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Paul Ray - 2015 Election

Paul Ray for
Lichfield & Burntwood

Paul Ray has lived in Lichfield for 16 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.

And 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.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    Paul Ray, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood in the General Election has urged voters to VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT as election day approaches.

    Paul Ray said "During the campaign I have had the opportunity to set out the key and distinctive policies of the Lib Dems. These have been really well received on the doorstep.

  • Article: May 30, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Lichfield and Burntwood are calling on local Conservatives to disown their plans to abolish universal free school meals for infant-aged children or to justify it.

    The Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to news that the Conservative manifesto announced that the Conservatives will axe universal free school meals that were introduced by Liberal Democrats when they were part of the Coalition Government.

  • Paul Ray at Samuel Johnson Hospital 2
    Article: May 22, 2017

    Paul Ray of the Liberal Democrats in Lichfield and Burntwood has accused the Conservatives of clobbering elderly people in care by forcing them to sell their homes to pay for social care.

    Paul Ray said that this is a brutal policy and he was very concerned for the large proportion of the community in Lichfield and Burntwood who are retired.

  • Article: May 15, 2017
    By Keith LePla

    Monthly Lichfield Pint and Politics

    - George IV Pub, [not the George Hotel!] meeting room 34 Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6LU
    (meeting room is sitting area at front of pub on left as you enter)

    Informal chat and meetup.

    - contact Keith LePla 07736 248846 for details

  • Lichfield and Burntwood Education cuts
    Article: May 12, 2017
    By Paul Ray

    Liberal Democrats will give schools the money they need and get that money to where it is needed, helping teachers and students. This commitment means investing £7bn in education during the next parliament so that per pupil funding keeps pace with the increasing number of students and rising inflation.

  • Paul Ray at Samuel Johnson Hospital 2
    Article: May 11, 2017
    By Paul Ray

    Lib Dem candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood, Paul Ray, has outlined his belief in a strong NHS: "as your MP I would fight to protect our health care system.

    To ensure it carries on delivering for future generations. The Lib Dems would:
    ● invest an extra £6bn a year in health and social care via a penny on income tax
    ● around £4bn will go to the NHS and £2bn will plug the gap in social care funding
    ● £14 million will be specifically allocated to the NHS here in southeast Staffs."
    Conservative policies are destroying the NHS and must be opposed. Cuts to healthcare budget of £104m by 2021 are damaging for Staffordshire, with proposals to cut the number of minor injury units, reduce the number of community beds, and reduce the number of A&E centres in our county from 3 to 2. Paul has already lead a Lib Dem campaign against changes at the Samuel Johnson hospital and will continue to fight for increased NHS funding.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: May 9, 2017

    The Conservatives have made it clear that Britain is to leave the Single Market if their Brexit plans go ahead. Labour have been all over the place with Brexit, timidly letting the Government push through plans that were not put to the people in last year's Referendum. The Liberal Democrats have been the most prominent voice calling for Britain to stay in the Single Market.

    The EU is by far our biggest market for our exports so cutting the UK off from Europe will be a disaster for our economy and for jobs. Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield & Burntwood in the General Election said, "Brexit extremists have taken over the Government and they are now putting their hatred of Europe before jobs and prosperity. Leaving the Single Market was not in the Referendum question. No one voted to make Britain poorer. Labour have surrendered to the Brexit-backing Conservatives so only the Liberal Democrats are battling for Britain to stay in the Single Market."

    "The people voted for departure, but they did not vote for a destination. We do not believe that people voted for the Hard Brexit that Theresa May is aiming to impose on the UK. It should be up to the people to decide at the end of the process between the deal the government gets and staying in the EU. Liberal Democrats want to protect EU citizens' rights in the UK, and UK citizens' rights in the EU. We want to ensure continued membership of the Single Market and Customs Union and make sure Parliament is allowed full scrutiny throughout the Brexit process."

    Paul Ray also said that Liberal Democrat European Union Spokesperson Nick Clegg had perfectly summed up position: "We must ensure that at the end of the negotiating process, the British people get to choose whether they want to stay in the EU or accept the government's deal. "Someone will say 'yes' or 'no' to this deal: the question is will it be Theresa May or the public?"

  • Lichfield and Burntwood Education cuts
    Article: May 3, 2017
    By Alasdair Brooks

    Under current government spending plans, 99% of English and Welsh schools will have a per-pupil funding cut. That works out to an average -£103,754 cut to primary schools (an average -£403 average loss per primary pupil), and an average -£470,433 cut to secondary schools (an average -£554 loss per secondary pupil). These shocking figures have a direct impact here in Lichfield District, where schools in Lichfield and Burntwood are facing cuts of 6% to 18% (see graph).