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Curborough ward by-elections July 5th 2018

June 20, 2018 8:03 PM

Lee Cadwallader-Allan

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."

Contact Lee at curborough@lichfieldlibdems.org.uk

Richard Rathbone crop

Richard Rathbone is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Lichfield City (parish) council by-election for Curborough ward - also polling on July 5th

Richard Rathbone, who has lived in Lichfield since 2010, was born in Somerset. Following his M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford, he has taught history and held a number of school posts with administrative and leadership responsibilities in Stroud, Cheltenham and Nuneaton, with twenty years' experience at a large comprehensive school in Nottingham. His current position is a security inspector for the Joint Council for Qualifications, representing the GCE and GCSE examination boards.

As a member of the Lichfield Rail Promotion Group, Richard says, "I would like to see the return of passenger rail services from Lichfield to Burton, via Alrewas, and to Walsall via Burntwood. As well as improving the facilities at both Trent Valley and City railway stations, we should be seeking to reduce the congestion on our busy city roads by providing better bus services, including a Park and Ride scheme."

On the question of housing, Richard wants to see more social housing schemes promoted in the city, and the number of unoccupied houses and business premises reduced through action by the council. He believes that the Friarsgate scheme should not be the financial responsibility of the District Council, but that much more private money needs to be attracted to keep the project viable.

"In my lifetime," he says, "the country has never been so badly governed as it is today under the present Conservative administration. We need to see an end to Tory austerity - the people of this country have paid more than enough for the greed of the banks and financial services industry in 2008, through the cuts to vital services: NHS, social care, police, education, and all local government services."

When it comes to local government, Richard says that council tax bands are long overdue for revision, and that constitutional reforms are also needed in local elections, such as residents over 16 being eligible to vote, along with some form of proportional representation, giving a voice to those who want a change from the current status quo.

If you agree with Richard on these points, and you want a change for the better, this is the time to cast your vote for change, and support the Liberal Democrats. Contact Richard at curborough@lichfieldlibdems.org.uk