It's not often that I would share Labour Party graphics, but bear with me on this one...

Posted by Andrew Brown on the widow's world

[IMG: Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice] The undoubted highlight of the Glee Club was Dillie Keane sing Fascinating Aida's pro Remain song Thank You Scotland. She was ntroduced by that disgruntled radical David Grace, for him, he said, it was like when Nelson Mandela met the Spice Girls. After the usual rendition of The Land the packed hall fell silent, frankly stunned by the quality of the performance, it didn't last as the video shows. Enjoy

Posted on birkdale focus

This film was made 50 years ago to promote the newly electrified line to Bournemouth.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 489th 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 (17-23 September, 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. We lost. We'll keep fighting by Andrew ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

I can't believe it's been over a year since I last wrote anything on my own personal blog. A year ago, I was blithely taking a photo a day of the last year of my 40s and having loads of ... Continue reading →

Posted by caronlindsay on Caron's Musings
Sun 24th

Dobie Gray: The In Crowd

People of my generation will probably think first of the version by Bryan Ferry, but this is a live performance of the original. It comes from the wonderfully named album "Dobie Gray Sings for 'In' Crowders That 'Go Go'" and reached no. 25 in the UK singles chart in 1965. As an in crowder who go goes myself, I feel thoroughly at home with it.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

You've got a couple more weeks to catch the Pink Floyd exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Their Mortal Remains, before it finishes on 15 October. I went yesterday with S, who took much better pictures than I did, so I am using hers as well as mine. (This is one of hers.) First off, I'd never actually been to the V&A before in all my years of visiting London. It is pretty extraordinary and would clearly well repay another visit. The Pink Floyd exhibition is very popular - I missed the window for buying tickets online, and turning ...

Sun 24th

Sunday Reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) The Famished Road, by Ben Okri Peoplewatching, by Desmond Morris Space Helmet for a Cow, vol 2, by Paul Kirklees Last books finished A Short guide to Irish Science Fiction, by jack fennell Press Cuttings, by George Bernard Shaw Next books The Dancers at the End of Time, by Michael Moorcock Alexander the Corrector: The Tormented Genius Whose Cruden's Concordance Unwrote the Bible, by Julia Keay 1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, by Gavin Menzies

It was a move in the right direction when Labour recently shifted their position from complete confusion on Brexit to one in which they support an undefined transition period during which the UK would continued to be in the Single Market. Once the transition was over, Labour policy was to continue with their demands for a hard Brexit. It wasn't much of a move forward, but it was at least a

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace

I arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead this afternoon to visit my friend Richard. He had asked me to get him a copy of the Daily Mirror so I called into the Amigo shop on level 2 of the hospital (in the super-swanky extension built by the Coalition) and bought the required publication. At the till I was offered an unmissable opportunity to buy a bottle of water at a greatly

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace

One of the highlights of my life, let alone Conference, was Neil Fawcett accompanying Kelly-Marie Blundell's rock set at the Disco on inflatable air guitars from Primark. I don't think I've ever seen a human being look quite so happy and fulfilled. He's in the bottom right of this video by The Mirror's Mikey Smith: Air guitar. #LibDemDisco — Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) September 16, 2017 I should add that Neil was not alone. Louise Harris and our Joe Otten also had these fine instruments and were very good, but Neil, who has won awards for his air guitar in ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

What would a telephone conference call be like if we were all in the same room? Here's the answer courtesy of Tripp and Tyler.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Have a listen to my chat with Sam Skubala when we talked about Bournemouth, Brexit, Vince and Jo. And about reducing inequality. * Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Yesterday I attended a commemorative evensong at Westminster Abbey marking the centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while serving Mass in a hospital chapel. A relic of part of his blood stained robes was displayed on the Abbey's High Altar. It was a particularly moving [...]

