Local Liberal Democrat recently launched a petition via the Kenilworth Focus, calling on the Leader of Warwickshire County Council to write to the Prime Minister and the Warwickshire MPs, objecting to the proposed forced academisation of all state schools as being both undemocratic and wrong. Subsequently the Conservative Leader, with backing from all the other party leaders, has written to the Prime Minister to this effect.
I am writing to you on behalf of the Warwickshire County Council Liberal Democrat Group to express our deep disappointment over this year's central government finance settlement for the County Council, and the loss of funding that will now seriously reduce local services and at the same time increase the pressure on the taxpayers of Warwickshire. You will be aware that the County Council has being working hard on efficiencies and has delivered savings of £98 million since 2010, therefore meeting the challenge of funding reductions at the same time as rising demand.
For the second time in less than five years, the Liberal Democrats are leading the fight to save youth and community services in Kenilworth from savage budget cuts by Conservative councillors.
In 2011, Warwickshire's ruling Tories cut all county funding for youth and community services in our town. Local Lib Dems, led by Cllrs John Whitehouse and Ann Blacklock, helped to raise a huge petition which forced a rethink. The outcome was theKenilworthCentre charity, which took over the premises in Abbey End Car Park in 2012, and which has taken the provision of youth and community services in the town from strength to strength over the last 3½ years.
Richard Dickson, Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for Kenilworth & Southam, and John Whitehouse, Lib Dem county councillor for Kenilworth Abbey visited the House of Lords yesterday to meet Baroness Jenny Randerson, the spokesperson for Transport in Tim Farron's leadership team in Westminster.
Affordable homes, young people's services and road safety are the biggest priorities in the town, according to research recently completed by local Liberal Democrats in Kenilworth.
Throughout the month of October local LibDem volunteers have been out and about on doorsteps to seek the opinion of 800 households throughout Kenilworth to find out the main concerns of local people. Hundreds of households in each of the three Council wards of Abbey, Park Hill and St John's were asked to complete a brief survey which gave them the opportunity to express their views on a range of subjects, including Council services, buses and trains, the local environment, community safety, traffic and voting in elections. Respondents were also asked what they liked most and liked least about living in Kenilworth.
2,400 families in Kenilworth & Southam constituency will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.
Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government's proposals.
As the Party Conference season draws to a close, Liberal Democrats in Kenilworth & Southam say there's never been a better time to rethink the Government's plans for High Speed Rail. Rather than pursue the costly white elephant of HS2, it's time to decide in favour of a route that will give more capacity, better connectivity, a higher cost/benefit ratio and lower CO2 emissions.
Kenilworth & Southam Liberal Democrats held a Summer BBQ on Saturday evening at the home of our parliamentary spokesperson Richard Dickson and his wife Kate. Despite the rain earlier in the day the weather was kind to us, and a sunny balmy evening was enjoyed by all.
Liz Lynne, Lib Dem federal policy committee member and previously MEP for the West Midlands, attended the event and talked to members about the challenges and opportunities now facing the party.
On June 17th our parliamentary spokesperson Richard Dickson joined thousands of other people from across the UK to lobby MPs in Westminster to do more to address climate change. The event was organised by a coalition of charities, such as 38 Degrees, Christian Aid and Oxfam, and was a peaceful opportunity to ask our MP three specific questions:
Last weekend there was a gathering to thank our candidates in the recent elections, all of whom would have made first - class councillors if only more voters had agreed with us -- and especially to thank Richard Dickson and John Whitehouse for their superhuman efforts in running the campaign and giving us so much of their time, energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. They all deserve a really good holiday now!