Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week. 1. By Elections Thursday of this week will see two by-elections in Broxtowe, one in Greasley and the other in Toton and Chilwell Meadows. Our candidate in Greasley is Keith Longdon, the popular mayor of Eastwood, and our candidate in Toton is local resident Graham Heal. The outgoing councillor for Toton, Conservative Natalie Harvey, has announced this week that she is not supporting ...

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It would appear that my father had a mild obsession with Spondon Garage in the 1950s. I've found a few more photographs that may be of interest to those who remember the place before it was demolished to make way for housing. The first I can date very precisely, as there was an index card with the negative. It was ... The post More photographs of Spondon Garage in the 1950s appeared first on ten pence piece.

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I went to the antiques market in Market Harborough this morning. The best thing there was a table of ephemera. On it I found this little peace of Liberal Party history, which obviously dated from one of the 1910 general elections. Charles Sydney Buxton, it turned out, fought Woodbridge at the January 1910 election. It had been gained from the Conservatives in the landslide of 1906 by Robert Everett (a veteran fighter for farmers' interests against the landlords). Charles proved unable to hold it and the Woodbridge division remained Conservative until it was abolished after the 1945 election. The prominent ...

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And he did it in 1934. Debates about Britain and Europe are not new. Indeed, they long predate the creation of the EU. In many ways – almost all of them depressing – Europe in 1934 resembles Europe now. There were severe economic problems brought on by a misguided attempt to maintain a transnational currency. And this was [...]

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Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats hold their main fundraiser lunch at the Royal Victoria Hotel, St Leonards, this year. The guest speaker will be former Government minister the Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes. Simon Hughes last visited the town in March 1986 - three years after his Bermondsey by-election win - and in May that [...]

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Facebook reminded me today that it's four years since the big Valentine's Day march for equal marriage in Scotland. I was there, along with many from the excellent Liberal Youth Scotland, whose motion was the first Liberal Democrat motion backing equal marriage to pass at a Conference. Liberal Youth London spent today in a similar spirit. They went on an "embassy crawl", bringing a pro-equality message to embassies of countries with an atrocious record on LGBT+ rights. It was big and bright and fun. Here are some of their tweets from the day: #TeamLibDem demanding equal rights for all today. ...

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I heard Holly Macve on Radio 3's Late Junction the other evening. They thought she comes from Liverpool, but the Bella Union site tells a different story: Bella Union have recently signed the exciting talent of Holly Macve. Boss Simon Raymonde says "Little is known of Holly other than she is a 20 year old from Yorkshire who appeared out of nowhere in Brighton late last year. I had a tip-off to go to a basement bar where she was playing. In a room full of beery boys chatting across all the music beforehand, the minute Holly opened her mouth ...

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Sun 14th
19:54

Remembering Eric Avebury

Lord Avebury, who died earlier today at the age of 87, was better known to many in politics by the name he had before inheriting a peerage: Eric Lubbock. In 1962, Eric won for the Liberal Party one of the most famous by-elections of modern times in the suburban seat of Orpington, just down the [...]

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Sun 14th
19:01

Six of the Best 574

Eric Avebury, the Liberal Democrat peer and Liberal victor in the famous Orpington by-election, has died. Lib Dem Voice has an interview about his life that he gave to his son John and Seth Thevoz last year. Emran Mian says we should not harangue Google for paying so little tax in Britain but globalise taxation. "At Petworth we can walk through the realised dreams of the landlords: a glorious country estate that projects the power, prestige, even the seeming naturalness, of the aristocracy. The history of our more humble ancestors ... are smoothed over, buried, obscured." Mark Hailwood goes for ...

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Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our xxxth weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere ... Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (-, 2015), together with a hand-picked quintet, you might otherwise have missed. Don't forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging. As ever, let's start with the most popular post, and work our way down: 1. Stonkingly good Liberal Democrat hold in Eastleigh and ...

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[IMG: SI_9.jpg] Yesterday I joined other volunteers at the first Britain Stronger in Europe street stall on Crouch End Broadway. In some very fetching 'Stronger In' t-shirts - we began handing out leaflets to passers-by and asking them to sign up to the campaign.

[IMG: 100% of LD MPs are white men] There's been a lot of discussion online about the Electing Diverse MPs motion that's coming to Federal Conference in just four weeks' time. A lot of the discussion has centred on All Women Shortlists – but the motion is about so much more than that. Its supporters have set up a Facebook page to answer any questions people have about the proposal in the motion and to make the case for its acceptance. Already over 200 people are taking part. Here's a flavour of the issues being discussed: WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS ...

