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  • West Midlands Police
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Labour's Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing to close 11 Police Stations and building across Birmingham. This risks damaging the work of our Neighbourhood Police Team, who are based at the Police Station. With no alternative base having been found for them in their local areas. So they will face wasted travel time each day.

  • Lee Dargue
    Article: Feb 18, 2018

    Following news that Alfie Dingley, of Coventry, has been refused treatment (see HERE), Liberal Democrat Birmingham Ladywood Parliamentary Spokesperson, Lee Dargue said:

    "Our Home Office, the very department, led by Amber Rudd MP, which exists to protect the citizens of the UK, has chosen fear over support for Alfie.

    "The week after a bold, ambitious and, most importantly, evidence-based reform to tackling the harms caused by drugs in the West Midlands, by the PCC and Police force, our UK Government chooses to follow the fear-based approach to drugs rather than helping a six year-old child with a rare medical condition.

    "Liberal Democrats are clear, that cannabis use should be regulated for supply, which would included Medical Cannabis use. Alfie and others would then benefit from being given support and better health outcomes.

    "It's time we had a grown up debate around drugs, and stop pandering those who stoke fear and misinformation around drugs. If anyone says that prohibition is the approach we need to stop harm from drugs, including medicinal use, we should 'just say no'."

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    Birmingham's Labour leadership has been accused of making false promises when it said it was saving school crossing patrols two years ago.

    New figures show a reduction of more than 20% in school crossing patrols in the city in the last three years.

    Two years ago, in a carefully worded statement, the present council leader Cllr Ian Ward promised to retain 190 patrols in the busiest locations in the city, leading to headlines that patrols had been "saved."

  • Lee Dargue
    Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Speaking on the news today, that the West Midlands PCC David Jamieson has launched a new initiative on drug-related harms, Lee Dargue, Health Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands, commented:

    "This a much-awaited, very welcome step towards reducing the harm to individuals, families and society in terms of drug use. For too long, we have allowed the proven failure of the punitive, criminal justice-led approach to drugs to direct our drugs policy, while failing to acknowledge evidence-based alternatives.

    "This 'head in the sand' approach literally causes suffering, illness and death. It cannot be allowed to continue. The harms associated with drugs are well-known, as are the tools for tackling them - yet successive governments have yet to offer an enlightened response, despite the LibDems in coalition arguing for evidence to be taken over fear and panic.

    "We now have growing evidence in this country, from schemes in Durham and Bristol, that taking a progressive and sensible approach to drugs works. Not only does this help reduce health and social harms, it is practical in terms of saving money, police time and, most importantly, lives.

    Supporting all of the actions and proposals, Lee also asked for Birmingham Council to take note:

    "I particularly welcome the support for people in the night time economy. Unfortunately, this may be too late for the Rainbow Venues (hopefully their appeal will be successful), after the heavy-handed approach of Birmingham City Council, but we can work to prevent any more unnecessary deaths or venue closures.

    Concluding, Lee added:

    "It's time we moved beyond fear-driven policies directed at people who use drugs, which are proven to fail and cause harm. LibDems have an evidence-based and practical approach to drugs policy, so I welcome David Jamieson and West Midlands police's approach, which they should be commended for, and I support them wholeheartedly."


    Notes to editors:

    The West Midlands PCC today launched his new initiative:
    http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/news/news-2018/practical-proposals-to-tackle-the-scourge-of-drugs-announced-by-police-and-crime-commissioner/

    LibDems have an existing policy calling for the regulated market for Cannabis:
    https://www.libdems.org.uk/liberal_democrats_call_for_a_legalised_cannabis_market

Birmingham Liberal Democrats