Posted by jonathanfryer on Jonathan Fryer

So, another group of Lib Dem Conference highlights with a shamelessly self-indulgent look back at the fringe meetings I spoke at. The Child Poverty Action Group fringe .@caronmlindsay speaking about appalling impact of period poverty on teenage girls in the UK at @CPAGUK event #LDconf — Shona Cleland (@ShonaCleland) September 18, 2017 On Monday I spoke at a fringe meeting run by the excellent Child Poverty Action Group. The work of groups like CPAG is so important in highlighting the impact of poverty and it's great that they speak up, even when what they have to say is uncomfortable ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 24th

My tweets

Sat, 15:07: RT @StephenFarryMLA: As UK Brexits, not tenable to argue RoI shd unpick its EU relationship. UK-RoI relations best in 100 yrs pre Brexit. h... Sat, 18:38: Anders, vol 1: Lars & vol 2: Onthuld, by Kristof Spaeys and Bart Vaessens Sun, 07:16: RT @IanDunt: From Moody's report downgrading UK credit rating. Perhaps a Brexiter would like to explain which part of this is wrong. https:... Sun, 10:45: Build your profile A really good brief guide to personal branding. #fb

miss_s_b | The Blood is the Life for 23-09-2017 I posted The Blood is the Life for 23-09-2017 to my dreamwidth blog [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

So, Uber, a company whose business practices have been, thus far, somewhat suspect, have been told by Transport for London that, unless they sharpen up their act, they'll lose their licence. Cue the more libertarian tendency, who have claimed that millions of people use them and that 40,000 people will lose their jobs. Time for some perspective. According to Uber, and let's assume that their figure is accurate here, 52 million journeys were made in London using their service last year, and that they had 3.4 million users in that time. That works out as being just over six journeys ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

The Sun, which it has to be said is no friend of the Labour Party reports that the BBC has hired bodyguards to protect political editor Laura Kuenssberg at the Labour conference. They add that this unprecedented action has been taken after a stream of online threats and abuse against the 40-year-old journalist: Ms Kuenssberg has been targeted by sexist trolls who claim she is biased against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Beeb is insisting she must have personal protection both inside and out of the secure zone at the four-day Brighton rally. An insider said: "We take the safety ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Liverpool Lib Dem key wards candidates for South Liverpool from l to r Steve Brauner (Allerton Hunts Cross); Carole Storey (Childwall); Kris Brown (Woolton); Some old bloke who gegged in to the photo; Alisha Lewis (Mossley Hill); Liz Makinson (Church); ... Continue reading →

Posted by richardkemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?

The Devolution agenda looks almost dead in the water to the eagle-eyed journalist looking for the first hint of a Government U-turn on the once flagship Conservative Party policy. 6 months on from the metro-mayor elections the big tests of devolution look to be too hard for its students. The Northern Powerhouse, once the standard bearer for a new, devolved relationship which will finally bring the capital investment and foreign investment the region so desperately needs, is just a name. Like a flash in the pan celebrity it is now resigned to the history books or to the occasional nostalgic ...

Posted by Richard Kilpatrick on Liberal Democrat Voice

Half an hour drive away from my Lydiate home is Hesketh Bank where the West Lancashire Light Railway has been operating for 50 years, indeed 2017 is it's 50 anniversary year. I went to their 50th Anniversary Steam Gala event yesterday and it was well worth the journey. Four narrow gauge steam locos in use, traction engines on display and big crowds too. Here's some photos I took:- Happy 50th Birthday to the volunteers who run this delightful narrow gauge railway. The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above With all due respect to the Trinity Mirror Group I think they have the wrong target here with regard to the issue of MP's expenses. The fact that MP's wish to travel first class to enable them to work is actually fine by me, I would only gripe about such travel if MP's were using it for luxury entitlement rather than working. The real issue for me is the truly huge amount of money that MP's are given to run their local offices and employ ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

From Blether Tay-Gither : Our September Blether will be on Tuesday 26th September at 7pm in Madigan's Food Emporium and Bookshop, Castle Street. The theme this month is " Tea." Hope to see some of you there - all welcome!