Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Daniel Lewis, and Nigel Ashton are holding their next advice centre in Churchtown. We will be at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt café, Manor Road/Cambridge Road, roundabout, from 10:30 to 11.30am on Thursday 22nd February. We also hold a monthly advice centre in Crossens, at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens every month (except August) on the second Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00. We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in.

Posted by John Dodd on Meols Lib Dems

. Southwell Minister in Nottinghamshire is one of England's finest cathedrals and perhaps its least known. The stone carvings in the Chapter House are its glory. In 1945 they were the subject of a short book by Nikolaus Pevsner with photographs by F.L. Attenborough, the principal of University College, Leicester and father of Sir Dickie and Sir David. Now The Leaves of Southwell project is seeking to safeguard them for the future: The fluid carvings of plants, animals and green men found within the Chapter House - known collectively as 'The Leaves of Southwell' - are of quite exceptional quality ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

[IMG: 'Orphan' - part of feminist mothering poetry collection] 'Orphan' is a hauntingly beautiful poem written by Blas Falconer and is taken from 'Borderlands and Crossroads'. Blas is an acclaimed poet who has won a number of awards including the 'Maureen Egen Literary Award', the... The post 'Orphan' – part of feminist mothering poetry collection appeared first on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas.

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We all know Norman Baker as the lead singer of the Reform Club. Now Angel Air announces that his first solo album will be released early in April: "Staying Blue" is his first solo effort and is an eclectic mix of blues, country, jazz and folk songs. The album's opening track is "Shipping Forecast" with a wonderful blend of folk/sea shanty. Norman can write a song and sing the heck out of it. This album showcases elite musicianship and really enjoyable songwriting.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Mark Pack and David Howarth recently wrote the second version of their "core vote" strategy, where they believe we should target those they deem to share our values, usually middle class metropolitan remainers. They believe that we need to tailor our message to these people so they vote for us during the good times and the bad. This report is linked here. Any reference to the report in this article is from this link. While Mark Pack and David Howarth have the right idea with the plan to build a core vote, they seem to fall into the trap that ...

Posted by Oliver Craven on Liberal Democrat Voice

A few years ago I read a piece that looked at one's attitude towards the world and how that corresponded to your political allegiance. Generally the more optimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for left-wing parties, and the more pessimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for right-wing [...]

Posted by Helen Belcher on Challenging Journeys (Phase 2)

I find myself intrigued by Lord Digby Jones' recent tweet. Grammatical errors aside, if we have such a strong negotiating position with the EU, as Lord Jones believed would be the case before the referendum, then no amount of talking down by supposed 'enemies within' should matter. That he now thinks that it does matter suggests he may have been ... The post Lord Digby Jones is right – we should never give in to bullies appeared first on ten pence piece.

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Once upon a time our assumptions about interest rates were that they were always in plural digits. Now we accept near zero interest rates and some accept negative interest rates as normal as they have been around for about a decade. What would happen if currently "normal" mortgage rates returned to their higher previous "normal" rates? What would happen to car sales and the like if we returned to the "old normal" interest rates? How can people and institutions save when interest rates are nominal and interest fruitful amounts of money are so vulnerable? With near zero interest rates, is ...

Posted by Steve Trevethan on Liberal Democrat Voice

Just to let residents know about recent planning applications in your area – quite a few this month on Willow Road, Holyrood Grove, Maple Road, Poppythorn Lane and on Heywood Road. At the bottom details of an application just outside Holyrood Ward at the former petrol station on Heywood Road. Please just let me know if you have any queries. Single storey side and rear extensions 6 Willow Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3DZ Ref. No: 62423 | Received: Tue 06 Feb 2018 | Validated: Fri 09 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered Prior notification for proposed single storey rear extension 15 ...

