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Whilst the rest of Westminster (and beyond) is talking about Brexit and the emerging leadership contests in both the Conservative and Labour Parties, legislating continues in the House of Lords at least. Ros has been a proponent of transport policy for many years, and this particular bill is especially important to her, offering as it does a chance to improve transport links for those living in rural communities like Creeting St Peter. She isn't terribly impressed by the response of the Government to some of the points that she has already raised though... Baroness Scott of Needham Market (LD)My Lords, ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy | Mute

From the Lib Dem website with a few light edits: Nominations are now open for this year's Party Awards. These awards are voted and decided by party members, with the winners announced at our Autumn Conference. The awards recognise the fantastic work our members do in our communities and this is your chance to tell us who we should be rewarding. The following awards are open for nomination: President's Award – open to any Party Member elected to public office and who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award – open to any Party Member ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

592 - words from Jon Ashworth on Tory leadership crisis 0 - words from Jon Ashworth on Labour leadership crisishttps://t.co/U3MWR7qyfa— Dan Martin (@Danjamesmartin) June 29, 2016The other day I blogged about the mystery of the failure of Leicester South's Jon Ashworth to resign from the shadow cabinet. Since then the mystery has only deepened. Jeremy Corbyn is down to 40 supporters in the parliamentary party, but Jon Ashworth has still not resigned. He sits their among the Cat Smiths and Richard Burgons. Yet neither has he offered any public explanation of his decision. It has been suggested to me locally ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Here's what the Greens are calling for: The Green party has written to the leaders of Labour, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru to propose an anti-Brexit alliance to oppose the Conservatives in any snap general election. The letter argues that centre-left parties clubbing together to avoid challenging each other in certain constituencies is the best way to counter the iniquities of the first-past-the-post electoral system, which allowed the current government to be voted in by 24% of the electorate. [The Guardian] Of course, one problem with considering a deal involving Labour is the huge uncertainty over what sort of ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

I recently reviewed Kenneth Carty's "Big Tent Politics, the Liberal Party's Long Mastery of Canada's Public Life", which was published after Justin Trudeau had become Liberal leader but before his sensational win in the General Election. Liberals went from 34 seats to 184 seats and majority government. As I noted in the review of Carty's book, in his analysis the key planks of Liberal dominance of Canadian politics were expressing liberal values as national identity (being Canadian and liberal are the same thing, and we alone speak for all parts of the country), having a winner's mentality (we will do ...

Posted by Antony Hook on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

After a successful local election campaign for the local Liberal Democrat FOCUS Team, it was a bit of a bugger, when I read that the majority on the newly created Gunthorpe ward, had voted in favour of leaving the EU. I certainly realise that people will have a range of valid concerns, but I wonder [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute

All the work the council does and the decisions it makes are in the public domain and largely accessible through its website. However as this is often embedded in committee reports and paperwork you need to know what you are looking for or put in an FOI. So in an attempt to make it simpler [...]

Posted by jaynemccoy on Diary of a Sutton Councillor | Mute

Tim Farron has rightly pledged we should campaign to take Britain back into the EU in the next general election. Should the election take place earlier than expected, we may still be an EU member, and should propose to withdraw from the Article 50 process. In either case, it would not be politically credible to advocate reinstating or maintaining EU membership without proposing major domestic initiatives on immigration. The overall Remain campaign failed to a considerable degree because it did not factor in concerns, whether real or imagined, about immigration. The voices of the, largely, English hinterland must be heeded. ...

Posted by Nick Hopkinson on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Second paragraph of third chapter: Un jour, une colonie mystérieuse partit de l'Espagne et vint aborder à la langue de terre où elle est encore aujourd'hui. Elle arrivait on ne savait d'où et parlait une langue inconnue. Un des chefs, qui entendait le provençal, demanda à la commune de Marseille de leur donner ce promontoire nu et aride, sur lequel ils venaient, comme les matelots antiques, de tirer leurs bâtiments. La demande lui fut accordée, et trois mois après, autour des douze ou quinze bâtiments qui avaient amené ces bohémiens de la mer, un petit village s'élevait. One day, a ...

The three days following the UK's decision to leave the European Union saw Britain's political landscape descend into chaos. Whilst both the Conservatives and Labour have been damaged both by intra-party division, the Liberal Democrats have remained unscathed, benefitting considerably from the turmoil the vote to leave has incited. Division is rife within the Conservatives, with the likelihood of a leader attractive to both pro-and anti-Brexiteers in serious doubt. The 16 million that voted to Remain are unlikely to heed Boris Johnson's call to "build bridges" with a man many perceive has just chosen isolationism over unity and progress. Likewise, ...

