Ian Shires

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

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Reflections on last night’s debate

by Ian Shires on 30 May, 2017

Mrs May and her clones are everywhere. To be precise in every constituency as candidates comply with the command to refer to themselves as Theresa May’s local candidate. Since when did we have a presidential democracy? Always thought that in the UK we had a parliamentary democracy and that going to vote in the General […]

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Published in The Guardian by Jessica Elgot Saturday 27 May 2017 06.00 BSTLast modified on Saturday 27 May 2017 06.01 BST Nick Clegg warns less stringent rules on nutritional standards for breakfasts risks exacerbating obesity crisis Scrapping free school lunches in favour of free breakfasts could have a significant nutritional cost, Nick Clegg has warned, saying Theresa May should […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By NewsHound | Sat 27th May 2017 – 12:55 pm It makes sense that Paddy should write for the Plymouth Herald on defence given the city’s strategic importance. He took the Government to task for cutting the Marines – about which he knows more than most people: For more than […]

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It’s been a difficult week. People have in the main have been dealing with mixed emotions following the horrendous events of Monday night. I’m not going to preach to about how others should deal with things. Each of us will have our own take on things. I for my part, like many others across Walsall’s […]

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Marco Longhi was unanimously elected by his fellow councillors as Walsall’s Mayor for 2017/18 at the Annual Meeting of the full council on Monday evening. In true Marco style he referred to his new role not as being Walsall’s first citizen but as Walsall’s first servant. This is the mark of the man who has […]

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Walsall Council’s Labour/Liberal Democrat Cabinet will be considering a report in July on work which has been progressing between Walsall MBC and the City of Wolverhampton Council, Canal and River Trust and Natural England to designate a new Local Nature Reserve (LNR) covering the Wyrley & Essington Canal and adjoining open space in Walsall and Wolverhampton. […]

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Walsall Council prepares to swear in new Mayor

by Ian Shires on 22 May, 2017

As the current Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips prepares to bow out at the end of her year office a new incumbent, Cllr Marco Longhi, is preparing to be sworn in at the Annual Meeting this evening. He will take on the onerous task of ensuring smooth proceedings at council meetings for the coming council […]

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Strong and Stable Government Tory Style

by Ian Shires on 21 May, 2017

Published in The Guardian Saturday 6 May 2017 09.01 BST Lib Dems pledge 1p tax rise to ‘rescue NHS and social care’ Tim Farron says money from income tax rise will go into ring-fenced £6bn annual budget to address chronic underfunding The Lib Dems said a penny on the pound to save the NHS was money […]

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