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16:03
Ryan Cullen

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OK... so my third novel will be out soon, on the back of the second. This is the one I was writing until last November, when I put it aside to write Destroyer. There's about another month's worth of work ... Continue reading →

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

Nick Clegg has accused Theresa May of putting national security at risk by pursuing an extreme Brexit that will see Britain locked out of an EU police database used by UK police and security services 16 times a second. The Schengen Information System (SIS II) is an EU-wide database on organised criminal and terrorist suspects [...]

Posted by nickperrylibdem on Nick Perry For Hastings & Rye | Mute

Embed from Getty Images Jo Swinson has been responding to the Conservative plans on domestic violence. Domestic violence and abuse is a horrific stain on our society and still all too often a hidden crime. Everything that can be done must be done to eradicate it once and for all. But let us be clear actions speak louder than words and Conservative cuts to local authorities have meant that funding for domestic abuse services have suffered, with some services having to refuse referrals from victims due to a lack of capacity. Victims need more than just platitudes and unless the ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Lumberjanes Gathers Kickass Women For Annual Special *happy dance* gallifrey_times | GT for Sunday the 28th May 2017 I posted GT for Sunday the 28th May 2017 to the Gallifrey Times Whoniverse Newsletter The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic | World news | The Guardian The Grauniad has picked up on that viral comic about mental load that I linked to last week. Salman Abedi wasn't a lone wolf - he was a known wolf, and the Muslim community tried to warn us about him "Last week, my niece asked me for Ariana Grande tickets. I've promised ...

On Saturday, in the late afternoon, having received 4 bundles of our tabloid, I decided to make a start in delivering the patches I normally do. At about the 25th house, one of my fingers became dog food. I felt a small, sharp tooth pierce my skin as I pushed a tabloid through the letter box. The lady who owned the animal cleaned my hand and bandaged my finger. I was then able to continue on

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

I am dangerously low on spoons, I have a bunch of things I'm committed to doing before the end of the month, electoral stuff is particularly pressing (I may be beginning to regret being on regional exec, and chair of Plus, and involved in national stuff too) and daughter is on half term holiday so I have less time to do everything. I may be a bit absent for the next few days, is my point. And if I do turn up I may be irascible. Just so you all know. [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

On Saturday our election tabloid arrived. Thousands of them....tens of thousands of them. All we have to do now is deliver them! There's a bit in it about my self-sufficient lifestyle and our goat baby Whinnie - we are raising him by hand as he was too weak to be raised by his mother Spot. Notice how he took an interest though more as food than edification.

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

After the Whickham street stall I headed to The Cedars area in my ward to deliver some spare leaflets leftover from what we delivered last weekend. It was better to have them through people's doors rather than in the recycling box. I spotted that the Conservatives had delivered a leaflet ahead of me. I still haven't had a copy through my door in Sunniside. I suspect the Conservatives have not

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

After visiting the Sunniside Methodist Fair, I headed down to Whickham for our monthly surgery and our street stall in St Mary's Green. Some very positive responses and an embarrassingly large number of my council constituents who told me they are voting for me. It didn't all go my way. One lady had a go at us about Tim Farron and our policy of letting people vote on the Brexit deal and then

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

Do we really need to turn our Children into latter day Oliver Twist's to get them the resources they deserve? Last week I received a number of e-mails drawing my attention to a report by the Children's Society about childhood ... Continue reading →

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Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus | Mute

Nick Clegg has accused Theresa May of putting national security at risk by pursuing an extreme Brexit that will see Britain locked out of an EU police database used by UK police and security services 16 times a second. The Schengen Information System (SIS II) is an EU-wide database on organised criminal and terrorist suspects across 28 countries, including 35,000 people wanted under a European Arrest Warrant. It includes alerts on suspected 'foreign fighters' - people who have travelled to Syria and elsewhere to fight for ISIS.UK police and security services queried the database over half a billion times in ...

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

On Saturday I started the day (after doing my usual livestock duties) with fruitcakes. No, I wasn't encountering Ukippers. I was actually at the Sunniside Methodist Church fair. It's always a good place to buy plants and fruitcakes. Alice, the lady who makes the cakes, reminded me that they can keep for up to 18 months. So far we are half way through it. I doubt it will still be here in 18 days

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

For a blow by blow, second by second account of the debilitating impact of Brexit, follow this site set up by UK Vanity Fair editor, Henry Porter.

