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We are a band of dedicated individuals pledged to keep liberal, democratic values flourishing locally, nationally and internationally; to promote greater equality, environmentalism and to fight for the people of Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen. We care about community-based local politics, and we work hard to get individual Liberal Democrats elected to all levels of Government, with a focus on Dudley Council especially. 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 year round.

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  • COP26 with Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 26, 2021
    By Francis J. Thomas

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    Hello all.

    I'm Francis, Political Assistant to the Green Liberal Democrats and our first full time staff member.

    I wanted to talk a little bit about who I am and the work I have been up to this month, in the first edition of my montly report as part of our pledge for greater transparency.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2021

    Today is Carers Rights Day, and the Liberal Democrats are continuing to stand up for carers.

    The Covid pandemic has shown that we are a nation of carers. But it's also shown how, for this Conservative Government carers are nothing more than an afterthought.

    From Ministers' abject failure to protect people in care homes, to their refusal to raise Carer's Allowance when they put up Universal Credit, carers have been forgotten and ignored again and again.

  • Cllr Marguerita Morton
    Article: Nov 25, 2021
    By Cllr Marguerita Morton, Tunbridge Wells, St Johns Ward

    am a Councillor on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and I reported to the Overview & Scrutiny Committee at our March meeting that we had to be vigilant when Hongkongers with BN(O) status start to arrive in the country in family groups. I warned that with hate crime on the rise, even in Tunbridge Wells, the Community Safety Team had to be on the alert that people are not being attacked for their ethnicity. Hate crimes had risen by 3.2% since last year due to the constant repetition on the media that Chinese were responsible for the spread of the "Wuhan virus". This is untrue as recent studies have shown Covid-19 had been brought into the UK via Europe. It was most likely from Northern Italy where there was a severe outbreak of C-19 cases with over 6,000 recorded deaths by mid March.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2021

    Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon Layla Moran has highlighted a potential loophole in the government proposals to end conversion therapy.

    Speaking to the Oxford Mail, she said: "Teaching people that there's something wrong with them just because of who they love isn't 'therapy'. It's cruel and can be incredibly harmful for the thousands of LGBTQ+ people who have been subjected to it."

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    Let's Make Lib Dems BME Friendly - It's Not What We Do, But How We Do It That Counts

    Below is an outline of why I am standing for Vice President.

    I am an established Race Equality and Diversity campaigner with a Business Management background and an established record of striving for Race Equity across the Party. In the course of my 25 years as Party member I have served on the Federal Policy Committee, International Relations Committee, been Secretary of the PCA, vice chair of EMLD and served as a Regional Diversity Champion. I am also Secretary of Lib Dem Friends of India. It is this personal history that accounts for my reputation as a Community Champion within the Party and my high profile amongst BME communities nationally.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    Time and time again, we hear that the reality of what ethnic minorities face in our party and in our politics does not match up to the principles we hold, and, as a party committed to equality, it is vital that we apply our values and make a change. I will provide the positive vision and leadership we need to move forward and make that happen.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    A campaigning Vice President, for a campaigning Party

    I was a 100/200m Sprinter. Catastrophe struck in my early 20's when my achilles tendon ruptured. For 20 months I was in a wheelchair. I needed wheelchair-friendly public transport to hospital and the inadequacy of it shocked me. It made me realise that everyone has a choice. When you see something that's wrong, do you leave it for someone else, or do you fight for change?

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Tahir Maher

    Vision

    My goals for this role are:

    • I want to help provide a platform for better training and promote a programme that supports ethnic minority members to develop their potential, so they are competently able to stand for external and internal elections of office
    • I want to see established an attractive and resilient message that helps to build a strong foundation for the Liberal Democrats to engage and campaign with in Ethnic Minority communities
    • Within the party, I want to establish a better understanding of Ethnic minority issues on housing, education, LGBT+, heath, crime, etc. This will allow us to better serve the ethnic minority communities at a national and local level
  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Marisha Ray

    You, as Liberal Democrat members, have asked me for a diverse, inclusive party that represents all sections of all our communities well.

    I am standing to be your Vice President for minority communities to promote inclusion and to eliminate racism and other discrimination from inside our party, to inspire more and more candidates from under-represented groups to stand and to inspire all of us to engage on a sustained and substantive basis with all of the UK's communities so that we eliminate exclusion and disadvantage.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Julliet Makhapila

    Your vote matters and is a Vote for Hope, Action and Transformation.

    From when I arrived in London as a teenager, Sir John Major was Prime Minister and I felt a connection with the city. Firstly at university, and later whilst living in Islington, my political views formed and I joined the Liberal Democrats.