Ian Shires

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

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Responding to the Conservative Party’s claim that continued free movement would lead to 363,000 more children in state schools, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said: After demonising EU citizens as benefit tourists two days ago, Boris Johnson has now shamefully turned his attack on their children. This attack is straight out of the […]

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Boris Johnson admits no deal still on the table

by Ian Shires on 30 November, 2019

Responding to yesterday’s joint press conference with Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart, in which Johnson admitted that no deal preparations will continue, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said: Seeing Johnson, Stuart and Gove back on stage together will give people flashbacks to the lies of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign. But, […]

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Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Ofsted, analysis by the Liberal Democrats reveals that the Conservatives have let over 1,000 schools go unvisited by inspectors for over a decade. Figures published yesterday (28 November 2019) reveal that 1,048 schools have not been visited by an Ofsted inspector since 29 November 2009. Schools rated outstanding by Ofsted in their […]

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Walsall’s Gritters will be in Action Tonight

by Ian Shires on 29 November, 2019

Gritters are due to go out across Walsall tonight as frost and ice are forecast overnight with temperatures to fall below zero. Please take care on the roads

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Today, the Liberal Democrats announce plans to invest an extra £1 billion a year to restore community policing by enabling forces to recruit 20,000 more police officers – enough for two extra officers in every ward across England and Wales. The Party will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers. Liberal Democrat […]

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I just want to say a big thank you to all those of you who came to the Community Conversation event Wednesday evening. The turn out was excellent. Over 50 people took part in finding positive ways of coming together as a community to resolve or deal with things that impact on our lives wherever […]

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The response has been tremendous, in excess of 50 people have already registered for tonight’s Community Conversation and more have said that they will be attending. So let me remind you of what this is all about……. The slogan “take back control” captures the mood of the country right now. Many people believe that decisions […]

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Home office to profit £4 million from nurse tax

by Ian Shires on 26 November, 2019

Following the Conservative’s manifesto commitment of ‘50,000 additional nurses’, which includes 12,000 nurses from abroad, the Liberal Democrats have discovered that this will mean the Home Office will profit over £4 million from the pledge. The visa fee will be £464 for EU and international nurses. The cost to the Home Office of processing one […]

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Tory childcare provision expansion plans amount to just £1 per child per week The Conservative Party have set out in their manifesto that if elected, they would spend £250 million a year on expanding childcare provision for primary school children after school and in the school holidays. However, the latest Government estimate is that there are 4,727,090 […]

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Responding to a Shelter report that found England’s private renters are paying out £11 billion more a year on rent than they can afford, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Tim Farron said: These shocking figures expose the Tories’ failure to tackle the housing crisis, leaving people across the country struggling with soaring rents and insecure tenancies. […]

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