Posted by prestwichfocus on Tim Pickstone

For many years now, governments of all political colours have seen fit to centralise more and more powers to themselves. The result of this has impacted directly on the councils that once were the major providers of services that have improved the lives for generations of our citizens. Today, they are a shadow of their former selves, whose lack of influence is clearly reflected in poor turnouts in local elections. There have been promises to reverse the centralisation of powers and to devolve many of the powers back from where they have been taken over many years. So far, progress ...

Posted by John Marriott on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 12th

Monday reading

Current Who Is The Doctor, by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? He, She and It, by Marge Piercy Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier Last books finished Europe Reset, by Richard Youngs The Universe Between, by Alan E Nourse Next books Toast, by Charles Stross Planesrunner by Ian McDonald Parallel Lives, by Rebecca Levene, Stewart Sheargold and Dave Stone

If there is a referendum on the final deal about leaving the European Union, what would we say? Here is my starter: Background We recognise that the vote to leave the EU was fuelled (in part) by dissatisfaction with growing levels of inequality, and felt pressure on cultural values and identity. So we need to address a) the reasons why staying in the EU is better than leaving, as well as b) how we are going to address inequality in the UK and the identity issues tied up with some of our suspicion of foreigners. I think it is also ...

Posted by Rob Parsons on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 12th

Striking Action

The end of February carries the potential for us to see one of the largest academic staffstrikes in UK history. Ostensibly this is a row about pay and pensions, and I certainly agree that this is a factor. However, in conversation with one of my lecturers, I now believe that this disagreement is merely a catalyst - the straw that broke the back of the proverbial camel. [IMG: Straw that broke the camel's back] Image Source: University: the term itself implies the universe, the unending. Learning is a lifelong skill, and surely universities should be a place for students ...

Posted by Dani Tougher on More Than Nothing

That Oxfam staff have been involved in activities they should not have been seems to be a given but let's not be taken in by the right wing propagandists who have latched onto these misdemeanors to attack a charity and indeed a charitable sector that often says and does things the right and the rich and powerful do not like. There are politicians in UKIP, the Tories and indeed even in the Labour Party who want to reduce or even stop the UK's foreign aid provision – they will undoubtedly also be Brexiters in the main who can't see beyond ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Policy Exchange have released a report today entitled, Global Champion: the Case for Unilateral Free Trade. There are many good points raised in it. The paper reminds us that free trade is a good thing, for both rich and poor, and that a lot of the myths surrounding it are just that. "'Food security', for example, is best achieved by maintaining strong trade links, not by trying to become autarkical in food," it reads at one stage, making an invaluable point. It repeatedly makes note of the fact that lower tariffs mean that goods will be cheaper, and that jobs ...

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Mon 12th

Austerity and Napoleon

There is an old joke: Income tax was introduced (by Pitt the Younger) to pay for the Napoleonic wars and now that those wars are over, surely it must be time to get rid of Income tax. As a Liberal I believe in the individual and to build a society that will support and nurture that individual's potential. If you look at examples in history, in almost every case it's the individual who has made a difference so it makes sense to support creative/driven individuals to enable them to realise their vision. However, society is made up of groups and ...

Posted by Tahir Maher on Liberal Democrat Voice

Modern day Chile, with its stable democracy, modern economy and emerging tourism industry, seems like such a serene place relative to its neighbourhood, so it is easy to forget that, less than thirty years ago, it was a dictatorship which inspired worldwide protests. And, as has been the case in a number of similar countries, it had to go through a process of reconciliation and recognition. Part of that process was the building of the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Museum of Memories and Human Rights), which seeks to tell the story of the military coup of ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy
Mon 12th

My tweets

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The Party's Federal People Development Committee have had our first meeting of 2018. There was a lot to discuss - here is a quick summary of what we talked about and agreed. First up we made a couple of important amendments to our Standing Orders. The first amendment was to create the role of Committee Clerk. This is a volunteer role, to assist the Secretary. The Clerk is not a voting member of our committee, they are purely there to help supply administrative support for the Chair and Secretary. The Committee felt this was a good way to "live our ...

