Ian Shires

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

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Walsall Council still remains in no overall control following the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018. The state of the parties after all the votes had been counted left the Tories on 30 Tory, Labour on 26, Liberal Democrats 2 and Independents 2. Cllr Bird, the Tory Leader went to press the day after the […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

by Ian Shires on 18 May, 2018

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Kirsten Johnson | Thu 17th May 2018 – 8:15 am This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme is this year is stress. Stress can pervade our lives, but one aspect is stress at work. Keeping a mentally-healthy workforce is best for everyone: the employees, the business and […]

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Renters need fairer access to affordable credit

by Ian Shires on 18 May, 2018

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Olly Grender | Thu 17th May 2018 – 1:30 pm The poverty premium is taking a crippling toll on people who can least afford it. It’s estimated that every year those living in poverty pay an extra £490 for the basics of energy, phones, white goods, food and furniture. […]

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I suspect that many of you are not that fussed about who will be the next Mayor of Walsall or for that matter who runs the council as long as you get your bins emptied and your grass cut. But you know local government is not just about bins and grass cutting as important as […]

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The work goes on

by Ian Shires on 16 May, 2018

In spite of all the bad blood down at the Council House in Walsall, back in Willenhall North and Short Heath your Lib Dem Focus Team has carried on doing what we always do; Ward walks to identify issues such as stretches of our roads suffering from the effects of the hard winter we have […]

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they did. Cllr Bird, seeing that his bully boy tactics weren’t going to work, reached for the nuclear button – and pressed it sending Walsall Council spinning right back to the bad old days of the 1990’s. The only difference this time round being that it’s not […]

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Politics in Walsall is never boring

by Ian Shires on 15 May, 2018

So the local elections have come and gone. The dust has settled and the analysis and speculation begins. However a couple of things are glaringly obvious. The first being the % turn-out which was depressingly low even by local election standards. The second really stems from the first. Even though these were local elections, national […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

by Ian Shires on 15 May, 2018

Run by the Mental Health Foundation – this Mental Health Awareness Week, 14-20 May 2018, looks at stress and how to cope with it. For many people the stresses of life can become difficult to deal with so this Mental Health Awareness Week is all about tackling and coping with stress so that it never […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Kirsten Johnson | Thu 10th May 2018 – 8:00 am I’m following up my post from February on children’s mental health and the Government’s Green Paper on the issue.  Yesterday, the Education Committee and Health & Social Care Committee issued a joint statement saying that The Government’s proposed Green Paper […]

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