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17:38
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The results of the consultation on the latest parts of the Yate Spur cycle route have been published by South Glos - full details here - scroll down and click on "Consultation Feedback Statement". This consultation - including a very busy exhibition at Shire Way Community Centre - covered Westerleigh Road between the mini-roundabout and the Common and a refuge on the Nibley Lane arm of the Nibley Lane/Westerleigh Road junction. In brief, the responses to the consultation were very positive. A total of 67 responses were received: 49 responses were in support of the scheme (73%)3 responses objected to ...

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

Vince Cable writes in today's Independent of the dangers of the Tories being given carte blanche to do what they like as Labour disintegrates: The Prime Minister wants an opposition-free parliament in which to pursue the extreme version of Brexit she has chosen. Her cruder - or more honest - supporters talk about "crushing the saboteurs". Those of a more squeamish disposition talk about letting Theresa May (known by her activists as "mummy") get on with her task without distraction. In normal circumstances, the Labour Party would rally opposition to her plan. But they are compromised by the Brexit vote ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Thu 27th
14:26

Virtually Verbatim

As part of my ongoing research into theatre's response to crisis I have been actively researching, and attending where possible, productions that have come about in this way. One of the elements that several of these plays have had in common is the use of verbatim material. In the National Theatre's case testimonies were gathered through extensive interviews. For the production of Brexit: The Musical, the politician's own words were warped into song. Verbatim theatre is a development of Documentary Theatre, and is considered to have been influenced by Joan Littlewood's work during the forties, fifties and sixties. It is ...

Posted by Dani Tougher on More Than Nothing | Mute

This week I have picked out a couple of events that I attended either side of the Easter holiday beginning with my visit to the Formby Passion Play on Good Friday. The play was attended by about 500 people who assembled in Chapel Street and walked, singing Easter hymns, to the land adjacent to the Formby Pool where the play was performed. This year's play was written and directed by Dympna Edwards and was a great success. Everyone at Churches Together in Formby should be congratulated for the staging of this performance. It brought the community together and it was ...

Posted by iain on theMayoralBlog | Mute

8 Lib Dem MPs were elected in 2015 – all male, all white and myself the oldest. This was despite the party having put a lot of effort and energy behind some absolutely superb female candidates in seats where sitting MPs had stood down. So monochrome were we until the Richmond by election that when we were caricatured as pale, male and stale I felt almost apologetic at being elected. However it wasn't really our fault; it wasn't the party's fault. It was all down to an electorate spooked by the possibility of a Miliband/SNP government ....oh and a little ...

Posted by John Pugh MP on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Thu 27th
13:13

Infinite Tuesday

Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff by Michael Nesmith My rating: 4 of 5 stars (This will be crossposted to my blog and Goodreads — apologies to those who read my blog via the Goodreads feed and will thus see it ... Continue reading →

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

Oh dear what a mess, more managers tried than you could imagine, the Chairman has resigned, other directors are going to quit and rock bottom of the National League too. During the period that my team, Mansfield Town, were in the National League (or whatever it was called at the time) I really enjoyed going to Southport's Haigh Avenue Ground to watch the two teams play. My dear friend David Rimmer, who sadly died last year, was a staunch Southport supporter and I have other friends who are fans and even work for the club. They must be despairing at ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

The Daily Mirror wins our Headline of the Day Award with this heart-warming tale. I hear that the judges also liked the detail that Lembit and Sabina Vankova "met in July 2015, at a party to celebrate Tim Farron's election as Lib Dem leader".

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

I've just returned from a week's holiday in the Netherlands, where I've been more or less cut off from British news, so much of what follows has probably already been said. However, for the record. . . I started my holiday by travelling down to London on Tuesday 18th April, and was startled, on leaving King's Cross Station, to see blazoned on the front page of the Evening Standard that Mrs May had called an election. At first I had assumed it was some sort of spoof as per Private Eye . It has never been quite clear why Mrs ...

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal | Mute

Following on from questions from Prestwich Liberal Democrat councillors, the reasons for the delays in the start of the roadworks on the A56 through Prestwich village have been revealed: According to the Council: "- The main contractor struggled with resources to meet the original start date. – Trial holes have demonstrated that some tree positions were not achievable due to underground services which has necessitated some redesign work. – Some traffic modelling inconsistencies that needed to be addressed. – The business case for contributory funding from GMCA has been waiting for approval." Liberal Democrats went on to ask whether the ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone | Mute

Last month, the independent panel of health experts set up by Norman Lamb published its interim report on "a new deal for Britain's Health and Social Care Services". The panel were "unanimously of the opinion that it is necessary to raise additional revenue for health and care through taxation" and Spring Conference seemed to agree. Similar views may partly explain why the Conservatives have so far (sensibly) refused to rule out any headline tax rises in the next Parliament. The interim report, which may influence the Lib Dem manifesto, concludes with three options: 1) raise Income Tax (e.g. raising all ...

