Ian Shires

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

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Following numerous complaints from nearby residents about inappropriate use of sirens by ambulances exiting the Willenhall ‘Make Ready’ Ambulance Hub at all times of the day and night, my colleague in Short Heath, Lib Dem Cllr Dan Barker arranged for an officer from the Council – the West Locality Manager – to attend a site […]

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COVID-19 guidance

by Ian Shires on 25 September, 2020

There have been a number of government announcements in recent days which will affect many of us in different ways. There has been a huge amount of information for us all to take in. To add to the confusion there can be local guidance which may differ from the national guidance. The information below will […]

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Yesterday, the Conservatives blocked the Liberal Democrats’ attempt to close the loophole in the Government’s legislation to end the eviction ban, which has left an estimated 55,000 households at risk of being evicted since Monday. The motion, put forward by the Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Grender, would have effectively […]

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Short-term plans no replacement for full Budget

by Ian Shires on 24 September, 2020

Responding to the Chancellor’s decision to cancel the Autumn Budget, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine said: If ever there was a time when we needed an Autumn budget to outline long term plans, this is it. Millions of people who are worried about their jobs, their future, and how we will transition into a green economy […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 22 September

by Ian Shires on 24 September, 2020

On the 22 September the Government announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England. Published 22 September 2020 From: Cabinet Office It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. FACE – Cover your face in enclosed spaces, […]

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PM must fix the test and trace system

by Ian Shires on 22 September, 2020

Responding to the news that the Covid19 threat level has gone from three to four, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: The Coronavirus crisis is taking an enormous toll on people. People are rightly concerned about their loved ones. Thousands of families are facing financial hardship. We all want life to get back to normal […]

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Speaking after the votes on the Internal Market Bill, where 255 MPs voted against the Government breaking international law, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney said: Liberal Democrat and Alliance MPs took a clear stand for the rule of law and for stability in Northern Ireland against Boris Johnson’s tactics to violate the EU Withdrawal Agreement. […]

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Information for Walsall Communities

by Ian Shires on 22 September, 2020

Free Virtual Courses from One You Walsall One You Walsall is offering 2 virtual courses. The first is Health Chats this is  suitable for staff or business’s that have contact with the general public. The course details are below:- Health Chats A FREE one day programme. Promoting the importance of health & wellbeing (similar to […]

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Bill introduced to restore scrutiny of international aid

by Ian Shires on 17 September, 2020

The Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support for a Bill being introduced yesterday [16/09/2020] which would create a new select committee to scrutinise Overseas Development Assistance expenditure by the Government. The move, supported by former International Development Committee Sarah Champion and former DFID Minister Harriett Baldwin, follows the Prime Minister’s decision to abolish the Department […]

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Policing Minister Kit Malthouse dodged answering the “Marshal” funding question when he was on Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday 4 Sept 2020. Since Prime Minister Johnson announced last week that Covid Marshals would play a major part in his Government’s strategy to enforce the Social Distancing Regulations the one question on all our lips […]

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