Posted by Scott Partridge on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

[IMG: scam] KCC Trading Standards have received reports of scam telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC, requesting outstanding payments from residents or offering rebates. Please be aware that these calls are NOT being made by HMRC and that scammers may be using caller ID spoofing equipment to make the call appear genuine. HMRC offers guidance on spotting scams and suspicious communications. Please do not disclose any personal information such as bank details, no matter who the person claims to be. If you receive one of these scam telephone calls please report it to KCC Trading Standards. For advice and ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute

We probably shouldn’t worry too much about who our next Prime Minister is going to be or whether we can forge a trade agreement without… Continue reading on Medium »

Posted by John Anderson on John Anderson on Medium | Mute

[IMG: Sandgate Esplanade road and pavement flooding (Claire Hudson (www.twitter.com/clairehudson73))] There has been an increase in ther number of large lorries parking (and often "overnighting") on Sandgate Esplanade. This parking causes visibility issues for those crossing the road, blocks the pavement, noise when refridgeration units are left running, and waste being left (and in some instances, complaints that the beach is being used as toilet). A waiting ban for lorries in this area has been approved by the Shepway Joint Transportation Board. Shepway and Kent County Council have to apply for a traffic regulation order for the road to make ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute

[IMG: Chelmsford Road re-surfacing farce] Kent Highways are intending to resurface Military Road (Sandgate) from its junction with Sandgate High Street to the junction with North Road. The micro resurfacing works are programmed for 8th August 2016, and there should be local signage to advise on any closures, diversions or parking suspensions, and other restrictions during the works. Kent County Council say micro resurfacing "is generally used on urban roads and lasts up to 10 years. We fix faults and potholes, but we then place a pre-mixed tarmac dressing which is then pressed down." You can learn more about micro ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute

[IMG: Lynne Beaumont and Tim Prater on Horn Street bridge] Folkestone Campaigners Lynne Beaumont and Tim Prater calling for the widening of Horn Street bridge Despite residents, campaigners and councillors from Folkestone and Sandgate insisting that for the new Shorncliffe development to go ahead required a widened road bridge at Horn Street, Shepway Development Control decided... against making that a condition on the developer. Instead of widening the bridge to allow east two-way running, there there will be traffic lights put on the bridge to enforce one-way running, and associated works to the approaches and creation of a junction to ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute

[IMG: Shepway District Council Sandgate Parking Consultation Notice on Granville Parade] The news is... there is no news. The proposals for a Sandgate Granville Parade / Castle Road CPZ with 2 hour parking restriction for those without a permit (8am-8pm every day of the year) was opposed by a huge number of local residents, your Lib Dem team, businesses and Sandgate Parish Council. The formal consulation held by Shepway District Council on the scheme received hundreds of objections (we know, having handed in many of them ourselves!) and apparently very few comments in support. Since the close of that consultation, ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute

[IMG: money pound save savings] The Shepway Community Chest scheme is now open and the deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 1 August 2016. There is a total of £95,000 available in 2016: one amount of up to £50,000 and smaller grants between £1,000 - £5,000 are available. The community chest is a funding scheme that allocates grants to community groups and charities delivering projects for the benefit of Shepway residents. Projects must not start before the grant has been awarded and the grant must be claimed within 12 months. The grant and the funding is paid retrospectively ...

Posted on Tim Prater | Mute
Wed 29th
14:35

Simple choices

With acknowledgements to Adams of the Daily Telegraph.

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats | Mute
Wed 29th
14:26

Fighting for votes at 16

In light of the recent referendum result, as a Young Liberal, I have found this result disheartening and frustrating. Joining the party at 16 and now being 17, I have not yet been able to exercise my voice and vote in any democratic election aside from the Liberal Democrat leadership election. This matter disappoints me and, I'm sure, many other politically passionate 16 and 17 year olds massively. From a personal perspective I cannot help but feel that there is an enormous need for change to cater for this currently unheard voice in politics. I and many other young people ...

Posted by Jack Haines on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

www.facebook.com/steamport/videos/1792830200935509/ I picked up on this wonderful film on the Steamport Facebook page. Worth looking at for bit of Southport nostalgia. Just scroll down the facebook page until you see it.