Posted by Adam Corlett on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Tory candidate for Richmond Park for the 2017 general election. I think if anyone other than Zac had run there, the Tories would have had a very good chance of retaking this seat. As it stands, I think the Lib Dems will hold it, just. The reason for this is simple: we very recently witnessed a by-election in which Zac was rejected. And as many have said before, voters never liked being asked a question twice (although we see if this holds in Scotland sometime in the near future). For whatever reasons, they ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

What's the about? Government says that by 2040, every new car and van sold in the UK will have to be Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV). Now we all know that for some years now Peterborough City Council has been crowing on about becoming the Environment Capital of the UK, while at the same time reducing [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute

You can get a list of all the roadworks happening in Prestwich (or any area of Greater Manchester) here. For information the site is listing YELLOW and RED warnings for May 2017 for both Bury Old Road AND Bury New Road (though obviously the Bury New Road works seem to be a little behind schedule....)

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone | Mute

The Positive Steps Project is offering courses for people in Bury who mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood. The courses are for six weeks and are free. More information click on the picture below.

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone | Mute

As readers will know we have another election this year, a General Election on Thursday 8 May 2017. If you're thinking of being away, or would prefer to vote by post then you need to fill in this form to register for a postal vote. Anyone can sign up for a postal vote. (Deadline 23 May 2017). If you're not registered to vote then you can do so online here. (deadline 22 May 2017).

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone | Mute

Please don't look at my voting record on gay rights, pleads vicar's daughter Newsthump a little close to the bone again... Government fine with female employees being forced to wear heels or sacked FFS EpiPen price hike wasn't just about greed. It was about shafting the competition. YAY capitalism! What the Fuck Is Going On With Star Trek: Discovery? This is profoundly depressing Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival What happens when you cancel austerity? Your economy recovers... Five years later, legal Megaupload data is still trapped on dead servers Some of it is mine. weekly_food_challenge | Challenge 16: Chickpeas ...

There will be a debate about how MPs operate during this election. Because both of the candidates that can win have been MP for the same seat it is possible to compare how they operate. I, for example, ran a weekly advice bureau in the same place every Saturday (apart from bank holidays). That took 1/2 hours and I saw at a peak 35 people or groups of people. When people visit the bureau they

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

Liberal Democrats in Brighton Pavilion last night decided not to field a candidate in Brighton Pavilion against Greens co-leader Caroline Lucas. From the Mirror: Lib Dem President Sal Brinton said: " Liberal Democrats across the country are challenging Theresa May's Conservative Brexit government. As in previous elections, a limited number of local parties are considering how best to provide that challenge in their constituencies. This comes after the Greens stepped aside in Richmond Park to give us a clear run. What is also significant is that close to Brighton is the constituency of Lewes which we narrowly lost by less ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Responding to Theresa May's refusal today at PMQs to guarantee the triple lock for pensioners, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in coalition, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said: "Theresa May is preparing to raid pensions to pay for her hard Brexit. "The Conservatives must clarify their position now to pensioners across the country. "The triple lock was one of the Liberal Democrats' biggest achievements in government, lifting many pensioners out of poverty. Now this progress risks being undone. "This election is a chance to prevent a hard Brexit and secure the strong economy we need to protect pensions and ...

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

It's just a week since John Pugh announced his decision to retire at the snap General Election. Last night, local Liberal Democrats selected Cllr Sue McGuire to fight the seat on 8th June. From the Southport Visiter: Sue McGuire represents Cambridge Ward in Southport, which covers parts of Churchtown and Marshside, and is a governor at Marshside Primary School. She was first elected to Sefton Council in May 2010, and was chosen as leader of the party in June 2015. Born and bred in Banks, Sue attended Tarleton High School. She has worked extensively within the community to support and ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The Friends of Balgay Spring Litter pick at Balgay takes place at 2pm on Saturday 29th April. All welcome to help tidy the park! Equipment provided - meet at Balgay Bridge.

