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Lichfield, Burntwood & Villages Liberal Democrats

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  • Miles Trent, Paul Ray, Hugh Ashton
    Article: Feb 17, 2022

    A group of Lib Dem councillors have called for "action not words" to unlock stalled projects in Lichfield.

    Lib Dem councillors Miles Trent, Paul Ray and Hugh Ashton

    A meeting of Lichfield District Council next week will discuss plans to push ahead with the redevelopment of land earmarked for the failed Friarsgate scheme.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Government of forgetting victims of fraud in Staffordshire after senior Conservative Ministers overlooked fraud and computer misuse offences when making false claims on falling crime.

    There were 6407 fraud and computer misuse offences referred to Staffordshire last year - up 10.6% on the year before. This is the equivalent of 18 cases each day across Staffordshire. These victims are part of the four million people across England and Wales who were duped by fraudsters and online scammers last year.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2022

    Cllr Paul Ray, who stood against Mr Fabricant in the last General Election, has commented in Lichfield Live about Mr Fabricant's stance on Partygate. The Liberal Democrat representative said:

    "When I stood against Michael Fabricant at the last General Election I said in my election literature that "Lichfield and Burntwood deserved so much better". How right I was.

  • Helen Morgan portrait
    Article: Jan 29, 2022

    This week Helen Morgan, the new MP for North Shropshire, made her maiden speech(1). It's worth listening to. It has a nice mixture of civility (much needed in our public discourse), wit and powerful defence of the rights of individual people to challenge public bodies. It was made in the report stage of the Judicial Review and Courts Bill. In this bill the Government, contrary to the advice of the Law Society(2) and others, seeks to impede the rights of the citizen to hold public bodies to account. Ironic that the Government should be taking away our rights to defend ourselves when many conservative MPs are queuing up to defend the prime minister.

  • WMAS performance 2018 to Dec 2021
    Article: Jan 23, 2022

    The latest performance figures for the English Ambulance Trusts were released two weeks ago. For WMAS it is impressive how, despite the extreme difficulty of maintaining an emergency service, response times for Category 1 calls such as cardiac and respiratory arrest have remained almost unchanged compared to their best in 2019.

  • Paul Ray 2019
    Article: Jan 11, 2022

    In response to the promise from the Lichfield District Council's leader that the next 12 months would see some progress with the former Friarsgate site Cllr Paul Ray writes, "The patience of residents is wearing thin on this long-awaited redevelopment of Lichfield city centre"

    "I raised a number times during the last year concerns about the lack of activity at the Friarsgate site and made specific proposals including, as in the original plan, about 100 town houses and flats on the site. There is very large demand for housing in Lichfield, so let's get this building started - and as part of the plan to tackle the housing crisis in our area these houses or flats must be affordable."

  • Article: Jan 5, 2022

    The first duty of a government is the security of its people. How many times have you heard that? It's usually to justify more spending on defence or harsher prison sentences. But why does it not apply to health care? This morning health minister Gillian Keegan gave an interview on the Today programme. Just before the interview we heard that seventeen hospitals in Greater Manchester were pausing routine work because of the Omicron crisis and it was likely that many other districts would have to follow suit. Later in the day that emergency ambulance calls with targets of 18 minutes were taking hours and, linked to this, heart attack patients were being advised to get themselves to hospital. Ms Keegan was stunning in her complacency. According to her this was almost normal winter behaviour, "We often slow down certain electives", she said. To which two questions, Why do we often have to slow down - could it be that our government has not taken care of the NHS, not just because of insufficient money, but also inadequate staff support and planning, continuous re-organisations, failure of social care, migration controls and so on! And the second question: is this slow down no worse than a normal year?! With 6 million on the waiting list. Wake up Ms Keegan.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 1, 2022

    Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you had a great Christmas. I am so looking forward to 2022 - I hope it's the year we will finally beat Covid, that Liberal Democrats will keep beating the Conservatives as we did in two historic by-elections last year, and England will win the World Cup.

    Even though things are tough at the moment, I'm determined we find solutions to our country's many problems. The year is starting with many worries. The cost of living crisis, with heating bills rocketing; a staff shortage crisis with so many people off work, self-isolating; and a political crisis, with a divided Government incapable of leading the country through this public health crisis.

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