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Battle begins for YOUR vote in General Election

The General Election campaign has begun and this week Cathrina Hulse and Annette Belcher take a look at the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Solihull and Meriden

Councillor Jean Hamilton

Fourth Lib Dem turns to Greens

A Solihull Liberal Democrat has become the fourth councillor to defect to the Green Party in disapproval at the party’s performance in the Coalition Government.

Decision to cut library opening hours stands as challenge is overturned\n

THE DECISION to cut library opening hours over lunchtimes will stand after a challenge by opposition councillors failed.

Greens celebrate record breaking result

NEWLY-elected Green Party councillor Chris Williams took the Chelmsley Wood ward by storm, polling more than twice as many votes as Labour.

Conservatives retain control of Solihull but the day belongs to the Greens and Independents

THE Conservatives have retained control of Solihull Council but it was the smaller parties who had most to smile about in the borough after the local elections.

Anger at HS2's woodland proposal

HIGH-speed rail opponents have ridiculed the idea that ancient woodlands, standing in the way of the route, could be “transplanted” elsewhere.

Greens launch local election manifesto in Solihull

SOLIHULL’S motto may be urbs in rure but the emphasis was very definitely on the rure when the Green Party launched their national mannifesto for the local elections in the borough.

SOLIHULL Green Party have been accused of playing political games after announcing they would not contest seats in three council wards at next month’s local elections.

Former Liberal Democrat turned Green councillor for Shirley West, Howard Allen, will be the only member of his party standing for election in the Shirley area, he says this is in order to hold the Conservatives to account over Parkgate.

Transport plea by Green boss in visit

MUCH more must be done to make public transport a viable alternative, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has said.

Innovative oil flight makes its debut trip

THE first commercial flight in the UK to be fuelled by chip-pan oil took off from Birmingham Airport last week.

Shirley concerns

I ASKED in these letter pages for more detail on what is happening with Parkgate.

Ward 10 fear

SOLIHULL Hospital’s “Executive Director” Claire Molloy is being disingenuous when she says that there are “no concrete plans for change at the moment” (Solihull News), and must think that we, the users of the facilities at Solihull, are blind and deaf to what is going on.

Shirley Parkgate scheme in Solihull given the go-ahead

PARKGATE - the scheme to transform Shirley town centre - has finally been given the go-ahead.

Insult to injury for Meriden Gap

MERIDEN could be the site of a new incinerator - just months after earlier plans were scrapped to build a replacement at the waste to energy plant at Whitley in Coventry.

Voices ignored


Greens see red over key seats

GREEN Party councillors are taking legal advice after claiming they’ve been “shut out” of key council committees.

A time to re-build

THESE have been trying times for Solihull’s Liberal Democrats.

‘Delight’ as Allen defects

“DELIGHTED!” That’s the message from Solihull’s Green Party as – in a surprise announcement – Shirley West Councillor, Howard Allen confirmed he had defected to the group, bringing its tally of Green’s on Solihull Council to four.

Solihull Lib Dems hit by new crisis as councillor defects to Greens


Back in charge

I DON’T think anyone quite imagined the scale of the Conservatives’ victory in the local elections last Thursday.


Cathrina Hulse
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