above: Steve Webb with Cllrs Charlotte Barnes (Bishops’ Castle) and Heather Kidd (Chirbury & Worthen)
South Shropshire Liberal Democrats have announced that Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, is to visit next week. His visit is timed to boost the start of the Shropshire Council election campaign—because he thinks the Shropshire Lib Dems are winners!
“I am hugely impressed by their record of by-election wins and their recruitment. I want to find out the secret of their success!”
The Minister was also alert to ‘pioneering achievements’ of the Lib Dems when they were in charge: their affordable housing programme, spearheaded by Heather Kidd,was a national trail-blazer; they had the best recycling rate in the whole County, in South Shropshire; they took the great step of CONSULTING their Public on Council Tax! Quite a novelty!’ (Being asked,the Public voted for the cash to keep decent Public Toilets.)
When in Coalition in the Shirehall they were equally progressive: free-to-use Broadband was provided in libraries, schools and broadplaces (another innovation for rural areas); the Youth Service was painstakingly rebuilt; Social Care was properly funded; our schools were top class.
Now this is being savagely dismantled by the Tory Council, starting with their assault on our small schools-despite giving an election pledge to keep them open! Now is the time for the voters to give their verdict on this slash and burn council.
“Steve will expect to deal with controversial topics of the moment,” said Bishops Castle Councillor Charlotte Barnes, “I met him last year and his grasp of subject is impressive. But I also know that he will LISTEN, as he always has.”
Lib Dem Leader Cllr Nigel Hartin added, “A ministerial visit is a compliment to the Lib Dem work on the ground and to the loyalty of our residents in supporting us.”
Mr Webb is scheduled to visit Ludlow, Clun Valley, Much Wenlock and Church Stretton. He will be meeting local activists and their interested guests and taking questions on any topic.