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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.

  • manifesto housing
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Lee Cadwallader-Allan

    After pressure from Liberal Democrat Peers, the Government have announced major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.
    The amendment would significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent, require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.

    Responding to the Government amendments, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson John Shipley said "It is good to see the Government have listened to the concerns we raised during the progress of the Bill. These amendments will make a huge difference for tenants, who will save hundreds of pounds every year. We also want to congratulate Shelter, Citizens Advice and Generation Rent who have worked so hard to get this Bill in the right place."

    Many of the provisions in the Tenant Fees Bill were proposed in the previous session of Parliament by Lib Dem Peer Olly Grender, in her Renters' Rights Private Members' Bill.

    Commenting on the changes to the Bill, Liberal Democrat local campaigner Lee Cadwallader-Allan said "It is the vulnerable in our society who are most affected by the extortionate fees imposed by landlords and lettings agencies. The inability to pay these fees upfront can often lead to homelessness. While I welcomed the Government bringing forward this Bill, there were a number of outstanding issues that could have had severe consequences for low income tenants or tenants on benefits in the private rented sector. There is still more work to be done to get tenants a fairer deal, but I am delighted that the Government have listened to our suggestions and others to improve this Bill. The task now is to get this change for tenants through as quickly as possible."

  • 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?

  • Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • Paul Ray at Windmill
    Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    Councillor Paul Ray has been working tirelessly to progress matters regarding this derelict building. Legal issues have held up construction of 12 houses on this site, meaning that the building has remained an eyesore for local residents.
    There was an issue with ownership of part of the land and Cllr Ray brought the council and the developer together to resolve this. Now a Compulsory Purchase Order has been granted by the council and and the developer has said that he hopes construction will start mid-2019. That is very good news for local residents.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The NHS can't recruit the doctors and nurses it needs. Families are separated by complex visa requirements. People without documents are denied access to healthcare and housing. Decades of incompetence and cruelty by Labour and Tory Home Secretaries has shattered confidence in the system.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand a more effective and compassionate immigration system. A system that works for our economy and treats migrants and asylum seekers with dignity.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Robin Rea

    Last night the Liberal Democrats tabled a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.

    The Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit for two years.

    Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has helped the Conservatives deliver Brexit. The motion of no confidence could remove one of Corbyn's last excuses not to back a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Government has challenged the Labour Party to table a real 'no confidence' motion. We have now done that for them.

    Jeremy Corbyn need only add his name, and the debate and vote would happen before Christmas.

    If he fails, it will be yet more evidence that his recalcitrance is really a rouse to avoid supporting a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    It means that we have now secured a number of important changes to the Bill, including:

    • Creating exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals.
    • Protecting journalism and academic research from the new offence of accessing terrorism-related material online.
    • Requiring the Government to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.
    • Limiting new powers to detain people at ports and airports to cases involving national security.
  • Article: Dec 17, 2018

    1. NHS 10 Year Plan

    Our NHS badly needs support and everyone knows it. The Prime Minister was meant to put forward a ten year plan for the health service this year.

    That didn't happen. Instead she has been forced to scramble for backbench support for her broken Brexit deal and run around Europe trying to grab last minute concessions.

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