So, thank you for taking some of your time to join us here at Liberal Democrat Voice today. Perhaps because I don't take politics quite as seriously as some, I'm minded to end the day on a more relaxed note. So, in a nod to today's Transgender Day of Remembrance, here's a US band called "Cab Ride Home", with lead singer Danica Roem, the first out transgender person to be elected and successfully take up her seat in a State Assembly. The quote, again for the benefit of our slightly younger readers, is from "Hill Street Blues", a U.S. police ...

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[IMG: On Universal Children's Day let us consider the impact of the arms trade on children] I have founded a group called 'Mothers for a Progressive Alliance' with the backing of Compass. The group was launched on November 18th. Kirsten Bayes, a speaker and activist with the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, spoke about... The post On Universal Children's Day let us consider the impact of the arms trade on children appeared first on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas.

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Next to 74a and 74b Wharf Street in Leicester lies a derelict plot with an interesting history. You can find it on the Arthur Lloyd website. It begins: The Gladstone Hotel and Concert Hall was built in 1862 for Mr Fred Bakewell, and stood on the corner of Wharf Street and Gladstone Street, Leicester. The building was three stories high of brick construction.This building changed hands regularly, but was never really a success as a music hall. For a while it was given over to religious missions and a ragged school. In 1880 it was brought back into use as ...

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[IMG: Driverless cars in a car-crash of an economy] I am not an economist but it is patently clear that driverless cars is, surely, not a priority given the state of the economy. Brexit is casting a serious pall on the future of the... The post Driverless cars in a car-crash of an economy appeared first on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas.

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The Electoral Commission has reopened an investigation into Vote Leave's EU referendum spending. The campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes with a digital agency days ahead of last June's vote ... who set up a group called BeLeave, to give young pro-Brexit campaigners a voice during last year's referendum. As a registered campaigner, he was allowed to spend up to £700,000. He initially spent very little but in the 10 days leading up to the 23 June vote he ran up a £675,315 bill with AggregateIQ Data, a Canadian marketing firm that ...

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Mon 20th

All Eyes on Sharon Tate

Charles Manson died today, but let's not think about him. Let's think about his most famous and most tragic victim. This film shows Sharon Tate preparing for and acting in her first major film role. Eye of the Devil had a remarkable cast. As well as Tate, there was David Niven, Deborah Kerr (a late replacement for Kim Novak, who had already shot some scenes), David Hemmings and Donald Pleasence. Further down the cast list were Flora Robson and John Le Mesurier. Sharon Tate and Hemmings played sister and brother, and you can see them cutting some shapes here..

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Lib Dem Deputy Leader Jo Swinson's piece over the weekend has already attracted much attention. She's kindly given me permission to reproduce it in full below. For my own views on the Chris Rennard case in particular, what I wrote back in 2014 still pretty much summarises them. Many people have been shocked by recent revelations about the extent of sexual harassment in politics. Sadly to many of us it does not come as a shock, but we have welcomed the focus on a persistent problem that has too often been trivialised or ignored. Some sections of the media have - without ...

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Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) Virginia Woolf, by Hermione Lee Corum: The Prince in the Scarlet Robe, by Michael Moorcock Last books finished Washington, D.C.'s Vanishing Springs and Waterways, by Garnett P. Williams Dear Old Dead, by Jane Haddam Next books Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in the Year of Angry Dogs, by Philip Sandifer Everfair, by Nisi Shawl

Mon 20th

Bike Show

Dad and I had our annual pilgrimage to the NEC today. I have a realistic list and an unrealistic list. The realistic list:Kawasaki Ninja 400Triumph Street Triple LowYamaha R3The unrealistic list: Brough Superior, customised*. Sadly, even the realistic list is a bit unrealistic at the moment. Stupid finances. * The Brough starts at about £60k. It's a bit special. But pretty much everything on it can be customised. The chap on the stand today was telling us they'd had one guy spend £105k on accessories and customisations AFTER buying the bike O_o [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Darren Grimes is in the news today. As BBC News says: The Electoral Commission has re-opened an investigation into Vote Leave's EU referendum spending. The campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes with a digital agency days ahead of last June's vote.This payment was mentioned in the September 2016 issue of Liberator, which also mentioned his time in the Liberal Democrats: Turmoil continues in the Young Liberals (who still haven't finished their rebrand from 'Liberal Youth') with yet more resignations from an executive that has now lost well over half of its members ...

