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  • The Lib Dem Focus campaigned with the local community against a toilet roll factory at Shawbirch East in the spring
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    The Lib Dem Focus team has secured a commitment to keep the Shawbirch East site as green as possible.

    Cllr Bill Tomlinson (Shawbirch), Cllr Karen Blundell (Apley Castle) and Cllr Karen Tomlinson (Dothill), working alongside local residents, raised a series of questions about the site at the full Council meeting in July . Local Lib Dem councillors have continued to work with the "Keep Shawbirch Green" action group, since the successful campaign to stop a polluting toilet roll factory on the site earlier this year.

  • Molly Morgan
    Article: Aug 12, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    To offset Telford and Wrekin Liberal Democrats' carbon footprint, built up during this year's election campaigns, they will be purchasing approximately 175 trees through donating to the Eden Reforestation Project.

    The Eden Reforestation Project who seek to plant a minimum of 500 million trees each year and to offer hope through the employment of tens of thousands of people in countries where extreme poverty is rampant.. which will help enrich the soil and boost the local economies in these poverty-stricken areas.

  • Nick Garvey wins Newport South By Election
    Article: Aug 5, 2019

    Liberal Democrat Nick Garvey has won a seat in Newport Town Council's South ward, vacated after Conservative Jonathan Dix, who was elected on May 2, declined to take up his seat.

    A petition of voters in the seat forced a fresh election, held on Thursday.

    Mr Garvey, who won with 253 votes, was one of five candidates vying for the seat on Newport Town Council. Conservative Sarah Pearson was the nearest challenger on 184. Labour's Sarah Branton polled 53.
  • Fight Climate Change
    Article: Jul 23, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    Telford and Wrekin Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to " toughen up" the climate emergency motion set down by the ruling Labour group on Telford & Wrekin Council.

    The motion, due to be tabled by Cllr Carolyn Healy at Thursday's full council meeting, states the authority's desire to " make a commitment for the Council's operations and activities to be carbon neutral by 2030"

  • NickGarvey, Candidate in Newport South By-Election with Cllrs Sarah Syrda and Thomas Janke
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    Hard-working local campaigner Nick Garvey will be standing for the Lib Dems in the Newport South by-election on Thursday 1st August. Nick set up Newport Neighbourhood Watch with his wife, Jo.

    Following one of the Conservatives elected to Newport Town Council in May failing to take up his seat, a by election has now been called in the South Ward of the town.
  • Councillor Thomas Janke and Sarah Sydra Newport, Shropshire
    Article: Jun 16, 2019

    Newport Town Council has resolved to drastically cut its use of paper, by distributing council documents electronically, with the aim of reducing its environmental impact.

    Lib Dem Councillor Thomas Janke (South Ward) put forward the proposal, after newly-elected Lib Dem Councillor Sarah Syrda (East Ward) raised the issue in discussion, due to her surprise at the amount of paper she was receiving from the Council.

  • Thomas New Pic
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Thomas Janke (Newport South & East) has hit back at Conservative Eric Carter's proposal to build a Cheshire Oaks-style retail park on the site of the old Ironbridge Power Station.

    "Building a retail park on the edge of a World Heritage Site is a ridiculous proposal," Cllr Janke said. "We should be developing the local economy around the heritage of Ironbridge, not despoiling the jewel in our borough's crown."

  • Article: May 24, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands have returned an MEP to the EU, following an increase in vote share in the region.

    Former, and returning MEP, Phil Bennion, said:

    "This is a fantastic result in the West Midlands, following a successful local election campaign that gave us our biggest ever gains. We appreciate everyone who voted for us - you have all played a part in building our country up, instead of backing others who want to knock it down. I also thank my fellow candidates and the whole campaign team who did an amazing job.

  • Telford Liberal Democrats
    Article: May 4, 2019

    Telford & Wrekin Liberal Democrats achieved our best results in 16 years in the local elections on 2nd May.

    The headline result was Thomas Janke finishing top of the poll beating both Conservative candidates in Newport South & East, gaining 1,040 votes against 730 votes for the leading Conservative in this two-member ward. Sarah Syrda was only 41 votes away from gaining a seat, and pushed the second Conservative candidate into fourth place. Both Thomas and Sarah were elected to Newport Town Council.

  • RP winning here
    Article: Apr 17, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    We can now confirm that the Liberal Democrats are fielding 14 candidates in the borough council elections on May 2nd. We have candidates standing in the following wards; Admaston & Bratton, Apley Castle, Brookside, Church Aston & Lilleshall, Dothill, Edgmond & Ercall Magna (2 candidates), The Nedge, Newport North & West, Newport South & East (2 candidates), Park, Shawbirch and Woodside.