On 6 May, the West Midlands will be voting to select its next Mayor. This is an important job, and the chosen candidate will be in charge of setting policy for the whole region for the next 4 years. Standing for the Liberal Democrats is North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield party member Jenny Wilkinson, an ardent and experienced campaigner.
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands is Perry Barr Councillor Jon Hunt, a well-known and popular character in North Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield. He has some very interesting ideas on how policing should work on a local basis in the West Midlands, which he sets out in this video:
Vote for Jon Hunt on 6 May to safeguard policing in the West Midlands!
Also standing for election on Thursday 6 May is Josh Bunting, a fantastic local campaigner who is contesting Oscott ward for the Liberal Democrats in a by-election for Birmingham City Council. He has been working hard across the ward for several months now and has been attracting a great response from residents. If elected, he will become the youngest councillor in the city at just 18 years of age.
A seat on Sutton Coldfield Town Council has become vacant following the recent resignation of Vesey Ward representative Louise Passey (Conservative). Her replacement will be selected in a by-election in Vesey Ward, to take place on Thursday 6 May (alongside the elections of the West Midlands Mayor and PPC).
Sutton Coldfield is home to many small, independent shops, cafés and other businesses. They're an integral part of local communities and play a big part in making Sutton such a special place to live.
During lockdown, many local businesses went the extra mile for their communities -- running food deliveries, donating to those in need and checking in on vulnerable customers.
Today, many of these same businesses are struggling to survive. If they fail, we will lose dozens of local jobs. But we would also be losing something less tangible: without its rich variety of local, independent businesses, Sutton Coldfield just wouldn't be the same.
So, as lockdown eases, the Lib Dems are calling on us all locally to step up and support our local businesses. Every pound spent in your community shops, cafés and takeaways helps keep local business going and protects the livelihoods of local people.
It’s time to show our local businesses just how much we value them.
Shop local. Protect small businesses. Save jobs.
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25th May 2020
Dear Mr Mitchell,
The Prime Minister’s support of Mr Cummings
Two and a half weeks ago, my husband received the awful news that his mother only had a very short time left. Against all instinct, taking into account government guidance not to travel and concerned about the possibility of spreading coronavirus, although he had no symptoms, he made the heart-breaking decision not to go to Manchester to be at her side in her last few hours. Next week is her funeral. Some of his brothers are not going to be there as they live too far away to make the journey in a day, are reliant on public transport and have nowhere to stay.
People right across our Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield have similar stories of the incredible sacrifices they have made to stop the coronavirus. No doubt you will have heard from many of them. Our neighbourly support network has been contacted by numerous concerned sons and daughters, living hundreds of miles away, who were anxious about elderly parents in Sutton and were asking for help in getting food and medicines to them. It turns out that, contrary to common understanding, it actually would have been entirely acceptable for them to have travelled across the country to provide the support needed. There are hundreds of other tragic stories.