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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 r

espectively in February 2016.

As a very active and committed councillor Paul has a proven track record for taking time to deal with local residents' iss

ues 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.


  • 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).

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Page: Apr 26, 2017

    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 Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Mar 17, 2017
    By Miles Trent

    Grange Lane - Eastern Avenue Junction

    Residents have become very frustrated by the slow response from the Tory County Council and a Labour County Councillor to take action over the dangerous junction between Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue. One resident said Staffs Highways clearly "have not grasped the seriousness of the problem facing people who use the junction on a daily basis." Now, following ongoing pressure from Cllr Paul Ray to Tim Heminsley, of Staffs County Council Highways and to the Labour County Councillor, Cllr Ray has had a response. This junction will be put into the capital programme for 2017/18 for improvements. That is certainly a step forward, but it seems that what will be proposed are minor improvements rather than a roundabout,
    which is what your local Lib Dems have been campaigning for. Cllr Ray is now pushing for clarification as to the extent of the proposed scheme as local residents are concerned that it will be insufficient at this dangerous junction, where further accidents have been reported recently.

  • Garrick Theatre - 1
    Article: Mar 16, 2017
    By Paul Ray

    The Garrick Theatre is an asset for our local community but is supported by a large amount of funding from Lichfield District Council (approx £350k in 2016/17). This is at a time when the council is under considerable financial pressure and is reducing support for other community activities. We want to see this funding reduce and pressure being put on The Garrick's management to secure other sources of funding.
    Cllr Paul Ray has now raised this issue at full District Council and separately with Conservative councillors who are responsible for Garrick funding. Cllr Ray said: "I am convinced that The Garrick can do more to attract grant funding and commercial revenue, and so reduce its reliance on your Council Tax. The Watermill Theatre in Newbury is roughly comparable in size, and receives £540k in grants from non-council sources, mainly from the Arts Council, compared to £17k at The Garrick. Also, The Garrick does not yet employ a dedicated fundraising manager. There must be renewed efforts to fill this role, which would be an investment leading to external funding being raised." Lib Dems believe the Council and The Garrick need to do more to promote the "conference economy" in Lichfield. Most businesses have conferences / away-days and, with great rail and road connections, Lichfield is well located for these. The Garrick could be an ideal venue. More needs to be done on this issue, and your local Lib Dems will continue to put pressure on The Garrick and the Conservatives on Lichfield District Council.