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  • Councillor Thomas Janke and Sarah Sydra Newport, Shropshire
    Article: Jun 16, 2019

    Newport Town Council has resolved to drastically cut its use of paper, by distributing council documents electronically, with the aim of reducing its environmental impact.

    Lib Dem Councillor Thomas Janke (South Ward) put forward the proposal, after newly-elected Lib Dem Councillor Sarah Syrda (East Ward) raised the issue in discussion, due to her surprise at the amount of paper she was receiving from the Council.

  • Thomas New Pic
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Thomas Janke (Newport South & East) has hit back at Conservative Eric Carter's proposal to build a Cheshire Oaks-style retail park on the site of the old Ironbridge Power Station.

    "Building a retail park on the edge of a World Heritage Site is a ridiculous proposal," Cllr Janke said. "We should be developing the local economy around the heritage of Ironbridge, not despoiling the jewel in our borough's crown."

  • Phil Bennion 1
    Article: May 24, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands have returned an MEP to the EU, following an increase in vote share in the region.

    Former, and returning MEP, Phil Bennion, said:

    "This is a fantastic result in the West Midlands, following a successful local election campaign that gave us our biggest ever gains. We appreciate everyone who voted for us - you have all played a part in building our country up, instead of backing others who want to knock it down. I also thank my fellow candidates and the whole campaign team who did an amazing job.

  • Telford Liberal Democrats
    Article: May 4, 2019

    Telford & Wrekin Liberal Democrats achieved our best results in 16 years in the local elections on 2nd May.

    The headline result was Thomas Janke finishing top of the poll beating both Conservative candidates in Newport South & East, gaining 1,040 votes against 730 votes for the leading Conservative in this two-member ward. Sarah Syrda was only 41 votes away from gaining a seat, and pushed the second Conservative candidate into fourth place. Both Thomas and Sarah were elected to Newport Town Council.

  • RP winning here
    Article: Apr 17, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    We can now confirm that the Liberal Democrats are fielding 14 candidates in the borough council elections on May 2nd. We have candidates standing in the following wards; Admaston & Bratton, Apley Castle, Brookside, Church Aston & Lilleshall, Dothill, Edgmond & Ercall Magna (2 candidates), The Nedge, Newport North & West, Newport South & East (2 candidates), Park, Shawbirch and Woodside.

  • Councillor Thomas Janke and Nick Garvey
    Article: Mar 17, 2019
    By David Ellams

    Town Councillor Thomas Janke has praised the efforts of a husband and wife team in spearheading a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme for Newport.

    Nick and Jo Garvey registered the new scheme because they wanted "a safe environment in which to bring up their children, but saw police presence falling in Newport"

  • Councillor Thomas Janke and Sarah Sydra Newport, Shropshire
    Article: Mar 9, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    Newport Councillor Thomas Janke has welcomed the news from Newport SNT police team that there has been a "significant drop" in laughing gas canister usage.

    "6 months on from my initial campaign, working in partnership with West Mercia Police, we have seen a real reduction in nitrous-oxide usage in our parks and public areas." Said Councillor Thomas Janke.

  • Councillor Thomas Janke
    Article: Feb 27, 2019

    Newport Liberal Democrats have hit back at Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner John's Campion's claim that their campaign for more bobbies on the beat in Newport is "dangerously misleading".

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Thomas Janke issued the following statement this afternoon:

    "We stand by our petition for more bobbies on the beat in Newport. This is not a political stunt - as a local councillor and a Newport resident, I am sick and tired of Newport getting the thin end of the wedge. We have used documented figures for bobbies on the beat, and these chime with concerns I hear from residents on the doorstep day-in-day-out. It's telling that the Conservative PCC is dismissive of this petition. I now request a meeting with John Campion to discuss Newport's concerns. I also urge residents to show Mr Campion how we feel about this, and sign the online petition. We demand better for Newport, and we will keep fighting for our town and its residents."

  • Police officer
    Article: Feb 22, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    Newport Liberal Democrats have launched a petition demanding more police officers for their town. The petition, devised by Councillor Thomas Janke, is supported by fellow campaigners and candidates Sarah Syrda, Nick Garvey and David Ellams.

    Councillor Thomas Janke said " We have had a recent spate of thefts and burglaries in Newport, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that criminals see Newport as a 'soft target'. Yet residents rarely see a police officer in town. "

  • Councillor Thomas Janke and Sarah Sydra Newport, Shropshire
    Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Greg Spruce

    Newport Liberal Democrats have announced that Councillor Thomas Janke and local campaigner Sarah Syrda will be standing in May's local elections to represent Newport South & East.

    Councillor Thomas Janke, a 2003 Iraq war veteran, already sits on the Town Council (South Ward), but feels that a seat on the borough Council will help him to achieve more for Newport. "Although we have made a great start towards sorting out problems such as parking in Newport, I am finding a lot of the decisions we need are at the borough level," Councillor Janke said. "Being on the borough Council will mean I can get more done, faster".

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