John Hemming believes that an MP should represent everyone in their constituency. This should be regardless of their race, religion, gender, abledness, sexual orientation or anything else. It should be everyone. When he was an MP he worked on issues relating to men, those relating to women and those relating to non-binary people. Everyone. For example here is John Hemming on a demonstration

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

What Bullets Do To Bodies Profile of a trauma surgeon. (tags: guns uspolitics )

It is a long trek from allowing people to believe falsely that you lost 'close personal friends' at Hillsborough to comparing yourself to Mahatma Gandhi but it is a journey that the UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall is determined to take. According to the Independent, Mr Nuttall claims that his views are a decade ahead of our time just like the more enlightened, pacifist Indian leader. The only problem with that self-serving analysis of course is in fact, his and his party's views are actually rooted in some very old prejudices and have nothing to do with the future at all. ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

Just so people know, there was an accident involving my laptop a few days ago, and on top of that I've been spending all day every day at Lib Dem HQ (when a by-election suddenly becomes a general, a lot ... Continue reading →

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

I achieved something today. By not watching Prime Minister's Questions at lunchtime, I've successfully avoided watching it for an entire Parliament, and I really don't feel I've missed out at all. Now, can I manage to do the same for BBC Question Time if I hold out for the next few weeks? We seem to be hitting a slight turning point in the election buildup as news turns from who's not standing to who actually is going to be up for election in June. Having had a week to get themselves together, local branches of all parties are having selection ...

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

Excellent news from Southport, where incumbent Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh is retiring at this general election: Very pleased that @sue_mcguire has been picked as Southport #LibDems candidate. She'll make a great MP as well as being a lovely person https://t.co/ywyyLQhTp6 — Anders Hanson (@AndersHanson) April 26, 2017

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Embed from Getty Images Sue McGuire, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sefton Council, has been selected by the party to fight for Southport, reports the Southport Visiter. The seat is currently held for the Lib Dems by John Pugh. While we wonder why the paper has that odd name, let's enjoy this old railway poster.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

The local election pact in Broxtowe has been the most high-profile example of Liberal Democrats making electoral pacts with others. But no more: Our Brighton Pavilion constituency members voted tonight for the #LibDems to stand down in favour of @CarolineLucas in #GeneralElection2017. — Brighton Lib Dems (@liberalbrighton) April 26, 2017

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute
Wed 26th
19:58

Guernica 80 Years On

Eighty years ago today, German planes bombed the Basque town of Guernica in support of General Franco's fascist forces in the Spanish civil war. For the Nazis, it was an experiment: to see if Blitzkrieg would work. And it did, incinerating not only the buildings but a sizable part of the defenceless population in a [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer | Mute

After 23 years of Liberal Party rule, Gough Whitlam's Labor party in 1972 used the slogan "It's time" to sum up its argument that it was time for a change.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Well, that's been a bumpy 24 hours for Liberal Democrat candidates. After the suspension of the Luton South candidate for antisemitism, the same again happened in Bradford East, but with the extra publicity this time of the candidate dropped being the former MP, David Ward. He was dropped as a candidate under the party's rules for snap election selections and has also had his membership of the party suspended. Before this action was taken, Tim Farron had said: I am fully aware of the comments David Ward has made in the past and I find them deeply offensive, wrong and ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Like this one....

Posted by Richard Morris on A VIEW FROM HAM COMMON | Mute

Comment below with your seat predictions for the general election, in the following format, where x is your prediction:Alliance 0 > x Conservative 330 > x DUP 8 > x Green 1 > x Independent 4 > x Labour 229 > x Liberal Democrat 9 > x Official Monster Raving Loony 0 > x Plaid Cymru 3 > x Sinn Fein 4 > x SDLP 3 > x SNP 54 > x Speaker 1 > x UKIP 1 > x UUP 2 > x Others 0 > x Total 649* > 650The winner gets nothing but boasting rights and glory. ...

... so let's squash all talk of deals, pacts or any other nefarious practices, and while we're at it, let's be very VERY cautious with all these so called 'tactical voting' projects too. I had been a long time supporter of Open Britain, so I was quite pleased when they put my constituency on the list where they'd like to topple the pro-brexit incumbent. Naturally, I logged on to their website to pledge my support. I was rather shocked when, after giving them all my details, I landed on a page urging me to get in touch with my local ...

