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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: 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.

  • Vince Cable gives Keyword Speech at South Central Regional Conference, Oct 2016
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    ALTER actively fosters awareness of LVT among the Liberal Democrat grass roots and as part of this we ran an ALTER stand at the South Central Regional Conference on 22 October, held near Chandler's Ford. Activists were cheered by the positive Witney by-election result. The key message: there are new members in our party, but very low awarness of LVT, and we have a mountain to climb even in making activists aware of our economic ideas. But we can get new members if we put our case across well!

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2016
    By Dr Alan Bullion, Special Reports & Projects Director, Agribusiness Intelligence

    Former Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg today warned that the price rises already being seen across Britain's food and drink sector were indicative of a wider 'cliff edge' in other key sectors of the economy, ahead of an increasingly likely 'Hard Brexit', taking the UK outside of the EU single market and customs union.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.