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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
    Article: Sep 10, 2019

    With a General Election looking very likely in the next few months, keen local members met in Lichfield on 4th September with our candidate, Paul Ray to plan our campaign. Enthusiasm and good ideas were abundant. The recent local election experience suggests that it is by no means impossible that we could deprive Michael Fabricant of his seat.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Aug 18, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Paul Ray has urged residents to attend the Lichfield District Council meeting on 7 October at 6pm at The Garrick Theatre when the future of The Friary Grange Leisure Centre will be decided.

    Paul Ray said that "I and Cllr Jo Grange met with Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Councillor last Friday to discuss the Friary Grange Leisure Centre and had a positive meeting.

  • Eastern Av Crossing
    Article: Jun 19, 2019

    Residents have drawn up a petition calling for a new crossing to be installed on a "lethal" stretch of road in Lichfield.

    Some elderly residents needing to using a bus stop on Eastern Avenue say they are having to wait for up to ten minutes for a gap in traffic before being able to cross the busy stretch of road.

  • 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!

  • 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.