Thu 30th
16:39
Ryan Cullen

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764 The BBC has the story – see link Above. [IMG: key_Norman_Baker] Great to see Norman Baker raising this important issue. Outside of the Tory press many, many people are of the view (including me) that the UK's present policies on drugs are simply not working, never have done and never will do. Norman Baker is a highly respected commentator on many things but his views on this matter really do hit the spot. Nice to see a Lib Dem Minister making the Tories and indeed Labour squirm as their ridiculous attitude to drugs, which is little more than 'let's ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton FocusSefton Focus | Mute

Continuing my series of guest posts from candidates to succeed Tim Farron as Liberal Democrat President (of whom there are now three, after Linda Jack dropped out), here is Liz Lynne setting out her plans to reform the party's structures. [IMG: Liz Lynne as an MEP] It has become even more apparent to me over the last few months that the structures of the Party need to be radically reformed. I have been taking soundings from different people from all sections of the Party about the problems and what needs to be changed. The main problem that everyone has highlighted ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

I've not written about Russell Brand's book. It's not that I'm indifferent towards him. I despise his cod radicalism and wrote many posts laying into his early forays into politics. But I just can't bring myself to spend £6.99 on his new book and then sacrifice several hours to reading it. And I think that even Russell Brand [...]

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Over many years residents and residents' associations have been outraged by the planning decisions made by Ealing Council. People have been annoyed about the process people have had to follow and how they have been treated when trying to make their voices heard. It was agreed to set up a committee which would look at this and last night I vice-chaired the meeting which listened to the views of residents from Ealing. We intentionally did not invite any planning officers so that people could raise their views in the most candid way possible. Only two comments were made that were ...

Posted by Gary Malcolm on Councillor Gary Malcolm | Mute

I still cannot decide who to vote for to be the Liberal Democrats' next President. Sal Brinton provided some impressive answers to my questions earlier this month; but I still have that nagging doubt about her closeness to Nick Clegg. I don't think Daisy Cooper has understood just how out of touch the FE of which she is a part is flawed and has to change. I have found her campaign lacking in substance. I had been slightly inclined to support Liz Lynne, but some of her answers still lack something particularly on diversity (understanding the full range of equality ...

Posted by Gareth on Gareth Epps | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Clacton-on-Sea is going nowhere... This is Britain on crutches. This is tracksuit-and-trainers Britain, tattoo-parlour Britain, all-our-yesterdays Britain- Matthew Parris, The Times Matthew Parris's dismissal of poor, coastal Essex adorned thousands of UKIP leaflets in Clacton. It served only to justify UKIP's rout of the Tory party. Inadvertently, Parris came close to the truth: Britain as a political entity almost ceased to exist in September. Despite the eventual result in Scotland, the strength of the yes vote saw victory in Glasgow, quadrupled the membership of the SNP and caused Scottish Labour to implode. The high turnout alone belied the modern complaint ...

Posted by Toby Matthews on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

[IMG: Fire Engine] Emergency cover Emergency vehicles crewed by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) managers and firefighters who are not union members or who have chosen not to strike will be located at strategic locations around the county to provide the best cover possible. 999 calls During the national firefighters strike KFRS will continue to answer and deal with 999 calls. However the public can expect our Control staff to ask them more questions about the nature of the incident they are reporting. We will need to gather as much information as possible in order to best utilise the ...

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From Friday 31st of October, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council, Gillian Beasley will be in Morocco! Q: Why? Well, Gillian is very kindly helping support the charity I work for, Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality – Shine, as part of the Chairman's Challenge, which has been led by local businessman and [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

#3303720 / gettyimages.com In the run up to the release of Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb legal action was taken to try to protect the film from another one of similar content being released first. The claim of plagiarism rested on the similarities between the novels that each was based on, as both books featured the fallout from US bombers heading off to drop nuclear weapons on Russia during the Cold War despite having received no such order from the US President. [IMG: Fail-Safe - DVD cover] The novels themselves – Red ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Jennie Rigg does an admirable service for members (that are conference reps) wishing to know more about the candidates they are voting for for Federal Committees. She's asked the candidates for Federal Executives some pertinent questions. The link to her post of my answers is here and in general Jennie's blog is worth a read if you are a Liberal Democrat, or even if you aren't and you want to know more about the party. I've reproduced my answers here: Are you standing for the first time or restanding? If first time what new thing do you bring that nobody ...

