Sat 22nd
16:18
Ryan Cullen

Dear bloggers,

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Ryan Cullen



Should Cornwall Council ask people to pay an additional 6% Council tax? The Council can only do this if the people of Cornwall say 'yes' when the question, "Do you agree to pay an additional 6% on your Council tax, 'yes' or 'no' " is asked. The further complication is that the Council cannot ask the question until May, after all the bills for the higher amount have gone out. As the Council would have set the budget based on the higher charge, the bills would go out at the higher level so if the people of Cornwall voted 'no' ...

It was in the first of the Leaders' Debates before the 2010 general election that Nick Clegg's reputation reached heroic proportions and "I'm backing Nick" became a catchphrase. The issue which made me proudest of Nick's performance was his brave defence of the Liberal Democrat policy to grant an amnesty to long term migrants in Britain illegally. This was by no means a general amnesty: to be eligible for recognition as legally here the migrants had to have been in Britain for a minimum of ten years, had a job, paid taxes and have no criminal record. The policy was ...

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal | Mute

[IMG: british future immigration] This week saw the publication of an important report from the think-tank British Future called 'How to talk about immigration'. Its central thrust is that the majority of the British public's views about immigration are more moderate, pragmatic and nuanced than the polarising debate often allows: How to talk about immigration challenges both the pro and anti-migration voices to respond to the public's desire for a sensible conversation about immigration. It highlights pro-migration liberals' tendency to dismiss public concerns as simply based on misconceptions and myths, or to try to 'change the subject' away from immigration ...

Posted by Stephen Tall on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Having lost two safe Tory seats to UKIP and facing the prospect of more of his MPs going over to the dark side and joining Nigel Farage, you would think that David Cameron would be under pressure. He is, but it seems that Labour have once more galloped to the rescue with a display of ineptitude hitherto unseen in an opposition party this close to a General Election. As the Telegraph reports, Labouir MPs are queuing up to criticise their leader as out-of-touch after his hamfisted handling of Emily Thornberry's resignation. Hazel Blears, a former Labour Communities Secretary, has told ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

[IMG: Alex Folkes] News from Cornwall is quite remarkable. The council's Chief Executive is demanding that a councillor resign from the council. Not that they quit a council post but that they resign from public office, and that's despite not presenting details to the councillor or the public to back up their demands they quit other than 'trust me, I know best'. Imagine if the head of the civil service was to demand an MP resign their seat, and moreover without being willing to offer the evidence as to why. It would be a highly controversial news story. But because ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

[IMG: members forum wordle] LibDemVoice has two parallel sites. The first is our public blog, the thing you're reading now. The second is our private members' forum, which only current Lib Dem members can access. If you're a member and want to chat with fellow party members about any issue that's on your mind, then why not sign up? In addition, you'll be included in our regular surveys' of party members' views. Here's some of the most active discussions this past 7 days: Did David Ward go too far this time?; Failure to put up candidates; Pubs campaigning; 5% – ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

#453034628 / gettyimages.com We hear the US Republicans squealing about Obama acting like a monarch with his executive order signings. But notable Republican presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George W Bush issued far more executive orders than Obama has done. Here are the numbers from Wikipedia. President/total EOs Ronald Reagan 381 George W Bush 291 Richard Nixon 346 Dwight Eisenhower 484 Barack Obama 194 Ah but Barack Obama has still got a while left in office, I hear you cry. Well, FiveThirtyEight have done an executive orders per year rate graphic which is equally stark: President/EOs per year Reagan ...

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings | Mute

[IMG: Nikolaj Lie Kass in Kandidaten] Kandidaten, the 2008 thriller featuring a lawyer investigating the death of his father, has many of the standard elements of the Norodic Noir wave that has been so popular in the Britain in the last few years. Handsome lead? Check. High quality acting? Check. Very few special effects? Check. Low key but atmospheric music? Check. Subtitles? Check. [IMG: Kandidaten - DVD box cover] Where it goes off piste is the massively implausible plot. The central idea is a decent, if unoriginal one, but the story relies on a series of coincidences that make the ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

[IMG: Lib Dem winning here] Although the political media space was too filled with Emily Thornberry's tweet diverting attention from another UKIP victory via a defecting Tory by-election, there was, as ever, some room left for a bit of Lib Dem bashing. The Indy ran a story with the headline, "Rochester by-election: The Lib Dems knew they would suffer by entering into coalition, but no one imagined it would be this bad." Uh, actually most of us did. Unless you are extrapolating the result in Rochester & Strood to signify the Lib Dem vote share nationwide. Then, I guess I ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

