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Local News

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Oct 8, 2017

    Lichfield District Council has an annual budget of £177,000 to support community and voluntary groups. Groups that have been supported in the past include Citizens Advice and Victim Support.

    The council announced a review of this funding earlier in the year and Cllr Paul Ray ensured that he was on the review group.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2017

    Reported in Lichfield Live on 25th September.

    Paul Ray commented following Theresa May's recent speech on the UK's departure from the European Union.The Prime Minister outlined plans for an interim trade agreement, but Cllr Ray - who also stood in the last two General Elections in the Lichfield constituency - said the picture was still not clear enough.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    There is a Borough Council by-election taking place in Stretton ward on 28th September. Our candidate is Rhys Buchan, he pledges to work hard in the Stretton residents' interests and keep a good line of communication open. If elected, he would provide a liberal voice for residents as an alternative to the Conservative council, and would put pressure on the County Council to ensure that infrastructure projects are improved

General News

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    However, the Paris-based thinktank also said the economy would see a "significant boost" if there was another referendum leading to Brexit being reversed.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson commented:


    "This is a significant intervention the government cannot afford to ignore.

    "Brexit has already caused the UK to slip from top to bottom of the international growth league for major economies.

    "This will only get worse if the government succeeds in dragging us out of the single market and customs union, or we end up crashing out of Europe without a deal.

    "The case for protecting the economy by reversing Brexit is getting stronger by the day.

    "Once the facts are clear at the end of this process, the British people must have the final say with a chance to exit from Brexit."

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have always advocated democratic reform of the House of the Lords. But the brutal truth is that this Government simply has no appetite for the fundamental reform which the House of Lords desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats fought hard for democratic reform of the Lords during the coalition period, but were thwarted by a conservative alliance of Tory and Labour MPs.

    "The Burns report makes interesting proposals for reducing the size of the Lords, which everyone agrees is necessary. But we should not be having to rely on a backbench committee to make any progress on the issue. We've had 1,000 years of unelected peers and we're still discussing the solutions in back rooms, rather than driving forward with democratic change

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Rising food prices made a large contribution to the change, with an increase of 0.8% between August and September 2017, compared to a 0.4% fall last year.

    It comes as analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found the benefits freeze is expected to leave over 10 million families an average of £450 a year worse off in real terms by 2020.