Posted by Louise Ankers on From one of the Jilted Generation... | Mute

Someone said to me the other day when I wasn't watching a football match that usually I'd have on my TV that I'd have been watching it if they were trying to cook something. A fair point. For you see over the past few months I may have just become over saturated on football and I'm just footballed out. I sit here racking my brain trying to think of a game so far this season where I've been genuinely engrossed and I'm struggling. Not even the big matches have really grabbed me (although some games I have certainly watched and ...

Posted by neilmonnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

It's due on Tuesday. There's also a poster and a revised synopsis. "The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. Rex to [...]

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts | Mute

So, folks - it's that time again, Liberal Democrat internal elections! Not only is this an opportunity to run an election the way it should be run (this is a brief happy interlude in FPTP life for those interested in electoral reform), it's also a one-member-one-vote chance to elect the people that effectively steer our party. You'll be able to cast votes for various party committees and you'll also be able to vote for our next Party President. I need to let you into a secret - I've been supporting Daisy Cooper for some months now. When I resigned my ...

Posted by Sam Phripp on So Sam said... | Mute

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

Thu 30th
11:56

Obese test dummies

Nobody can accuse the Americans of pulling their weight, at least not when it comes to vehicle safety. The Daily Mail reports that are packing on the pounds to better reflect the expanding waistlines and larger rear ends of many Americans: Manufacturer Humanetics has developed the new model after studies found that obese drivers are 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash. Dummies have traditionally been modeled on a person weighing about 167 pounds with a healthy body mass index. The new super-sized dummies are based on the measurements of a 273-pound person with a BMI of ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

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( answers under the cut ) Iain answered ALL the questions for ALL the committees, despite each page of the question form being headed with "please only answer these questions if you are standing for X committee". I have therefore had to do some editing on these answers, mostly removing "why are you asking me this? I'm not standing for this committee" type answers. I hope that I have amalgamated the ones where there were similar questions asked for different committees fairly. You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

( answers under the cut ) All answers are presented unedited, as entered by the candidate (mainly due to time). You can find links to other candidates' entries here [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

[IMG: Compass cufflinks] No longer need someone worry about which implausible looking muddy path to trudge up on that delivery round which takes in every mobile phone signal black hole in the ward. (Seriously, they do actually work rather well – and are rather handy even in the most urban of areas for those occasions when you come out of a station and aren't sure which way you're pointed.) An absolute bargain you can buy from here. Of course, don't forget the perfect gift for an on-message Liberal Democrat activist either. Real Working Compasses Cufflinks Good fun – and useful ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

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Questions have gone out and answers have started coming in. Once I have answers from each candidate they will go in their own post and be linked via their name below. The columns alongside the names show which committee each person is standing for. Candidate name FCC FE FPC ALDE Internat Adam Corlett Y Adrian Smith Y Adrian Trett Y Alec Dauncey Y Alice Thomas (F) Y Andrew Chamberlain Y Andrew Wiseman Y Antony Hook Y Y Y Belinda Brooks-Gordon (F) Y Y Y Candy Piercy (F) Y Cara Jenkinson (F) Y Carl Mayhew Y Y Caron Lindsay (F) Y ...

[IMG: immobilier parisien] Yesterday I was back up in that London to attend an event exploring UK housing policy. Many, of not most, of the luminaries of UK housing research made the same journey. The event covered quite a lot of ground, but at the same time the agenda was relatively narrow - focusing as it did on the macro, credit, housing supply, planning nexus. The discussion left me with plenty to think about and there is no way that it could be meaningfully summarised in a blog post. So here are a few quick reflections - not all of ...

Posted by admin on Alex's Archives | Mute

Conservative seat, Resignation

Posted by Michael Powell on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors | Mute

Labour seat, Death

Thu 30th
09:30

Tory Euro Pickle

Blimey, what a Tory pickle over Europe. This week they scuppered their own proposals for a law making an In-Out referendum on Europe happen in 2017. They had a the chance to lance the UKIP boil. Instead of allowing both a Lib Dem bill to fix the bedroom tax and their bill for a referendum to make a Euro referendum happen in 2017 they spiked both. It is clear the Tories are more concerned about maintaining the bedroom tax than their flagship EU referendum pledge. Why would the Conservatives sabotage a chance to legislate now for an EU Referendum? Perhaps ...