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

We are now facing the reality of life outside the EU and with it the prospect of a new United Kingdom. With the result of the referendum so close it is essential that the path we move forward on as a country is determined by a wide range of views: those who voted in and those who voted out; the young and the old; people from the left, the right and centre; voices from all parts of the United Kingdom. We have a chance to take this huge, albeit unwanted, change in our relationship with the world and turn it ...

Posted by Tim Miller on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Well Brexiters you didn't have a plan before you won and there's little sign of one being put on the table for us all to scrutinise now you have won. You may, in your view, have 'got your country back' but what on earth does that mean other than it being an emotional political slogan? Your leaders (Johnson, Gove and Farage etc.) told big fibs during the referendum campaign, not least the one about extra funding for the NHS which they dropped like a stone as soon as the polls closed. Take a look at this on the BBC web ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute
Wed 29th
13:03

Templates: Summer Survey

[IMG: talking website] It is that time again when we are out again knocking on doors - hopefully in the glorious sunshine. To give ALDC members a helping hand for your next session, we are have released our latest survey This template is designed so that you have a standard back page and then you can mailmerge on different versions [...]

Posted by Claire Halliwell on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors | Mute

Amongst the post-apocalyptic Brexit debris, I have somehow managed to steel myself and pore over the depressing map of blue England in an attempt to seek out some positive signs of life and hope. The immediate signals are clear and well-documented, pretty much yellow 'Remain' for the large metropolitan areas and swathes of blue for the rural 'Leave' (although the blue is practically purple on the East Anglian fringes!). Amongst all this there are some exceptions, some yellow remain anomalies that stand out amongst the sea of blue. On closer inspection, these areas are identified as Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, South ...

Posted by Daniel Russell on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

(this is mostly adapted from a stream of consciousness I posted earlier on twitter, so might look familiar to some of you) We all know that there are some politicians who actually are racist, and stoke up racist tensions because they are racist and want to see racism succeed. But what about the vast majority who think they are not racist? Why do we see, over and over again, people who pride themselves on being progressive saying we must listen to people's genuine concerns on immigration* and similar shite? Why did Gary Younge have to write this article? One reason ...

Wed 29th
11:48

Why the LibDems?

After 40 years of eschewing any formal affiliation with a political party, I threw the towel in the day after the Brexit vote and joined… Continue reading on Medium »

Posted by John Anderson on John Anderson on Medium | Mute
Wed 29th
11:20

Jumpstart your campaign!

[IMG: Kickstart 2016] We live in politically uncertain times. Following the referendum vote, British politics seems more volatile than ever and yet, as the growth in the party's membership shows, it is a good time for Liberal Democrats to campaign. Whatever the next few months hold we know that we have local elections next May. Campaigning in wards [...]

Someone uploaded Boris Johnson's speech to a porn site because he's 'f***ed Britain' "Dumb British Blonde fucks 16 million people at once" Polish girl, 16, found dead at school after complaints of racist bullying after moving to Cornwall After a campaign scarred by bigotry, it's become OK to be racist in Britain Brexit: if you think Corbyn is the problem, you haven't been paying attention Prof Brian Cox criticises 'nonsensical' university speaking bans | Media | The Guardian Brian Cox on the healthy scepticism of science and the wisdom of changing your mind (unless you're his wife in which case ...

[IMG: Flag_of_Europe_Crying_LD] The referendum result has been a dramatic and emotional experience for us all. A mixture of anger, worry, upset and concern has been felt since the result became known last Friday morning. We've got mad, now let's get organised. We need to ensure that we are focused so we can grasp any opportunities this uncertain [...]

For those of us waiting for the publication of the Chilcott report on the Iraq war, a BBC documentary tonight might prove to be a useful appetizer. In it former weapons inspector Hans Blix claims that Tony Blair "did not represent the reality" in relation to Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction ahead of the 2003 invasion. In other words Mr. Blair misled us all: Mr Blix did not suggest the former PM acted in bad faith, adding: "Many people bring themselves to believe something that they want to believe." The Swedish diplomat and politician added: "I think Blair ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

The news that UKIP have been handed the chair of the Assembly's Climate Change Committee has naturally caused outrage around Wales. After all this is the party which publicly denies the existence of man-made climate change. Quite how the new chair is going to reconcile that belief with the evidence that he will be presented with is difficult to see. I do not share the view of some that he may be won over to a different viewpoint. What exactly was going through the minds of party business managers when they decided on the allocation of chairs will forever remain ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

The unravelling of the Brexit vote - and parallel calls for a second referendum - is gathering pace. There may be hope for us in this, but there is also a massive warning which is crucial to the viability of liberalism in our country. The referendum result was a triumph for illogicality. Many of those who voted Leave stand to lose most, through everything from endangered employment rights gained through the EU to the security of jobs reliant on trade with Europe. So we need to look deeper behind the reasons for the Leave vote, and when we do, we ...

