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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, Ben France, 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: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 23, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, Chair of the Lib Dem Europe Group in West Sussex Times

    Please find below a recent letter by Nick Hopkinson, the LDEG Chair, to the West Sussex Times

    Dear Sir,
    Your recent editorial praised the ruling Conservative Party for its record as the majority Party on West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Is this really merited? Education continues to be woefully underfunded. West Sussex road programmes and maintenance remains patchy, and social care and re-cycling facilities operate on reduced hours. The list of Conservative led failings at WSCC goes on.
  • Mark Pack (Mark Pack)
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Mark Pack writes today :

    "An updated version of my 'what the Lib Dems believe' digital graphic is now out, and designed for much better compatibility with mobile devices

    - http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-beliefs/

    It's designed more for supporters rather than floating voters, as it emphasises what makes us Liberal Democrats rather than our immediate solutions to the most pressing issues of the moment, although Europe etc. of course do get a mention.

    Hope you find it useful!"

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats recently distributed a letter signed by Dr Clare Gerada setting out her view on the challenges facing the NHS.


    Clare absolutely stands by those comments however the letter did contain incorrect details regarding Clare's time at the Royal College of General Practitioners. We thank Clare for publicising her concerns about our NHS and apologise for the drafting error. Here is the correct version of Clare's letter:

  • Article: May 18, 2017

    With the announcement of the Conservative manifesto today, Theresa May has shown her true colours. I've scarcely seen a colder, more mean-spirited agenda in my entire career.

    There's no doubt about it: the Nasty party is back. The Tories are hitting families from cradle to grave by snatching school lunches from children and homes from the elderly.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me.

    You might have seen it on the news. Or the internet.

    In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    Because we Lib Dems believe that LGBT+ rights are human rights, a lot of the LGBT+ content in the manifesto (.pdf link) is spread out in the policy topic areas the manifesto covers. We like this, it means that LGBT+ rights are integral to our policies, not tacked on as an afterthought. However, it can make things easy to miss. In lieu of an index, therefore, our acting Chair Jennie Rigg has drawn it all together in one handy place, starting at the beginning:

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Article: May 16, 2017
    By By Chris Bell, UGC and Social News team

    When Steph Clayton's mother, Grace, fell suddenly ill, the new school year had only recently started. A teacher from Sheffield, now 60, she didn't feel she could take time off work. She wasn't with her mum when she died.

    Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to introduce a year's statutory unpaid leave for people to care for relatives. Some have welcomed the move, but others say fundamental issues have not been addressed. Steph told the BBC that she approved of the proposals.