Posted by James Barber on James BarberJames Barber | Mute

Why would you, after all? Nights crawling home on the late train. Sitting in interminable debate about the intricacies of social care till way into the dark. Queuing up for half an hour in the rain to get through the equally interminable parliamentary X-ray machines. I've done it before and I want to do it again. Let me explain by describing the email I received from the party a few days ago asking me to respond to a simple question with a one-word answer: what is the issue that will be most important to you at the next election? Come ...

Posted by David Boyle on The Real Blog | Mute

[IMG: Stephen Williams MP] Earlier this year, we featured Communities Minister and MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams' Reddit questionnaire where he invited constituents to "Ask me anything." And they did, too. Here's a wee snippet: First of all, I tweeted you support on the day of the Marriage Act vote and you replied. Thank you for that, you made my day on both counts. Now for a question: I initially supported a boycott of Starbucks and Amazon for non-payment of UK tax. After a year, however, I feel that the blame needs to shift onto government for not closing ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

A man comments on that video of a woman walking around New York (tags: ) GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits (tags: ) Today's key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything (tags: ) Flying car prototype unveiled in Vienna - waaaaaaaaant (tags: ) Anybody who thinks the labour party don't embody establishment I have two words: Caroline Lucas I'm not a green, & I disagree with a lot of what Caroline Lucas says & does. But at least when she pulls a publicity stunt she doesn't pre announce it & make sure to not get into ...

Please help if you can – Thank you

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton FocusSefton Focus | Mute

Having raised with the council on a number of occasions in the past, on behalf of local residents, the poor condition of the road surface in Cleghorn Street, I am pleased to see this Traffic Order coming forward that will see the street resurfaced. From the City Council : Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works. The Order is expected to be in force for fifteen days from 3 November 2014. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen ...

[IMG: GDP_growth] GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working. The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%. Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers. "These GDP figures show the UK economy has good momentum to deal with a less certain global outlook. Our plan is working and we need to stick to it. "The families and businesses of Britain whose hard work is ...

Posted by Nick Hollinghurst on Nick Hollinghurst | Mute

Maghull Wind Orchestra put on a concert at Maghull Town Hall on 28th October to help the Mayor of Maghull raise money for her charity Woodlands Hospice. [IMG: rsz_mwo_1] The concert was Halloween themed and many of those in this large and excellent orchestra dressed up for the occasion. These photos are not particularly good as the light levels were very low but have a look at Phil their conductor dressed as a pumpkin! Cllr. Jen Robertson can also been seen with her cat ears amongst witches and a skeleton. [IMG: rsz_mwo_3] [IMG: rsz_1mwo_2]

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton FocusSefton Focus | Mute

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above. [IMG: safe_image.php]

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton FocusSefton Focus | Mute

Of the 97 people standing, about half have now recieved a link to a google form with a set of questions. The others I either didn't have an email address for at all, or the email address I had bounced. Those others are: Adrian Smith Alec Dauncey Alice Thomas Andrew Chamberlain Antony Hook Candy Piercy Cara Jenkinson Carl Mayhew Catherine Royce Chris White David Buxton David Grace David Hall-Matthews Dawn Barnes Elizabeth Jewkes George Dunk Hugh Rickard Humaira Sanders Iain Smith James Gurling James Sandbach Jane Smithard Jo Hayes Jock Gallagher John Innes Jonathan Brown Jonathan Fryer Judith Ost Justine ...

The Monkees wanted to be real boys. Or, at least, some of them did. Peter Tork had joined the band in the belief that he would actually be joining a band — a group of people who would play music together. He'd found that he was relegated to the occasional comedy vocal for the most [...]

Posted by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! | Mute

My post earlier reminded me of something I'd read before that was even more illustrative of belief in the One True Party than the article I linked in it. This piece, in response to the Guardian's endorsement of the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 election, is a perfect illustration of how some will argue that you must support the One True Party whatever it has done or might do. I really can't describe the full oddness of it, but if it was about religion instead of politics, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was written by a cult member. It's ...