Posted by Chris Bowers on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It's that time of year again - the Party Awards season, and the nominations pack is now up on the website. The awards recognise the exceptional and dedicated work our members do in our communities and this is your chance to tell us who we should be recognising. The following awards are open for nomination: President's Award – open to any Party Member elected to public office and who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award – open to any Party Member never elected to public office and who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. Belinda ...

Posted by Sal Brinton on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

 

Embed from Getty Images During the Liberal Democrat leadership contest Tim Farron has published a manifesto setting out his political credo. Titled My Values – My Liberalism, it set out what liberalism means to him and his priorities for the party's ideological development. The document set out a strong and positive case for liberalism, the Liberal Democrats and Tim Farron as leader. It also served a more defensive purpose, because one of the criticisms made of Tim Farron previously is that some said he was a bit of a policy lightweight. Tim Farron has been working to banish such views, ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

[IMG: Boris Johnson] Boris Johnson Vote Leave seem to have ridden a tide of resentment to a narrow referendum majority, and immediately had to start admitting to lying in their campaign. The lies were impressive and, combined with the idea that experts are not to be trusted, were irrefutable. They played on the fears and anxieties of people who already felt left behind. They spoke to people struggling from years of austerity and feeling ignored by "elites". What happens to these people as they realise they were taken for a ride by a faction of that "elite" that played on ...

Posted by Mark Argent on Mark Argent :: blog | Mute

Brexit is great news for the rest of the EU This is probably more true than I would like it to be. #fb (tags: ukpolitics eu ) Volkswagen to Pay Up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Diesel-Emissions Claims And it won't end there. (tags: uspolitics environment )

Before the EU referendum, I predicted that if the country voted Leave, the Tories would do one of two things. Either take us out of the single market and try and remodel the country as a low tax, small state neocon paradise; or they would curl up into a foetal position and beg for mummy. So far, the second thing seems to be winning the day. They still might pluck themselves up and go for the Singapore off the coast of France deal, but at present they seem to lack the cojones. Which is good for all us, I'd like ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

A senior Welsh Liberal Democrat and former Assembly Member has criticised the First Minister's call for official notification of the UK's intention to leave the EU under Article 50 to be sent as early as possible. Councillor Peter Black has called on his former colleague Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Education Secretary to distance herself from the proposal, arguing that giving formal notification before proper arrangements are in place could leave Wales worse off. "I understand that the First Minister wants to limit the amount of uncertainty faced by Welsh businesses," said Mr. Black, "but if we go too ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats | Mute

I once wrote in a column for the New Statesman website: When I was in the habit of reading academic works, theorists talked of "late capitalism" - as though the Revolution were bound to come soon. If I were to open such books today, I expect I should find we are living under "even later capitalism".Now Paul Mason has written a book called Postcapitalism. Well, it's good to dream, and we are short of imaginative thinking in economics, even if Mason's Twitter account these days is written from the barricades of an nonexistent revolution. But I was amused by the ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Embed from Getty Images It is not just Jeremy Corbyn's leadership that threatens disaster for Labour at the next election. It is also the presence in a senior position of John McDonnell. If you doubt me, imagine the use the Conservatives will make of this quotation on their leaflets: "It's about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. The peace we have now is due to the action of the IRA."Those words were spoken ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Embed from Getty Images Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim believed that nice things are nicer than nasty ones. Boris Johnson believes it too, As far as he has a political philosophy, that is it. He wants nice things. Lots and lots of nice things. Lots of nice things all for Boris. But he is not ungenerous. Providing he has far more than his share of the good things of life, he is quite happy for other people to have them too. Hence the sunny tone of his column in the Telegraph on Sunday: I cannot stress too much that Britain is ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The Birkdale Nightingale a poem by Jean Sprackman is set in the same landscape: (Bufo calamito - the Natterjack toad) On Spring nights you can hear them two miles away, calling their mates to the breeding place, a wet slack in the dunes. Lovers hiding nearby are surprised by desperate music. One man searched all night for a crashed spaceship. For amphibians, they are terrible swimmers: where it's tricky to get ashore, they drown. By day they sleep in crevices under the boardwalk, run like lizards from cover to cover without the sense to leap when a gull snaps. Yes, ...

