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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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  • Article: Jun 8, 2018

    Crown ward is on the edge of Staffordshire, south of the River Dove. It covers the villages of Hanbury, Draycott and Marchington. The by-election in this safe Conservative seat was caused by the resignation of the previous councillor. Once again, the Conservatives held the seat.

    This was the first time this century the Liberal Democrats stood a candidate in Crown ward. The party managed to deliver a leaflet to almost all of this very spread out ward. Many thanks to those who were generous with their time. The response on the doorstep was fairly encouraging and that was reflected in a promising result, almost taking second place in a previously uncontested area.

  • Article: May 30, 2018
    In Lichfield Live

    A Liberal Democrat councillor says the financial stability of Lichfield District Council should not be jeopardised by a desire to get the Friarsgate project off the ground.

    An artist's impression of the new Friarsgate development

    The local authority has drawn up a plan to foot the bill for the long-awaited city centre development after private finance did not materialise.