Posted by Nick on What You Can Get Away With | Mute

Liberal Democrats have slammed Labour Council bosses after it emerged that Redcar and Cleveland Council's budget reports are by far the hardest to understand in the country.The study by the Manchester Evening News declared the Council's budget report more complex than Professor Steven Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'.According to a recent analysis which used four different measures to determine how difficult the budget report was to read, someone would need 22.5 years of education to understand the council's papers, making it the equivalent of a university doctorate level text.Steve Jenner from the Plain English Campaign described the contents as ...

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Enjoy.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Our two parties have very different policy positions which spring from sharply contrasting ideologies. What is more I think voters have noticed and that will negate the political benefit of any pact. So the BBC are reporting that Andrew George is calling for pacts between the Lib Dems and the Green Party to stop the Conservatives winning [...]

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts | Mute

Today has not been a good day. It's not a good feeling when you discover that someone has left the party over something you did, as Lester Holloway has done. I hope that he reconsiders his decision. The story begins on Saturday when I published this story about Lib Dem Campaigns supremo Victoria Marsom's visit to Botswana at the culmination of a year long project to help our sister party in the elections there. Lester said in the comments that he was unhappy with our interference in this African election. In the ensuing debate, onc eommenter, who as far as ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

#500938153 / gettyimages.com Switchboards have been jammed and phones have been ringing off the hook since I discovered the short-lived Anglia TV soap opera Weavers Green. Here is another cast photograph. The woman is Marjie Lawrence, who enjoyed a 50-year career in films and television. The boy is John Moulder-Brown, who worked throughout the 1960s as a child actor and starred with Jane Asher as a teenager in Jerzy Skolimowski's extraordinary 1970 film Deep End - something I must blog about one day. The dog went on to produce Sale of the Century.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Liberalism is one of the oldest political traditions. Its roots stretch back to 1688. Far from being a philosophy of the status quo, liberalism has a rich radical history. For centuries it was the philosophy of radical political and social change. It is time that the lost political tradition of radical liberalism was rediscovered. The father of liberalism, John Locke, laid the foundations for the philosophy in his Second Treatise of Government in 1689. Government was only to be justified through the consent of the people and should any government violate the fundamental rights ...

Posted by Paul Hindley on Positive Liberty | Mute

The post James Taylor joins team at Emerge Education appeared first on James Taylor.

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#515846365 / gettyimages.com I was not a member of the Liberal Party in 1976 because there was no branch in Market Harborough to recruit me. But I knew I was a Liberal and that my favourite MPs were David Penhaligon and John Pardoe. So when Pardoe stood against David Steel for the leadership of the party I knew whose side I was on. And you could argue that the 1976 contest set a pattern for later Liberal and Liberal Democrat leadership elections. One candidate (Steel) was orthodox, sensible and just a little dull. The other (Pardoe) was more charismatic, more ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons. Questions are now being asked as to whether this was a short term tactic to distinguish themselves form UKIP by being able to promise a referendum at the next election, which they couldn't have done if the Coalition had made it law. For the first time, we are lifting the lid on some of the negotiations behind the scenes in order to reveal the truth to the public. Quite simply, a ...

Posted by Andy Pellew on Focus on Bar Hill | Mute
Wed 29th
19:59

Much ado about Botswana

[IMG: The three chiefs and justice Gaberone by BoHeMIo] It's been happening for many years. Decades. The Lib Dems, and the Liberal party before it, are part of Liberal International. Ideas and help are shared, by invitation, with fellow liberal parties around the world. Recently some liberals went to help our sister party, BMD, in the Botswanan elections. So far, so earnest. Liberal Democrat Voice often carries articles about liberals helping overseas as part of Liberal International. Normally such articles excite very little interest. Such an article appeared about Botswana and it all went smoothly. ...Until someone suggested (and I'm ...

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings | Mute

The post James Taylor joins Tutti Dynamics as Strategic Advisor appeared first on James Taylor.

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Over 7000 people have now signed our petition for a Constitutional Convention! The call for a Constitutional Convention is building momentum. Party leaders have heard the call with Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and Nigel Farage giving their support. It is time to step up the campaign. A committee of cabinet ministers, chaired by William Hague, is still trying to reach a deal on what should happen next. And we want them to recommend a Constitutional Convention. We are working with the Electoral Reform Society to keep up the pressure. We have joined forces with 27 organisations and experts ...

