• Event: Jun 6, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St Mary Magdalene's Church, Dingleway, Appleton

    Join us from 11:00 - 12:00, on the first Saturday of the month, at St Mary Magdalene's Church, Appleton, for an opportunity to meet local councillors for the parish and town and other like minded supporters, ask questions and discuss local issues.

    Open to all who wish to attend, not just residents in Appleton.

  • Event: Jun 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join your local Liberal Democrat team in Stockton Heath:

    10:00 - 11:00 - Stockton Heath Library, Alexandra Park, WA4 2AN

    11:00 - 12:00 - Street Stall on London Road, Entrance to the Forge Shopping Precinct

    Anyone is welcome to join us for these events held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. You will have the opportunity to speak to Parish and Town councillors, as well as other members of the team.

  • PPC Cllr Ryan Bate (Warrington Liberal Democrats)
    Article: May 26, 2020
    By Cllr Ryan Bate

    Cllr Ryan Bate, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Warrington South, has written to local MP Andy Carter asking for his support in requesting Dominic Cummings to resign.

    Dear Andy,

    Can I start by thanking you for your efforts over the last ten weeks. I know from our conversations that you have been working hard to support constituents across Warrington South in these challenging times. Many other people have also played their part during our response to Covid-19: NHS and social care workers who have acted selflessly to try and save lives, families and communities, my colleagues in education who have kept schools open to key workers' children, food retail staff who have worked day in, day out; and many more people who have gone above and beyond.

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    While the Council rightly remains focused on the Covid-19 response, it still has serious questions to answer about it's investments, especially Redwood Bank.

    This is the claim by Grappenhall and Appleton Thorn Borough Councillor Ryan Bate. Recent 'freedom of information' requests conducted by one of his residents have brought to light the concerns of council auditors, Grant Thornton.

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to call in for determination the planning application by Stobart's for a major logistics site on land north of Barleycastle Lane in Appleton Thorn.

    This means that the Government rather than Warrington Council will decide if the planning application goes ahead. A public enquiry was held last October and the Inspector's report was submitted to the Secretary of State in mid December. This was held to consider Warrington Council's decision to turn down Stobart's first application but it also took into account their second application. This was virtually unchanged but approved by the Council following a U-turn by the planning committee.

  • Article: May 22, 2020

    The government is trying to balance the risks to children's education and the risks to public health in decisions over school opening. At the moment they're reaching the wrong conclusions, argues Councillor Ryan Bate.

    The first point to make in the 'school opening' debate is that the vast majority of schools never closed. Schools have remained open to vulnerable children and those of key workers. Teachers and support staff continue to provide learning opportunities for the majority of children sat at home during the lockdown. This provision was put in place with almost no notice and, as Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has said, it is wrong to criticise schools who have been doing their absolute best from a 'standing start'.