Posted by Miranda Roberts on Liberal Democrat Voice

Very odd behaviour by Ray Morgan, Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council: In his email, accidentally copied to a member of the public, Mr Morgan said: "With elections in May do you [Cllr Bittleston, Conservative leader of the council] need a positive explanation if [sic] all that we are doing that you can use both administratively when presenting the budget and politically in election material?" Senior council officers like Mr Morgan are required to be politically neutral, a requirement this offer could have breached. [Get Surrey] Ann-Marie Barker (Lib Dem), leader of the opposition on the council, has not surprisingly ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

The Independent reports that further study of the Government's leaked analysis of the consequences of leaving the European Union has concluded that the British economy will suffer a £252bn hit if Theresa May carries out her threat to leave the European Union with no deal. They say that the study concludes that a no-deal Brexit would see GDP plunge by more than a quarter of a trillion pounds over 15 years. Less damaging exit terms, under which Britain would secure a free trade agreement with the rest of the EU, would still result in national output being £131bn lower over ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Only the flag pole is usable at Haiti's Presidential palace 7 years after the Country's devastating earthquake I have listened with interest to the discussions about Oxfam and Haiti over the past few days but have noted that there is ... Continue reading →

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Yate Town Council is hoping to extend the changing facility at Sunnyside Playing Fields this year: To allow female football to take place alongside male match fixtures;To provide an adequate amount of changing rooms in relation to the amount of teams using the pitches and neighbouring Tennis Court facility;To improve disability access to the facility to promote inclusive sport taking place on site;To create environmental sustainability by considering the installation of solar panels;To review and improve improvement of security measures at the facility.For more details and to have your say, please click on Yate Town Council's Sunnyside project web page ...

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

Adam Bambrough, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clock House, Bromley Council in May's local elections, has shared his experience of attending November 2017's Kickstart Weekend. I am fairly new to the party and I've been fast-tracked to be the candidate in May for the Bromley Council seat of Clock House in Beckenham. I have always been full of determination and drive, but before attending Kickstart, I was unsure whether my instincts in this new environment were correct. I also lacked the knowledge, strategy and technique to win my ward. However, the training delivered everything I had hoped for and more. ...

Posted by ALDC on Liberal Democrat Voice

I suppose that fracking was always going to appear locally following Government giving out licences to companies wanting to explore for shale gas. Trouble is the wider political establishment is wedded to this source of fuel, which is far from being a green/renewable source of energy. My previous posting on this subject was in January of this year and it is accessible via the link below:- Opposition locally is being led by 'The Moss Alliance' who held a public event in Haskayne Village Hall on 10th February. On 4th January 2018 Aurora Energy Resources submitted a scoping request to ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus


I have always suspected that the Left-Right political spectrum is not a straight line, but a circle. One eventually leads to the other – and for various reasons. The current debate is about free trade. Free market advocates (not least our 'Global Britain' deluded Brexiteers) lobby for open markets and unfettered free trade. But it [...] The post Saving globalisation from itself appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Joe Zammit-Lucia on Opinion - Radix

It was, supposedly, on this day in 1541 that the city of Santiago was founded, and in 1818, the nation it is the capital city of became independent from Spain. And that is a happy coincidence because today is brought to you from Valparaiso, Chile. As you read this, I'm asleep, but that doesn't necessarily stand between a Day Editor and his/her duty. But enough of my travel schedule, what have we got for you today? We kick off with a report of November's ALDC Kickstart weekend, designed to encourage some of you to attend the similar events that are ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

The recent news of Oxfam troubles over the behaviour of some staff in Haiti should come as no surprise to those who have worked in the poorer parts of the world. I don't think this is an issue about charities per se. Instead it about standards, and about how anybody who finds themselves in foreign cultures applies them. Beyond more times than I can recall, I have seen examples of bad behaviour by Europeans (including British) and North Americans while working in poorer societies. Use of either prostitution or having a local girlfriend while in country is commonplace. In the ...

Posted by Martin Veart on Martin's View