Posted by Andy Pellew on Focus on Bar Hill | Mute
Wed 29th
19:36

Six of the Best 471

"Trading insults back and forth with your opponents might feel good to the One True Party activist, but it's not likely to attract the voter who knows that there are no true parties, just a group of different parties that might do different things. When offered with 'you must vote for us because we're right about everything' in several different forms, is it any wonder when they go for something entirely different?" Good stuff from Nick Barlow. Caron Lindsay is spitting furious about Johann Lamont's resignation on Liberal Democrat Voice. Forget HS3, 'Transport for the North' was the real meat ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Sir Malcolm Bruce The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Malcolm Bruce, has written an open letter to Conservative MPs following accusations that Lib Dem MPs have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill. I'll let the letter speak for itself, but it underlines the nature of the current relationship between the coalition parties, in addition to exposing the degree to which the fear of UKIP features in Conservative thinking. Here is the letter in full: Dear Colleague, I am writing to correct the misinformation contained in Michael Gove's recent letter to parliamentarians, which accused the Liberal Democrats of 'killing' ...

Posted by Andrew on A Scottish Liberal | Mute

This week David Cameron pulled the plug on his own bill despite being handed the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it further in the political process. Tories are in a complete mess over Europe. Instead of talking about the benefits of our relationship with the EU they have let UKIP set the agenda. Instead [...]

Posted by werahobhouse on Wera's Blog | Mute

#119894401 / gettyimages.com Jeremy Browne is an intriguing choice to write Biteback's 'why vote Liberal Democrat?' book for the 2015 general election, not because I doubt his commitment to the party but because his previous book, Race Plan, argued that the party's current pitch is wrong and should be changed. [IMG: Why vote Liberal Democrat - Jeremy Browne] There are discernible traces of that in this book, and even some policies in this one which many Liberal Democrats would disagree with him on (such as his opposition to minimum alcohol pricing and his opposition to plain cigarette packaging). There is, ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

I don't normally read LabourList, but this morning someone on Twitter linked to this article about Labour's fight against the Greens. It starts out almost sensibly, then descends into such a pit of belligerent tribalism that I began wondering if it was a parody. (Then I noticed it was by arch-Blairite 'moderate' Luke Akehurst, and was assured it was serious) There's a certain category of politico – and I've seen them more in Labour, but they exist in every party – who are convinced that theirs is the One True Party and argue that case with a near-religious zeal. In ...

Posted by Nick on What You Can Get Away With | Mute

Did you know UnitingCare Partnership has been selected as the Preferred Bidder to improve older people's healthcare and adult community services across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and parts of Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire? Don't worry you're not the only one! UnitingCare Partnership is a consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute

This is what a feminist looks like: White. Middle class and/or fairly privileged. Of course, you'd have to be to spend £45 on a T-shirt that looks like it's been hastily made with a Sharpie (an idea which would cost ... Continue reading →

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Unlikely Alvin Stardust pic of the day: playing cricket with David Owen, Donny Osmond and Paul Young. pic.twitter.com/U8fFH2Dx46 — peterwalker99 (@peterwalker99) October 23, 2014

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The best members-only content from aldc.org ALDC Blog Five Easy Ways to Raise Funds ALDC Development Officer Neil Fawcett gives members the benefit of Oxford's great local fundraising record, sharing five easy ways to get some money in the bank. Early Years Pupil Premium materials Extending our flagship policy even further, the Early Years Pupil [...]

Posted by Craig Whittall on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors | Mute

Hopefully all members will have received an email from Ryan Coetzee detailing our messages for the 2015 General Election. This includes reference to including the phrase 'opportunity for all' alongside 'Stronger Economy' and 'Fairer Society'. There is a new version of the logo that includes this part of our strap line and you can now download [...]

Yesterday the Prime Minister's statement to Parliament reminded us thatthere are two EU stories around at the moment. Sadly one is getting far more attention than the other! One is about the Prime Minister "standing up to Europe" and refusing to pay a £1.7bn demand. The other which is ultimately of much greater significance, concerns the EU agreeing an ambitious climate change deal, under British leadership, as described by Catherine Bearder and Ed Davey recently on LDV. Liberal Democrats can rightly be proud that as the greenest of the main British political parties and as "the party of in" we ...

