About the Executive


The Sandwell Liberal Democrats elected a new Executive Committee at its AGM in December. This was announced to members and supporters in January, and has hit the ground running, thanks to the cooperation and support of previous Executives. Their help has ensured that the new team have had a smooth handover of responsibilities. Here is a quick guide to the new Executive.

Chair: Mark Smith

Mark is an editor, translator and interpreter, who speaks Japanese, and helped arrange a meeting between Sandwell Council officers and a visiting consultant from Japan in 2006. He lives in Great Barr and is also a former Councillor for Newton ward.

 

Treasurer and Vice-Chair: Robert Johns

As the new Vice-chair from July 2020, I would like to thank Bryan for his service to the local party. We will continue to fight for an open, tolerant, and fair society for everyone.

Despite more than doubling our vote locally in December, nationally it was a disappointing election for the Liberal Democrats. Although we gained 1.3 million votes, to 3.7 million, the vagaries of the electoral system meant that we lost a seat. So, although we increased our share of the vote by 4.2% to 11.5%, our voters were denied a greater say in Parliament. The Tories gained only 300,000 votes but that translated into an extra 48 seats. 

We now face a huge challenge on issues as diverse as mitigating the possible damage from our departure from the most successful trade block in the world, combating the climate emergency, and holding Sandwell Borough’s one-party state to account.  The potential prize for succeeding, however, is vast. The journey starts again now - first stop: May’s local elections. 
Join us in our fight to make your voice heard. - We can’t do it without you!

Photo of Rob Johns, centre, with Nigel and Bertram
Rob, centre, out campaigning in Gorse Farm, Great Barr.

Diversity Officer: Lawrence Ngorand

Lawrence is a business development professional with international experience. 
Being the fruit of a culturally diverse background, I am determined to contribute towards practical steps for a fairer society across the UK. 
It is impossible to prosper as a society if we don’t include in our development agenda the groups that are in vulnerable situations, including ethnic minorities, and gender and sexual minorities
Inclusive development offers opportunities for every sector of the population, guaranteeing the reduction of poverty and inequality in our communities. Inclusion is the keyword that drives my actions at a policy level and at the local development level.

Membership Secretary: Daisy Shone

Hi I'm Daisy.

I live in Smethwick, near Victoria Park. I am really passionate about looking after our environment, defending human rights, and looking after our community.


Daisy

Daisy with or candidates for Old Warley (Bob Smith) and Bristnall (Manjit Lall)

Honorary President: Sadie Smith

Sadie was the first Liberal Democrat Mayor of Sandwell, and a former Councillor for Great Barr with Yew Tree ward. As Mayor, she setup a multi-faith advisory group to promote community cohesion in Sandwell.

Sadie was also the leader of the official opposition on the Council for several years, and knows how important it is to hold the Labour-led Council to account.

 


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