Our campaign in Lobley Hill and Bensham ward of Gateshead took another step forward at the end of last week. Nick Seaborn, Lib Dem candidate for the ward, delivered 300 letters to residents, mainly in the Festival Park area. More will follow shortly. Nick snapped this selfie on the estate. He'll be out again soon, delivering more letters.

Posted by jonathanwallace on Jonathan Wallace

Richard O'Sullivan is in poor health these days and living in retirement at Brinsworth House, but he had quite a career. He was never out of the studio as a child star in the 1950s and was the situation comedy heartthrob of the 1970s. Highlights of his This is Your Life include appearances by Melvyn Hayes, the claimant to the throne of Yugoslavia and a barking-mad Trevor Howard.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Dunford House, which stands near Midhurst in West Sussex, was the birthplace and home of the Liberal statesman Richard Cobden. In 1952 the Cobden family gifted the estate to the YMCA to use as a means to further its educational purposes. The YMCA has sold much of the estate over the years - buildings, land and artefacts. It is now looking to sell the house, probably for conversion into flats, to fund its educational activities elsewhere. Today I heard from Richard Cobden's great great great grandson Nick Cobden Wright. He told me that the newly established Cobden Foundation has alternative ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Former MP Mark Williams has been re-selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat Westminster candidate for Ceredigion. Mark was the MP for Ceredigion from 2005 to 2017 and has remained an active local campaigner since, leading the protests against the closure of the Bodlondeb Care Home in Aberystwyth. In 2017 the Welsh Liberal Democrats were just 104 votes behind Plaid Cymru, and the Party are determined to win the seat back. Commenting on his selection Mark Williams said: It's truly humbling that party members have chosen me to contest the Ceredigion constituency once more and I am proud to be part ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

#OnThisDay 1973: "The entire cycle, from meter reading to final account, without the intervention of a single human" Michael Rodd cosplayed as some sort of Matrix meter reader, on Tomorrow's World. pic.twitter.com/vkwxeMaJn1 — BBC Archive...Continue Reading The post Smart metering – 1973 style appeared first on ten pence piece.

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Sun 10th

The Capitols: Cool Jerk

The Capitols were a Detroit band and the backing on this 1966 single was secretly recorded by the Motown house band The Funk Brothers. The song was originally called Pimp Jerk, but it was feared that title would prevent it being played on the radio. Cool Jerk was covered by, among others, the British bands The Creation and The Tremeloes.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Many years back Jamie Bennett caused a bit of a stir locally by standing in a parish council as a Liberal Democrat rather than an independent. He is now chair of Rustington Parish Council and the party's newly selected Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Worthing West.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I've blogged before about why Ormskirk needs and east-west by-pass for its own sake and indeed to enable better access to Southport. My November 2013 posting on this matter is an example – here it is via this link:- Having been stuck in one of Ormskirk's traffic jams a few days ago my thoughts turned to the East Lancashire town of Colne where a motorway just pours out into it and the ever gridlocked Harrogate over the Pennines in Yorkshire. Together with Ormskirk, they all seem to suffer from the same problem – traffic being funnelled right through a ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

The Liberal Democrat team in Jacob Rees Mogg's constituency have got into podcasting with their Not The Mogg show.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sun 10th

My tweets

Sat, 12:56: No dealers must dream on: A conversation with Ivan Rogers https://t.co/H70DVLk6o4 Verbatim, so not as well structur... https://t.co/rtwsD5lbMQ Sat, 13:08: RT @AlbertoNardelli: A Mysterious Hardline Brexit Group Run By A Young Tory Is Now The Biggest Spending Political Campaign On Facebook. But... Sat, 14:24: RT @oliver_daddow: @FabianZuleeg @Cardwell_PJ Calls to mind this from John Major, on Maastricht Treaty negotiations in early 1990s. https:/... Sat, 14:44: RT @Freight_NI: 1/5 The @CommonsNIAC report on the backstop and Irish border has just been published. A few things that stand out in initia... Sat, 14:48: What do the people of the world ...


As if there was not already enough controversy over FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the latest Sunday Times revelations about the bidding process must surely be the final nail in the coffin for that venue. The paper reveals leaked documents showing that the state of Qatar secretly offered $400m to FIFA just 21 days before world football's governing body controversially decided that the 2022 World Cup would be held in the tiny desert country: The files, seen by The Sunday Times, show that executives from the Qatari state-run broadcaster Al Jazeera signed a television contract ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

With so much emphasis being placed on how a No Deal Brexit will affect banking and car production, little thought has been given to the potentially devastating impact crashing out of the EU would have on Britain's agricultural sector. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has produced a series of briefings to try and raise awareness amongst MPs in a hope of avoiding disaster - most recently on cereals. The UK produces nearly 25 million tonnes (Mt) of arable crops, collectively worth over £3 Billion at the farm gate – driving significant economic activity in rural economies. As part of the ...

Posted by Alex Hegenbarth on Liberal Democrat Voice

I have had several reports about the growing pile of pigeon poo outside the front door of Ludlow Library. The library is owned by Shropshire Council but the council seems incapable of resolving the problem, even though the mess has been developing for weeks and council staff pass it six days a week. As do hundreds of residents and children. The council's environmental protection team say they can't help with clearing up this health risk. The council will need to bring in a contractor. The simple short-term solution of a mop and bucket doesn't seem to be available. I initially ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden : The last talk of the season will be today at 2pm in the Education Centre at the Botanic Garden. The speaker is Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith, Senior Lecturer School of History, St Andrews University. The title of her talk is Botany and Plant Trade in the late 18th century. Please come along and bring a friend!