Posted by Stephen Lloyd MP on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Wed 29th
13:47

"Real" Recall

There is a debate going on about whether the Recall Bill is "Real" or not. As usual there is a lot of confusion about what alternatives are proposed. Zac Goldsmith put forward proposals for a different system. The government proposal is triggered by one of two options either a criminal conviction or a decision by the Standards Committee. Zac Goldsmith's is triggered by 5% of constituents

Posted by John Hemming on John Hemming's Web Log | Mute

[IMG: green_laws] EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%. This is great news for the Liberal Democrats in government who have worked hard to keep the environment at the top of the agenda. Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has been pushing for Europe to make an ...

Posted by Nick Hollinghurst on Nick Hollinghurst | Mute

Congratulations to the former Chelsea academy player now with Maidenhead.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

I thought it was time to revive my Caron's Corkers feature to give you a flavour of the good stuff I've been reading: First of all, are you irritated by people referring to themselves as they? That's a plural isn't ... Continue reading →

Posted by caronlindsay on Caron's Musings | Mute

Author of our new Election Law book @markpack with @KathPinnock and @timpickstone get it from:http://t.co/Abr8M8oWnJ pic.twitter.com/QfFXhAGOkO — ALDC (@ALDC) October 15, 2014 Of course it goes perfectly with this.

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FRIENDS OF HARTHILL AND CALDERSTONES PARK The Woodland Trust is holding a competition to find England's Tree of the Year The shortlist was announced on 27th October 2014 The Allerton Oak is one of the ten finalists!! Please ... Continue reading →

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With the Green Party announcing they are targeting 12 seats including a number of our key seats, and the Labour party acknowledging the threat they pose by appointing Sadiq Khan to lead the fightback, Green votes could make the difference between winning and losing - as we sadly saw with Graham Watson MEP. So as our Environment Spokesperson in the House of Lords I've been keen to get out and help our candidates promote what we have achieved in Government and champion our 5 Green Bills which we'd introduce in a future Parliament. Over the summer I spent two days ...

Posted by Kate Parminter on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Wed 29th
11:31

A monster task

For those of us still struggling with the question as to whether the Loch Ness Monster actually exists this news story is a bit of a shock. The Independent says that the National History Museum hatched a sinister plot to slay the Loch Ness monster and display its carcass: Documents exposed by David Clarke in his new book Britain' s X-traordinary Files, show that in March 1934 an unnamed official at the museum issued instructions to 'bounty hunters' on how to tackle the mythical creature. He said: "Should you ever come within range of the 'monster' I hope you will ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

[IMG: (c) Palace of Westminster; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation] David Blunkett has decided to weigh into the immigration storm; as if we didn't have enough hotheads running around making noise about it already (including as of yesterday, the mayor of Calais). He says Michael Fallon's comments on English towns being "swamped" and "under siege" were basically spot on, and that the Defence Secretary was simply voicing the "concerns of ordinary voters". Now, it's not particularly news that Blunkett is not the most liberal of individuals on this topic. All but the most ardent immigrant-phobes will admit that we ...

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"As Ukip is to the Tories, so can the Green party be to the Lib Dems." That's a sentence I wrote 7 years ago, November 2007. So I was interested to see this post by YouGov's Peter Kellner – 'Ukip, the Greens and the new politics of protest' – which looks at his firm's polling data to find out more about the current spike in support for the Greens. In it, he aggregates three weeks' polling data to create a sample size large enough to find out who these new Green voters are. One finding probably won't surprise many of ...

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The two-party architecture of Britain's political system is disintegrating, as both Labour and the Conservatives struggle with the Ukip insurgency and an energised SNP in Scotland. The Conservatives were the first to lose their nerve and are on the verge of implosion. There is now an opportunity for Labour and its leader, Ed Miliband, to seize the initiative and secure a decisive advantage at next year's election. But that would mean turning against the sort of small-minded, tactical political leadership that got both parties into this mess in the first place. So I will be surprised if it happens. Last ...

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[IMG: Tim Farron MP speaks at the rally] Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has been writing at the Huffington Post about the need for politicians to support the growing number of what he terms the 'little platoons' of entrepreneurs and small businesses: Unlike many politicians, I think this rise in self-employment could be a good thing, at least for those who've made the choice. I welcome the fact that entrepreneurial individuals are trusting themselves and their skills and striking out on their own. Especially amongst older workers, an increased willingness to share acquired knowledge and experience is creating successful ...

