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Local News

  • Paul Ray
    Article: Mar 13, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Paul Ray has responded to the announcement that Staffs Police are to further reduce the police service in the city by closing the desk in the Lichfield District Council offices.

    Paul Ray said,"We can be thankful that knife crime is not a major problem in the Lichfield area and that we are spared many of the horrors that seem to afflict our larger cities. Even so, a police presence is a necessity in our community, but it seems that the Conservative government's cuts in policing will deprive Lichfield residents of a vital service.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2019
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    Where should the Friarsgate project go next? The Lib Dem vision

    The Friarsgate saga continues - and will continue, as long as the gaping empty space where the car dealership used to stand, and the empty former police station building, not to mention the not-so-gracefully ageing bus station, continue to greet visitors to Lichfield.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2019

    (adapted from Lichfield Live)

    Paul Ray, Lichfield LibDem councillor, has called on Lichfield and Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant to "get real" over the nation's prospects if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead.

    Cllr Paul Ray's comments came after a local newspaper column written by the Conservative MP where he outlined his views around the UK leaving the European Union. He has also written about his take on the situation in a national newspaper. In the Telegraph Mr Fabricant wrote, "It has become apparent that a no-deal Brexit disaster is just not going to happen".

General News

  • Article: Mar 19, 2019

    Warning: use of a trigger word in this article

    A few days ago, I was surprised to receive an email with 'Vice President' in the subject title.

    'Why would the Vice President of the Party be writing to me?' I asked myself.

    Then I realised that the 'Vice President' WAS me…

    That email was the first of many congratulatory messages. It was sent to me by the 'tour de force' that is Roderick Lynch, the Chair of the LDCRE (Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality).

  • Article: Mar 19, 2019

    In 1919, the Lloyd George government's Ministry of Reconstruction published the Report on Adult Education. The report set out the fundamental importance of educational opportunities throughout life:

    "Adult education is a permanent national necessity, an inseparable aspect of citizenship, and therefore should be both universal and lifelong."

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    Liberal politics for the age of identity

    In a wide-ranging set of essays on Britain's future, Vince Cable casts his party not at the centre of the tranditional left-right axis, but as the leading proponent of a values-based politics, which is open, inclusive and outward-looking, not closed or narrow-minded.

    He examines how liberals should respond to the 'age of identity' and proposes an ambitious program of radical reform.