#494744587 / gettyimages.com Jo Whiley. Just hearing her name drives me mad for some reason. Hearing her breathless voice is like finger nails down a blackboard for me. Excruciating. I don't know why. I'm sure she's a very nice and talented woman. But last night on Radio Two she span a disk, or clicked an MP3, which she has probably played a thousand times before. It is probably playing somewhere in the world at all times. "Midnight train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. But it just happened to hit Chez Burbles at the opportune moment, as we ...

Posted by Paul on Liberal Burblings | Mute

With worrying pointers that Bootle Labour-run Sefton Council is looking to run down this unique facility in Southport opposition Lib Dem Councillors have swung into action to help save it from the axe. [IMG: 1007178] The two links below tell the story and lead you to a petition:-

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

Ken Clarke lets rip at David Cameron's EU reform plans (tags: ) Women 'belittled, underappreciated and underpaid in tech industry', Guardian readers say (tags: ) The Worst "Crisis Pregnancy Centre" in Britain - A Special Investigation (tags: ) Why Ukip's rivals are fighting the wrong battle - excellent article I would also say the graphs show why UKIP get votes from the tories (graph one) and labour (graph two) (tags: ) Brodettes girls team to play at Twickenham - this is AWESOME news! (tags: ) RFU urged to start girls' tournament in NatWest Schools Cup in 2015 in wake of ...

[IMG: Boris Johnson. Image via - some rights reserved] The Evening Standard reports: Boris Johnson has revealed that he is refusing to pay a hefty tax bill being demanded by the US authorities. The Mayor of London made the admission during a discussion relating to his tax arrangements in the US. Mr Johnson said that his is refusing to pay a tax demand issued by the US authorities - despite criticising the US embassy in London over its failure to pay the congestion charge... Asked by interviewer Susan Page whether or not he would pay the demand for capital ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

[IMG: ALDC Master Logo (for screen)] Three principal council by-elections were fought yesterday alongside the Parliamentary contest in Rochester & Strood. In Stockport, the Conservatives held on to their seat in Bramhall South & Woodford despite a hard-fought campaign by the Liberal Democrat team. Polling day saw many volunteers from across the Greater Manchester area descend on the Stockport MB ward in an attempt to clinch victory from the Conservatives. However the Conservative candidate polled 53.2% to secure victory by 578 votes. Liberal Democrat candidate Jeremy Meal managed to increase the party's vote share by 5.3% from the ward's previous ...

Posted by ALDC on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

West End Christmas Fortnight will be launched this morning with a super Children's Lantern Making event at Blackness Library, starting at 10am. At 1pm, there will be a vintage motor cavalcade in the West End shopping areas, in conjunction with Dundee Museum of Transport. Kindly sponsored by Barnetts Motor Group, the cavalcade of vintage vehicles will proceed along Perth Road, Nethergate, West Port and Blackness Road. Also : * Dundee West Church's Christmas Coffee Morning takes place in the church - 10am to 12 noon - enter from 132 Perth Road. * Carols from the staff and service users from ...

Last month I mentioned that, following the walkabout round the Pentland area with council officers, I had reported paint vandalism to a utility box at Colinton Place/Saggar Street to British Telecom - see right. I am pleased to now report that BT has confirmed it will have this issue resolved.

Congratulations to Jon Featonby, who continues to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 11, having amassed a whopping 675 points. Not far behind is George Murray (663), then Sam Bowman (659). A bit of a gap has opened up between the top three and the chasing pack: fourth-placed Andrew Wiseman is 34 points back. However, just 69 points separates the top whole of the top 10, a gap that can easily be closed. After all, where we work we win, right? For information only, the bottom placed team has 205 points, dangerously close to a lost deposit. [IMG: ...

Posted by Stephen Tall on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Yesterday's announcement by the UK Government regarding the Valleys train line electrification and the devolution of the Wales and Borders rail franchise is a landmark as it means decisions on Welsh train services will now be made in Wales. The fact that this power closer to the people of Wales shows just how strong the Liberal Democrat influence is in the Wales Office. Until now, the Governments at either end of the M4 have been able to pass the buck between them over who is to blame when things go wrong. Now we will know absolutely where responsibility lies for ...

