Senior Executive Committee members from around the region met in Birmingham on Saturday 2 February to discuss policy issues. The event was chaired by Policy Lead, Dr Yeow Poon, joined by Regional Chair, Beverley Nielsen. Sandwell got more than a mention as our Chair, Bryan Manley-Green ensured that our borough was represented during the meeting.
A younger people’s point of view was put forward by the new Chair of the Young Liberals, Billy Thomas, who shared in the feeling that the keyword for the future is that all policies must be sustainable.
Major topics discussed were transport, housing, health and social care, the future of high streets, education and how to deal with an aging population.
The implications of the referendum result were also discussed. It was felt that ways to mitigate the effects of Brexit in a coherent and inclusive way need to be found, in order to stop people in the region feeling marginalised and unheard by national government. Regional representation is crucial.
Local to Sandwell, our Chair raised the issues of the possible development at Lion Farm, the delay in the Midland Met hospital in Smethwick, ensuring the Commonwealth Games leave a legacy and how the clean air proposals in Birmingham might have a negative impact on pollution in the borough.
The day was a wonderful way of ensuring that the various rural, suburban and urban areas all have a chance to put policy ideas forward in the run up to the 2020 mayoral election.
If you’d like to get more involved with forming policy and making our borough a better place to live and work, do come to meetings to ensure your point of view can be heard both regionally and nationally. Our next meeting is on Monday 4 February and all are welcome.