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More educative entertainment from Tom Scott: Time is complicated. World records are complicated. Put the two together, and you've got a fight about large clocks between Düsseldorf's Rheinturm, the Mecca Clock Tower, and a laser sculpture from Burning Man.

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Earlier today, we heard the sad new that Liberal Democrat peer Eric Avebury had died. In January last year, he sat down at the National Liberal Club to talk about his life with his son John and liberal historian Seth Thevoz: A Liberal Life: Eric Lubbock at the National Liberal Club from John Lubbock on Vimeo. He talks about his political life, starting from when he joined the Liberal Party in 1960. In the Commons, he worked on domestic affairs because that was what his constituents were interested in. It was only in later life that he was able to ...

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[IMG: 7 best] Many thanks to the 11,400 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here's our 7 most-read posts... Baroness Sal Brinton writes...Electing diverse MPs (106 comments) by Sal Brinton Do you agree with Kirsty and Tim about banning Delilah? (42 comments) by Caron Lindsay Is there a chance that the new Top Gear will be very entertaining but not (borderline) offensive? (40 comments) by Paul Walter A practical suggestion to improve the UK's influence within the EU (27 comments) by Robert Boyle "Shoot refugees" extremism from Conservatives in the European Parliament (29 comments) by Antony Hook ...

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The fourth of the Big Finish Short Trips anthologies, and the third edited by Jac Rayner, published in 2003. At that stage we had eight canonical Doctors, so it seems in retrospect a fairly obvious idea to compile a collection of nine stories, each featuring one of them, with one more featuring them all. And while there are many cultural uses of the number nine, the Muses make a pleasing link with ancient culture. I liked most of these stories, three in particular: (Terpsichore) "Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing", by Robert Shearman, an unusually good Sixth Doctor story; (Thalia) "The Brain ...

Embed from Getty Images It has seemed from Eric Avebury's blog recently that he has been nearing the end of his life. His openness over the past few years in speaking about his terminal Leukaemia in the years since it was first diagnosed has been so helpful to many. His family announced earlier that Eric died this morning. The sympathy of everyone at LDV goes to his wife Lindsay and his family. Until December, he had attended the House of Lords every day that it had sat, bar a few days in June last year: With the exception of a ...

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Two of the four pieces that I voted for were among the three shortlisted candidates in this category. The third was Sarah Anne Langton's cover of Jews Versus Zombies, and though I do like its geometry, it doesn't seem to me to be saying much about science fiction, or anything else, so I will rank it last on my ballot once the form is up and running. It's a very tough decision between the other two, though. In the end, I'm putting Jim Burns' cover of Pelquin's Comet second. It's an arresting composition, but perhaps just a little less adventurous ...

Embed from Getty Images A great campaigner, a great friend and a true champion of the Liberal cause- @timfarron pays tribute to Eric Avebury pic.twitter.com/d4chPqvAq6 — Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) February 14, 2016 You can read Adrian Slade's interview with Eric Lubbock here. It begins: For a few astonishing days in March 1962, the Liberal Party led the Conservative and Labour parties in the opinion polls, the only time it had ever done so since polls were invented. Just a few months later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan sacked half his cabinet in his Night of the Long Knives, prompting Jeremy Thorpe's ...

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The Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced another major policy. A few weeks go, they announced their penny on income tax to raise £475 million for investment in education. Today, Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has announced that the party will oppose prison sentences of less than a year. From the BBC: As part of their 2016 election manifesto, the Scottish Liberal Democrats are to formally back doubling that, by extending the presumption to 12 months. Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes said prison sentences for more serious offenders should be complemented by "tough" community service programmes. "One of the main priorities for Scottish ...

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[IMG: London panorama. CC0 Public Domain] Looking at all the news stories from January on the Guardian website tagged as 'local government', the majority of them are about London alone. All the rest of the country's local government added together gets fewer stories. Even to this Londoner the message seems quite clear: could you spend a little more time outside the capital? Yours etc.

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As predicted, the BNP's disappearance from the official register of political parties has proved to be only temporary: The British National Party (BNP) is back on the Electoral Commission register after technically being a "dead" party for over a month. The BNP was stripped of its status as a political party on 8 January when it failed to hand over up-to-date records and pay a £25 registration fee, both legal requirements... In a statement released on 11 February, the far-right party said: "The BNP is now fully re-registered with the Electoral Commission" [International Business Times] Interested in more stories about ...

