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So what happens now?

by danielbarker on 25 September, 2016

As everyone was expecting, Jeremy Corbyn been re-elected leader of the Labour Party. Electoral suicide? Only time will tell. Cries are ringing out from both sides ‘the Party must unite’. But how long will it last? Labour has a leader who is at odds with more than half his parliamentary party across a whole range […]

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The Government has rejected a call by auditors for contaminated land grants to be restored. A report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) found funding for local councils to clean up contaminated land was ‘insufficient’. It recommended the creation of a dedicated funding stream for Part 2A contaminated land remediation, and proposed Defra undertake a […]

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Full text of Tim Farron’s speech to Conference

by danielbarker on 23 September, 2016

Here is the full text of Tim Farron’s speech to Conference: “Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we’re best at, is confounding expectations. We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and we made a difference. We were expected to disappear after […]

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Surgery tonight

by danielbarker on 22 September, 2016

My surgery will take place at Winehala Court between 7pm & 8pm tonight. Come along if you want to chat & I’ll see if I can help you! The location for the surgery is: Winehala Court, Sandbeds Road, Short Heath, Walsall, West Midlands WV12 4GA. Content published and promoted by Roy Sheward on behalf of Dan Barker […]

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The future of the Syrian resettlement programme could be put at risk by local authorities’ lack of suitable accommodation and school places, auditors warn. Under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme, the Government plans to resettle 20,000 people, who are registered in camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey, by May 2020. However, the […]

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William Wallace writes…Taking on the anti-tax movement

by danielbarker on 21 September, 2016

If you read any other paper than the Guardian, you will have noted some days ago a generously-covered story about the enormous ‘lifetime tax bill’ faced by British families. The ‘average UK household’ in 2014-15 was estimated to pay £826,000 in direct and indirect taxes over their working life, while the top 20% ‘will pay […]

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More than two-thirds of domestic abuse refuges could be forced to close unless they are exempt from the housing benefit cap, new research has warned today. New statistics from Women’s Aid England and Welsh Women’s Aid show 67% of refuges in England and 69% in Wales could be closed down due to the Government’s welfare […]

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Tim Farron: I want to park LibDem tanks on the Tories lawn

by danielbarker on 19 September, 2016

Tim Farron launched an audacious raid on Jeremy Corbyn’s divided party today by pledging to give Labour defectors roles in a “plausible alternative” to the Conservatives. In an exclusive interview ahead of the Liberal Democrats Conference, he aimed to encourage former shadow cabinet ministers to jump ship by saying they could hold Theresa May to […]

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Land commission launched by combined authority

by danielbarker on 16 September, 2016

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has put together a panel of property and infrastructure experts in a bid to ‘unlock hundreds of hectares’ of undeveloped land. The West Midlands Land Commission (WMLC) has been set up in a bid to boost land supply for development amid fears too little would hamper its ability to […]

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The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a new Stronger Communities Fund. The fund is for one-off grants of up to £2,000 to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, strengthen relationships with the police and empower /engage residents. The Stronger Communities Fund replaces the previous OPCC Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). To be successful, projects need to […]

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