Wed 22nd
16:19
Ryan Cullen

Dear bloggers,

it's that time of the month again when the hosting meter needs a few more pounds to keep the site ticking. Ideally we need £10 before the end of the month, otherwise it has to come out of my pocket. With over 0 blogs listed, if each author donated just two pounds a year the site would stay alive. Why not make this month the month you help out?

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Many thanks
Ryan Cullen



From LabourList today Labour has approximately 100 general election candidates left to publicly announce ... despite the party twice accelerating its selection process. The fact around one in six Constituency Labour Parties has no candidate, dozens more have only been recently announced and some CLPs have felt left in the dark have all sparked controversy. Many members have voiced their frustration, given the lack of a focal point for campaigning and attacks by the Lib Dems in what Labour has called its "non-battleground" seats. Given that convincing voters that "Labour Can't Win Here" is central to our campaign in target ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

Speculation is growing that the Prime Minister is about to call an election on the back of the inflation figures this morning. Jeremy Hunt certainly seemed very smug as he did the media round. This is either everyone getting over excited on the basis of a bit of chatter, or something more substantial. The Sunday Times' Tim Shipman had this to say on Twitter: Once again there are snap election rumours. I have been a sceptic every time so far. More importantly, people I trust who are in the loop have told me it's nonsense. This time, those people are ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Susan Murray will, we all hope, be the MP for Mid Dunbartonshire in a few months' time. So she was the right person to introduce Alex Cole-Hamilton ahead of his leader's speech to Scottish Conference on Sunday. Alex talked about our future relationship with the SNP Government – working with them in a grown up fashion where we could make a difference for our constituents, but looking forward to being able to get rid of them in an election. He looked forward to replacing them as the third party in the House of Commons too and set out our plans ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Wed 22nd
08:51

A virtual black hole

The Independent reports on a new study that suggests that the internet is slowly disapearing down a virtual black hole as web pages and online content is lost. The web is often thought of as a place where content lasts forever. But vast swathes of its are being lost as pages are deleted or moved, according to new research. Of the webpages that existed in 2013, for instance, 38 per cent are now lost. Even newer pages are disappearing: 8 per cent of pages that existed in 2023 are no longer available. Those pages tend to disappear when they are ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

In my visit to Alder Hey I met the rebootable Chief Executives of both the Trust itself and their charity. But look behind the figures and see the building itself which is far removed from the grim building that it ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think? | Mute

After extensive feedback from members, the Federal Board agreed this week a plan for our Autumn Federal Conference. It involves amending our normal conference plans so that it can be tailored to the requirements, opportunities and risks of an event so close to a general election. These include making it a 2.5 day event (14-16 September 2024 in Brighton). There is some further information on the party website here, and in addition more details will be published as the plans are worked on. A lot of work has gone into trying to get the balance of risks and opportunities right ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

Today - and every Wednesday - sees the "Little Green Fingers" toddlers group take place at Victoria Gardens. All toddlers plus parents/carers welcome from 10am - 301 Blackness Road.

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

Rick Minter, with his customary calm reasonableness, takes us through the evidence that there are big cats living wild in the British countryside. Minter runs the Big Cat Conversations podcast, which I recommend to those with an interest in this rabbit hole, but here he's appearing on The Bearded Tit's Podcast. You may scoff, but remember this Liberal England post from a few days ago.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute

We have known for some months that the Federal Board was going to decide at its May meeting what to do with Federal Conference in Brighton this Autumn. Last night they discussed the matter looking at feedback from party committees and staff as well as a consultation exercise carried out in March. They had a lot to consider. What if Rishi Sunak called the General Election and we ended up having our Conference in the short campaign? What opportunities were there from having Conference just before the General Election if he didn't? And what damage could it inflict on our ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

So another set of London elections has passed, the thorny issue of housing in London has been debated again with the reiteration for more to be done about it. While recently London has seen more council housing built compared to the rest of the country it hasn't stopped private rents being higher than the national ... Continue reading London: What if we built on rich men's playthings?

Posted by returnoftheliberal on returnoftheliberal | Mute

The Greenwich Wire reports a new recruit to the Liberal Democrats: A Greenwich councillor who quit the Labour Party last year after accusing a colleague of homophobia has joined the Liberal Democrats. Chris Lloyd, who represents West Thamesmead, becomes the party's first councillor at Woolwich Town Hall since 2010, the last time more than two parties were represented on Greenwich Council... Lloyd said: "Here in Greenwich, the Liberal Democrats are a positive choice for improving public services, protecting vulnerable communities and tackling inequality. "Pragmatism has always been an important part of my political outlook, and I wholeheartedly reject the current ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

BBC News reports: Four outreach post offices in south Shropshire are set to close this month. Marton, Longden, Stiperstones and Wentnor only open for a few hours each week. But the Post Office has said the services will cease due to "very low customer usage". The report quotes the Lib Dem councillor Heather Kidd, whose ward includes Marton: "The pub's gone, the village shop's gone, there's nowhere else to gather. "It's a focal point for everyone to come together and have a coffee and touch base once a week." It's does make you wonder how the rural poor and elderly ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Tue 21st
12:00

Elwyn Watkins RIP

[IMG: Elwyn Watkins] It is with profound sadness that I have to tell you that my good friend, Elwyn Watkins, passed away this weekend. I first met Elwyn at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he took a BSc. (Econ) in Government. He preceded me as President of Carr-Saunders Hall, going on to become General Secretary of the LSE Student Union and we were flatmates for several of our formative years. Later, he attained a double-distinction MBA at Bradford University – an achievement about which he was, rightly, proud. After university, he started his career as an ...

Posted by Jim McInally on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

In principle, it should not take the Conservatives' disastrous record in government for the past fourteen years for Labour under Keir Starmer, which does not seem to stand for anything other than vaguely promising change, to win by a landslide. Labour's double-digit lead unfortunately begs to differ. However, after the recent local elections in England, as well as the Blackpool South by-election, Starmer did not rule out entering coalition with our party if Labour failed to win an outright parliamentary majority at the next general election. In contrast, he categorically ruled out doing so with the Scottish Nationalist Party owing ...

Posted by Samuel Jackson on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Fraser's weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time. They are as follows : Tuesdays at 5pm prompt - Blackness Library Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt - Ancrum Road Primary School All residents welcome - no appointment necessary.

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

Nation Cymru report that a divide in Welsh Labour over the leadership of the First Minister appears to have deepened further with one senior Labour source declaring, "we can't carry on like this". They say that this source has indicated to them that some Labour MSs are making plans to move against the First Minister in a no confidence vote, claiming that "It's going to be a horrible few weeks." While another senior Labour source told the news website that: "The time will come where many of us will have to say something publicly." Gething's case cannot have been helped ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute