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  • Richard Rathbone crop
    Article: Jan 23, 2020
    By Cllr Richard Rathbone

    Crossfield Multi-Storey Car Park - Cllr Richard Rathbone - Stowe Ward

    This short paper presents the case for the construction of a multi-storey car park off Crossfield Road near Lichfield Trent Valley railway station. In seeking to explain why a car park is needed at Crossfield and why this particular site has been chosen, the report is not concerned with construction issues, though there is a section dealing with how the project might be financed.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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
    Article: Nov 4, 2019

    Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Lichfield:

    "The Lib Dems are the only major party to have come out unequivocally against the UK leaving the European Union which would impoverish the country for at least a generation. The Conservative Party appear to wish to lead the country over the cliff of an economic and social disaster, and Labour's current leadership seems unable to make up its mind. Jeremy Corbyn though has always been against membership of the EU that has brought billions of pounds of benefits to communities throughout the nation and this region.

  • Local Election 2019 (Lichfield Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Oct 30, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2019

    At its meeting on Monday 21 October 2019 Lichfield City Council agreed to a motion which formally recognised that a climate emergency exists, and resolved to take this into account as a factor in future spending decisions of the City Council. The Climate Emergency motion, proposed by Liberal Democrat Councillor Hugh Ashton, provoked a lively and passionate debate, with useful contributions from all sides. Cllr Ashton says: