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Who are Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen Liberal Democrats?

We are the local branch of the Liberal Democrats.

We are a band of dedicated individuals pledged to keep liberal and democratic values flourishing locally, nationally and internationally; to promote greater equality; and to advance environmental causes.

We want to see community-based local politics, and we work hard to get individual Liberal Democrats elected to Dudley Council, Sandwell Council, Parliament, and the European Parliament.

Our aim is to keep in touch with the local communities through residents' surveys and by distributing our local "Focus" leaflets, not just at election time but all the year round.

The area we cover is the four Parliamentary constituencies of:

  • Dudley North;
  • Dudley South;
  • Stourbridge; and
  • Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

Or, in terms of local government, we cover:

  • the whole of Dudley Borough, apart from Coseley East ward; and
  • three wards in Sandwell Borough: Rowley, Blackheath; and Cradley Heath & Old Hill.

We would love to be able to mount better and more effective campaigns over a wider area. Please contact our Chairperson, Simon Hanson, at info@dudley-libdems.org.uk if you would like to help by:

joining the Liberal Democrats;

donating money;

delivering "Focus" leaflets in your area;

doing clerical work for the party;

knocking on doors for the party;

helping put up posters at election time;

having a poster in your garden at election time;

meeting to discuss local, national or international political issues;

campaigning all year round;

standing for Dudley Council, or Sandwell Council;

standing for Parliament, or the European Parliament.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • ALTER fringe York Spring 2017 conference
    Article: Mar 25, 2017

    A record number of new members attended the Spring Conference in York, and ALTER's fringe was packed. Vice Chair Tony Vickers spoke about the housing crisis, and secretary David Cooper unveiled a proposed tax (provisionally called the "Zoopla Recovery Tax") on overseas investors in the UK housing market.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Here s Norman Lamb's speech from this afternoon's health debate:

    First, we condemn Theresa May for her refusal to guarantee the rights of EU citizens working in our NHS and care services to stay in this country.

    We value the vital contribution you make.

    We demand that their right is guaranteed.

    The Budget completely failed to address the dire financial situation facing the NHS and care.

    Whatever your politics, it makes no sense to spend a reducing share of our national income on the NHS as demand rises at 4% every year

    Whatever your politics, it makes no sense that in 2018/19 spending per head in real terms will actually fall as pressures grow

    Whatever your politics, surely we can't tolerate over a million older people with care needs left unmet.

    Yet this is the reality today.

    And it's not just numbers or statistics - it's the impact on people which is so disturbing. There are real consequences for families up and down our country.

    This is what the brilliant charity, Young Minds, reports from its Parents' Helpline:

    'The helpline receives calls every day from parents who are desperately trying to get support from Children's Mental Health Services. We regularly hear from parents who can't even get a referral or who have been waiting months for an initial assessment and whose children's conditions have got worse during that time. Children who have started to self harm or become suicidal during the wait - or who've dropped out of school, which not only has a big impact on their own education but also means that one of the parents has to give up their job to look after them.

    We hear from parents who've separated because of the pressure the wait is putting on the whole family.'

    This in OUR NHS. It's shameful.

    The man in North Norfolk told that the waiting time for the adult ADHD clinic is two years. What's he supposed to do in the meantime?

    People waiting in a state of acute anxiety for a cancer operation which is delayed beyond the standard maximum 62 days from referral to treatment. Across the country, this standard is no longer being met.

    Or the missed ambulance response times for patients in life or death situations, the record numbers of delayed discharges - frail older people stuck in hospital becoming more dependent.

    A system under impossible pressure.

    The awful truth is that failures of care are becoming commonplace - at a time when the Secretary of State claims that he wants the NHS to be the safest health system in the world.

    And here's the really insidious trend. More and more people, who have the funds, are opting out, fast-tracking treatment by paying privately. And who can blame them. You do what you can for your family.

    But how can we tolerate a situation where those with money can get speedy access to treatment whilst those without are left waiting. This totally undermines the solidarity of which we are all proud, that belief that in this country, you get access to treatment regardless of your ability to pay.

    And just look at how we have fallen behind other European countries in how much we spend on healthcare. Germany and France spend more than we do.

    Watch how the Tories self-righteously condemn other countries for falling short of the golden 2% share of GDP spent on defence - an international benchmark, yet seem not to care when we fall so badly behind on health spending?

