Ian Shires

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

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There has been a great deal of comment about a new clothing and textile recycling collection service that the council is introducing in partnership with JMP Wilcox who are well established textile recyclers and re-processors. Every council has demanding government targets to reduce the amount of waste produced and to recycle more. If these are […]

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Yesterday’s Local Elections – Reflections

by Ian Shires on 4 May, 2018

As Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Walsall I’d like to say a big thank you to all those of you who went out and cast your votes for us, it really is much appreciated.  Unfortunately we did not make the progress we’d have liked, but we didn’t lose any seats and that’s always a […]

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There’s still several hours left to go out and vote, so don’t leave it to others, they may be leaving it you.   Remember, this is a local election about local issues, and your vote could be the one to decide who runs Walsall Council for the next 12 months. Whether you stick with the […]

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Negative Tories

by Ian Shires on 3 May, 2018

Published by danielbarker on 29 April, 2018 It seems that after running out of ideas about how they can positively promote themselves, the Conservatives have dug out their rather stale attack on Labour and us for voting through the investment in the Saddlers Centre, an investment which, for what it’s worth has brought in half […]

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Breaking News: The pre planning application phase for the proposed new ALDI store on Coppice Farm Way has been completed and a full planning application has been received by Planning Dept at Walsall Council. You can view the proposals on the Council website, just click on Planning button. The Planning Application number is 18/0438. You […]

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When we took control of Walsall Council a couple of years ago it soon became clear that the outgoing Conservative administration had allowed cutbacks to decimate whole swathes of the Council’s enforcement capability. This was having a devastating effect on issues such as empty properties, Housing standards, unauthorised traveler encampments, littering and fly tipping. Since […]

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Not me gov’ say the Tories

by Ian Shires on 27 April, 2018

Have to say that I find the antics of Amber Rudd in trying to shift blame away from herself and her lack of rudimentary knowledge of her responsibilities onto her civil servants absolutely astonishing. Having said that, she is not alone. It is not unfamiliar here in Walsall amongst Conservatives on the Council. Often, when […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By NewsHound | Wed 25th April 2018 There’s a nasty little clause in the Data Protection Bill soon to be finalised by Parliament which means that the Home Office is under no obligation to tell people why they’ve made their decisions. The Home Office has a fairly consistent record of […]

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Published on Liberal democrat Voice By Kirsten Johnson | Thu 26th April 2018 As a mother of three, we have been to A & E more times than I would have liked and have had help from paediatricians and other consultants. The NHS is wonderful! But sorely understaffed. A report out today by the Royal […]

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Greener Homes, Lower Energy Bills

by Ian Shires on 25 April, 2018

At over £1,200 a year, the cost of heating and lighting an average home in the UK is too high – and with a falling exchange rate, costs will rise further. More than two million families – one in ten households in England – cannot afford to heat their home properly. Liberal Democrats will reduce […]

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