Ian Shires

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

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Here in Walsall’s West Locality (Bentley: Darlaston: Willenhall) we are looking to build a stronger democracy, one which works for us all, giving people real power to help bring about change in their lives. There is a need to make important choices about the society in which we live. But many people believe that democracy […]

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Shocking Parking at Walsall Jnr School

by Ian Shires on 11 October, 2019

Just received this tweet off Walsall Council. Walsall Council@WalsallCouncil – Shocking parking near a jnr school yesterday. With 100+ schools in the borough our CEOs can’t be at every one, every day. Parents know this & choose to take the risk. Think you’re only risking a fine? You’re not. You’re risking the safety of someone’s […]

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Nottingham Drive shops – fly tipping

by Ian Shires on 11 October, 2019

Had a phone call the other day off an anxious resident who lives near the Nottingham Drive shops. She phoned to let me know that one of the flats above the shops was being cleared out and some of the contents were being being piled up by the garages. I reported it straight away to […]

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Vince, Luciana and Norman write about mental health

by Ian Shires on 11 October, 2019

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Fri 11th October 2019 – 8:55 am Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Three of our MPs wrote articles on different aspects of mental health. Vince Cable wrote for Times Red Box (£) about his mother’s post natal depression and the impact on their family. When I was aged […]

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A Green New Deal beyond growth

by Ian Shires on 11 October, 2019

Published on socialeurope.eu by Éloi Laurent on 8th October 2019 A genuine European Green New Deal must place social justice and ecological protection ahead of fiscal discipline and economic growth. Éloi Laurent Following a remarkable breakthrough in the United States, the ‘Green New Deal’ is fast gaining momentum in the European Union. In her speech on July […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by The Voice | Fri 11th October 2019 – 10:25 am Yesterday, the Office of National Statistics held an event to discuss the social impact on climate change. Lib Dem Peer Shas Sheehan spoke at the event, comparing the Extinction Rebellion protesters to the Suffragettes. She spoke about how the […]

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Wellbeing: an economy that works for children?

by Ian Shires on 10 October, 2019

Published on Social Europe.eu by Reka Tunyogi on 10th October 2019 @Reka_Tunyogi A Child Guarantee can be a second launchpad for investing in children. Reka Tunyogi The ‘economy of wellbeing’ is a bright new narrative which the Finnish EU presidency is championing, to frame the interplay between economic and social policies. It is refreshing to see such a […]

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How ‘family-friendly’ are European countries?

by Ian Shires on 10 October, 2019

Published on Social Europe.eu by Yekaterina Chzhen, Anna Gromada and Gwyther Rees on 11th September 2019 The Nordic countries, with their strong public spheres, are more supportive than those which elevate the family as a private institution. Yekaterina Chzhen Bringing up children can be seen as the sole responsibility of families or as a role shared and […]

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Scammers are at work again

by Ian Shires on 10 October, 2019

SCAMMERS AT WORK AGAIN! This time they are purporting to be from the Gas Board and need to gain access to your garden to lay a pipe. They ask the unsuspecting member of the public if they could have a cup of tea while they discuss the best course of action. Whilst in the kitchen […]

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West Strategic Locality Partnership meets on Monday

by Ian Shires on 5 October, 2019

Sorry about the riveting title but, if you live in Willenhall, Darlaston and Bentley this should be of interest to you. The meeting is being held this month in Darlaston in their historic Council Chamber and begins at 6.00 pm. Discussions are designed to provoke interest in those things which impact on our lives now […]

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