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Richard Rathbone cropStowe Ward (City Council)

Richard Rathbone

Richard Rathbone works part-time as an inspector for the Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents the GCSE and GCE examination awarding bodies. He has lived in Lichfield since 2010 and joined the Liberal Democrats as a member in 2016 though he has supported the party for many years. In May 2019 he was elected as a City Councillor.

Richard believes the form of Brexit negotiated by the Tories would be extremely dangerous for Britain's future. He says that people who support Brexit do not realise that even if we "get it done", our Parliament will still continue to be mired in endless debates about the consequences of Brexit (such as new laws to replace E.U. regulations), leaving insufficient time for consideration of the real issues facing people in this country, particularly the NHS, social welfare services and responses to the effects of climate change.

He also is interested in the development of Lichfield's highways and public transport. He believes that as the city's population increases as a result of new essential housing developments, we need to manage our traffic more successfully. He is keen to see an expansion of local bus services which would encourage less car driving in the City centre and more use of sustainable transport. He would like to see improved facilities at our two railway stations and the development of a new passenger service linking Lichfield with Burton-on-Trent and Derby.