Birmingham must not be hit by Brexit financial woes


Commenting on reports that London could lose it's EU clearing role, and the continuing rise in inflation, Lee Dargue, LibDem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Birmingham Ladywood, said:

"We see business beginning to relocate out of Britain to maintain EU in preparation for our exit. Now the Tory and Labour pursuit of Brexit-at-all-costs is beginning to hit the financial sector.

"In Ladywood, we are really excited to have HSBC relocation it's customer banking operation from London, to the heart of the great city of Birmingham. Further financial woes could put future prospects at risk. "It's welcome news to hear France and Germany stand ready to support the UK should realise they need a change of heart.

"We also see inflation rising, again, as the pound stays low in value - meaning people are being pressed with further rises in costs for food and clothes. We must have financial security to stop this getting worse - and so it's vital all parties work together to stop this from happening"

A crash in Nurse applications shows how much we rely on EU citizens.


Commenting on the alarming figures in nurses from EU countries registering to work in the UK, Liberal Democrat West Midlands Health Spokesperson, and Lee Dargue, said:
“Time and again we were told impacts to our local services would happen, over fears of Brexit, were scare-mongering. We see, again, that it wasn’t project fear – but project fact.

“I agree with those who say we shouldn’t just focus on EU applications for NHS staff – but I have never called for that. I have called for ensuring our NHS gets the staff and the funding it needs to not only operate but to answer the growing needs it has.

“So it is a shame that Labour remain wedded to the Tories for a Hard Brexit, and in doing so seeking to damage both the ability to properly staff and properly fund our NHS. Representing Ladywood, I know how damaging this could be to Birmingham City Hospital

“We can start to improve this situation, by having EU citizens living here having their status protected. This relies on the Tories changing their heartless opposition to this, and Labour actually being an official opposition to the government.”

GE2017: A message from Beverley


Dear Members,

Thank you and a huge well done to all our Lib Dem candidates in the West Midlands flying the flag for an open, tolerant, fair society and full access to the Single Market.
You worked and fought hard - from all of us on the Lib Dem West Midlands Executive our very sincere thanks.

We also owe a great deal of thanks to our activists, campaigners, canvassers and agents who supported our candidates through this busy time. The impact we have made would not be as great without the time, effort and money you graciously gave.

We are clearly in turbulent times and uncharted waters. We had some great gains but lost some good friends, notably in Nick Clegg....

And in the West Midlands we are so sorry we did not win back either Yardley or Solihull, despite all the hard work and dedication of many people. For every one of our candidates to lose was a hard blow, especially when we know what you put into contesting these seats.

However, as we know, much can happen in a week in politics... and who knows what the next few months will bring....We need to keep our chins up and keep fighting for our heartfelt beliefs and values.

Take care and we send all very best wishes. We look forward to keeping in touch and working to drive forward Lib Dem values in the West Midlands and beyond.

Yours very sincerely,

Beverley Nielen
West Midlands Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats are honest about NHS and Care funding – we’d give it an extra £6bn a year

Speaking on the announcement, that the Liberal Democrats would ensure an extra £6bn per year for the NHS and Social Care, Health Spokesperson Lee Dargue commented:

“We hear empty words on Health and Care funding from Theresa May. The Conservatives are happy to drive us towards a Brexit cliff-edge to sound tough on EU negotiations, because they haven’t a clue how to proceed.The NHS and Social Care needs proper funding, abut you can’t have a hard Brexit and a strong economy.

“Labour are constantly spending the same money, on different policies, leading to the shambolic position where their own front-bench no longer knows where they are getting money from. You can’t trust Labour with NHS.

Speaking on the policy to spend an extra penny in the pound on NHS and Social Care, Lee said:

“It’s always asked of politicians to be honest and I’m proud that the Lib Dems are being honest, and on the most important of areas – to ensure mental health, social care and our treasured NHS gets the funding it deserves.

“Repeated polls show people are prepared to pay a little more to protect our vital health and care services, and we are focusing on areas including mental health, public health social care and our amazing GPs. Money alone won’t solve the problem, but money is needed to protect our services, and make improvements.”

Lee finished by adding: “Liberals invented the NHS, and only Liberal Democrats can protect it.”

Only the Liberal Democrats are serious about supporting those with mental health needs.

Pulse, the GP publication, has investigated funding for Mental Health services in 2017/18 and found several areas in England are due to be hit, in total, by £35million of cuts. Walsall CCG is included.

Responding to this report, Lee Dargue, West Midlands LibDem spokesperson on Health, reacted angrily “The stigma against mental health is something Liberal Democrats proudly started to tackle in government. However, CCGs in Walsall are now having to cut their mental health service provision, due to Tory-led demands on cuts”.

Lee further added “Enough is enough. The scandalous lack of equal treatment between physical and mental health cannot go on any further. It’s clear that the Tories can’t be trusted on mental health funding, especially for young people where they aren’t even meeting their own funding requirements because of the crisis in NHS funding”1.

Lee finally said “And as for Jeremy Corbyn championing mental health – shouting so through a megaphone does nothing to help those in need. We need to have an effective opposition, as wekk as an honest debate about raising taxes to support the NHS and its services the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering both.” 

Warm words on mental health aren‘t enough – it’s time action backed up intention

Today the Education Policy Institute (EPI) released their latest report on their review of Mental Health provision for Children and Young People1 . The report showed a poor performance across the whole of England, mainly due to a “postcode lottery” of funding and service provision.

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Join us for our Regional Spring Conference 2017


Our West Midlands Regional Spring Conference will be taking place on Saturday April 8th, at Linden House in Wolverhampton.

You can book now online or print off & complete the registration form and send back to the conference office.

This promises to be yet another packed day full of interesting discussions, top speakers, first class training, active campaigning & of course cake!

View the following leaflet for more information, and the map for a detailed directions to the venue using public transport.



Alarm as Labour allow flagship skills training centre to be moth-balled

A multi-million pound state-of-the-art training centre in inner city Ladywood has been moth-balled while Birmingham’s Labour council has its eye “off the ball,” Liberal Democrats have revealed.

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Support Beverley's Campaign


Beverley Nielsen has been selected as the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Mayoral Candidate for the Liberal Democrats. You can find out more at Beverley's Website, and sign up for email notifications on her campaign.

Invitation to 'An Evening with Norman Lamb MP' Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority on Mental Health

key_norman.pngRugby Liberal Democrats invite you to 'An Evening with the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP', Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority on Mental Health.

The event is taking place on Thursday 17 November 2016 at Arnold House, Elsee Road, Rugby, CV21 3BA at 7:00pm for 7:30pm. Tickets are priced £25 and include a three-course meal.

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