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Welcome to the website of West Midlands Liberal Democrats, covering the five counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the metropolitan county of the West Midlands.

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity" Preamble to the Liberal Democrat Constitution

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For all media inquiries contact Ben Jephcott via Media@wmlibdems.org.

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  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Money
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat candidate, Ann Holtom, has reacted angrily to the news that Birmingham's Labour Council has failed to spend nearly £3 million, given to it by the Coalition government, to help provide crisis payments to some of the city's poorest families.

    Mrs Holtom, who is trying to win back her seat in Tyburn Ward, said: "This means that Labour has only managed to spend half the Local Welfare Fund money allocated to it by the Coalition. And in the last six months it has only managed to hand out about £400,000. Yet Labour is constantly bleating that it is the government which is to blame for cuts in Council spending. Nearly £3 million pounds of this money which could be going to help poor families to spend on food, clothing and other essentials is sitting in a council bank account. This is an outrageous failure on Labour's part towards the poorest people in our community and I urge residents to remember this when they go and vote on 22 May. "

  • Article: Apr 20, 2014

    Anger at Crass Complaints Management by Mobile Network Operator


    Local residentswere astonished to hear this week that the reason their mobile phone is so poor is that they are not covered by the EE phone network - one of the UK's major phone networks.

    Residents have been complaining for some time about the decline in the quality of mobile reception and local councillors have been running a petition calling for action from EE - a major provider for the BC area.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2014

    Cllrs Noreen New and Jerry Roodhouse recently attended a consultation event, regarding the proposal by Warwickshire County Council to expand Paddox Primary to become a three form entry school.

    WCC are planning to extend several schools across Rugby, which are rated as 'outstanding' or good by Ofsted inspectors. These expansions are required to provide more places for our increasing population.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Dear All

    Some of you have already heard that the application for 25 houses next to Millfield House, Worthen is to go to Shropshire's Planning Committee on 29th April.

    I have applied to join the committee so that I can take part in the debate on it.

    If you wish to speak, please let, Linda Jeavons, planning committee services know. See details below.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Dear All

    Many of you have children, Grandchildren or nieces and nephews who will go into 6th form College or take up other training over the next few years. This is now compulsory for up to 17 year olds and will increase to all 18 year olds soon. Shropshire Council is now consulting on nearly doubling the charges for travel to school to nearly £900 per year. (See below)

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    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Dear All,

    Mobile Reception: My fellow councillor Charlotte Barnes and myself have been receiving more and more complaints about the standard of mobile phone reception as of late, particularly with the EE (formerly Orange) network.

    I've been told that they have downgraded their local mast leading to a serious decline in reception for many. Although EE have denied this, it chimes with what we are experiencing. I know we live in a hilly part of the world but there has been a marked change for the worse since EE took over from Orange a few months ago. I have noticed blind spots in the coverage where there were none and phones repeatedly failing to connect even where the handset says there is full (four or five bar) cover.

  • Bill Lewis at Ashlawn Development Exhibition
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    As David Wilson Homes prepares its planning application for a thousand homes and a primary school between Ashlawn Road and the Hillside and Rokeby estates Bill Lewis, Local Campaigner, has heard rumours that other developers are also considering planning applications.

    These are for the South West Broad Location (SWBL), which is an area of land that stretches right around from Hillside in the east to Cawston in the west and which could see thousands more extra homes built.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2014


    Parents and councillors in rural Shropshire have responded with anger and dismay to the council's announcement that they are consulting on charging parents nearly £900 a year for each child attending 6th form for transport .

    Heather said "This is effectively another tax hike which falls disproportionately on families in rural areas and those of limited means. Only a small number of parents in Shrewsbury will have to pay this whereas in my ward a huge proportion will. What is even more unfair is that many Shrewsbury pupils will be able to use their passes at anytime. Not so those in my Division who will only be ably to use certain buses."

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Apr 12, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats in government are giving an £800 tax cut to 24 million people, by making sure no one pays any Income Tax on the first £10,500 they earn.

    Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Rugby Lib Dem Group Leader said:

    "We have already delivered a £700 tax cut for 33,820 local workers as promised at the last election, but we wanted to go further. I am delighted that we have been able to increase that to £800, because it will really make a difference to local people. It's been a tough few years for residents across Rugby. Everyone has felt the pinch. I know from talking to local residents that this will help hard-working families."

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