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Local News

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    From Lichfield Live

    The MP for Lichfield and Burntwood should step down and let a decent person replace him, according to a Liberal Democrat councillor.

    Conservative MP Michael Fabricant came under fire after he posted a message- which he later deleted - depicting the London Mayor's head on an inflatable pig engaged in a sex act with another inflatable pig in front of an image of Donald Trump.

  • Lee Cadwallader-Allan
    Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Lee Cadwallader-Allan is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the by-election in Curborough ward for Lichfield district council on July 5th

    Lee Cadwallader-Allan has lived in the Lichfield and Burntwood area for twelve years, married, with his extended family living nearby. Following his graduation in 2005 from Keele University, Lee, a native of Shropshire, has always worked in the Midlands. He has worked in the NHS for the past ten years, in an acute hospital, a mental health trust, and his current post as a management accountant is with NHS England.
    "I am passionate about health and social care. My professional experience enables me to campaign effectively for our vital local health and care services," Lee says. He is a member of the local Quaker community, and is active in the community on issues such as equality, justice, and peace, including such matters as adequate public transport services, and affordable housing in the Lichfield area.
    "We must not let cuts to local government funding hit those who are relying on the services provided by the Council," he says. "Any cuts must be applied fairly, and should not have a disproportionate impact on those in need."

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    From Lichfield Live today.

    The long-awaited city centre redevelopment scheme for Friarsgate collapsed last week after the Cabinet at Lichfield District Council voted against footing a £49million bill to ensure it went ahead after private funding failed to materialise.

    Lib Dem councillor Paul Ray insists the council cannot let the land blot the city's landscape for too long. He adds: "We are now in a total mess and there are serious questions for Cllr Mike Wilcox and the Conservative administration of Lichfield District Council to answer.

General News

  • Tim in Parliament
    Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron has urged the Government to change its policy on school funding which is putting off schools from choosing to take on children with special needs.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Tim said: "A huge block to social mobility is the Government's policy of forcing schools to pay the first £6,000 of the cost of supporting children with special needs.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Across the Atlantic, Trump and his cronies are doing their very best to rewrite the definition of transgender out of existence. An agenda of social cleansing that feeds into his administration's insular and antagonistic narrative. We may like to think that Trump's views are in isolation, that his fear of difference does not seep to our shores, but it does.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    Following a disastrous appearance at the Home Affairs Select Committee last week, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was brought before the House of Commons recently, but was still unable to answer what immigration checks EU citizens will be subject to after Brexit, and how these will apply to those who are already here are therefore entitled to 'settled status'.

    The Home Office is currently trialing the scheme for applying for settled status, but it isn't due to be fully open until March 2019. Nokes boasted that the Home Office has now granted settled status to 1,000 EU citizens, less than 0.03% of the 3.6 million EU citizens currently living in the UK.

    Following the debate, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

    "Millions of EU citizens in the UK have been living under a cloud of uncertainty for more than two years. After being quizzed by MPs on two separate occasions, the Immigration Minister has utterly failed to offer them any clarity.

    "The one thing the Minister did admit is that the Conservatives will not be able to implement their much-vaunted immigration red lines for years to come.

    "The Conservatives are sleepwalking into another Windrush scandal, where hostile environment checks destroy the lives of people who have every right to be in the UK. The Government's chaotic approach to Brexit risks subjecting EU citizens to those same injustices.

    "Conservative Ministers must end this uncertainty and offer a way out of this mess entirely by giving the people a final say on the Brexit deal, with the option to remain in the EU."