Ann and Trevor Holtom meet party leaders ahead of crucial elections


Parliamentary candidate for Erdington, Cllr Ann Holtom and Tyburn Ward campaigner, Trevor Holtom have welcomed the Liberal Democrat spring conference to Birmingham. Ann and Trevor joined other delegates at the International Conference Centre to take part in debates and meetings. They also took the opportunity to meet party leader Nick Clegg MP and shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Vince Cable MP to discuss the forthcoming elections in Erdington and Tyburn.

LLWest Midlands Euro MP Liz Lynne formally opened the Liberal Democrats' first national conference to be held in Birmingham. More than 2,000 Liberal Democrat members and 3,000 media and exhibitors converged on the International Convention Centre for the Spring Conference of the party, the first time the Liberal Democrats have held their federal conference in Birmingham.

Liz Lynne issued a rallying call for the party to win new seats in Birmingham and across the region in the General Election due within weeks saying "Labour has offered only false dawn and disappointment, both in their 20 years of power on the Council and 13 years in government.

"But the Conservatives do not offer a tempting alternative. The last Conservative Government presided over two devastating recessions which hit the West Midlands hard. Now, under Labour, we have the worst recession for 80 years. "

Birmingham and the West Midlands has been let down time and time again. The factory at Washwood Heath that made the Pendolino trains - and most London tube trains too - closed. Austin Rover at Longbridge - closed. LDV vans - closed.

"And Cadburys, we had billions of pounds from taxpayer-owned banks being used to fund the takeover nobody wanted."

Ann and Trevor gave their support to Liz Lynne's comments, adding that the forthcoming elections gave the residents of Tyburn Ward and the Erdington constituency a chance to vote for a fairer Britain and for real change that works for them.