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I'm also running for re-election to the Party's delegation to ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe) Council... It's been twenty-five years since I first got involved in international politics - the Berlin Wall was still standing when I started! Four years ago, you were kind enough to elect me to the ELDR Council Delegation. And, as I had promised, I have continued to report back as best I can, using my blog, and Liberal Democrat Voice, (www.libdemvoice.org) to do so. ELDR may now be ALDE, but my approach to the role hasn't changed, so that members can find ...

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Rust & Bone (15)Director: Jacques Audiard Gritty tale of survival in a tough economic climate set in a beach-side town in France. (Subtitled) Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) is a killer whale trainer who suffers a life-changing accident throwing her into a relationship with aspiring boxer, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) who is caught up in illegal boxing and security work trying to provide for his young son. Realistic and uncompromising but ultimately uplifting a rewarding five out of five stars. ***** Her (15)Director: Spike Jonz Sci-fi love story about a lonely ghost writer who falls for the operating system on his computer. Starring ...

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[IMG: Liberal Democrat HQ - Great George Street - preamble to party constitution] The shelves of different detergents in a large supermarket give you a parsimonious range of choices compared to the flourishing of names in most Liberal Democrat federal committee elections. If you don't know many of the people, the choices to make can be baffling – and I suspect are often made with as much reliance on instinct, habit and not-quite-fully-rational choice as in the supermarket. Which frankly makes sense if you've got more voting options that your knowledge can stretch to carefully sorting (and which is one ...

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The Council is consulting on a proposal to create two-hour limited parking in Prestwich town centre with short-stay parking on the car park on Clifton Road. Parking would remain free of charge, but be limited to a maximum of two hours. Drivers would need to put a parking ticket on their windscreen so that the amount of time they park there can be monitored. The proposal will be advertised in the local press on 27 November 2014 and notices will be posted on site. Residents and businesses will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and no decision will be ...

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Operation Treacle is the joint campaign (Police, Fire and others) across Greater Manchester to give the public important information and advice about the autumn period through Halloween and Bonfire Night. The safe4autumn website has a large amount information and ideas about both events, to help everyone feel and stay safe. [IMG: Screenshot 2014-10-29 09.08.34] Here is there advice for a safe and enjoyable Halloween! Halloween Safety Advice Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going 'trick or treating' please respect and ...

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[IMG: scam] A Kent based charity has received an email from a debt collector acting on behalf of another business. The company claims to be making a final request for payment before they begin legal proceedings. The email includes a link to make payment arrangements. The charity does not know either company. Kent Trading Standards believe this email is a scam. Scammers want bank or credit card details for fraudulent purposes. They have used a debt collector and threat of legal action to convince the recipient to reply to the email. Report Online Think you've received a scam phone call ...

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Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reruiting for a number of patient cabinet roles. The CCG say: "Bury's Patient Cabinet has a central role in ensuring meaningful involvement and engagement with local patients and communities – gathering views and feedback and making sure that patients have a chance to feed into and actively participate in consultations and service planning." More details here: The closing date for applications is Friday, 7th November.

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Comic Reveals That Ghosts Have Better Fashion Sense Than You (tags: ) Universal credit is a tale of failure that's still unfolding (tags: ) An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice (tags: ) A comic about Seagulls. Not ALL seagulls. (tags: ) How to Make Moss Graffiti (tags: ) Officers say public are in danger - so why won't MoJ publish its safety test? (tags: ) Drown an immigrant to save an immigrant: why is the Government borrowing policy from the BNP? (tags: ) Companies told to lift LBGTI Internet blocks or face court (tags: ...

Please note that Six Town Housing have now started work on Polefield Grange. This is the provision of new Front Boundary Fencing, together with off-road parking and droped kerbs to reduce parking congestion. Hopefully this is good news people people who live on the Grange. As I understand the works will be completed by 15 December 2014. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Tim

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Last month I was blogging admiringly about the arrows and lines painted on platforms in Chicago: [IMG: Platform arrows at O'Hare International Airport] I rather like the signs on the station platforms at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport - nice clear visual cues to encourage people to behave sensibly. It's something we could do much more of in Britain - especially in buses and in lifts where failing to move forward often deprives others of the ability to get the bus/lift but also where there are usually very few visual cues to encourage people to behave sensibly. I've always wondered what ...