Posted by iain on theMayoralBlog | Mute

Mill Lane , where the car wash used to be , has now a new build development of older peoples apartment and I was invited to help open it on Monday. I was given an extensive tour of the accommodation on offer. There were one and two bed apartments and all the facilities you would expect for supported independent living. The developers McCarthy Stone have been busy in our borough and have several developments catering for different levels of dependency. Historically this is in the Parish of Birkdale as the old maps will confirm but it is so close to ...

Posted by iain on theMayoralBlog | Mute

Last Friday, there were other things on my mind after the Brexit referendum vote. I was asleep in the easy chair when the first call came in at around 10.30am in the morning. I heard the phone ring and decided that sleep was more important. After all, I had been up all night watching the... Continue reading Telephone Preference Service scammer tried to grab my bank details. Let's warn others →

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

Did you read the article the other day in the Peterborough Telegraph regarding the latest goings on regarding plans for two cinemas in the city centre? It seems to have become (yet another) embarrassing moment for the ruling Tory administration at the Town Hall, after the Council's Planning Committee, prior to the local elections, approved [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute
Tue 28th
17:53

Speak for England, Tim

The Guardian have just published my appeal to Tim Farron, which I reproduce here. You can also see it in the original, along with the predictable rude remarks below. It was 2 September 1939, a turning point in British history and its relations with continental Europe. Nazi troops were advancing through Poland, and prime minister Neville Chamberlain was making a somewhat vacillating statement in the House of Commons, which appeared to be giving himself wriggle room to dodge his commitment to the Poles. Two MPs were sick. Standing in for the opposition leader, Labour's Arthur Greenwood rose to reply amidst ...

Posted by David Boyle on The Real Blog | Mute

Second paragraph of third story ("Thinking Warrior", by Huw Wilkins): I chamber a smoke round and fire it up into the air to obscure the sniper's view, then sweep the blank-fronted tower block with the microwave radar.Another of the Big Finish collections of Doctor Who short stories, this time all set in the year 2040 (an anagram of the year of writing, 2004, though the link is also made with the Doctor's TARDIS being a Type 40). I didn't think this was one of the more successful collections, with the linking narrative between the stories (about the invasion of Earth ...

[IMG: eupetition] Canvassing during the referendum in the London borough of Merton one point came up on a surprising number of households - what was going to happen to people from the EU living here if we voted to Leave. We were only canvassing people entitled to voted in the referendum but in many cases the person who opened the door was from the EU and their partner was British. It was often said slightly jokingly with people saying they could tell us how their British partner would be voting 'or else' but with an undertone of concern. As the ...

Posted by Simon McGrath on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Dear all, According to Charles Moore (in yesterday's Daily Fail) the UK would not have voted for Brexit if David Cameron had not forced through Same Sex Marriage. So of course this would not have happened if Lynne Featherstone had not raised the issue even though it was not in the coalition agreement. But Lynne wouldn't have been able to raise it in cabinet had it not been Liberal Democrat policy after it adoption at Liberal Democrat conference in Autumn 2010. However, it also might not have been Federal Policy had not the Scottish party passed it as policy at ...

Posted by Stephen Glenn on Stephen's Liberal Journal | Mute

I am concerned about many of the issues that people have been discussing on Lib Dem Voice and the media over the past few days. The big issues being: The referendum was actually about issues other than the EU and indeed immigration–in particular: gross inequality in our country; how austerity has created winners and losers when it comes to many cities and regions; and the opportunity this represented for people to punish the political elites. The Leave campaign seem to have pedaled out a lot of untruths—especially the inability to be able to stem immigration in the post-Brexit world and ...

Posted by Helen Flynn on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Tue 28th
13:29

Project Fear

You all know I think that voting out in the EU referendum was a mistake. Economically, it was a mistake. But, you know, maybe the optimist Leavers are right, maybe this is a blip and our economy will recover. Maybe we're not financially doomed. Maybe. But even if all that is true, I'm still terrified. I'm terrified because, while it's true that not all Leave voters are racists, all the racists voted leave, and they now think that 52% of the population agrees with them and they can attack and abuse people with impunity. I'm scared for all my BAME ...