    We can't carry on letting people down. We are the sixth largest economy in the world. Surely we are capable of doing better than this?

    So the Lib Dems will lead the way, showing how we can give hope to patients and to the remarkable workforce in the NHS and in care services.

    I pay tribute to the work carried out by the independent expert panel. I thank them for guiding us. Their interim report is powerful.

    An OBR for Health - an independent assessment of the amount of money needed to deliver a modern and effective health and care system - taking it out of the hands of politicians, restoring people's trust.

    And three options for providing sustainable funding.

    I have been clear that I am immensely attracted to their third option - a dedicated NHS and Care Tax, shown on your pay packet, fair between generations and progressive.

    And until such a tax could be implemented, we have to find a credible way of funding the necessary increased investment.

    I want us to consider a penny on income tax to help guarantee that our loved ones get the care they need, in their hour of need. But we must be smart on how that extra money is spent. As our expert panel has proposed, extra investment must be focused on out of hospital care and social care. We must champion PREVENTION of ill health, investing in PUBLIC HEALTH - so stupidly cut by the Tories.

    And we must invest more in mental health to end the injustice suffered by those with mental ill health.

    So Liberal Democrats will lead the way in coming up with solutions for the big challenges we face.

    But there is real urgency about the crisis we face. That's why I have brought together Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs to call for the Prime Minister to establish an NHS and Care Convention.

    It was a great Liberal, William Beveridge, who proposed the NHS.

    Now, as we approach it's 70th year, the NHS is in desperate need of renewal.

    Today's Liberal party - the Liberal Democrats - must meet that challenge. We must lead the way.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published the interim report by the independent panel of health experts commissioned by Norman Lamb to set out a new deal for Britain's Health and Social Care Services.

    The panel is independent of the party and is making recommendations based on the experience and expertise of its members which they hope are considered by all political parties.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat European Group and its members look forward to joining other Liberal Democrats for the Unite for Europe march tomorrow at 1000 at Marble Arch.

    The Liberal Democrat European Group regrets the decision of the European Movement not to participate fully in this march.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    Zac Goldsmith claimed Brexit has nothing to do with this by-election. The very public endorsement he has picked up from the party of Nigel Farage nails that lie.

    Zac Goldsmith was already the Conservative Party candidate. Now he is also the UKIP candidate. His campaign is the Nigel and Zac show.

    UKIP's website expressly states that it is vital for supporters of Hard Brexit to defeat the Liberal Democrats in Richmond Park, and praises Zac Goldsmith for being 'fully committed to getting Britain out of the European Union'.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    The 'No Ifs, No Buts' pledge from the Conservatives has been thrown by the wayside in the rush to bulldoze homes and build a new runway.

    Zac Goldsmith has failed Richmond Park on Heathrow and betrayed them on Brexit.

    The turbulence in the Conservative Party is nothing compared to the anger felt by those they have betrayed by giving up their commitment to the environment and communities in West London.

    Theresa May used to make this case, now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history.

    Boris once said he would lay down in front of the bulldozer. Now he will find himself on the slow boat to China - anywhere to avoid having to stand up for his principles - or stand down from his seat at the cabinet table.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    Over the next five weeks, we'll be fighting a Parliamentary by-election caused by Zac Goldsmith's resignation - the Liberal Democrats held this seat until 2015 and we're the clear challengers to Zac.

    Electing a Lib Dem MP in Richmond Park will send a strong message to the Tory Government not just on Heathrow, but on Brexit too. It's a tremendous opportunity for people to give their verdict on the direction Theresa May's new government is taking our country.
  • Article: Oct 27, 2016
    By Clive R Sneddon

    This recent summary by Donald Tusk of the possible outcomes of triggering Article 50 raises two sorts of question. The first is about the debate within the UK, the second about the debate within the EU.

    Within the EU, the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon provided that 'Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements', and then set out the EU procedures for dealing with this. But in the case of the UK, these constitutional requirements are themselves unclear, and the occasional lone voice has been heard within the EU, not least from Wolfgang Schäuble and Nicolas Sarkozy, suggesting that the EU must change and a way be found to keep Britain in the EU.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2016
    By Thomas Cole

    The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) has stalled, at least for the time-being. Despite the fact that it would have reduced almost all tariffs between the two sides and taken away customs duties amounting to savings of around €500m, coupled with the projected subsequent increase in trade, for the time being it is dead.