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Sun 14th
12:18

Lord Avebury

The death was announced this morning (14.2.2016) of Eric Reginald Lubbock, Lord Avebury, peacefully, at his home in Camberwell, south London, at the age of 87. He was attended by his wife, Lindsay, and other family members.The text below is intended as an aide-memoire to tribute writers who would like to remember Eric as a man of many parts. ____________________________________________ Eric Reginald Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury, (born London 29 September 1928) was a British politician. He served as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Orpington from 1962 to 1970, and served in the House of Lords, having inherited the title ...

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The controversial Trade Union Bill has hit the headlines again today for reasons that rank and file Tories might be rather uneasy about. The Independent on Sunday reports that the minister steering this bill through the House of Lords has admitted she has only just read the document that set the framework for organised labour and political funding for the past three decades. The paper says that peers were stunned when Baroness Neville-Rolfe, a business minister and former Tesco director, said the first time she had seen a crucial exchange of papers between Lord Tom King and the late Lord ...

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February is LGBT History Month so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about our LGBT heroes. Let us know in the comments who you admire and why. Here are three of mine to start us off. First of all, Dr Meg John Barker, who is an academic specialising in gender identity, sexuality and relationships. From their Open University profile: Meg John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and has published many academic books and papers on topics including non-monogamous relationships, sadomasochism, counselling, and mindfulness, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & ...

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There's more democracy involved than you might expect in the appointment of Iran's dictatorial Supreme Leader: Iran is about to hold a national election that could shape the country's future for a generation — potentially even more so than the presidential elections in 2009, when "green movement" protests signaled public outrage with the regime, and in 2013, when voters elevated the moderate Hassan Rouhani on a promise of economic and diplomatic opening. On February 26, Iranians will vote for candidates for their parliament and for a body called the Assembly of Experts — which, though few outside Iran have heard ...

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A random selection of photos taken along the Liverpool – Southport Line:- Please click on the photos to enlarge them [IMG: Looking towards Bank Hall Station which is just beyond the road over-bridge.] Looking towards Bank Hall Station which is just beyond the road over-bridge. [IMG: This former railway tunnel once took a railway line under the Liverpool - Southport line at Bootle Strand Station. It is now a pedestrian walkway with the Strand Shopping Centre car park visible through it.] This former railway tunnel once took a railway line under the Liverpool – Southport line at Bootle Strand Station. ...

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Well it is Valentine's Day once more, it takes me back to a thought I had back during the 2015 General Election. In the run up or aftermath of the 2005 and 2010 elections a long term relationship I had enjoyed came to an end because of my incessant campaigning, that wasn't the case leading up to 2015. The reason was because for the first election cycle in a while (especially when I was a candidate) there was no long term relationship. Of course as many people are aware since 2010 I have been working hard on letting everybody marry ...

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Sun 14th
08:55

Moving beyond fightback

Have we reached the point when it is right to move from “fightback” to something more positive? Talking of “fightback” made sense for a while after the election, when we bruised after an almighty pounding but were also experiencing a membership surge. Even recently I have seen talk of “fightback” on web sites and in emails to activists in different parts of the country and even in literature going out to the public. I am thinking in terms of things inviting people to “be part of the fightback”, or proclaiming that the “fightback is on”, or linking “fightback” to having ...

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An article in the Telegraph today, "Revealed: The radical hard-left Momentum activists mounting a ruthless purge of Labour", paints a shocking picture of the pressure group Momentum. I was going to put "Labour" into the description of the organisation, but several of the members of Momentum's steering committee have spent some time in the past bashing Labour, so it seems unfair to the party. Yes, it was a Telegraph piece, thus designed with harming Labour and the Left in general firmly in mind. Problem is, it was also all true. In amongst a steering committee of eight we have people ...

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD FOR WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2016 Perth Road (West Park Road to Grosvenor Road) - 2 temporary pedestrian crossing points for up to 3 weeks for footway construction works. Balgay Road - off-peak temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 February for Virgin Media duct laying. You can read the weekly road report for the whole of the city here.

