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  • Lichfield local elections 2019
    Article: May 9, 2019

    Cllr Paul Ray has been re-elected onto Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council, while seven of his colleagues were also elected to the latter. He believes the results show the public are looking for an alternative to the Conservatives and Labour and that the results showed voters were in tune with his party's stance on local and national issues

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: May 3, 2019

    Congratulations to Paul Ray and Helen for their re-election in Lichfield district council and East Staffordshire borough council elections.

    Across the patch thanks to our other candidates, no fewer than 27 of them, for their courage and hard work, in a number of cases getting very close to election in seats long held by other parties. Miles Trent was especially unfortunate to miss out on winning a district council seat by just 7 votes!

  • Helen Hall 2019
    Article: May 1, 2019

    Local air quality in East Staffordshire is still below international standards according to a major report just issued by ESBC. East Staffordshire Liberal Democrats want to up the Council's game responding to this pollution which is damaging public health. A replacement modern digital system of monitoring should be used to make real time checks to pollution levels at the times and locations where children and other pedestrians are crossing roads to go to school or work, and when children are in school playgrounds. The old style diffusion tube system relied on now only measures average pollution over 2-4 weeks, not the real time peak levels to which pedestrians are exposed.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2019

    Quoted in Lichfield Live, Paul Ray, who is standing in Chadsmead Ward in the Lichfiled District Council Election on Thursday, said that a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a way to stand up for "disgracefully underfunded" public services.

    He said the Conservatives had shown they were not capable of creating a system that protects key services.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019

    "SIX TO FIX" FOR A BETTER LICHFIELD AND BURNTWOOD

    In launching the Lib Dems' manifesto for the Lichfield District and City Council elections, Lib Dem Councillor, Paul Ray, has said: "The Lib Dems' vision is for a more sustainable, balanced and fair district. We are the only party that is both economically responsible and socially fair. Our approach is not merely to challenge the issues that we see, but to work together with the other political parties to provide constructive practical solutions for a better future for all residents."

  • Article: Apr 8, 2019

    from Lichfield Live

    Labour and Lib Dem members of working group dealing with future of failed Friarsgate site in Lichfield criticise Conservatives for 'secrecy' over consultation report

    Two members of a working group created to find a way forward for land left empty by the failure of Friarsgate have criticised the Conservatives for keeping crucial information behind closed doors.

  • Paul Ray
    Article: Mar 13, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Paul Ray has responded to the announcement that Staffs Police are to further reduce the police service in the city by closing the desk in the Lichfield District Council offices.

    Paul Ray said,"We can be thankful that knife crime is not a major problem in the Lichfield area and that we are spared many of the horrors that seem to afflict our larger cities. Even so, a police presence is a necessity in our community, but it seems that the Conservative government's cuts in policing will deprive Lichfield residents of a vital service.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2019
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    Where should the Friarsgate project go next? The Lib Dem vision

    The Friarsgate saga continues - and will continue, as long as the gaping empty space where the car dealership used to stand, and the empty former police station building, not to mention the not-so-gracefully ageing bus station, continue to greet visitors to Lichfield.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2019

    (adapted from Lichfield Live)

    Paul Ray, Lichfield LibDem councillor, has called on Lichfield and Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant to "get real" over the nation's prospects if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead.

    Cllr Paul Ray's comments came after a local newspaper column written by the Conservative MP where he outlined his views around the UK leaving the European Union. He has also written about his take on the situation in a national newspaper. In the Telegraph Mr Fabricant wrote, "It has become apparent that a no-deal Brexit disaster is just not going to happen".

  • Lee Cadwallader-Allan
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Lee Cadwallader-Allan

    After pressure from Liberal Democrat Peers, the Government have announced major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.
    The amendment would significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent, require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.

    Responding to the Government amendments, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson John Shipley said "It is good to see the Government have listened to the concerns we raised during the progress of the Bill. These amendments will make a huge difference for tenants, who will save hundreds of pounds every year. We also want to congratulate Shelter, Citizens Advice and Generation Rent who have worked so hard to get this Bill in the right place."

    Many of the provisions in the Tenant Fees Bill were proposed in the previous session of Parliament by Lib Dem Peer Olly Grender, in her Renters' Rights Private Members' Bill.

    Commenting on the changes to the Bill, Liberal Democrat local campaigner Lee Cadwallader-Allan said "It is the vulnerable in our society who are most affected by the extortionate fees imposed by landlords and lettings agencies. The inability to pay these fees upfront can often lead to homelessness. While I welcomed the Government bringing forward this Bill, there were a number of outstanding issues that could have had severe consequences for low income tenants or tenants on benefits in the private rented sector. There is still more work to be done to get tenants a fairer deal, but I am delighted that the Government have listened to our suggestions and others to improve this Bill. The task now is to get this change for tenants through as quickly as possible."