My goodness, Conference is going to be an absolute blast this year. Our annual jaunt to the seaside takes place from 14-17 September in Brighton will be so much sweeter after our spectacular General Election result. I wasn't going to go because of caring responsibilities, but I've managed to book a flying visit for 24 hours as I can't bear the thought of not being with the Lib Dem family in such a special year. I mean who wouldn't want to be around to congratulate 72 MPs and maybe get a cuddle with Jennie if she's off duty? And I ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It's time for the Special Relationship to be extracted from the diplomatic cupboard and dusted off. Britain needs it. Europe needs it. And, although they are less keen to admit that they need help from any quarter, the US needs it to become the cornerstone of a new Transatlantic Alliance. For years the UK shared the "Special Relationship" tag with France and Germany. In fact, after Brexit, Britain probably slipped into third place in Washington's relationship arrangements. But French President Emmanuel Macron has politically castrated himself with the recent political elections and the dull and dreary German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ...

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Dundee City Council is preparing a Play Sufficiency Assessment to comply with the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. This will be submitted to the Scottish Government as part of the evidence base for the next Local Development Plan. As part of this, an online survey has been created to gain insights from children and young people, parents and carers and those who work with them about where they like to play/hang out and why. This will be used to improve the quality and accessibility of outdoor play in Dundee. The Play Sufficiency Survey can be accessed at the following link - ...

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End | Mute

So, Ipswich set aside, how did we get on across the county last week? I guess that we probably ought to go clockwise around the county town so... There's no doubt that Tom Bartleet, our first time candidate in South Suffolk, clearly enjoyed himself, running something of a guerilla campaign, and I know that a lot of effort went into it. There may have been a bit of tractor driving too. But a seat that, according to some of the MRP data out there, was predicted to go Labour or Reform, was always going to be a tough nut to ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy | Mute

I'd rather let this feature slip during the General Election – the flood of press releases, and the fact that they generally got rather better coverage than usual made it seem slightly less necessary to cover them here. But, perhaps now that the news cycle has settled a bit, and given that we have a vastly larger Parliamentary Party in the Commons, this feature may offer some insight into what our new MPs are up to. That said, there's only one today... SEPA need to show plan for cleaning up Portobello Responding to comments from SEPA, the Scottish Environment Protection ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Jago Hazzard eschews (hem hem) his usual subject of railways and shows us instead a secret road in the West End. To explain Lower Robert Street's existence and obscurity, he reveals the interesting history of the Adelphi district. Londonist has an article on The Adelphi Story and the district's Wikipedia entry lists the famous people who lived there. You can support Jago's videos via his Patreon page.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The general election is over and there are 72 (count 'em) Liberal Democrat MPs. What should Lib Dem strategy be in this brave new world? Is there a policy you would like to see us adopt? Any heretical thoughts you want to confess? You're welcome to share your ideas in a guest post for Liberal England. I'm happy to entertain a wide variety of views, but I'd hate you to spend your time writing something I wouldn't want to publish. So do get in touch first. And, as you may have noticed, I'm happy to cover topics far beyond the ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Concerns about knife crime amongst young people, unacceptable delays in the court system, prisons bursting at the seams and yet most reported crime goes unresolved. The UK has areas of deprivation the likes of which have not been seen since the second world war. There are children and young people with little to do and very little hope or aspiration. How can we punish children for behaviour which is a direct result of the society into which they have been born? There are now 3.9 million children being brought up in poverty - 2/3rds of whom have a parent in ...

Posted by Chris Perry on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Fri 12th
14:07

BBC celebrates new MPs

The BBC has been profiling some of our new MPs, with great photos. (You will have to click through to see some of them). Mike Martin: Tunbridge Wells My first day at Westminster https://t.co/vFew462Wk7 — Mike Martin MP (@ThreshedThought) July 8, 2024 Twelve years ago David was in a serious car crash and was put in an induced coma. On top of that he developed a rare neurological condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome – I have huge sympathy for David as my husband has had it as well. He said: The experience made me realise how important a functioning health care ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Many thanks to the residents who recently highlighted the badly deteriorated road surface in Ashbank Road near the junction with Blackness Road. We raised this with the Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised that Category 3 repairs will be undertaken to tackle this.

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End | Mute