Chestnut blight I hadn't heard of this before reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. (tags: biology ) Antonin Scalia's death was first reported by the San Antonio Express-News. Here's how the newspaper got the scoop. (tags: uspolitics media ) Best Graphic Story Ballot for the #RetroHugos1941 Some recommendations and links. (tags: sf hugos )

Peter Black: Following the money Geek male roles are just as hyper-masculine as jock roles Film writers were gender balanced in the olden days Slack sent four black female engineers to accept an award and make a statement on diversity this is what happens if you are a woman with an opinion on anything online [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Liberal International celebrates 100 days of the Trudeau-led Liberal government in Canada. It seems that it has not run out of energy and continues to serve as an inspiration for Liberal parties round the world. Those who have written off Liberal Democrat chances of being in power in this country again should also take note. With numerous progressive, liberal values implemented in the Trudeau government's first 100 days - here is just a small selection. Gender-balanced CabinetProviding safe haven for refugeesUnmuzzling government scientists The Canadian Liberals won a huge victory in the October 2015 parliamentary elections, ending almost 10 years ...

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With Leicester City five points clear at the top of the Premiership, the club will be attracting a lot of new supporters - particularly former Manchester United fans from Surrey. So the Leicester Mercury is timely in producing its 'A glory-hunter's guide to supporting Leicester City': "Interesting fact for you," tweeted Jason Manford. "As a rule of thumb, if you can't place someone's accent, they're from Leicester." Unplaceable it may be, but it's there. Even though the council tried to kill it off it the 1950s with elocution lessons in schools. It's arguably the first proper accent you hit when ...

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Clarendon Park: a shining city on a hill The Homophobic Monk was back in the Leicester Mercury on Friday: A 'monk' who delivered homophobic leaflets to homes in Leicestershire has had a ban that curbed his activities overturned. Damon Jonah Kelly (54), had earlier pleaded guilty to harassment after a married lesbian couple objected to him putting a leaflet through the letterbox of their Clarendon Park home in October, 2014. He became aggressive and abusive when the women challenged him about the leaflet's content, saying: "We used to burn people like you. I'm doing God's work." Although the wording of ...

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Cameron's ComRes favourability ratings drop sharply in latest ComRes online poll for IoS S Mirror. pic.twitter.com/ZFQyhQSioy — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) February 13, 2016 On the Liberal Democrats, the overall party rating is instructive as when it comes to people having an unfavourable view of the party, the Lib Dems do better than Labour, the Tories or Ukip. However where the party currently falls down is that although fewer people rate the party unfavourably, everyone else is much more likely to say 'neither' than 'favourable' for the Lib Dems. In other words, the party's challenge isn't people thinking they hate it, ...

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Sat 13th
19:10

Sell George Osborne

If George Osborne ever hits a target, it will look something like this... Thanks to Jeremy Corbyn and the rabble around him, George Osborne must think himself invulnerable. Hence his trip to California at the expense of Google to watch the Super Bowl. But it is noticeable that in recent weeks more articles critical of the Chancellor have been appearing in Conservative newspapers. At the end of January there was a vicious piece in the Sun: George Osborne's hopes of becoming PM have been severely dented by the Google tax shambles, Tories claim - as a senior minister branded him ...

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When I visited the John Dee exhibition last week, I managed to get a decent picture of the horoscope that he had drawn in the margin of his copy of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos: It's a nice clear example of the astrological text. Starting at the left, and going clockwise (therefore backwards through the zodiac), I interpret it thus: The Ascendant (the part of the Zodiac on the horizon) is Leo ♌ 4°2', and Saturn ♄ at Leo ♌ 12° is about to rise.Jupiter ♃ is somewhere in Cancer ♋️.Venus ♀ is at Gemini ♊ 12°.The Sun ☉ and Moon ☽ are ...

Long, long ago, in 1991, I was researching the medieval textbook Liber de arte astronomice iudicandi by the late twelfth-century English astrologer Roger of Hereford, which survives only in a dozen or so manuscripts. Various indications led me to try and compare his text with the earlier twelfth-century translation by Hermann of Carinthia of the ninth-century Introduction to Astrology by the ninth-century scholar Abu Ma'shar, written when Baghdad was the centre of learning of the medieval world. Fortunately, the University Library in Cambridge had two copies of the Hermann translation. It has been out of print for some time; the ...

[IMG: Conference meeting room] In writing about the debate amongst the Liberal Democrats over all-women shortlists and whether or not having a male-dominated Parliamentary Party matters, I've made reference a few times to Vince Cable's work when in government to improve gender diversity in the boardroom, in which he frequently cited the evidence that a more diverse team in the workplace is also a more successful one. But it's been a while since I looked at the relevant academic evidence, so here is a new paper from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. As it documents, the senior levels of ...