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A new planning application has been received within Holyrood Ward as below: Application Number: 58073 Registration Date: 20/10/2014 Location: 466 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1NL Proposal: 1 No. internally illuminated fascia sign and 1 no. internally illuminated projecting sign Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information or help with this. The details will be on the Council's website here. Tim

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[IMG: rally paddy 01] Paddy has been writing in the Mirror about the Afghanistan war? Was it all worth it and could we, should we, have done things differently? What can we learn for the future? First of all, Paddy writes, we did some good: So has it all been for nothing? No. There are children - and especially girls - going to school in Afghanistan who wouldn't be there if British troops had not risked their lives to give them the chance. Democracy, though frail, has taken root. There is growing prosperity in some areas, markets in previous ghost ...

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A new planning application for an extension to St Hilda's Church on Whittaker Lane has been received. It is just outside of Holyrood Ward, but may be of interest to people. (I think I'm right in saying that parts of the ward are in the Church of England Parish of St Hilda's – but happy to be corrected!) Application Number: 58024 Registration Date: 16/10/2014 Location: Land adjacent to St Hilda's Church, Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1HA Proposal: Erection of a community hall [IMG: Screenshot 2014-10-29 08.42.53] Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require further information ...

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[IMG: Lynne_Featherstone] Liberal Democrat International Development Minister, Lynne Featherstone, has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind. Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries. Lynne called on international development donors, civil society organisations and academics to strengthen the quality of information they collect about disability by using a single method of data collection. At present, different definitions of disability and inconsistent information gathering have led to a gap in reliable global ...

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I've just added WordPress's Jetpack plugin to the site, which should make it easier for people to comment and like posts, as well as making it easier for me to share posts and get stats about my site. It also means you can now subscribe to the blog and get notifications of new posts via email by using the box on the sidebar at the right. As ever, whenever I add something new to here there's a good chance I'll have broken something else in the process, so please let me know if you see anything that's not right. Though ...

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From Monday 24th November 2014, Service X7 (Dundee - Montrose - Aberdeen) will extend beyond Dundee to serve Perth Royal Infirmary. After Dundee Bus Station, the stops of this service will be Dundee Rail Station, West Port, Sinderins, Royal Victoria Hospital, then via the current stops of Service 333. This will run every hour Monday to Saturday, with as two-hourly Perth service on Sundays (the original Aberdeen - Dundee route remains hourly). This will be a much-enhanced replacement for Hospital Link Service 333 (Royal Victoria Hospital/Ninewells Hospital/Perth Royal Infirmary), which will no longer operate after Friday 21st November 2014. Many ...

It is that time when ballot papers start to hit doormats and inboxes, and whilst you're probably inundated with people seeking your support, I hope that you'll find time for another supplicant... Twenty-five years ago, I found myself in a hotel in Aarhus, Denmark, attending a seminar on youth culture, my first international event as a Liberal Democrat. I was hooked and, within the year, I had been elected as the International Officer of Liberal Youth's forebears. I travelled the world, or at least Europe, and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. But life got in the way, as it ...

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I used to consider myself an expert on the future of money. I realise I am not any more. Experts on the future of money have to include more IT geek about them than I will ever have, and this realisation follows finding this: a table of some of the market capitalisations of the most valuable 'virtual currencies'. The roller-coaster success of bitcoin has launched a flurry of activity, unfortunately somewhat similar activity - from darkcoin and feathercoin to litecoin and auroracoin. Many of them - and there are anything up to 500 of them - are created by rather ...

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I recently became involved with a matter that quite shocked me where grab handles that had been fixed to the walls of a pensioner's bungalow were dangerous. The handles had been put either side of the front door to help the pensioner get up a step but one looked to be poorly fixed and when pulled it came off the wall! Fortunately, the pensioner was not pulling on them at the time but his son-in-law. Closer examination showed that the screws were far too short for the job and the wall had been drilled in the cement rather than into ...

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Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying. The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country. Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here. For many victims of bullying, the memories of their experiences in the playground, classroom and corridors will stay with them throughout their lives. Bullying can result in children from being uncomfortable in themselves and ...

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