Posted by Eluned Parrott on Freedom Central | Mute

ITV News quotes Eluned Parrott AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson, on today's decision to hand control of the Wales and borders rail franchise to the Welsh Government: "Today's announcement is a landmark as it means decisions on Welsh train services will now be made in Wales. The fact that this power closer to the people of Wales shows just how strong the Liberal Democrat influence is in the Wales Office. "Until now, the Governments at either end of the M4 have been able to pass the buck between them over who is to blame when things go wrong. ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England | Mute
Fri 21st
22:13

Thanks!

It's been a good week all in all – as Tuesday's tremendous and game-changing Commons vote to give tied publicans a Market Rent Only option to allow them to trade freely shows. Despite some predictably ridiculous scaremongering spin from the failed pubco lobbyists, many journalists were able to see right through it. I got a touching mention on the odd webpage, and then the Government confirmed the relatively obvious – that it couldn't overturn the will of the House of Commons. The singleminded determination of Greg Mulholland and the rest of our team has been an absolute joy, although the ...

Posted by Gareth on Gareth Epps | Mute

Well, after a very long night and a couple of hours snatched sleep I thought I'd write about what the heck happened yesterday. Firstly the UKIP victory in the Parliamentary By-election. To be honest it was no big surprise. A month ago when it was announced there was a belief that it was all flash in the pan and that Mark Reckless would be handed an embarrassing defeat at the hands of his former masters or even Labour. As the time has gone on the amount of UKIP activists, doners and support has grown (or been bussed in) and Rochester ...

Posted by Chris Sams on The Ginger Liberal from Medway | Mute

The 13th November saw Viki Sanders win a seat on Cambridge City council in Queen Edith's ward, following a gain for the Liberal Democrats from Labour. Cambridgeshire County Councillor Amanda Taylor, who volunteered during the campaign, has written the following summary of the campaign victory. The situation On 30th September Cambridge City Council announced a [...]

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

[IMG: Libby - Some rghts reserved by David Spender] The Lib Dems have this evening announced the results of the elections to its Party Committees as voted for by conference representatives. Congratulations to all elected; commiserations to those who weren't. The lists of those elected (and not), ordered by first preference votes, follows... Federal Executive Places: 15, Total valid vote: 677 Caron Lindsay 59 Neil Fawcett 57 Kavya Kaushik 43 Ramesh Dewan 38 Gordon Lishman 33 James Gurling 31 Candy Piercy 28 Evan Harris 28 Keith House 23 Dawn Barnes 23 Pauline Pearce 21 Jonathan Fryer 21 Sue Doughty 20 ...

Posted by Stephen Tall on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute
Fri 21st
19:25

FCC - we nearly made it

The results are in for the Lib Dems internal committee elections, held once every two years. Thank you so much to everyone that supported me, but this time it wasn't quite enough. Of the 12 people elected to the new FCC, seven were on it last time, four lost election to it in 2012 and one (Mary Reid) was a new candidate. The new committee has plenty of experience - two ex-MPs, several ex-Councillors and the rest committee veterans. It's disappointing and frustrating to see candidates that campaigned on radical (and much needed) reform of how the committee operates losing ...

[IMG: Thank You chocolate. Image courtesy of http://www.krausescandy.com] The results are out for the Federal Committee elections, and I've been re-elected to the Federal Policy Committee – thank you – and in the first round no less – double thanks! Great to see so many brilliant colleagues elected to the committees, including five of the six I highlighted before. Extra commiserations to Cara Jenkinson for coming so close standing for the first time for Federal Conference Committee but not quite making it. Summary results are below and the breakdown of the full transfers is here. Download this file Download this ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute
Fri 21st
18:00

Friday favourite 138

At last an African charity single this blog can endorse:

Posted by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone | Mute

Bill Drummond: the five lessons I learned from Ken Campbell – Some memories of the 70s and the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool's production of Illuminatus! No sign yet of a solution to the shambles within the Tory ranks – Peter Oborne questions why the Tory equivalent of the Bennites are given such leeway by the party. Freedom of speech and the right to protest – James Graham on how the latest 'you're oppressing my right to be an arsehole!' kerfuffle is actually freedom of speech in action. Alternate Universe What Ifs? – Parts of XKCD responses from other universes. ...