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We told you recently about South Glos's "Ageing Better" consultation. The Ageing Better Plan aims to guide South Glos's work to support older people (age 65+) They are holding two consultation events, one of which is a drop in event, open to the public and is taking place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, Yate Outdoor Sports Complex between 9.30am - 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome and they would encourage everyone to attend, as it is really important that people have their say. The second event is being held for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, on Wednesday 29th November, 10.00 ...

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I confess to knowing very little about anything – in particular political campaigning. But one thing I can talk about at length is how we did it in a small rural patch of North Norfolk (six shops, four pubs, two petrol stations and zero towns), going from fourth position last time to first in May 2017 with a majority of 420. It was the first time I'd fought a campaign from start to finish, and it was quite a ride. So much so that Freya, my sister and campaign manager, and I decided to write a book about it called ...

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Mon 20th

the plain

Under a low sky, scraping the bounds of the earth a stillness mists around us that makes the world opaque and shuttered to the light, in a landscape framed through glass I had neglected, blaming eyes I'd bruised by facing the absurdities of life... eyes blinking, shocked at what a scan now shows of our society, [...]

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Older readers may remember me, the first face of the Inland Revenue, as voiced by Sir Alec Guinness. I may be a distant memory, but I never left my desk. The news in the lead up to this week's Budget has been coloured by the Paradise Papers, as noted by David Becket in the comments sections when they first hit the headlines, who wondered why they haven't been covered here. Well, in truth, tax policy is quite dull, and the issue of taxation of overseas holdings is rather more complex than is thought. Here are some thoughts, however. Holding funds ...

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Mon 20th

Door-knocking in Dunston

I was part of a team of local Lib Dem campaigners in Dunston on Thursday, knocking on doors of homes near the former Dunston Hill Primary School which has been left to go derelict by Labour. We were collecting signatures on our petition calling for the old school to be demolished and the site to be used for affordable houses. We featured this issue in our recent Focus newsletter and we

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It's a long week, although we're not expecting much drama in terms of voting until the New Year. The next few weeks are about clearing the decks whilst the EU Withdrawal Bill weaves its increasingly uncertain way through the House of Commons. Monday sets the tone, with only Day 5 of the Committee Stage of the Data Protection Bill on the legislative agenda. There is an oral question from Dee Doocey on the impact of the UK's exit from the EU Open Skies Agreement on the UK's tourism industry. Will the Minister have an answer? Don't bet on it. It's ...

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Mon 20th

My tweets

Sun, 12:56: Serious question, repeated and updated from August: what has Liam Fox actually *achieved* in 16 months as Trade Secretary? Sun, 16:30: Rainbow. Sun, 16:31: Excellent, brief thread on Ireland and Brexit. Sun, 17:47: RT @ianjamesparsley: Those who say it is politically impossible to place a customs border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland need t... Sun, 20:48: RT @youngvulgarian: Hello, I wrote a piece about Brexit and the differing moods in Westminster and Brussels: https:... Mon, 10:21: RT @CrisisGroup: Our dialogue on the challenges facing #Europe and its neighbourhood is about to begin! Follow #CrisisTalks ...

Following claims on Marr by the Chancellor that "there are no unemployed people", Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said it showed the Conservative government was hopelessly out of touch with huge numbers of people in Britain today.Vince Cable said:"As Chancellor, Philip Hammond needs to be on top of the numbers, and as he should know very well, there are actually 1.425m people unemployed. Worse, a large number of them are second or third generation out of work, suggesting that all that a large number of people are inheriting in Britain today is poverty."It underlines just how out of touch the ...

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Mon 20th

Politics and prosperity

Did I hear this correctly? Brexit secretary David Davis is saying that we should put prosperity before politics. I support this view but I find it rich for a leading Brexiteer to be saying it. Pulling out of the EU is a political decision, supported by a small majority of those who voted in last year's referendum. It was taken despite concerns about prosperity. It was a decision taken in spite of

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The Liberal Democrats have responded with incredulity to reports that the Home Office will have to recruit staff from Eastern Europe to administer Brexit. According to The Guardian, the Home Office cannot recruit enough staff to process newly required registration papers for as many as 3m European citizens. Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: "Oh the irony! The Home Office having to recruit Eastern European workers to manage Brexit which was billed by the Brexiteers as the way to reduce immigration. "And what a monumental waste of time and money it will be to register all these EU citizens. ...

