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Paul Ray - 2015 Election

Paul Ray, Councillor for Chadsmead Ward

Paul Ray has lived in Lichfield for 17 years. He is married with three children.

Paul has spent all his adult life in the Midlands following graduation in 1986 from Aston University, and has worked as a solicitor since 1997 and has been a partner since 2005. He specialises in banking and finance law advising in the private and public sectors and as finance is key to any business or organisation, Paul's work gives him very relevant experience of the pressures affecting business and the public sector.

Paul is passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses and so is involved on a voluntary basis in supporting business in the Midlands. He is on the Access to Finance sub-group of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and has jointly-led a project to create an Access to Finance website to assist small and medium sized businesses. This launched on 6 March 2015

A councillor on Lichfield City and District Councils for Chadsmead ward, he was elected with 44.7% and 40% of the vote respectively in February 2016.

As a very active and committed councillor Paul has a proven track record for taking time to deal with local residents' issues relating to planning, housing, public nuisance, traffic, road safety to name a few.

The key wider issues affecting Lichfield and Burntwood that Paul campaigns on are the need to ensure that we have much more affordable housing in our area and that the cuts to the council's funding are applied fairly and do not hit disproportionately those who really rely on the council's services.

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  • 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.