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[IMG: emergency] Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a further £3,437,113 cut to the public health budget in Lancashire. The budget pays to help improve people's health - and stop them getting ill in the first place – so there is less pressure on the NHS. Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases. "This cut will mean that local residents are less likely to make good decisions on their health, and when they ...

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At the beginning of the year, I had an unexpected but pleasant communication from the Carmarthen Journal, looking for new contributors to help expand their Welsh language content. I've always had a great enjoyment in writing. Indeed, if I could have my time again I may have done a post-graduate degree in Journalism instead of plumping for the safe choice of history which I eventually choose. But due to my political activity over the past decade, the opportunities for me to write freely have been limited. One of the few opportunities that I have had in that time was when ...

A couple of things have prompted this post. Firstly, Idris Elba's fantastic speech on diversity, in which he referred to the issues of black characters in scripts, and the difficulties in being cast for other non-'black-specific' roles as a black actor. Secondly, Ross Putman's recent work in highlighting the dreadfully sexist way in which female characters get described in scripts. This set me off on a train of thought about some of the things that really irritate me in the way that films and television use (or, more particularly, fail to use!) characterisation and character in scripts, depending instead on ...

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The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has condemned the decision by the Welsh Labour Government to withdraw funding for the Disclosure and Barring Service checking of those involved with children's' sports and activities. The Welsh Government presently funds the Wales Council for Voluntary Service to provide a free service to clubs and charities in Wales who need to make sure that people who volunteer to work with children and vulnerable adults in all kinds of sporting and other settings are properly vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service. This funding is being withdrawn as ...

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Here are the highlights of the Lib Dem In campaign launch from earlier this week. Who do you recognise? #INtogether This is Britain's time to lead, not leave. See the highlights from our #INtogether launch, and join our campaign! Posted by Liberal Democrats on Friday, 12 February 2016

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Double Deckers - To the countryside Episode 6: Summer Camp First shown: 17 October 1970 (US), 4 February 1971 (UK) Director: Harry Booth Writers: Harry Booth and Glyn Jones Appearing apart from the Double Deckers: Melvyn Hayes as Albert the Street Cleaner Betty Marsden as Millie Hugh Paddick as Gerald George Woodbridge as Farmer Giles Plot Albert and the gang go camping, much to the annoyance of a couple camping in the next field, but entirely with the approval of the local farmer. Japes ensue when their donkey misbehaves, and then it rains overnight. Soundtrack I've put the French version ...

The Yorkshire Post reports Nick Clegg's evidence to a parliamentary committee looking at Party funding. He accused the Tories of trying to rig the system in their favour. Mr Clegg said: "I just think this is fundamentally wrong to do this in such a partisan way." The Sheffield Hallam MP said he was no 'sepia-tinted romantic' when it came to trade union and Labour links as he had personally suffered from 'appalling' use of funds for political purposes in his 'own Sheffield backyard'. However he said he was alarmed that Conservative proposals are directed at one party and as Deputy ...

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[IMG: 10987391_514611765381456_4156173185824351302_n] I have mentioned this grouping a number of times in my posts about rail related challenges that Southport faces particularly with regard to the Southport – Wigan – Manchester line. If you would like to follow what this excellent group is up to in their campaigns here is a link to their Facebook page:- www.facebook.com/southportrailtransportforum/?fref=nf

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Sat 13th
09:30

Following the money

The influence of big money donations in British politics continues unabated. We have not yet got to the situation in America where elected politicians spend huge amounts of their time raising donations, where lobbying companies dominate legislation and where PACs and Super PACs are able to by-pass funding rules in elections, but you do get the feeling that unless we introduce some rationalisation of the system here, it is only a matter of time before we catch up. The latest revelation is in the soon to be axed Independent newspaper, who report that a right-wing think-tank secured a dramatic shift ...

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The other day Sheila and I were invited to Roy Connell's 70th birthday party and a lovely do it was too in the Derby Arms in Aughton. But one of those great coincidences of life popped up because amongst the guests was a certain John Kitson who had been a member (and I think Chairman of) Lydiate Parish Council in the late 1960's and early 1970's. [IMG: Roy on the left was a Lib Dem Maghull Town & Sefton Borough councillor for Maghull for many years. John (on the right) was a Ratepayer member of Lydiate Parish Council in the ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute
Sat 13th
09:15

Too smug by half

Deadpool's fundamental flaw is that it is inordinately pleased with itself. It is so excited about being the superhero film that makes dirty jokes and includes bloody violence, that it has lost sight of the basics. Character, plot and action are crushed under a heap of severed limbs and gags about wanking. A puerile sensibility is grafted onto what is otherwise [...]

