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By-election in Stowe Ward - 27 September 2018

Richard Rathbone crop

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

  • 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.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    From Lichfield Live today.

    The long-awaited city centre redevelopment scheme for Friarsgate collapsed last week after the Cabinet at Lichfield District Council voted against footing a £49million bill to ensure it went ahead after private funding failed to materialise.

    Lib Dem councillor Paul Ray insists the council cannot let the land blot the city's landscape for too long. He adds: "We are now in a total mess and there are serious questions for Cllr Mike Wilcox and the Conservative administration of Lichfield District Council to answer.

  • 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.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Like the Liberal Democrats, D66 is a progressive liberal party that holds its roots in the free-spirited leftist liberal party.

    On a strong Europe, Mr. Jetten said:

    "We find ourselves in an unprecedented, chaotic and ever-worsening political situation. The situation is so alarming that it not only requires the frank truth-speaking that is possible among friends, but also calls for all the moral support and consolation that friends can give."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    Today Theresa May announced that she was open to extending the transition period - a clear admittance that her Brexit deal is unworkable.

    The Prime Minister is now left to defend a policy she doesn't really believe in, which her cabinet are still squabbling over - and which is it increasingly clear she can't deliver.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    What's been happening?

    The Liberal Democrats have been dedicated more money, and more time and more of our key campaigners to stopping Brexit.

    We've still got time to stop Brexit and we're ramping up our campaign. Big time.

    And it's working. So far we have:

    • Sent 355,000 target letters to voters
    • Reached 2,200,000 voters online
    • Recruited 150,000 campaign supporters
    • Recruited 60,000 new members because of our Brexit campaigning
    • Held 2 million conversations on Brexit with voters
    • Defeated the government 17 times in parliament on Brexit
    • Been a part of 5 national anti-Brexit marches, with the 6th happening this weekend
  • Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

    The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

    Firms must become far more transparent about how they support staff with mental health issues, as well as better measure key mental health indicators such as absences.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Once again we've seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

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