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New analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed an 11% spike in burglaries over the Christmas period, five in six of which go unsolved by police with our local West Midlands Police bottom of the league with over 90% going unsolved. 11% more burglaries of homes over the Christmas period than in the rest of […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Andy Boddington | Wed 29th December 2021 – 7:28 am There is nothing new about the fuel poverty issue. But this year, with retail prices and energy prices surging, and pop up energy suppliers failing, keeping people warm should be soaring up in the political agenda. But fuel poverty remains […]

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The Winter Solstice and levelling up

by Ian Shires on 20 December, 2021

So, tomorrow is the winter solstice, the shortest day. From tomorrow the sun begins its journey back up north. Levelling up our days and our nights so to speak. One thing about natures levelling up is it stands far more chance of happening than Johnson’s Tories version of levelling up has.

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Lib Dems WIN North Shropshire

by Ian Shires on 19 December, 2021

On Thursday the Liberal Democrats sensationally won a Parliamentary by-election in North Shropshire from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. We overturned a 23,000-vote majority and won a seat that has been Conservative for more than 200 years. Even better, this was the second parliamentary by-election the Liberal Democrats have won against the Conservatives in recent months, following […]

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Received this message earlier today, thought I’d share it with you…. Last Chance To Register For Walsall Council Holiday Activity Programme Good Afternoon, Registration closes tomorrow for Walsall’s Festive Holiday Activity and Food programme. Eligible families are encouraged to register for the programme asap. Children and young people can look forward to enjoying fun and […]

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The European Commission is about to table a legislative initiative on improving platform workers’ working conditions. There is much discussion going on in various circles within the UK, however I see little evidence that our current Government is looking towards doing something similar in order to stop exploitation of a vulnerable workforce. The following is […]

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I picked up the following article by Gurdip Thandi on Birmingham Live 24 November 2021. Grim statistics show levels of child poverty across Walsall birminghammail.co.uk •18h ago Pelsall, Bloxwich, Leamore, Short Heath, Willenhall, Pleck, Birchills, Blakenall, Bentley East Walsall – made up of Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, Aldridge Central and South, Streetly, Pheasey Park […]

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I came across this by Peter Madeley in the Express and Star today (Wed 24 Nov 21) Closing down police stations leaves Black Country communities ‘abandoned’, MPs say expressandstar.com •4h ago Wednesfield “She added she will be seeking a meeting with Mr Foster to urge him to reconsider or agree to open a smaller station […]

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Thank You – Freedom of the Borough

by Ian Shires on 19 November, 2021

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all the messages of goodwill I have received.  I really didn’t expect this. I feel very privileged. Thank you all for your kind words. YouTube recording of the special council meeting, including tributes from other councillors — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBeEZqmnHPo  

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