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By-election in Stowe Ward - 27 September 2018

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Richard Rathbone has lived in Stowe ward since 2010 & was born in Somerset. Following his M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford, he has taught history and held a number of school posts with administrative and leadership responsibilities. He is presently security inspector for the body representing the GCE and GCSE examination boards.

As a member of the Lichfield Rail Promotion Group, Richard Rathbone says, "As well as improving the facilities at Trent Valley and City railway stations, we should be seeking to reduce the congestion on our busy city roads by providing better bus services, including a Park and Ride scheme."
Richard wants to see more social housing schemes promoted in the city, and the number of unoccupied houses and business premises reduced through council action.

Contact Richard Rathbone and his campaign on stowe@lichfieldlibdems.org.uk

  • NHS STAFF
    Article: Nov 23, 2018
    By Jeyan Anketell


    The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives have left them under-funded, and staff embattled and undervalued, while need continues to grow and patient care suffers.
    This has also impacted on our local Samuel Johnson Community Hospital with shortages of staff in more than one area of care - repeatedly. Not only has this impacted on those available staff trying to cover for absent colleagues, but when the hospital managers have been able to fill any vacancies, they have to pay over the odds for agency staff --- and if these agency staff live some distance away, then the hospital has to pay for their accommodation in local hotels/B&Bs as well! Guess who gets the blame when our hospitals find themselves going over budget in trying to care for our needs?
    An early act of the Conservatives in Government was to cut nursing training places. Now they have started charging trainee nurses and radiographers graduate tuition fees, Add to that the uncertainty discouraging staff who are EU Nationals from staying … What are the Conservatives up to?

  • Richard Rathbone - Friarsgate
    Article: Oct 1, 2018

    At the recent local by-election on 27 September our candidate Richard Rathbone gained a creditable 17% of the vote in both the Lichfield City (parish) and Lichfield District contests won by the Conservative candidate

    Richard Rathbone thanks everyone who supported him in this by election campaign.

  • Richard Rathbone - Friarsgate
    Article: Sep 15, 2018
    By Richard Rathbone

    A great deal of time and money has been lost for no progress with the collapse of the Lichfield Council 'Friarsgate' city development plan. Now recriminations and Conservative infighting threaten to cause more delays.
    What is needed now are new ideas and a fresh approach.
    The grey hoardings that now greet visitors arriving in Lichfield are an ugly contrast to the listed building at St John in the Bars. New buildings must harmonise with the existing older architecture in the town.

  • Lichfield Trent Valley Station Approach
    Article: Sep 2, 2018
    By Richard Rathbone

    In a recent Stowe Focus leaflet we reported about pedestrian access to Trent Valley station.

    Liberal Democrat campaigner Richard Rathbone argued strongly for a continuous proper footpath leading down to the station. "A local resident told me that she felt she was taking her life in her hands each time she walked down to the station, what with the disappearing footpath, including where the path vanishes into car-parking spaces where the station approach is at its narrowest."

  • Miles Trent
    Article: Jul 28, 2018
    By Miles Trent


    What's YOUR take? What are YOUR ideas for Friarsgate? We'd love to hear from you.

    Please use survey in following link friarsgate-survey

    With the original plans for the Lichfield Friarsgate development now in ruins, Miles Trent has spoken on behalf of the Lichfield Liberal Democrats on the subject, and presented some ideas for the future.

  • 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: May 24, 2019

    As you know, Vince has now formally announced his resignation, and, as your President, I am triggering the process for the election of his successor as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    I'd like to take a moment to thank Vince for all he's done since he was elected leader in 2017. He's been a steadying influence when it was most needed - and that's led to us gaining new MEPs (exact number to be announce tomorrow evening!) and almost 800 councillors. Thank you, Vince.

  • Article: May 24, 2019

    Last night, the British people finished voting in the European elections. The fallout is there for all to see, with the Prime Minister finally conceding this morning that she has reached the end of the road.

    Our campaigning over the last three years has kept the cause of remaining in the European Union alive, and I now believe we have a strong chance of stopping Brexit. When the votes are counted on Sunday, I expect us to do well.

  • Article: May 24, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    This morning, Theresa May conceded defeat and announced her resignation as Prime Minister.

    This will undoubtedly be spun by hardline Tories as a failure on her behalf. They'll tell us that a true Brexit believer would have been able to do it.

    But a new Prime Minister won't solve Brexit. Neither will a General Election. Leaving the EU without a deal will cause our country untold harm and widen the gap between the richest and poorest in society.

  • Article: May 23, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    That's that - polls for the European elections are now closed!

    We've fought so, so hard - I'm incredibly proud of each and every single one of our candidates, campaigners and voters. 💛

    In the last 6 weeks, we've:

    🔶 Fought a large-scale campaign that went toe-to-toe with Labour, the Conservatives and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party
    🔶 Delivered over 12 million letters
    🔶 Reached over 2.5 million people via social media - on polling day alone
    🔶 Knocked on 225,000 doors
    🔶 Nearly tripled our standing in the polls - from 7% to 20%:

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    We've had an amazing campaign - and now it's nearly over. You've got until 10 tonight to get out and cast your vote for the Liberal Democrats to stop Brexit!

    We're the biggest, strongest Remain party - and we're on course for an amazing result. These European elections are your chance to send a message to the pro-Brexit Labour and Conservative parties - we just want it to stop.

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