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  • Cllr Janke raised £15,000 in five days to help fund Taitusi Ratacaucau's vital surgery
    Article: May 28, 2020

    Newport councillor and Iraq veteran Thomas Janke has raised more than £15,000 to help a Commonwealth veteran cover the costs of his medical bills for emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour.

    Taitusi Ratacaucau, originally from Fiji, served for ten years in the British Army, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and now lives with his family in London. Having been classed as an overseas patient, he was told he must pay more than £27,000 for his NHS care.

  • Wrekin PPC Thomas Janke
    Article: Apr 21, 2020

    Wrekin parliamentary spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats Thomas Janke has called on the Wrekin's MP to back a campaign to reward NHS staff for putting themselves in harm's way.

    Iraq veteran Cllr Janke has asked Mark Pritchard MP to support a campaign to reward NHS and care staff on the front line of the COVID-19 fight with £29 per day extra - the same reward active armed forces personnel receive for active deployment.

  • Cllr Janke's Head Shave
    Article: Apr 12, 2020

    Councillor Thomas Janke who represents Newport South and East on Telford & Wrekin Council, decided to shave his head as a way of raising funds for the NHS.

    So far the donations mean that more than £400 will be going to NHS Charities together.

    Councillor Janke offered his thanks to everyone who has donated and praised the efforts of NHS workers.

  • NHS Volunteer Responders
    Article: Apr 7, 2020

    Across the country, people are volunteering to help their communities through the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

    Here are some of the ways you can help your neighbours get through this crisis.

    NHS Volunteer Responders

    NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. An 'army' of volunteers is needed to support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

  • Joint Statement
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    The major political parties in Telford & Wrekin have issued the following joint statement on the Donnington by-election:

    We believe the by-elections for Donnington, scheduled to be held on 2 April, should be postponed for an interim period. The absolute priority for our emergency personnel, Council staff, candidates and residents should be focusing on the unprecedented circumstances caused by Covid- 19 alongside their health and safety.

  • Robbie Kneale, Lib Dem candidate in the Donnington by-election
    Article: Mar 6, 2020

    Local campaigner Robbie Kneale has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to stand as their candidate in the Donnington by-election on 2nd April.

    Local family man and Donnington resident Robbie Kneale will stand for the vacant councillor position in Donnington following the sad passing of Cllr Liz Clare.

  • Police officer
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    Newport councillor Thomas Janke has called for police response officers to be based at Newport Fire Station, in the absence of a police station.

    Welcoming Telford & Wrekin police chief Supt Jim Baker's commitment to the police role in keeping Newport a "vibrant, active and thriving market town", Cllr Janke made the plea to bring back a base for response officers in Newport.

    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    A Woodside town councillor has launched a petition today calling for the bulky waste collection charge, set by Telford & Wrekin Council, to be scrapped for residents to help address a fly-tipping "epidemic".

    Figures revealed today show that Woodside was the borough's fly-tipping hot spot in 2019 with 689 incidents reported. This is 43 times higher (per resident) than other areas, such as Apley Castle.

  • Thomas Janke and Shana Roberts at the General Election Count Telford (Shropshire Star)
    Article: Dec 16, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    Telford & Wrekin Liberal Democrats were pleased to see the party's share of the vote treble in both Telford and the Wrekin constituencies in this year's general election.

    Thomas Janke in The Wrekin received 4,067 (8.3%) votes up 5.6% on 2017 and Shana Roberts, in what was an ultra Conservative-Labour marginal, received 2,657 (6.2%) votes up 4.1% on 2017.

  • Closed Dawley High Street Business (Shropshire Star)
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    Telford Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1,610 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats today (Saturday 7 December) unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday.