage issues at this Council owned car park in Coltham Rd. The repairs were well advance when I popped round to check in the late morning. The drain in the centre of the car park had been cleared manually […]

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The Singapore Delusion: Why Brexit Will Fail, part 3

by Ian Shires on 4 December, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Richard Flowers | Fri 29th November 2019 In this third part of the series (part one is here, and part two here), Richard looks at the Singapore-on-Thames concept… Singapore has seen extraordinary levels of growth over the last decades. Where Western countries have long-term average growth rates in GDP […]

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Responding to the news that rail fares will increase by 2.7% for millions of commuters on the 2nd January next year, Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said: With the railways in crisis and passengers continuing to suffer delays and cancellations on a daily basis, only the Conservatives would think it is the right policy […]

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Commenting on Boris Johnson’s 2005 comments about the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, Liberal Democrat Shadow Equalities Spokesperson, Christine Jardine, said: The mask has slipped once again, showing that Boris Johnson despises the poor and vulnerable in our society. Time and again Johnson has made prejudiced and offensive remarks about those less privileged […]

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