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. I disagree with that decision, of course, but I am a democrat, and my democratic principles mean that I do not think that we should seek to overturn the result by any kind of undemocratic means. Quite the opposite - we should now engage in a democratic process to decide where we go from here. The UK is currently in a difficult position, and is also putting the EU in a difficult position. It is quite clear that there was never any kind of agreed coherent Brexit plan on the table ...

Posted by Cen Phillips on Liberal Thoughts | Mute

Back in the days whilst David Cameron had the chance not to lurch the UK into a huge Brexit crisis this exchange may have taken place following months of advice about him resisting being too 'brave':- Sir Humphrey – Can I present you with a box Prime Minster, it's one we put before Ministers prior to them taking momentous decisions. Bring in the OSBOT box please Bernard. Cameron – What's this all about then Humphrey? Sir Humphrey – Well Prime Minister it's the job of Cabinet Office to spell out to a Minister or Prime Minister all the potential pit-falls ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

Amongst the 7,000 plus new Lib Dem members since last Thursday, there are a multitude of different stories. But two new members in particular are worth highlighting as a positive sign of the sorts of people the party is now able to reach out (or perhaps that should be, once again able to reach out to): Siobhan Benita Former independent Mayor of London candidate The only true pro-remain party. https://t.co/zBP5aWDMFg Good for @timfarron and the reason I have joined @LibDems — Siobhan Benita (@SiobhanBenita) June 26, 2016 You too can join them here.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Hear 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' played on old floppy disk drives.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Embed from Getty Images The average age of the House of Lords is about 70 years old. Yet it has been left up to us to scrutinise, amend and improve the highly technical and technological Investigatory Powers Bill after its easy ride through the House of Commons. Today, in the Bill's Second Reading, I urged peers from all sides to not shy away from the technical nature of the Bill and to tackle the issues it raises head on and with gusto. Fundamentally this Bill will govern what powers our security services and law enforcement agencies have, under what circumstances ...

Posted by Brian Paddick on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Monday: Over the weekend, the Vote Leave campaign have revealed that they genuinely have no plan for what to do now they've torn everything down. And Labour have chosen absolutely the worst moment to hit the self-destruct button. The first observation is that if the vote were to be held this week, after the last 72 hours of the most vigorous rowing backwards, it seems unlikely that the Leave Campaign could win a referendum on the sun coming up tomorrow, so shot is their credibility. All the promises of the Leave Campaign have been thoroughly trashed... by the Leave Campaign. ...

The pound's dramatic decline is the biggest impact of Brexit so far - The Washington Post RT @lynneguist: "They had a role in Europe as...a beachhead for...US companies...And that's frankly going to go away" Beyond Cameron and Corbyn: what makes a good leader? RT @garwboy: Wrote more about Farage but got edited out because "it's just personal abuse". That bit is on twitter instead: Brexit: Vote Leave wipes NHS £350m claim and rest of its website after EU referendum | Home News | News | The Independent RT @Independent: Vote Leave wipes website where they repeatedly promised to spend ...

[IMG: 2016 Post Referendum - facebook ad (500x375)] Here are a few Good Practice Examples from Stockport, Sutton and Islington including Emails to members & Web Site Postings Web Post from Cllr Iain Roberts, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group Stockport Council "EU referendum: Lib Dems needed more than ever in fight for Britain's future" The people have spoken and the UK will now start the process [...]

Posted by Claire Halliwell on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors | Mute

[IMG: David Rendel at Anti-Iraq war demo 15th Feb 2003 Some rights reserved by Paul Walter] The life and legacy of David Rendel, Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury 1993-2005, will be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues at Newbury's Corn Exchange on Monday 4th July 2016. All are welcome at the event which will begin at 1.00pm. Donations in David's memory may be made to Voluntary Service Overseas or Médecins Sans Frontières (UK); there is a Just Giving page for this.

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Last month at Bury's Annual Council award the 2016 'Made in Bury Community Awards' to individuals and community groups who had made a special difference in our communities. Bury's Lib Dem Leader, Cllr Tim Pickstone, presented the 'Volunteer of the Year' awards to: Peter James-Robinson, Geeta Sarin, Gary Dawson and Elaine Valle-Jones. One of our very own Prestwich 'lollypop' ladies, Gwendoline Robinson, was the winner of the 'good neighbour awards. Special awards were given to teams who had such a difference in Ramsbottom and Radcliffe in the Boxing Day floods last year. A full list of award winners is here. ...