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

Three principal council by-elections were fought yesterday alongside the Parliamentary contest in Rochester & Strood. In Stockport, the Conservatives held on to their seat in Bramhall South & Woodford despite a hard fought campaign by the Liberal Democrat team. Polling day saw many volunteers from across the Greater Manchester area descend on the Stockport MB [...]

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

I've mapped the May 2014 London local elections with constituency boundaries: Each ward is coloured according to the party of the candidate with the greatest share of the vote. In London local elections, three councillors are elected for each ward, so some are split. You can see how our support has moved back since the previous local elections but most of the wards we won are in constituencies we hold. We won the majority of wards in Carshalton & Wallington, Sutton & Cheam and Twickenham. We won six wards in Kingston to the Conservatives' five and Labour's one. We won ...

Fri 21st
16:27

Rochester and UKIP

Of course, they're not, because they are a party of government and the junior partner in the coalition. What is happening to the Lib Dem vote is highly predictable and no surprise - look at countries like New Zealand where coalition politics is the norm and see what happens to the junior partners. As a number of people have mentioned this morning on Twitter, at least we know who are core, against all the odd, support is in Rochester - all of whom have shown enough commitment to make them excellent members! So, looking at Liberal Democrat history to provide ...

Posted by Jo Christie-Smith on Jo Christie-Smith | Mute

You might well ask, "what has Emily Thornberry got to do with Liverpool?" The answer, mercifully, is very little! However what you can see in Liverpool is the sort of contemptuous attitude that she and people like her have for ... Continue reading →

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

What do you get when you have a well known local political face gets beaten in an internal vote by a man who no-one has heard of and is clearly playing at politics? You get fall out. That is what you get. Some hurt feelings maybe but maybe just some wounds to let heal but no, oh no, this isn't what has happened here in Southend and the local UKIP party and it is all out covil war. Recently I have been sitting back on the political scene, certainly locally. I didn't expect to still be living here by the ...

Posted by neilmonnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery | Mute
Fri 21st
15:46

Speaking money

[IMG: Howtospeakmoney] Yesterday evening the Festival of Economics 2014 kicked off with the author John Lanchester in conversation with Izabella Kaminska of the FT. Lanchester, who is promoting his book How to speak money, had some very interesting and important things to say about the language of finance. His key point was that the fact most people don't understand or engage with the language and practices of finance has consequences. It means that bankers and economists are able to get away with obfuscation and mystification in order to hide their own ignorance or render opaque activities of very questionable social ...

Posted by admin on Alex's Archives | Mute

On Friday 7 November 2014, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) launched a 12 week consultation with passengers and stakeholders on the proposed off peak timetable which will be introduced in December 2015 to pave the way for the new expanded Thameslink network of 2018. Details of the proposed changes can be found on www.southernrailway.com and on www.thameslinkrailway.com/about-us/news You will [...]

Posted by chriswhite on Chris WhiteChris White | Mute

The Guardian and other outlets are reporting that the new anti-terror bill to be published next week will include a power to force individuals subject to TPIMs to relocate within the UK, subject to a restricted definition of terrorism and a higher burden of proof. Nick Clegg has conceded that the new counter-terror bill to be published next week will include a power to force terrorism suspects to relocate to another part of Britain, dropping previous opposition to the measure. But the Liberal Democrats say they have secured further changes to the existing system of terrorism prevention and investigation measures, ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The post Why This New Tikker Watch Is Controversial appeared first on James Taylor.

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Emily Thornberry resigned her role as Shadow Attorney General, after sending out a rather patronising tweet from the Rochester campaign trail. The incident says a lot about the current state of the Labour Party. Thornberry tweeted image of white van and union flags Snap was seen as patronising Ed Miliband reportedly furious Emily Thornberry resigned [...]

Posted by Charlotte Henry on Charlotte Henry | Mute
Fri 21st
14:05

Cardiology November 5

Report to Orthopaedic Surgeryfrom Cardiovascular Services: He developed angina towards the end of 2013 precipitating an angiogram which was performed in April 2014, This showed patent grafts [including a patent LIMA graft to the LAD, patent RIMA to the marginal system, patent vein grafts to the diagonal and right coronary arteries]. Overall, this was a reassuring angiogram and means that no myocardial revascularisation was indicated. From the point of view of elective orthopaedic surgery, [there is] significant co-morbidity and his operatve risk will be influenced by that. From the coronary point of view however he is very stable and already ...

