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West Worcestershire Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jul 21, 2020
    By Christian Barnett in Malvern Gazette

    A plan to build more homes on green space in Malvern has been rejected again by the council.

    Malvern Hills District Council rejected a Fortis Living plan to build another 21 homes on land off Pickersleigh Grove in Malvern having rejected a similar plan for 23 homes earlier this year. The homes would have been built next to 92 already-approved homes which are nearing completion.

  • Article: May 29, 2020


    Towards the end April I wrote about the 'rough beast' whose hour had come, or in other words Covid-19; a beast that has continued to make its devastating impact on our lives, communities and economy.

    Another month on and the devastation continues with the UK reporting the highest coronavirus death rate ahead of the US, Italy, Spain and Belgium. In a report, 28th May, the FT states the UK registered 59,537 more deaths than usual (or excess deaths) since the week ending March 20, suggesting that the virus had directly or indirectly been responsible for the deaths of 891 people per million. At this stage of the pandemic, it's a higher rate of death than in any other country. According to the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, excess deaths are a 'key metric' and the best way to compare countries' performance in handling infectious diseases. Jonathan Ashworth, Labour Shadow Health Secretary, has stated that the UK was 'too slow into lockdown, off the pace on testing and PPE, and too slow to protect our care homes'.

  • letter
    Article: May 24, 2020
    By Dan Boatright

    I am sure many of you have found yourselves confused and somewhat frustrated by the recent revelations that Dominic Cummings visited his family, while experiencing symptoms, in County Durham. We have sent the following letter to our MP, Harriet Baldwin, to voice our concerns and ask for support in calling for his resignation.

  • Article: May 5, 2020
    By Christian Barnett in Worcester News

    The community of Pershore have been praised for coming together to produce much-needed protective equipment and hand sanitiser for frontline workers as well as donating and delivering food during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cllr Dan Boatright, who represents Pershore on Wychavon District Council, helped deliver equipment and care packages. He said: "The past six weeks have really shown the best of Pershore. "Whether sewing masks, undertaking shopping trips for those in need, or donating food and materials to those who need it, it has been humbling to work with so many like-minded people, making sure we are all safe during this difficult time. I have met so many amazing people as I have been on delivering duty. A special thank you has to go to the great people keeping the volunteer centre operational, our fantastic carers and key workers who are ensuring we are safe, well and fed. "

  • Article: May 2, 2020
    By Cllr Beverley Nielsen in Centre for Brexit Studies Blog

    By Cllr Beverley Nielsen, Director of the Institute for Design & Economic Acceleration, IDEA, at Birmingham City University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Brexit Studies. She is also Mayoral Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands and holds the Economic Development portfolio on Malvern Hills District Council.