Posted by prestwichfocus on Tim Pickstone | Mute

The next Yate and Chipping Sodbury Community Engagement Forum - formerly known as the Safer Stronger Community Group - will be held on Monday 4th July at 7pm in the St Nicholas Family Centre, Chargrove, Yate BS37 4LG. Please come along and meet local councillors and council staff, the police, Avon Fire and Rescue and others to discuss local matters of concern and to try to come up with solutions. Before the meeting - from 6pm - there will be a "Have a Safer Summer" event with advice from such agencies as the Police, Fire Brigade and Crime Prevention.

Posted by Paul Hulbert on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington | Mute

I travelled extensively across America when I was younger, taking in a total of 35 different states. It is an odd place in many respects, and there are things about it I really like and things about the place I'm not so fond of. One of the more alarming elements of American culture is the anti-science, "did you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than in your brain?" motif. During the EU referendum campaign, that came out in British public life in a way I have never seen previously. Within English culture, there has always been a ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

That's the conclusion of a detailed study of how the media covered the European referendum, carried out by the Loughborough University Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

New tests are being introduced from 1 July 2016 for future taxi drivers in Bury in order to drive up standards and ensure passenger safety. The Council's Licensing Committee has agreed that people who want to drive a Hackney ('black') cab or private hire vehicle will have to show that their driving ability and communication skills are up to the mark. Firstly, they will have to provide evidence that they have had a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency driving assessment. Secondly, if they cannot produce evidence that they have a GCSE or equivalent in English and maths, they must take ...

Posted by prestwichfocus on Tim Pickstone | Mute
Tue 28th
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EU Referendum: Opinion

Last week Britain voted, by 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union. We are lucky enough to live in a democracy, and it is important to respect everyone's votes, whichever way they were cast. Naturally we respect the result of the referendum, but this does not mean that Liberal Democrats will stop believing in a future for Britain at the heart of Europe. Leaving the EU will hit livelihoods, homes and jobs. Sadly, we are already seeing that many of the things that were predicted by experts are coming true: the value of our currency has collapsed, the value ...

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From Ombudsman Services : A customer service clinic is being held at the Overgate Shopping Centre on Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July from 9am - 5pm to assist people unhappy with service they have received from a company or service. Advisors from Ombudsman Services, the largest multi-sector ombudsman in the UK, will be on hand to hear complaints about products or services which are felt not to have been adequately handled by the company. Ombudsman Services are a not-for-profit organisation who operate at no cost to the public purse or to consumers, the companies who have agreed to ...

Residents are invited to meet representatives of HealthWatch Bury on Tuesday 5 July at Prestwich Library. Between 10am and 1pm, visitors can pick up information leaflets and share their experiences of using the local health and social care services.

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Pauline Latham, my MP in Mid Derbyshire, wrote an article for the Derby Telegraph just a few hours before the EU referendum. In it she finally came out for Leave, stating that she'd carefully studied the pros and cons of membership. However, it would appear that even a professional was seduced by Leave's propaganda, which if nothing else shows why ... The post Pauline Latham MP was seduced by Leave's propaganda appeared first on ten pence piece.

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The UK and the EEA Francis Davey on how the UK could stay in the EEA when leaving the EU - if, of course, it wants to. (tags: eu ukpolitics ) The EU referendum: An attempt to analyse the in-play betting Fascinating. (tags: gambling eu ukpolitics ) Five Lessons We Urgently Need To Learn From The Remain Campaign's Failure "move the focus from factsplaining to building a European culture based on shared values." Very provocative and probably wise. (tags: ukpolitics eu ) Britons swamp Ireland with passport applications I wonder why? (tags: ukpolitics ireland eu ) W Is for Why ...

The Independent reports that the official Leave campaign has wiped almost its entire website from the internet. They say that the site, which previously included the suggestion that the EU budget would be sent back to the NHS and included promises about trade deals, now just has a message thanking supporters: The promises of Leave campaigners have come under scrutiny since the UK voted on Thursday, with leading politicians walking back promises over immigration control, NHS spending and the speed that Brexit will be undertaken. Now all of those promises have been removed from the official site. The site now ...

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