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Call for major devolution of power

by danielbarker on October 1, 2014

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at the Local Government Association, has called for a major devolution of power from Westminster after the result of the Scottish referendum was known. “If it is right for more powers to be transferred to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is also right that more powers should […]

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Posted 30 September, 2014 Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has responded to Andy Burnham’s plans for a full integration of health and social care services. This government’s £3.8bn merger of health and social care services is the integration Labour talked about but never delivered in their 13 years in power. Speaking at Labour’s conference, […]

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More good economic news

by danielbarker on September 29, 2014

The Times looks forward to revisions to GDP figures expected to show on Tuesday that Britain’s recovery is stronger and more sustainable than first thought. Britain’s official statistics are being updated to a new European standard. “Further upward revisions would better match the data with survey indicators and rapid employment growth, and would move the […]

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Migration targets hold back UK

by danielbarker on September 26, 2014

Alistair Cox, the chief executive of Hays, has warned that the strength of Britain’s economic recovery and development of major infrastructure projects are being threatened because politicians are afraid to speak out on immigration. Mr Cox called on the Government to abandon its net migration target, claiming that it exacerbates skills shortages in the UK. […]

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Posted September 25, 2014 Short heath Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the Post Office in High Road, Lane Head is set for a major refurbishment as part of the Coalition Government’s modernisation modernisation plans. Work is due to start on the 28th October and the new-look Post Office is scheduled to open in […]

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Surgery tomorrow

by danielbarker on September 24, 2014

Just a reminder that my monthly surgery is tomorrow at Winehala Court. Come along and I’ll do my best to help you with your problems. Surgeries for Short Heath are as follows: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month – 3-4pm at the Meeting Room on Queens Lea 2nd Wednesday of each month – 7-8pm […]

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English regions call for more powers

by danielbarker on September 23, 2014

Leaders of English regions and cities have used the fallout from the Scottish referendum to call for a new range of powers. Councillors in the southwest called for a National Assembly for Cornwall. Carwyn Jones, the Welsh first minister, claimed the UK was “dead ” as he set out his proposals for greater devolution in […]

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Labour’s plan to close Willenhall Police Station

by danielbarker on September 20, 2014

Posted September 20, 2014 News is emerging that Willenhall Police Station has been earmarked for closure under plans drawn up by the Police Crime Commisioner for the West Midlands, Labour’s David Jamieson in order to raise £500,000 and cut £170,000 a year in running costs. Under the plans most operations at Willenhall’s John Street station […]

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So the answer is ‘No’

by danielbarker on September 19, 2014

So what next? Hopefully it means that devolution in England is back on the agenda. What we don’t need is devolution that misses anyone out. We in the Liberal Democrats believe that no-one should be a victim of their post-code, yet if you are English at the moment, you are! The last exercise in devolution […]

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Parking issues in Coltham Road…..

by danielbarker on September 18, 2014

Posted September 18, 2014 Parking problems in Coltham Road flaired up again recently prompting residents to contact the Liberal Democrats in the area. Liberal Democrat Focus Teams in the Short Heath earea have been made aware of further problems in the past few days concerning parking in Coltham Road. They have asked for a report […]

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