Posted by Eric Avebury on Eric Avebury | Mute

Grants and funding available for community, charity and voluntary groups across Stockport for November 2014.

We've reported recently on a number of improvements around Gatley station funded by the Government's Cycle City funding, including wider pavements and the sorting out of the flooding problem at the junction of Oakwood Avenue and Gatley Road. One thing we wanted to see was decent cycle parking at Gatley station, but as the land is owned by Network Rail it wasn't in the gift of the Council to do it. We've now been told that there is agreement between the Council, Network Rail and TfGM to install a covered cycle parking facility at Gatley Station, hopefully next Spring. We're ...

[IMG: new cheadle crossing] We all talk about places that are an "accident waiting to happen" from time to time, but there are places where an accident has happened. The new crossing on Cheadle High Street (half way between the George & Dragon and Sainsbury's) aims to make one of the most dangerous places in Cheadle safer. We consulted on it a couple of years ago as part of the overall plan to improve Cheadle village and it got strong public support, so we're very pleased to see the crossing go into operation and start being used for people to ...

More comedy genius from Australia's Clarke and Dawe:

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-30138390 You have to laugh. Seems the errant lady car driver met her match when by-standers picked up her car and removed it from tram lines! How did she not realise where she had left her car?

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

Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry has resigned from the front bench over a tweet from Rochester which shows, at best, a gulf of understanding between the Labour front bench and working class "white van man". Image from #Rochester pic.twitter.com/rOjTgpskmF — Emily Thornberry MP (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014 Just a gaffe? Yes. But gaffes can reveal deeper truths. The mask has slipped. I like to think Liberal Democrats don't leap to judgements about people so readily, but it is something we have to prove. And as for the Conservatives – if one of them had done this it would be plebgate ...

Posted by Joe Otten on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

Twitter has claimed yet another casualty today with the news that the Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry has resigned from that position after an ill-advised post on the social networking site. The Times says that she went after posting a "derogatory" tweet showing a house draped in England flags with a white van parked outside under the heading 'Image from Rochester'. As she lives in a £3 million house in Islington herself, naturally some party members, including John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, thought she was being snooty and treating working-class voters "with contempt". Once more it is shown that as ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black | Mute

Last night the Labour MP Emily Thornberry was forced to resign [IMG: Strood 2] from her role as a front-bench spokesman for her party. It is difficult to have any sympathy for her as a person – leading Labour politicians are utterly ruthless with their political rivals. But I still find the episode shocking. Her offence was to send out the tweet illustrated here. It was a picture from the streets of Rochester and Strood (Strood, in fact), where there was a by-election yesterday – won for Ukip by Conservative defector Mark Reckless. There was no comment – but because ...

Posted by Matthew on thinking liberal | Mute

I find White Van Dan interesting as he is the kind of swing voter I come across in my private life - at parties and just talking to people. I often find on the doorstep, the type of people I meet (and who want to talk) do tend to have explicit reasons why they vote certain ways, or plan to. But most people vote in General Elections, and when chatting to friends and acquaintances I find it's not always a logical decision. White Van Dan said he voted Tory at the last election but "didn't know why". I've heard that ...

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

[IMG: EMLD Hustings - LD Radio] This week the Ethnic Minority Lib Dems became the first and only party AO/SAO to host a presidential hustings, with Issan Ghazni very ably chairing what for me was the most interesting of the handful of debates I've seen so far. He introduced the evening by noting that the UK is becoming ever more diverse and that our party's lack of ethnic minority representation is an existential issue. The candidates then faced a range of excellent questions covering not just diversity in the party and the failures of the government to advance race equality ...

Posted by Jonathan Brown on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

[IMG: davidcameron_markreckless] Peter Bone has written an editorial for the Guardian (an interesting choice) today in which he announces first and foremost that he will not be quitting the Tories for UKIP. Now that he's said this, it is hard to believe he's going to just turn around and defect - yet. That last word there is the decisive one for Eurosceptic backbenchers, because the Rochester by-election has made me realise the calculation that's in front of them. As Bone rightly says, only another Tory led government can possibly deliver an In/Out referendum. If Cameron is Prime Minister post-May 2015, ...

