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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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  • ambulance
    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Jamie Christie

    The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives
    have left them chronically under-funded, and staff feeling embattled and
    undervalued. Need continues to grow while patient care suffers. Labour plans
    to address the crisis are unrealistic and risk crippling the economy. Liberal
    Democrats would save the NHS by:
    ● putting a penny in the pound on income tax to give the NHS and social care services the cash they need.
    ● making waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care.
    ● limiting the amount elderly people have to pay for social care.
    Contrary to the claims of Celebrity First Dates contestant Michael Fabricant, the Samuel Johnson Hospital remains under threat.

  • Garrick Theatre Lichfield 3
    Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    The Garrick Theatre is a great asset for Lichfield, but it receives a
    considerable amount of funding from the District Council. This subsidy
    has steadily reduced over recent years - but the Garrick is still
    receiving £310,000 of your council tax money this year. And this is just
    at a time when the Council is making cuts to its services. The Lichfield
    Liberal Democrat team have been campaigning for the Garrick to
    improve its fundraising activities and become financially self-sufficient.
    The pressure we have put on the Conservative District
    Council is beginning to work. We are pleased that the Garrick has now employed a
    full-time Development Officer to raise funds and that the theatre has been
    successful in raising funding from Arts Council England. We will continue to
    monitor the situation and press for a variety of income streams to ensure the longterm
    sustainability of this theatre.

  • 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.

  • Lichfield Pint & Politics
    Article: Sep 18, 2017

    Wednesday 20th September at 19:30

    - 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)

    - contact Colin Reisner 01543 473118 for details or Keith LePla 07736 248846 on the night if you cannot see us

  • Article: Jul 12, 2017
    By Paul Ray

    Dear Michael

    In last week's Mercury there were two items where you made various claims.

    Have you and the Conservative Party not learned anything from June's general election? Please listen and be straight with us.

    1. School Funding

    You have claimed that there will be no funding cuts for our local schools - and no per pupil funding cuts.

  • 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.