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

As clickbait goes, it is rather eye-catching, and I was intrigued. And the first sentence drew me in: Theresa May is about to lock down the internet. Will you let her? There is only one response offered – but then there can only be one way to reply to the question – NO. So I clicked, I signed the petition, I shared on Facebook. If I wasn't convinced after the first question, the email then went on to invite me to click two further buttons which repeated the message in slightly different ways. But there is a killer PS: PS: ...

Posted by Mary Reid on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Blyth Town Council has confirmed its calendar of meetings for June 2017 They are:- Thursday 1st June Town Meeting ( although technically not a BTC meeting it is included for completeness) Tuesday 6th June Environmental Services Thursday 8th June Allotments Committee Tuesday 13th June Events Committee Thursday 15th June Planning & Development Committee Tuesday 20th June Policy Working Group ( The public may not be admitted to this meeting, as it is a Working Group and not a committee meeting ) Tuesday 27th June Staff Committee Thursday 29th June Finance Committee All meetings start at 6:30, at Arms Evertyne House ...

Posted by Alisdair Gibbs-Barton on Alisdair Gibbs-Barton | Mute

As today is the Victoria Day holiday, my surgeries will not run this afternoon. However, I can be contacted at any time on 459378 or at esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk. My Thursday evening surgery at Blackness Primary School this week takes place as usual - details here.

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29 MAY 2017 Riverside Esplanade/Riverside Drive (Tay Road Bridge off ramp to 75m along Riverside Drive) - westbound nearside lane closure for 25 weeks to facilitate V&A construction works. SSE Glenagnes Cable Renewal - Lochee Road lane restrictions and closures on Blinshall Street, Fleuchar Street and Scott Street for 8 weeks. Forthcoming Roadworks Ancrum Road (Charleston Drive to Logie Street) - closed from Monday 3 July for 2 weeks for carriageway resurfacing works.

After the elections at the beginning of the month, Ludlow Town Council is seeking to fill three councillor vacancies by co-option. Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 16 June 2017. The three wards with vacancies are: Bringewood Ward Clee View Ward Rockspring Ward. Applicants do not have to live in the wards they wish to represent. But must live within three miles of the Ludlow Town Council area. There are certain restrictions. Full details are in the guide published by the Electoral Commission. Details of how to apply are on the Ludlow Town Council website. Councillors will be selected at ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute
Sun 28th
23:48

Eating at the high end

At cabinet on Tuesday morning, out of the blue, Labour councillor Gary Haley suddenly accused me of eating at "high end" restaurants. I'm not sure what the point of his intervention was but I thought it a bit rich for Posh Boy Gary to be making such silly claims. Mr Haley was the failed Labour candidate against me in 2003 and 2004 and I don't really think that Labour ever recovered from his

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute
Sun 28th
23:08

RIP David Wallace

For some weeks now, my Dad, David, had been in St Bede's Hospice at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. We were resigned to losing him. He was 86 years old and for 85 year he had been in fine health. The past year had seen a significant decline in his health. The hospice called me at 6.30am on Saturday morning to tell me Dad had passed away. He taught me jam-making and self-reliance. He

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace | Mute

Ball of the century...? pic.twitter.com/iAhbnJ3Y8h— County Championship (@CountyChamp) May 28, 2017Today Mason Crane took 5-40 to help Hampshire beat Somerset and confirm his potential. He also produced what will probably turn out to the ball of the 21st century. There aren't many bowlers who can turn it square and york someone with the same delivery.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Sun 28th
22:07

Angela Merkel Nails It

In a campaign speech in Bavaria, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, today declared bluntly that Europe can no longer rely on the United States as a core ally, now that Donald Trump is in charge — and that Theresa May's Brexit strategy has put the United Kingdom beyond the pale, too. Although Frau Merkel emphasized [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer | Mute

We have our Headline of the Day. They'll be rejoicing at the Daily Mirror tonight. Since you ask, the MP in question is Mark Menzies from Fylde.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Embed from Getty Images When George Osborne was appointed as editor of the Evening Standard I grumbled that it was like something out of Putin's Russia - a politician from the governing party editing a major newspaper. Sure, I reasoned, he might have some fun at Theresa May's expense because she had sacked him from the cabinet. But Tories are Tories, and come the next election the Standard would be relentlessly on message. But things didn't quite turn out like that. First, Theresa May called an unexpected general election. I am not saying this was done solely to force Osborne ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our xxxth weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere ... Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (-, 2017), together with a hand-picked seven you might otherwise have missed. Don't forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging. As ever, let's start with the most popular post, and work our way down: 1. Here's my 2017 General Election prediction by Nick ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Tonight, at a campaign rally in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly said that Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit. Responding, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said: "The Prime Minister has allied herself with Donald Trump and these comments are the inevitable outcome. "It doesn't have to be this way, a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future and we can avoid this extreme Brexit that Theresa May is pursuing, with the full support of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party."

