Ian Shires

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

Tom Brake – Legal advice on Brexit must be published

by Ian Shires on 8 November, 2018

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has called on the Government to end their “murky games” and publish all legal advice on Brexit plans for the Irish border. Mr Brake said: Refusing to publish legal advice on Brexit makes a mockery of the discredited mantra ‘Take Back Control’. Choosing to withhold this information from the […]

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Tory gagging clauses damage democracy

by Ian Shires on 8 November, 2018

Responding to reports that the Government has used gagging clauses on 40 charities and more than 300 companies, including experts hired by the Government to test cladding 12 days after the Grenfell Tower fire, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: Grenfell was a tragedy that should never have happened. Rather than gagging experts and […]

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Sustrans – A guide to cycling in the dark

by Ian Shires on 8 November, 2018

The following article was Published on Sustrans Having a partner or group to cycle with can provide that little extra motivation you may need to get out on your bike It’s important to be seen when cycling in the dark Consider where you place your lights on your bike so that they can be seen Now […]

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This Week’s Planning Applications

by Ian Shires on 7 November, 2018

The following Planning Applications in Short Heath and Willenhall North have been received by the Planners at Walsall Council. To find out more detail make a note of the Reference Number, go onto the Planning Section of the Council’s Web Site, enter the Reference Number. Willenhall North: Short Heath:

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West Midlands Combined Authority meets Friday

by Ian Shires on 7 November, 2018

The West Midlands Combined Authority meets on Friday 09 November. The meeting takes place in the Council Chamber at the Council House in Birmingham. It meeting begins at 11.00 am and is scheduled to end at 1.00 pm.  The Agenda and meeting papers and reports can be found here here.    

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A lot of Tories seem to have taken an approach that when their backs are against the wall say what you need to get away and deal with the consequence later. This is just another example. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey has today slammed Policing Minister Nick Hurd for accusing police chiefs of routinely […]

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Job club @ The Hive

by Ian Shires on 2 November, 2018

Hive Hub Come along to the job club @ The Hive (breathing new life into what was formally New Invention Library) Every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm. Working in partnership with Steps to Work.

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Chancellor’s standstill non-event

by Ian Shires on 2 November, 2018

“A standstill non-event” Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event. “With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems are still […]

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UK’s ‘unhealthiest’ High Streets revealed

by Ian Shires on 2 November, 2018

UK’s ‘unhealthiest’ High Streets revealed  Britain’s high streets are getting unhealthier, according to a report analysing 70 major UK towns and cities by the Royal Society for Public Health. The RSPH is calling for measures to boost high streets which includes urging local authorities to make vacant properties publicly accessible for what is known as “meanwhile […]

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Clarity on rogue landlord plans

by Ian Shires on 2 November, 2018

MPs ask for clarity on rogue landlord plans Clive Betts MP, the Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, has urged the Government to give details on how it will get tougher with rogue landlords. It follows an investigation by ITV and Guardian into rogue landlords. Guardian p25

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