Ian Shires

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

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Travelers Update

by Ian Shires on 21 July, 2017

Just to give you a heads up on the travelers, Having spent most of this week getting them off King George’s in Bloxwich and of land in Pelsall we have now been informed that they have rocked up in Bentley Lane, Short Heath. They had already got onto the land before Police arrived following calls […]

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Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake up

by Ian Shires on 19 July, 2017

The government announced this week that they would be putting extra cash in school budgets in funding shake up. Sounds good doesn’t it? Like all things that sound to good to be true they usually are, and this is no exception.  I’s true that schools in England will get an extra £1.3 billion over two […]

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Have had a number of inquiries about the travelers currently on King George’s Bloxwich. I can confirm that the notices to the occupants of this unauthorised encampment requiring them to vacate the site were served yesterday (Tuesday).  They have not left as yet council officers have a date for court for tomorrow afternoon having served […]

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This exhibition comprises original illustrations by Quentin Blake for 7 books in which magic appears in different forms, including The Witches by Roald Dahl, shown alongside works from our Permanent Collection chosen by House of Illustration, in consultation with the artist, which link to each of the illustrated texts. Come along and contribute your own artworks […]

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Midlands Engine funding delayed

by Ian Shires on 18 July, 2017

The £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund, announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in his March 2016 Budget, and aimed at boosting the region’s economy, is still tied up in paperwork. A spokesman for the British Business Bank said the fund was made up of four lots, two of which, an £80m equity funding pot and […]

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The coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats remains firmly in control of Walsall Council following its annual meeting which took place towards the end of May. Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires picks up responsibility for Communities, Culture and Leisure on the council’s decision-making Cabinet with Liberal Democrat Cllr Dan Barker taking vital positions on […]

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Memorials?

by Ian Shires on 18 July, 2017

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Steve Trevethan | Mon 17th July 2017 – 4:03 pm We may not have a monument to Margaret Thatcher but we do have a monument to “Thatcherism”. It is the Grenfell Tower. The foundation of Thatcherism is the minimisation of the state. It plans and proceeds to reduce government regulation and […]

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A week’s a Long Time in Politics

by Ian Shires on 16 July, 2017

So, this was the year when we were supposed to have no elections, a time to reflect, to build relationships and to make progress. Well the Tories made sure that that wasn’t going to happen didn’t they! First off there was the West Midlands Metro Mayor election in May. An idea by the Tories to […]

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WMCA Thursday 06 July 2017 Improved roads, reduced congestion and better journey times are the target in a £5.84m programme of improvements underway across the West Midlands. The work is being done on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) following funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) programme. The money is the […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By NewsHound | Thu 6th July 2017 – 11:41 pm View image on Twitter Ian Dunt  ✔@IanDunt Very good statement from Lib Dems on Japan-EU trade deal news 2:22 PM – 6 Jul 2017  The Lib Dems were praised today by Politics.co.uk editor Ian Dunt over shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake’s comments […]

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