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  • Paul Ray & team at 2019 GE Count
    Article: Dec 13, 2019

    Not good news for the Lib Dems nationally. Though the vote share rose from 7.4% to 11.5%, sadly the number of Lib Dem MPs fell by one, Jo Swinson's seat, compared to the situation after the 2017 election.

    But locally the outcome was much better. In Tamworth our vote share slightly increased, and more than doubled in Burton and Lichfield. In the latter Paul Ray's vote share rose to 10.8%.

  • Lichfield Hustings 2019
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    Wade Street Lichfield Church was full, upstairs and down, and even the hall next door looked busy with live feed to a large TV there.

    Quite heated for Lichfield I'd say!

    Lots of support for Paul and lots of challenge for Fabricant - with Fabricant even suggesting that some of the audience had been imported from outside the area just to heckle him!

  • Article: Dec 9, 2019

    Just get it done so that we can get on. Attractive refrain. But does returning Mr Johnson to No 10 really Get It Done? We are promised that the EU trade deal will be done by the end of 2020. If not we leave without one. So No Deal is still very much on the table.

    What about this deal, this very good deal? It's only the beginning. It needs another deal, that trade deal with Europe. Of course I can get a good trade deal with Europe. They said I'd never be able to renegotiate Mrs May's deal. But I did, didn't I? That's the half-baked bit. Boris' divorce deal is little different to Mrs May's. Whilst it removed the back-stop, so loathed by the idealogues, it replaced it with not one but two Irish borders and little else. What's more lots of Brexiters still hate it. The Brexit Party says Boris' deal still keeps us a vassal state of Europe. Nigel Farage has only withdrawn the Brexit candidates from Tory seats to try to ensure Remain doesn't win. Once Boris is back in Government the Brexiters plan to hold Boris' feet to the fire to get an even harder Brexit. So the internal strife within the Brexit camp will still go on

  • Article: Nov 29, 2019

    Take a look at the Institute for Fiscal Studies Director Paul Johnson's comments on the three manifestos at

    https://www.ifs.org.uk/election/2019/manifestos

    He is highly critical of both the Conservative and Labour manifestos. Some telling excerpts:

    "The implication of the Conservative manifesto is that they believe most aspects of public policy are just fine as they are. Little in the way of changes to tax, spending, welfare or anything else. Yes, there are some spending increases for health and education already promised, but essentially nothing new in the manifesto.

    Labour, by contrast, want to change everything. Their vision is of a state with a far greater role than anything we have seen for more than 40 years. They would tax and spend more than ever before.................

  • NHS Plan ()
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Paul Ray

    Brexit is making the staffing crisis at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust even worse, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

    Figures published by the Liberal Democrats reveal that 44 EU staff working at our local trust have already left the health service this year including eight nurses and midwives.

    In the three years since the Brexit vote, 158 NHS staff from the EU have left the local trust.

    Staff departures from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust are part of a worrying national trend: over 3,250 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service so far this year, including 1,116 nurses. The data, based on responses to Freedom of Information requests across 50 NHS hospital trusts, reveals that:

  • Paul Ray 2019
    Article: Nov 26, 2019

    So says Paul Ray Lib Dem General Election candidate

    "The Liberal Democrats' position on Brexit is crystal clear. We are the strongest party of Remain. The Conservatives want to lead us over the Brexit cliff. That brings economic disaster with massive job losses, worsening of the staffing crisis in the NHS and social care since these sectors are so reliant on EU workers, the break-up of the UK….

  • Tamworth Hustings Notice 5 Dec
    Article: Nov 25, 2019
  • Paul Ray & team Campaigning in Burntwood
    Article: Nov 16, 2019

    Off to a flying start - Paul Ray the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood is pictured with some of the 10 strong team who were there to support him and handing out our newly printed leaflets.

  • Paul Ray & Sam Johnson Hosp
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    The NHS and Social Care

    Paul Ray, election candidate for Lichfield, writes:

    How long do you have to wait to get a GP appointment in Lichfield?

    Under this government the serous staff shortages across the two sectors arise from a perfect storm of insufficient money (NHS funding not keeping pace with population change and drastic cuts to social care funding), a hostile environment and falling value of the pound deterring much needed help from abroad and then the pension chaos forcing the most highly skilled to cut their hours.

  • Rob Wheway
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Tamworth residents had an opportunity to meet their general election candidate, Rob Wheway, last night. Some of the areas covered in the conversation were:

    Putting the "Great" back in Britain

    The narrow minded way the Brexit leaders have campaigned for Brexit has lowered the high standing internationally which we have previously enjoyed.