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Sat 13th
09:02

From Your Valentine

A letter sent from a prison cellWhere even hope darkness quellsSuch a bright, divine light, this loveAs swift and sweet as any doveEmperors, dictators and warlords fallWhile Love, that universal callBurns on, despite brutality and fearAnd we remember every yearNot the hatredNor the painNot the tyrantBut the nameSigned and sealed, the heart's final lineWith love, from your Valentine Primrose (means first rose)

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[IMG: Shirley on Victoria Derbyshire] On Thursday, her last day in the House of Lords before her retirement, Shirley Williams spent 20 minutes talking to Victoria Derbyshire. You can watch the conversation, which covered women in politics, social media (she thinks that "the cruellest people in society" shouldn't be given a voice), how some were bemused by her specialism in fields not traditionally done by women, such as nuclear proliferation, how we should take thousands of refugee children and relived the previous struggle over Ugandan refugees in the 70s when she stuck to her guns. She says Jeremy Corbyn is ...

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Residents have complained to me that the zig zag safety markings and yellow lines outside Blackness Primary School in Pennycook Lane are badly worn - see right. I brought this to the attention of the City Council's Head of Roads and Transportation, who has responded as follows : "I will ask the parking team to include this location in next batch of yellow lining remarking. It will be later this year that this can be undertaken as the temperatures are too low and road surface too wet to undertake at this time of year."

There's no change at the top of the table, with Mark Widdop's Midtable Obscurity (1,445 points) continuing to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 25, just ahead of Paul Revell's Sock Monsters (1,435) and Edward Douglas's Use Your Ed (1,424). But let's also hear it for a couple of players outside the top 10: James Ludley's Ludley's Line-up had the best week's performance, with 94 points, with Andrew Wiseman's Wiseman Wanderers not far behind on 87 points. [IMG: ldv ffl 25] There are 219 players in total and you can still join the league by clicking here. * ...

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Manufacturing companies have been working round the clock for decades. The bosses normally work Monday to Friday during the day, and the workers work shifts to cover either 5 days of 24 hours, or 7 days of 24 hours. In the heated debate on the junior doctors hours and pay, it is clear that doctors [...]

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The World Isn't Less Free Than It Used To Be @fivethirtyeight summarises @FreedomHouseDC. (tags: politics democracy ) We Are Hopelessly Hooked Why we can't stop being online. (tags: internet psychology ) The Onion on Jeb Bush Cruel but hilarious. (tags: uspolitics ) Independent and Independent on Sunday print closures confirmed Not very surprising. (tags: ukpolitics media ) Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges [against] The Man Who Started GamerGate A tough read. (tags: sexandgenderandsexuality games )

How Portability Ruined the Telephone - this article has one major flaw When you phoned someone on a landline, you never knew if they would be there to answer it. This article would make total sense if, and only if, people would sit by their landlines waiting for them to ring all the time and never (for instance) nipping to the shops or going to the loo. Farewell Philae *salutes* Brain Scans Reveal Why Love Makes Us Stupid (warning, autoplaying noisy advert) When life gives you lemons, make science - contains my favourite graph I have seen on the internet ...

Sat 13th
04:31

My tweets

Fri, 07:53: Give a little thought to what a GOP campaign against Bernie Sanders might look like https://t.co/pRJ7uaTf4k via @delicious Fri, 10:45: Give a little thought to what a GOP campaign against Bernie Sanders might look like https://t.co/oqmkvTnJTq You ain't seen nothing yet. Fri, 12:56: Putin is a bigger threat to Europe's existence than Isis - George Soros https://t.co/LcvsrF1o9b Yup. Fri, 15:30: Tik-Tok by John Sladek https://t.co/MF8AAzX26f Fri, 16:05: The World Isn't Less Free Than It Used To Be https://t.co/jyaJRPYfCr @fivethirtyeight summarises @FreedomHouseDC. Fri, 20:48: We Are Hopelessly Hooked https://t.co/j1GFETDWOY Why we can't stop being online. Fri, 22:14: Friday reading ...