There's been a steady rise in the Liberal Democrat vote share in council by-elections. So much so that the party has overtaken Labour in vote share so far this year.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 9th

A Rutland ghost sign

Photographed in Exton a couple of years ago. Read about the building.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Chuka Umunna wish to bring in compulsory national service for 16-year-olds is a reminder that proclaiming you are in the centre does not make you a Liberal. This combination of muscular Christianity and middle-class impatience with the lower orders was typical of Labour under Blair. It was also found among the people who joined the SDP, though less so among the politicians who formed it. I am all in favour of giving young people volunteering opportunities. Come to that, I am in favour of giving older people such opportunities too. But I am not attracted by the idea of compulsion. ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

[IMG: Feeling disconnected from International Women's Day] International Women's Day is a day to remember what women have achieved and what still needs to be achieved but, increasingly, it's becoming about what the famous female has achieved. Events and panels speakers are... The post Feeling disconnected from International Women's Day appeared first on FeministMama.

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Good news from Wales. The Welsh Lib Dem Leader, Jane Dodds, has been selected as the Westminster candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire. Jane is a brilliant and caring politician who has been championing issues such as tackling loneliness. Last week, she wrote about her wish to see Universal Basic Income trialled in Wales. We held the Westminster seat until 2015 and Kirsty Williams holds the seat at Welsh Assembly level. We also did well in the last local elections Jane said: I am really pleased that members from across Brecon and Radnorshire have put their trust in me to be ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has been selected to be the party's Westminster candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire, a constituency that may be facing a Parliamentary by-election.

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From the Welsh Liberal Democrats site:Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has been selected to be the Party's Westminster candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire. Jane has been Welsh Liberal Democrat leader since 2017 and was selected to be the candidate by local party members in an all-member ballot. The party made gains locally in recent local elections and hold the Brecon and Radnorshire seat in the Senedd.This constituency was held by the Lib Dems between 1985 and 1992 and between 1997 and 2015. Under its old name of Brecon and Radnor, it was in 1985 the scene of one of ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

It would really help in structuring debates if you could submit speakers' cards as early as possible. To this end, you can now submit cards electronically here. Thanks all! [IMG: comment count unavailable] comments

William L Shirer's lengthy 1959 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, is still one of the most successful popular histories of Nazism.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 9th

My tweets

Fri, 12:00: RT @GuidoFawkes: Quote of the Day is Karen Bradley on Believing What She Says... Fri, 12:56: RT @philipstephens: After Brexit, Britain will be a rule-taker Fri, 13:09: RT @KaliaPolitics: Very interesting article by @nwbrux on what to expect from the 2019 European Parliament elections and the role that #Bre... Fri, 15:22: Latest APCO Brexit Bites, with comment from me. Fri, 15:39: RT @bbcdoctorwho: Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Straight from the set of S12, here's some of our wonderful cast talking about the women th... Fri, 16:05: RT @ScottHech: Manafort was sentenced to less than a woman ...

The Lib Dem Campaign for Racial Equality put out a super short video for International Women's Day. Hope you enjoyed that! If so, why not join LDCRE?

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

Is there a competition amongst Tory Cabinet Ministers to see who can make the biggest gaffe and still remain sitting at the cabinet table? Is first prize tea at the Ritz? Because if it is, Chris Grayling is still in pole position, but Northern Ireland Secretary, Karen Bradley is running him close. I only ask because if that is not the case then we are doomed, doomed I tell you, to obscurity and disaster as a country. Never in the history of the United Kingdom has our future been entrusted to such a bunch of nincompoops at such a crucial ...

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Inspired by nostalgic conversations with former Young Liberals at many a conference, Friends of Young Liberals is the new scheme set up by the party's youth wing to reach out and engage with the wider party membership. It will involve a monthly newsletter* including updates about the Young Liberals and guest editorials on the youth perspective on strategy, policy and party direction. Plans are also underway to hold social events across the country, conference gatherings, and even a Friends of Young Liberals dinner to get together with and thank our supporters. The goal is to improve the Young Liberals' engagement ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I was in Maghull Town Hall's Council Chamber a couple of weeks back for a meeting of the Maghull in Bloom Volunteers and could not be anything other than impressed with the scaled-down sculpture/piece of artwork that is on display there:- The original life-size version of this lovely piece of remembrance sculpture is in the grounds of Liverpool's famous bombed out church – St Lukes at the top of Bold Street and it looks like this:-

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

A quiet night of by-elections saw one by-election take place in Haddenham and Stone for Aylesbury Vale DC. The solitary election saw a big loss for the Conservatives to the Green's who increased their vote share 34.6% to snatch the seat from the Tories. Jim Brown and the Aylesbury Vale Lib Dem team flew the flag well and took 333 votes increasing their vote share by 2.3% so a big thanks to Jim and the team. Next week we have a busier week with 3 by-elections taking place with Lib Dem candidates standing in all. See below our list for ...

Posted by ALDC on Liberal Democrat Voice

Barnsley Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Will Sapwell to be their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Barnsley Central. Dr Will Sapwell is a local NHS doctor who has worked in South Yorkshire for his whole career. He is an ardent campaigner for the NHS and has held national roles with the British Medical Association. He said: I'm thrilled to have been selected for Barnsley Central by the local party. There is a palpable hunger for change and I am looking forward to helping them make gains in this year's local elections. I am pleased to be offering the people of ...

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Former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has been re-selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat Westminster candidate for Ceredigion.

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Govt decision on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe a step in the right direction Responding to news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been offered diplomatic protection, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jo Swinson said: This is a promising step in the right direction. I welcome this action by the Government, which contrasts the reckless incompetence displayed by the previous Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe's plight should give us all pause for thought. We must all do what we can to bring her home as soon as possible. Moran: Fox wastes £2.6m on another vanity project A Parliamentary Question from Liberal Democrat MP Layla ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice