Ian Shires

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

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A Belgian, liberal perspective on handling the pandemic

by Ian Shires on 15 September, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Mark Valladares | Tue 15th September 2020 – 7:34 am Leading Belgium’s #COVID19 task force, Federal Minister Philippe De Backer from our sister party, Open VLD, has shown leadership and resilience in the face of crisis. I thought that our readers might be interested to see a liberal response to […]

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Escaping from the authoritarians

by Ian Shires on 15 September, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Geoff Reid | Mon 14th September 2020 – 2:32 pm People who have come to this country because they cannot put up with the political trends in their homeland are often worth learning from. I have supporters in my ward from Eastern Europe who came to the UK despairing of […]

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Responding to votes tonight in the House of Commons on the Internal Market Bill, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney said: With our reputation around the world on the line, the fight is far from over. The excuses we have heard for breaking international law from the mouth of the Prime Minister show the depths to which […]

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The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to extend the furlough scheme “for all those who need it” until the end of June 2021, to avoid mass unemployment and accelerate the UK’s economic recovery. Speaking in Parliament, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP urged the Government to extend the furlough scheme until mid-2021 […]

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PM must stop playing fast and loose with rule of law

by Ian Shires on 13 September, 2020

Responding to the statement by the European Commission confirming that, if adopted as it stands, the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill would “put at risk the ongoing future relationship negotiations”, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: No one can really be surprised that the measures the UK Government have brought forward have put the likelihood of […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Tim Trimble | Sat 12th September 2020 – 3:20 pm In Part 1 I noted how the political atmosphere is changing in favour of Proportional Representation (PR) and cross party co-operation – but what about the potential benefits? The Make Votes Matter website is a great resource, including details of the ways in […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Tim Trimble | Fri 11th September 2020 – 3:20 pm Events of the last 12 months (think unlawful prorogation of Parliament, Covid-19 mismanagement, stalled Brexit talks, exams fiasco, threats to abolish the Electoral Commission and breaking International Law) demonstrate beyond all reasonable doubt that the Johnson-Cummings administration is surely the […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Andy Boddington | Sat 12th September 2020 – 12:00 pm 2020 will be remembered for many things. The pandemic and flooding among them. It will also be remembered as the year they took planning away from the people. The government’s proposals in the white paper Planning for the Future and associated documents […]

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Keep Britain Tidy – Great British September Clean.

by Ian Shires on 8 September, 2020

Clean and Green Community Volunteer Coordinators Richard Upton and Beth Deeley have organised 25 litter picking events that will be taking place over 17 days as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean. These events will be starting this Friday, 11th September and finishing on Sunday 27th September. There is at least […]

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Travel Information off NXWM

by Ian Shires on 2 September, 2020

I have received the following information off National Express West Midlands (NXWM), thought I’d share it with you. Timetable changes for September 2020 National Express West Midlands has made changes to bus timetables across Birmingham and the Black Country on Sunday 30 August 2020, ready for September’s return to school. We are putting more buses […]

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