Posted by allanknox on Allan Knox | Mute

Embed from Getty Images With Theresa May revealed as a weak and wobbly leader, the Conservatives are keeping her out of Wednesday's leaders debate on BBC television. Instead Amber Rudd, now seen as a safer pair of hands, will take part. Which makes this Daily Mirror story from October 2016 interesting all over again: The Daily Mirror has examined Mrs Rudd's record before she entered politics in 2005. We found she was the director of a city firm which went bust in 1992, owing £537,581 - including £67,977 to the Inland Revenue. Mrs Rudd was also a "corporate advisor" at ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

There have been two developments on planning applications for housing on the Linney in Ludlow Conservation Area. One application for three houses has been approved, though there is little expectation these houses will be built rather than a further application submitted. I have never seen an application approved when the developer says it doesn't want the scheme to be built. A second adjacent application for two homes has been substantially revised. Neither application will deliver or pay a contribution towards the affordable housing this town desperately needs. Linney House Shropshire Council has reapproved a scheme for three houses in the ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. Many apologies that the was no newsletter last week. I was going to do it on Monday night but then the news from Manchester came in and it didn't seem appropriate. Much has already been said about what happened in Manchester and I would simply like to add my voice to the many expressions of grief and sorrow that had been made. I had the privilege of representing the Liberal Democrats at an act of remembrance in ...

Posted by David Watts on David Watts | Mute

Well if I was ever under the illusion that I had any special insights into Britain's general election campaign, it is now banished. Last week I described the improvement in Labour's poll ratings as a "dead cat bounce". It is clearly much more than that. As the election goes into its last lap, it is going to ... Continue reading Is Theresa May the new John Major? →

Posted by Matthew on thinking liberal | Mute
Sun 28th
18:53

Our daughters

A lot of you are kind enough to ask sometimes about the situation of the girls - B, who turns 20 next month, has no language ability at all, and lives full-time in a care facility half an hour to the east of us; and U, who is 14, can talk a little, and is with us five nights a fortnight and in the same place as B the rest of the time. This is a short (15-second) video that I took two weeks ago when we took the entire family out to Tienen for a combined Mother's Day / ...

Sun 28th
16:55

silence

So we drifted past in the night: as implacable ships of disregard, in silence except the changing bells of watch, respecting rights of way in navigation if not always each other... Until we were woken startled by the dawn barrage of voices, a lying loud array on shore joined in the jagged struggle to defend [...]

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance! | Mute
Sun 28th
16:15

Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) Warriors ed. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen, by Josephine Wilkinson Last books finished An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity, by J. Mulrooney Everything Belongs to the Future, by Laurie Penny Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold Every Step You Take, by Maureen O'Brien Descartes' Clock, by Gary Powell Broederschap: Pleidooi voor verbondenheid / Fraternité: Retisser nos liens, by Frans Timmermans A Motif of Seasons, by Edward Glover The Innocent Man by John ...

It is a truth pretty much universally acknowledged that East Dunbartonshire is one of the key battlegrounds and best hopes for a Lib Dem gain in the UK. Our Jo Swinson is fighting to regain the seat she lost to the SNP in 2015. I've been in the constituency twice this week and have been impressed by the number of Jo Swinson posters in people's gardens. It feels much more visible than it did back in 2005 when she was first elected. The Scottish Sun has done an election car-share type thing with her in which she talks about life ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Commenting on Amber Rudd's admission the Conservatives are "not sure" what any future cap on social care costs will be, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: "The refusal of the Conservatives to tell us what the cap on social care costs will be shows they are holding the public in contempt. "Theresa May must stop flip-flopping [...]

