Paul Ray

People in Lichfield and Burntwood have been supportive of Liberal Democrat policies, the party’s candidate has claimed.

Paul Ray, who finished fourth in the 2015 vote behind the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP, said he was confident residents would back the Lib Dem promise of a second referendum on the terms of Brexit.

The party has say a 1p rise on income tax would be used to inject £6billion into the NHS.

Paul Ray

Mr Ray said: “During the campaign I have had the opportunity to set out the key and distinctive policies of the Lib Dems. These have been really well received on the doorstep.

“On Brexit, someone has to make the final decision on our deal with the EU. This is a decision that will affect our country for the next 50 years and beyond. The Liberal Democrats will give the people a chance to change Britain’s future by holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal with the option to remain.

“The Conservatives and Labour do not offer you that option.

“The ring-fenced spending on the NHS and care services would mean an extra £14million of funding for healthcare in our area – and we would not introduce a cruel Dementia Tax like the Conservatives will. We will cap the amount that you have to pay for your care in your old age at £72,000.”

Mr Ray, who also sits on Lichfield District Council, said his party had the answers to issues affecting local families.

“The Liberal Democrats will invest nearly £7bn in our schools and colleges over the next parliament to ensure no school and no child loses out,” he said. “The Conservatives’ spending plans mean that Lichfield schools would face a 6% cut and Burntwood schools a massive 18% cut. That is just not right or fair.

“We would reverse those cuts and give schools and colleges the extra £7bn investment they need.

“We will also invest an extra £300m a year into policing. Under the Conservatives our police force has been cut by more than 20,000.

“The lack of affordable housing is also a major issue, in particular for young people. We would get serious about tackling this by building 300,000 houses each year – that is double the current target.

“The Conservatives are just not getting serious about this issue. Here in Lichfield and Burntwood the affordable housing need is 700 homes a year. Under the Conservative council in 2016 32 were built. That is a shameful record.

“We have a vision for a brighter future for this country and I would urge people to vote Liberal Democrat.”


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