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Paul Ray. Liberal Democrat Candidate for Lichfield Paul Ray

Paul has lived in Lichfield for 19 years and is married with three children.

Paul also has family members of the older generation living in Lichfield which means he has a good understanding of the issues affecting that part of the population.

Paul has spent all his adult life in the Midlands following graduation in 1986 from Aston University. He has worked as a solicitor since 1997 and has been a partner since 2005. He specialises in 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 a councillor on Lichfield City and District Councils for Chadsmead ward and was re-elected in 2019 with a strong personal vote. He is a very active and committed councillor with a track record for taking time to deal with local residents' issues relating to planning, housing, public nuisance, traffic, road safety etc.

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 also actively campaigns for better leisure facilities in our district for all but in particular the young. He was a lead councillor involved in the successful campaign to stop the Conservative council in Lichfield from closing the Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

Recent Articles

  • Paul Ray & Team Campaigning at Lichfield City Station
    Article: Dec 12, 2019

    Voters in Lichfield and Burntwood will have trust and Brexit high on their General Election agenda, according to the Liberal Democrats candidate Paul Ray.

    Only the Liberal Democrats could be trusted to bring the country back from the brink of Brexit:

    "This election is about two main issues - Brexit and who can you trust.

    "The Liberal Democrats position on Brexit is crystal clear. We believe Remain is best for Britain.

    "The Conservatives want to lead us over the cliff of an economic disaster - as the second largest exporting region in the UK, Brexit will hit us very hard here.

    Labour is just unable to make up its mind on Brexit. You cannot be sure where Labour stand on Brexit. You can with the Lib Dems."

    Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Ray
  • 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!

  • Paul and Martyn at Lichfield TV Station
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Paul Ray with Martyn Proctor out campaigning at Lichfield Trent Valley station this morning

    06.30am minus 1 degrees

  • Stop School Cuts
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    LIB DEMS PLEDGE PROPER FUNDING FOR STRUGGLING LOCAL SCHOOLS AND HALT TO 'BRUTAL' CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION CUTS

    Paul Ray has pledged that his party will reverse 'brutal' Conservative education cuts and make sure local schools get the funding they desperately need.

    "Our schools are struggling to get by or provide even the basics for pupils due to the cuts. The Liberal Democrats are demanding better for our schools with an extra spend of £10billion each year and the recruitment of an extra 20,000 teachers. It should be a given that our schools have the funding they need to give our children the best start in life. Incredibly, that's not the case.

  • 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….

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    THE ENVIRONMENT IS MAJOR ISSUE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION - AND LIB DEMS HAVE THE RIGHT POLICIES

    Paul Ray, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield & Burntwood has said "The environment is a major issue that will decide this general election and the Lib Dems have the policies to tackle the climate emergency. These include:

  • 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.