Posted by Steve Guy on the sandals are off | Mute

Yesterday the Bucks Herald reported: Buckingham Constituency (Liberal Democrats) will be fighting the General Election on June 8th. This is the first time one of the three major parties has contested the seat since 2005, four years before John Bercow MP became the Speaker. Their prospective parliamentary candidate is Sarah Lowes. Sarah Lowes is a life-long Lib Dem voter who joined the party in May 2015, after the then leader Nick Clegg's resignation speech inspired her to become an activist rather than an armchair supporter. However, this has now been superseded by events. Today, Sarah Lowes took the decision to ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Responding to Theresa May's refusal today at PMQs to guarantee the triple lock for pensioners, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in coalition, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said: "Theresa May is

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

Controversial former Bradford East MP David Ward has been removed as a candidate by Tim Farron. He had been re-selected as candidate for the seat and earlier in the day Tim Farron had said that he was not in a position to be able to remove him. I am fully aware of the comments David Ward has made in the past and I find them deeply offensive, wrong and anti-Semitic. I think his decision to stand again, and the local party's decision to select him, is wrong and I disagree with it completely. I don't select our individual candidates and ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The 'Anne Hathaway monster movie' is as ridiculous as it sounds, but Colossal uses its weirdness to devastating effect. *Spoilers for all of Colossal ahead* Making inconsistency into a virtue Conventionally, a review needs to tell you what it is that's actually being reviewed. This is an unusually taxing task for Colossal. Short hand doesn't' [...]

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts | Mute

What's this to do with? At a previous meeting of Full Council, the question was asked whether or not Peterborough City Council was planning to introduce 4 weekly bin collections? In response the Cabinet Member for Waste and Street Scene, said he could "...confirm that at this moment in time this authority is not considering any plans [...]

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower | Mute

We've produced a campaign kit for the 2017 General Election for activists new and old alike. Included in the pack are more than 15 briefings, info sheets, 'how to' guides, a plan, an election timetable and a range of sources for more help, advice and guidance. To receive your free copy in the post, register on ALDC's website. We hope you'll put the campaign kit to good use getting your candidate elected on the 8th June. The kit's contents have been developed by community campaigners during our 50-year lifetime and used to great success by activists over the past year, ...

Posted by ALDC on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The Grauniad is loudly trumpeting "Farron Sacks David Ward". I suspect that what actually happened is that there was a phone call to Yorkshire regional candidates' chair, who in her turn made a phone call to the chair of City of Bradford Liberal Democrats, who in her turn made a phone call to David telling him that the situation was untenable... But the narrative of Tim making swift and decisive action won't hurt us in the press, even if constitutionally it's a bit suspect. I'm not going to comment one way or the other on the justice of this outcome ...

Listen here, from 1 hour 36:50 minutes in, to an interview given by our own Mary Reid to BBC Radio Wales yesterday. She was commenting on Tim Farron's statement that gay sex is not a sin and talked a lot of good sense. * Newshound: bringing you the best Lib Dem commentary published in print or online.

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

It is important that people are paid fairly for the work that they do. It is, of course, possible to compare the appointments to the Labour Candidate's Office and my parliamentary office. Mary McGivern has said: "If you look on IPSA it gives staff salary ranges. Phillips appears to employ women as 'caseworkers' which are low paid jobs, higher paid jobs go to males, i.e. Office Manager,

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

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament debated the Conservative cuts to tax credit which means that only two children per family are covered. Every Scottish Conservative MSP voted for it, with many robustly defending the policy. Their line seems to be, as the Conservative candidate at my local council hustings said last week, that this is a compassionate (that's the word she actually used) exemption. They are also saying that the woman doesn't have to fill it in, it's a third party. Well, have a look at the form and imagine how you would feel if it applied to you. You have ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

30 young locals will be affected by the Conservative government's decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown. In total 18,000 young people across the country are expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month. Cornwall is already suffering from high levels of homelessness, with official figures showing there were nearly 100 rough sleepers in 2016. Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young ...

Posted by Anna Pascoe on Anna Pascoe | Mute

There is quite a bit of confusion about the UK constitution. The last revolution was in 1688. It was a popular revolution and the new constitutional document (the Bill of Rights) was created as a document outside parliament. Hence there was not really any legal continuity between the previous parliaments and that parliament. It was key because it created a constitutional monarchy. Other

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

 

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

It was Thomas Mayhew, minister of the West Church in Martha's Vineyard, who coined the slogan "No taxation without representation" in 1750, capturing in that phrase one of the major causes of the American civil war. Of course, this phrase reflected a clause of the Magna Carta, written in 1215. British citizens who live outside of the United Kingdom are currently entitled to vote in elections for only 15 years after leaving the UK, but the Conservatives promised to extend this to lifetime enfranchisement in their 2015 election manifesto. The Tories said they were intent on "scrapping the rule that ...