Posted by nickperrylibdem on Nick Perry For Hastings & Rye | Mute

The Lib Dem focus this weekend has been attacking the Conservatives for their most controversial domestic policies – school lunches and the dementia tax. We put out a poster that channels Oliver Twist to highlight the Tory plans to abolish provision of school lunches and replace them with breakfasts. When Nick introduced the lunches policy in coalition, he made sure that there was some pretty detailed nutritional standards to go along with it. Each week, pupils eating free school lunches get: five portions of fruit, five portions of veg, five portions of protein (meat, fish, eggs or beans), five portions ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Rarely has such an ill-thought out policy made it into a manifesto. The Tory proposals for what's been dubbed a "dementia tax," going back on previous proposals to set a cap on care costs for those who need care, don't even seem to have the agreement of senior Conservatives. In fact, if the Sunday papers are to be believed, they don't even have the backing of Theresa May's two chiefs of staff. Vince Cable outlines the main issues here: What is the dementia tax? @vincecable explains why Theresa May's cruel plans will hit the most sick and vulnerable. https://t.co/mnHUKd1X8O pic.twitter.com/RirKW8JP4I ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Just one extra vote for every three party members in the right places in 2015 would have doubled the size of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute
Sun 28th
10:55

Alpacalypse

It wouldn't be an election without photos of Willie Rennie with cute animals. This time, they even behaved themselves. I thought that the election hadn't had enough alpacas in it, so I was delighted when I heard that he was off to visit an alpaca farm. Here he is with Edinburgh West candidate Christine Jardine and Edinburgh South West candidate Aisha Mir: We proudly stand against the dividers of our time by standing for the majority of people in Scotland. #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/ViiRQRZuP0 — Scottish Lib Dems (@scotlibdems) May 27, 2017 The headline is not my invention – it came from ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Here are two photographs taken from the Red Box early morning email newsletter produced by The Times.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

OK, so I didn't like the last couple of weeks very much, but that? That has actively made me angry. Anyone who has been in an abusive relationship? Do not watch this episode. What kind of ( cut for spoilers and lots of swearing ). And that's without even getting into the fact that ( more spoilers ). So yeah, I am angry. I am especially angry given how good the first few episodes this series were. If it had all been crap I could have just shrugged and carried on. But this is... ugh. It feels like such a ...

Being a dude I liked XTC and did not have much time for Marillion. But I have to say this a tremendous live cover of Senses Working Overtime, which was a hit for XTC back in 1982. I have skipped the first 90 second where Dave Gregory, for many years the guitarist with XTC, is introduced. Many thanks to Colin Smith for tweeting this video.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

If you like reading film reviews that means you are either a fan of films or harsh put downs. As an example of the later may I commend Kyle Smith's review of Baywatch for National Review. My favourite section is the following: At one point, Zac Efron's character lay in a morgue drawer while fluids from [...]

Posted by Mark Mills on Matter Of Facts | Mute

Now out is the 2017 version of my popular 'What the Lib Dems believe' graphic

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Campaigning for the General Election has been suspended twice in recent days, and rightly so. Last Sunday, we paused in memory of Jo Cox, her lifelong work to show that we have more in common and her tragic death, whilst in recent days we ceased campaigning in the wake of Monday's atrocious terrorist attack on Manchester by those who wish to use death and destruction to drive us apart. Last Saturday I visited the North West Kent Muslim Association for their public open day, and now feels like a good time to write about that visit. Like many people, I ...

Posted by Simon Beard on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have an event later today. It is a foraging walk in the Garden with Clare Reaney, Horticultural Technician. Meet at the Education Centre in the Garden (pictured) at 2pm. There is no charge for members of the Friends; visitors are invited to make a donation.

2: a song you like with a number in the title Ten Duel Commandments from Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda. So, really early in this meme run, we get a song from Hamilton. It was always going to show up at some point - it's not much over a year since multiple friends with very different musical tastes raved to me about the musical, and I do in general like musicals anyway. Ten Duel Commandments is one of the rare songs from Hamilton that can stand on its own outside the wider context of the musical. It's a beautifully-crafted exploration ...

Posted on David Matthewman | Mute

Last Wednesday evening, Councillor Tim Gill was installed as the new mayor of Ludlow at the Assembly Rooms. Anyone who knows Tim, knows that when he speaks about local issues, he tells it as it is. His inaugural speech was no different. Mayor Gill said taking on services from Shropshire Council remained a challenge for the town council. He condemned the council's continuing clampdown on evening parking in the town centre and the planned closure of Brand Lane for three days. Mayor Gill said he was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father who was mayor of the ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington | Mute

Why you should care about the Muslim headscarf ban Hear, hear, @aryngbeck! (tags: humanrights eu race )

Sun 28th
01:52

Destroyer Chapter 2

"Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored" Bletchley Park was a beautiful house, with exquisite grounds, but the hundreds of people labouring away in the huts in those grounds scarcely had time to stop and look at them for a second. There ... Continue reading →

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