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The Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) is to hold a special meeting on 30 November to discuss Shropshire Council's draft local plan. This sets out ambitious policies to expand housing and employment across the county. Ludlow councillor Andy Boddington is chairman of the LJC, says: "This opportunity to debate our ideas about the future of the county. Shropshire Council's new plans aim for economic growth and building nearly 1,500 homes a year across the county. Much of this will be in the north and east of the county but we also need to work out what is best ...

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To: Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation [IMG: Taylor Wimpey notice to level WW1 training trenches] I draw your urgent attention the the attached site notice in the Sandy Lane area of Sandgate / Hythe (know as the "Back Doors Training Area", notifying of works to "level the informal bike jumps and the jumps known as the Daggers Trails". It's my understanding that although they have been adapted and used in recent years as informal bike ramps they are in fact WW1 training trenches and other areas of significant military historical interest. Despite the "reassurance" that an archaeologist will be ...

Twitter RT @andrewducker: How childhood gender-stereotyping damages boys Twitter RT @andrewducker: How childhood gender-stereotyping damages boys 'We salute you': Rock world pays tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young - Planet Rock RT @PlanetRockRadio: 'We salute you': Rock world pays tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young Sexual harassment: a chance for change - Jo Swinson - Medium An outstanding call to arms from the Deputy Leader. "I'm boiling with rage. The bullies are winning. Lies are winning." Carole Cadwalladr in the Grauniad on Brexit On the Trans Stories in the Media | Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! In which Andrew is Right. As usual. [IMG: ...

"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it." These were the words of John Stuart Mill in On Liberty. They echo the Voltarian principle that, even [...] The post Fierce in the defence of the right to think differently appeared first on Radix.

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North Road, Yate, from its junction with Armstrong Way to the bridge over the River Frome, is expected to close from 6am to 8am on 23rd November so the leaves can be cleaned away.

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Yesterday it was revealed that the government is recruiting Poles and other EU migrants to help in the forthcoming registration of EU citizens resident in the UK because there aren't enough qualified and willing British workers to do it. The whole Brexit fiasco gets more surreal by the week. Far from saving Britain money and [...]

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'It is wholly unacceptable for the First Minister to be the sole decider on whether he and his cabinet colleagues have broken ministerial rules.' That was the judgement of the then leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams in November 2012 as she led a move to establish a system that allows the Ministerial Code to be policed independently of the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales. Kirsty moved a motion in the Assembly Plenary on 21 November calling for the Welsh Government to commit to ensure the policing of the ministerial code is independent and transparent. ...

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* Editorial note: as indicated earlier, all comments on this piece will be moderated before publication. Today, as always on the 20th of November we at LGBT+ Lib Dems, along with many other organisations around the world, are observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is the twentieth year when one of the biggest events in the LGBT+ calendar is not a celebration, but a commemoration of those who have been taken from us by violence. You can find the list of names for this and previous years here. TDoR is always sombre, commemorating as it does the deaths of trans ...

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2017 A85 Riverside Drive - prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for 3 weeks for works to the sea wall. Prohibitions will only be in place when required. A85 Riverside Drive (at Railway Station) - eastbound nearside lane closure for 3 weeks for SGN essential valve maintenance.

The issue of new Liberator is arriving with subscribers, which means - I very much fear - it is time for Liberal England readers to spend another week in the company of Lord Bonkers. Enjoy. Monday Like every red-blooded Englishman (and, indeed, ever red-blooded Englishwoman), I am looking forward to this winter's Ashes series Down Under. How will our touring party fare in the likely absence of Ben Stokes? He is the chap who was filmed engaging in a bout of fisticuffs at chucking out time in the middle a one-day series - scenes reminiscent of the Minor Counties Championship ...

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A rather more sombre opening to this Monday, in deference to the day being marked today. To be honest, I'm not proposing to add much to that introduction, as I suspect that I wouldn't have much of value to add. There will be an article dedicated to the day, and I would ask any commenters to show due respect to our transgender friends and colleagues. Please note that I will not show much tolerance to any transphobes who might be minded to offer us the "benefit" of their supposed wisdom. Take it somewhere else. What else do we have for ...

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