Posted by Joan Walmsley on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-bason/lib-dems_b_16229212.html The Huffington Post has the story on its web site – see link above Quote from the article 'The Liberal party, in any form, has not formed a majority government since David Lloyd George led Britain to victory in the Great War. Today, Liberals matter more than at any time in the subsequent one hundred years. Really, the Lib Dems are the only party who can save Britain.' My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

weekly_food_challenge | What should we do for next week's challinj?In which I ask for your input. New Challenge will go up later today. General election 2017: Where UK's parties stand on BrexitThis is pretty comprehensive, albeit they missed the Loonies off. InstagramInstagram photo: Mail's arrived. Lol what I'VE got! #doctorwho #dalek #awesome My review of Doctor Who: Dr. TwelfthI read Doctor Who: Dr. Twelfth (Roger Hargreaves) - here's my review on Goodreads My review of Doctor Who: Dr. FirstI read Doctor Who: Dr. First (Roger Hargreaves) - here's my review on Goodreads My review of Doctor Who: Dr. EleventhI read ...

Keir Starmer, the shadow secretary for leaving the EU, gave a speech yesterday that was meant to clear the air on what Labour's election policy on Brexit really, actually in fact is. Of course, it only led to more confusion. I work in public policy in Westminster. I work in public policy specifically on Brexit at present. And I genuinely do not understand what Labour's policy on Brexit entails in even the most broadest strokes. If I had to explain it on a doorstep, I would be completely screwed. Let's start from square one: are they for or against leaving ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

As well as appealing to the 48% of voters who are deeply disenchanted with Brexit, I think there are many other policy areas we need to focus on, if we are to make an electoral breakthrough. In this week alone, there have been three fatal stabbings in London, innocent people (all men) aged 17, 40 and 60, robbed of their lives because of mindless violence. We have to show that we care about violence and people having the right to live in peaceful streets and neighbourhoods. Let's also tackle the inequitable housing situation, whereby overseas buyers are buying up London's ...

Posted by Judy Abel on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

In brief: Labour MP Clive Lewis has tweeted out a graphic, claiming to show the results of a constituency poll carried out by "ICM". ICM Research, however, says it has no knowledge of every having conducted such a poll. Interesting. Clive Lewis (Lab, Norwich S) tweets bar chart of an ICM constituency poll. ICM's head of research has no knowledge of the poll. pic.twitter.com/8ByhM1K8Kl — Matt Singh (@MattSingh_) April 26, 2017

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

First of all, on behalf of the tens of thousands D66 party members (over 25.000; and we're gaining members every week for the past year, our heartfelt congratulations to the Lib Dems on passing the 100.000 members threshold. And you're not done yet, I know. If we look to our Spanish and French social-liberal, pro-EU sister parties, Ciudadános and Macrons movement "En Marche", they too are booking spectacular results in gaining members, and getting members active on the street. According to the French Wikipedia and the Economist, En Marche (EM) claimed 88.000 members in October 2016, and 250.000 now. The ...

Posted by Bernard Aris on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Wed 26th
08:30

Local TV no more?

This week's launch of STV's new television service STV2 is, I feel, a disappointing missed opportunity. STV2 has been created by STV by weaving together several local TV franchises it successfully bid for covering Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Ayr into one single output. The idea behind the local franchises had been separate, local TV output at each one and that STV has undermined the spirit of the local TV franchise deals by creating just one TV service spread across all 5 areas. Katie Martin of STV's public relations and communications team advised me : "STV2 will deliver a single ...

Please report your issues online via the council website to free up the phone lines for people who don't have internet access. There is a dedicated webpage with information and special links for reporting issues – look under Waste and Recycling on the Sutton Council website. This page also allows you to check the collection [...]

Posted by jaynemccoy on Diary of a Sutton Councillor | Mute

Does Theresa May really believe that she can control the terms on which a General Election is fought? That is the question that many broadcasters may well be asking as she continues to resist taking part in leaders' debates. As the Independent reports, their poll shows that the majority of the British public wants her to go head to head with her rivals in live TV debates during the election campaign. The BMG Research survey reveals more than half of people want the live contests to go ahead: Respondents were asked whether "leaders of the UK's major political parties" should ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

When I arrived at Lib Dem group meeting on Monday evening, I was told that the BBC had been interviewing people in Blaydon about what they thought about Tony Blair returning to Parliament as MP for the constituency! It seems Blair made a comment in which he expressed his worries about the state of the Labour Party and the moves towards Brexit. His despair at the current state of affairs led him

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

On Sunday we headed to Dunston Hill to deliver a Focus and petition form. The lead article was about Labour's plans for hundreds of executive homes on land to the south of Whickham Highway. Though Labour had described the plans as a "myth", in 2015 they stripped the area of its greenbelt protection. Well, the planning application is now in. Labour originally allocated the site for 550 houses.

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute