Neil Lewis chosen as Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats candidate for GE17

THE BROMSGROVE Liberal Democrats have already chosen their candidate to stand in the general election on June 8.

Neil Lewis was quick to criticise Prime Minister Theresa May about her decision to call an early poll and made several pledges in a statement to The Standard.

He said: “This election is all about Brexit. It’s a straight fight between Hard Brexit Conservatives (meekly supported by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour) against the pro Single Market Lib Dems.

“A `hard’ Brexit deal will hurt many Bromsgrove people and businesses and we will be campaigning to stop Mrs May and Sajid Javid silencing their opponents.”

He said the Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats were ready to battle to ‘keep Britain open, tolerant and united’.

“The Conservatives offer the hardest of all Brexits, a rupture with our single market and a break with trade deals covering 50 plus nations whilst risking our economic future simply to please the extreme views of Tory backbenchers.

“The Government has no answers to the real problems facing our country and without a proper opposition, Labour have been letting the Tories getting away with it all.

“The Lib Dems have been fighting for people to have a say on the final EU deal, to make sure we are listened to properly once we know and understand the facts of what can actually be negotiated rather than the lies and falsehoods we heard last June.”

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We are delighted to announce the selection of Neil Lewis as Bromsgrove’s candidate in the General Election on 8th June. We look forward to working with him in the next few weeks and beyond as we campaign to take votes from the Conservatives, who believe they are so deeply embedded here in Worcestershire that they are unassailable. We know that we have the support of those local voters who wish to remain fully in the EU  but there are other issues and much of our support comes from voters who are shocked by the reductions in public spending and resultant cuts to public services, Some issues are local too and we have found dismay at the traffic congestion in Bromsgrove, which the present Conservative majority on our county council and  the Government seem unable or not interested in solving. We have answers at both national and local levels and look forward to sharing them in this very interesting election campaign.

Janet King,


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NHS trusts are facing a new challenge in their cash strapped struggle to provide a high standard service.  Now hospitals are faced with a sharp rise of 21% (£ 322 millions) in business rates on their property. As an example, the Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham will face a tax bill rise from £2.8m per year to£6.9m unless MPs and ourselves can persuade the Government to relent. One solution would be to allow NHS properties to claim charity status  reductions of  80% as some private hospitals eg the Nuffield Trust already do but so far that sensible suggestion has been rejected by Jeremy Hunt.

We contend that, far from imposing yet another financial burden on the NHS, the Government should be doing all it can to save health costs from rising by reducing property tax payments rather than increasing them so dramatically. Tax payers tell us that they are more than happy to contribute a little more for the NHS for improved medical care but not to see it returned to the Treasury  in tax.

Please email your local MPs to urge them to ask Jeremy Hunt to reverse this increase and to bring NHS hospitals in line with private sector by allowing them to claim the 80% charitable status reduction (without becoming charities, of course).

Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat health spokesman , has a petition on his website which you can also sign supporting a 1p in the £ tax increase ring-fenced for the NHS. Together we can take this positive action to help our wonderful NHS.

























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Local resident and campaigner Rob Hunter launches bid to become Bromsgrove Central’s next county councillor


I’m really proud to call Bromsgrove my home. I’ve always thought it was a great place to live and was delighted when my wife and I were finally able to buy our first home in Norton last year, after years of renting.

This is a really creative and industrious town, as demonstrated by the range of long standing businesses located here and the amazing news last year that we have had more business start ups than anywhere else outside of London.

I’m standing for election this May because I want hard working local residents to get the investment they deserve in their town. For too long we have been overlooked whilst major investment decisions favour other areas.

Take, for example, the traffic congestion which is crippling our town. Conservatives on Worcestershire County Council are happy to spend £42m on major upgrades to the A4440 around Worcester but have refused to consider a western relief road for Bromsgrove to unblock bottle necks on the A38. Bromsgrove Lib Dems have long campaigned for a relief road parallel with the M5 as a lasting solution to congestion problems but the Conservative controlled County Council will only commit to minor changes to the A38 which will not solve the problem. If elected in May I will champion our area and fight to tackle traffic congestion.

Bromsgrove Lib Dems offer a strong local voice for our area and are independent of central government. We will fight against damaging cuts to our public services and the unpleasant, divisive noises we have been hearing recently from other parties.

I care about Bromsgrove Central because I live here. I get stuck in the same traffic jams as you and packed into the same overcrowded trains . I want to work with local residents to make this town the best it can be.

Your views matter so please get in touch I’d love to hear from you.


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