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  • Article: Jun 30, 2020

    Mr Johnson is hyping up small amounts of spending on buildings for schools and hospitals. But what about teachers and teaching assistants?

    Our experience in Birmingham is that big construction projects do not "trickle down," and they certainly do not generate funds for good services. The Prime Minister seems utterly unaware that many schools are struggling to balance their budgets and are laying off teaching assistants.

    Similarly, we have seen Labour Birmingham City Council siphon money from social services to support its big spending projects. Just the same, the Tory New Deal seems intended to support private profit rather than investment in good quality training and jobs.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019

    We'd like to remind voters in Walmley and Minworth today to vote in the Town Council by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of a Conservative Councillor, who moved away from the area to the NorthEast only months after being elected to represent local residents.

    The Liberal Democrat Candidate is David Cooke, who says:

    "I have lived in the Sutton Coldfield area all my life and am now raising my own family here, with my children at local schools.

    I have become concerned about school funding cuts and, if elected, would urge the town council to look into funding opportunities to help education in the area continue at its high standard.

    As the owner of a local business and member of the Federation of Small Businesses, I fully support cooperation and innovation-sharing between local enterprises and am a great believer in using and supporting local businesses. I would like to see greater involvement with business and the town council and more support for the high street. It is more important than ever that we look at the causes of decline and put measures in place to protect these cornerstones of our community.

    In the Liberal Democrats, we believe in an open and tolerant approach to community-led local government and decision-making. With many up-coming developments in the area, it is more important than ever for the town council to be involved in planning decisions that will affect our future.

    I enjoy spending time in the town's many green areas, with my children and dogs, and would encourage the town council to become more involved in the care and upkeep of these precious areas and ensure their safety from development."

  • Article: Jan 14, 2019
    By Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats

    Local councillors said they would deal with dog fouling yet they have failed to do anything to address the issue despite ongoing complaints

    Local residents have been telling Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats that dog fouling continues to be a problem in the area. Dog faeces are being left on pavements, footpaths, outside people's homes and schools. Local councillors said in their local election leaflets that they were addressing the problem. However, Freedom of Information requests have shown that local councillors in the Town, and City, Council have not once spoken about this issue in any formal way. Jenny Wilkinson, spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats, said "This is not just a nuisance, it is a health risk, and people's concerns should be taken seriously".

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Jenny Wilkinson

    5th December 2018

    Dear Andrew Mitchell MP

    Let's be clear. Brexit is proving to be a complete mess.

    Mr Mitchell, do you genuinely believe that Mrs May's agreement is in our best interests? Do you really think that the Government's proposed arrangement is better than our current EU deal?

    In 2016, you supported Remain. With your wealth of international experience, you will be well aware of the value of working with our neighbours on a range of issues that transcend borders: taxation of the largest companies; climate change; defence; the refugee crisis. You are also, no doubt, very aware of the catastrophic consequences that a bad Brexit could have on business and commerce.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018
    By Jonny Mayner

    Local Liberal Democrats discover evidence of drug-taking while cleaning up Sutton Park beauty spot.

    On Sunday 19th August a group of campaigners from Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats spent another productive morning clearing up litter in the area around the Wyndley Gate entrance to Sutton Park. The clean-up comes only a few months after the team's last visit to the area.