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by Michael Rosen Am fascinated by these ‘I’m not racist but’ people they show us. They say things like ‘it’s all got too much’ and ‘there’s too many of them’ etc etc So what do they think UKIP is going to do for them? Put people on trains and ship them out? And how will […]

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by Dan Barker on October 17, 2014 Severn Trent’s watermain renewal program continues to work its way through the Short Heath area. This week saw the work move on to Dovedale Avenue and Short Heath Lib Dem Councillor Dan Barker and Lib Dem Neighbourhoods spokesman Councillor Ian Shires paid an early morning visit to the […]

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School absence rates improving in England and Wales

by danielbarker on October 17, 2014

Government figures have revealed a dramatic reduction in the amount of school days lost to term-time holidays, with an estimated 2.5m lost this year, compared to 3.3m in the previous year. The reduction is attributed to measures introduced last year that meant term-time leave could be granted only in exceptional circumstances. The figures also show […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Tim Farron MP | Wed 15th October 2014 – 12:11 pm In case you weren’t able to make it to Glasgow, here’s some good news from Conference. The hard work that many people in the party have done on housing is being recognised. Jules Birch, housing blogger, sums up […]

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Clegg pledge is a landmark for mental health

by danielbarker on October 15, 2014

The Bimingham-based chair of the new Lib Dem Mental Health Association hailed Nick Clegg’s pledge to make care equality a ‘front page’ election issue as a landmark . Lee Dargue (PPC Edgbaston) said: “Nick Clegg put a top priority on an issue that has been waiting a long time to get attention – Mental Health. […]

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Walsall’s new Labour bosses could be on a collision course with their own backbenchers representing the Bentley area in a wrangle over who keeps the surpluses from local council land sale. An urgent item was introduced at last night’s Neighbourhoods Scrutiny and Performance Panel to update councillors on progress of proposals for a new library […]

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EY predicts £40bn boost from HS2

by danielbarker on October 13, 2014

Forecasts from EY suggest HS2 could be worth £40bn to the UK economy with the boost coming chiefly from the construction sector as new homes and office buildings are built in the communities surrounding new stations. Three key hubs around the Birmingham, London and Manchester stations will generate £1bn every year until the project is […]

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Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron has welcomed the news that a National Minimum Wage could be created for apprentices. Plans to boost pay for thousands of apprentices have been unveiled by Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable. Tim Farron has been lobbying on the issue after it was raised with him […]

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Nick Clegg’s speech in full

by danielbarker on October 10, 2014

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By The Voice | Wed 8th October 2014 – 1:30 pm Here’s the text of Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dems’ autumn 2014 conference: “ Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go […]

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Time to back the manager

by danielbarker on October 9, 2014

In football many fans have wondered whether a manager should stay when the results aren’t going well for the team (because they’ve overseen good results in the past) or whether they should get a new manager and hope there’s a bounce in the club’s performance. Liberal Democrats have been going through exactly the same dilemma, […]

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