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com | Mute

And so the media circus named the Rochdale and Strood by-election comes to a conclusion. And a predictable one at that. Anyone not expecting UKIP to win here is clearly out of touch with current political reality. Firstly, it would take an exceptionally abysmal performance for a party with the incumbent MP, which has effectively called the by-election on its own terms, and with the ability to direct all its resources into the constituency to find itself on the losing side. Add to this the media presentation of the election as a straight fight between UKIP and an unpopular party ...

Posted by Andrew on A Scottish Liberal | Mute

Here's some of the articles that have caught my attention this week... Obama: 'We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too' | US news | The Guardian Whole heap of awesome from Obama: 'We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too' http://bit.ly/1zIF9St A Lanson Boy: The truth about why I resigned and the claims being made against me Alex Folkes on his resignation from Cornwall's cabinet. Its Chief Exec has serious questions to answer http://bit.ly/1t8S37B bit.ly V good from @IsabelHardman: "An opinion is not an irresistible ...

Posted by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall | Mute

Mark Reckless won his bid to be re-elected an MP under the UKIP banner last night, following his eve-of-conference defection from the Conservatives. That this wasn't at all a surprise — the swing from the Tories to UKIP was 28% — says something about the febrile dynamics of politics at the moment. Support for Labour in a seat they held until 2010 also slumped. Geoff Juby for the Lib Dems trailed in fifth place behind the Greens, having shed some nine-tenths of the party's May 2010 vote. This was Lib Dems' 11th lost deposit of the parliament. Here are the ...

Posted by Stephen Tall on Liberal Democrat Voice | Mute

The Imitation Game: inventing a new slander to insult Alan Turing (tags: ) The Womansplainer - this is a fabulous fabulous website (tags: ) [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

[IMG: David Evans convicted of cruelty - Cornwall Council photo] The BBC reports: A farmer who was set to stand as a UKIP candidate in Cornwall has been jailed for four months for animal cruelty. David Evans, from Week St Mary, near Bude, was also banned from keeping sheep and ordered to pay costs of £714. At Bodmin Magistrates' Court, he admitted six charges of causing suffering and improperly storing carcasses. Animal welfare officers described conditions at Evans' 40-acre holding as the worst they had seen. On 6 February, inspectors found 145 sheep in such a poor condition that they ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack | Mute

The Royal Mail postbox in Roseangle has been damaged by a vehicle - see right. I have reported this to Royal Mail to request repair.

At last Wallington is going to have its own Christmas lights switch-on event. It will take place in front of Wallington Town Hall on Thursday 4th December from 5.30pm with the switch on of the Christmas Tree lights at 6pm. There will be lots of music and entertainment from the Gary Mason Drummers, local choirs [...]

Posted by jaynemccoy on Diary of a Sutton Councillor | Mute

Tomorrow - Saturday 22nd November - sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight, which will be launched with a Children's Lantern Making event at Blackness Library, starting at 10am. At 1pm, there will be a vintage motor cavalcade in the West End shopping areas, in conjunction with Dundee Museum of Transport. Kindly sponsored by Barnetts Motor Group, the cavalcade of vintage vehicles will proceed along Perth Road, Nethergate, West Port and Blackness Road. Also on Saturday : Dundee West Church's Christmas Coffee Morning takes place in the church - 10am to 12 noon - enter from 132 Perth ...

I have commented previously (see link below) on the problems that the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle is facing with so many empty retail units. Well things they may be a changing as new owners have appeared and clearly they have refurb' plans. We must hope for an upturn in the fortunes of this important shopping centre. [IMG: This display board effectively stops access to the areas where there were few if any shops still, open as well as giving hope of a better future of course.] This display board effectively stops access to the areas where there were ...

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

Sad to see that gun crime incidents in Sefton are still taking place of the type that Maghull suffered from in the Mad March of 2013. I would like to see our Merseyside Crime and Policing Commissioner Jane Kennedy say clearly and publicly what is being done to rid the streets of Sefton (and indeed Merseyside) of gun crime because these incidents keep on happening on a regular basis particularly in the south of the Borough.

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

Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Eluned Parrott has urged the Welsh Government to create a Welsh Music Education Strategy. Eluned Parrott challenged the Welsh Education Minister in the Assembly Chamber as Rhondda Cynon Taff Council are holding a consultation on cutting their schools' music service in favour of a privatised service. There are fears that cuts to music services could also place the National Youth Orchestra of Wales under threat, if the county music education system falls apart. Eluned Parrott, the Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales Central, said: "Wales was the first country in the world to have a ...

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