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  • Article: Apr 6, 2018
    By Richard Dickson

    Liberal Democrats are asking why the Attorney General, Kenilworth and Southam MP The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, seems to continue to fail to do anything about the huge dormant charity known as The National Fund.

    The charity, which was set up in 1927, has £475 million in assets but has never spent any money on the charitable purpose for which it was created, namely to pay off The National Debt. The charity's sole corporate trustee Zedra Fiduciary Services, formerly Barclays Fiduciary Services, has recognised that, with the size of the National Debt now nearly 4,000 times greater than the value of the charity's assets, it is unlikely ever to achieve its purpose. The trustee has said it approached the Charity Commission in 2011 to seek permission to close and give its money away. The Commission says that, for this to happen, the Attorney General's Office must make a decision to apply to the High Court for a ruling.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Kenilworth & Southam constituency say the proposed break-up of communities in the constituency is unwelcome and should be re-thought.

    The latest Parliamentary boundary proposals from the Boundary Commission would come into effect in the General Election in 2022, if the current Conservative government survives until that date. The proposals aim to even out the number of electors in each constituency and to reduce the number of MPs across the UK from 650 to 600. The Kenilworth & Southam constituency would disappear and the communities allocated to Rugby, Stratford Warwick & Leamington constituencies whilst Kenilworth residents will join with electors in Coventry to form a new constituency called Coventry South and Kenilworth.

  • Lib Dem Pints evening Sep 2017
    Article: Sep 30, 2017

    Our first 'Lib Dem Pints' evening of the current winter season was held at the Virgins & Castle pub in Kenilworth on Thursday 28th November.

    Guest speaker was Dr Anil Awesti from the University of Warwick, who lectures on 'The Politics of Brexit' at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. He focused on the likely impact of Brexit on the regional economy, especially on the public sector. There were many questions from the audience, and a very lively debate. All in all a very successful evening.

  • Focus 1 S&C
    Article: Sep 15, 2017

    Richard Dickson has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Warwick District Council by-election in Stoneleigh & Cubbington ward on 5th October.

    The by-election has arisen because the previous Conservative Councillor resigned in disgrace after making totally inappropriate racial comments on social media.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2017

    1 Summary
    This response welcomes the opportunity given to local residents and organisations to
    engage with and to respond to the proposals to develop Kenilworth. Such
    participation and transparency will help build a better response to the many
    challenges and opportunities facing the town in the next 15 years.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £37 million more in schools and colleges in Warwickshire over the next parliament.

    The funding for Warwickshire would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

    £3 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

    Richard Dickson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Kenilworth & Southam, said:

    "Children in Warwickshire are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Mrs May doesn't care.

    "Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools.

    "This extra £37 million of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out.

    "We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed."

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Mrs May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for Warwickshire.

    "Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Britain's future."


    Notes to Editors

    The Liberal Democrats will invest £6.9bn more in our schools and colleges over the next parliament, to ensure no school and no child loses out. Over the course of the Parliament, we will:

  • Shares of votes WCC Elections 2017
    Article: May 6, 2017

    The results of the local elections this week across the county divisions making up Kenilworth & Southam parliamentary constituency, demonstrate clearly that the Liberal Democrats are the only credible challenger to the Tories here.

    The Lib Dem share of total votes cast was 23.3%, more than double that for Labour candidates, and more than four times that for the Greens. The UKIP vote all but disappeared across the constituency.

  • Richard Dickson
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Kenilworth & Southam Liberal Democrats confirm that Richard Dickson is their Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency in the General Election on 8th June.

    Richard lives in the heart of Kenilworth and is well-known for his campaigning against a hard Brexit and his organisation of the petition against the closure of the local NatWest branch. He has also created the 'Friends of...' groups for three local parks and led the collection of donated items in Kenilworth for Calais refugees in 2015.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2017

    The Labour Party has so far failed to select a candidate in Kenilworth & Southam with the General Election just a few weeks away. The news has been revealed by the Liberal Democrats, who say that it shows Labour has "given up", even in areas where it once had good support.

    There are over 340 constituencies in which Labour has still not selected for in England, including 35 in the West Midlands.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017
    By Richard Dickson

    People in Kenilworth & Southam should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and to keep investment in vital education, health and social care services, the party's local Parliamentary spokesperson has said.

    Having spent the past eight months repeatedly saying there would not be a General Election before 2020, the Prime Minister Theresa May has this week called a snap General Election to be held on 8th June, just five weeks after residents have voted in important local Council elections on 4th May.

    Kenilworth-resident Richard Dickson, who is the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson in Kenilworth & Southam, commented:

    "This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Kenilworth & Southam to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

    "In 2016 I saw first-hand how people in Kenilworth & Southam voted clearly to remain in the EU, and certainly they did not vote for the mayhem that the extreme form of Brexit which Mrs May, supported by Kenilworth's MP, has imposed on us, and which has also been backed by Labour.

    "For all those people who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market, and to stand up for investment in our education and health and care services, this is your chance.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the right-wing Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."