Sat 13th

Dropping off in Birtley

I was back on familiar territory this afternoon when I visited Dunston to help deliver a pile of letters to voters. This evening I was back to being the delivery driver for the local Lib Dems when I headed down to Birtley to drop off the remaining leaflets for Paul Elliott, our candidate there. The main focus is Labour waste. Paul already had 1000 copies of the leaflet so delivery is already

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace

Here are the latest general election voting intention figures from each of the main pollsters currently polling in the UK, including ones featuring Change UK, previously The Independent Group (CUK) and the Brexit Party (BXP). Where pollsters both ask voting intention questions both with Change UK and without, both of those results feature below. This weekend's poll from Opinium brings it up to three pollsters who now have the Conservatives at under 30%. (Scroll down to the end of this post if you'd like to receive news of new polls by email.) Pollster Con Lab LD Ukip Green CUK BXP ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

A footbridge has finally appeared to replace the foot crossing at Little Bowden that Network Rail closed without notice four years ago. If I understood them correctly, Network Rail's concern about it was that the warning lights would sometimes be triggered by traffic leaving the sidings at Market Harborough. As some of these workings never reached the crossing, it was feared that people might start ignoring the lights. Those sidings have now been removed as part of the straightening of the line through Market Harborough station, so that problem has gone. But the crossing remains closed and we now have ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

A most excellent take on Nigel Farage with this new musical tribute from Politics Joe with a little help from The Proclaimers: Introducing (I'm Gonna Tell) 500 Lies – the manifesto for Nigel Farage's new #BrexitParty launched today — PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) April 12, 2019

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I managed to put him off yesterday, but I am afraid it is time to spend another week with Rutland's most celebrated fictional peer. He begins with some characteristically trenchant views. Monday Meadowcroft emerges from his potting shed displaying an unwonted sense of urgency. "Steel's been suspended by the bigwigs," he informs me. "I'm not surprised," I reply. "Do you remember when he persuaded us to stand down in half the seats in the country to make way for the SDP Party? No good came of it. Well I never thought it would." It turns out that he has been ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

There's a huge pool of resources the Liberal Democrats have which could help us win more seats in the May local elections.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Phil Knowles, leader of the Lib Dems on Harborough District Council, tells me East Midlands Ambulance Service senior managers are interested in his idea of a mobile stroke unit. He is pleased the proposal is being considered at this level and believes it would bring about a hugely important improvement in the response time for stroke victims, particularly those not close to specialist hospital facilities. Phil says: "The location of the mobile stroke unit will, if it gets the go ahead, rightly be a decision for the professionals, but I think a rural location would be a strong favourite."As I ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 13th

Election fever

It's a bit quiet here, as I'm currently the Liberal Democrat candidate in Oakwood ward for the Derby City Council elections on May 2nd. My campaigning website is here, and you can follow me on...Continue Reading The post Election fever appeared first on ten pence piece.

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Since one of these (Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee) is also up for the Hugo, I will not disclose my preference vote for it here. These are all good books, and it's rather painful to rank them. 4/5) However, you've got to start somewhere, and I'm afraid the first of the remaining four out of my balloon is Before Mars, by Emma Newman. Second paragraph of third chapter: A MyPhys dialog box flashes up in my vision. When I don't select it, my APA speaks to me—even though I thought I'd disabled the voice interface. "Elevated levels of adrenaline ...

Tim Farron rightly gets lots of criticism for his lack of clarity on one issue. Unfortunately, this tends to obscure the huge credit that he should receive for his boldness - back on 24th June 2016 - in being the first to argue that there would need to be a final vote for the British people on whatever deal was eventually strike. I'm biased, but that looks visionary: not only was he clearly right but it gave the Lib Dems a raison d'etre, at a time when they might otherwise have seemed wholly irrelevant. The Lib Dems now find themselves, ...

Posted by Ben Rich on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 13th

My tweets

Fri, 12:56: The strange death of Tory economic thinking Fascinating point on the biggest problem with t... Fri, 16:00: Of 32 Speakers of the House of Commons since 1707, only two sat for Scottish seats (James Abercromby, Edinburgh, 18... Fri, 16:05: RT @matociquala: How Game of Thrones ends: Fri, 17:11: How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World The inside story. Fri, 18:53: Script Doctor: the Inside Story of Doctor Who 1986-1989, by Andrew Cartmel Fri, 22:02: RT @stellacreasy: Tonight over 70 parliamentarians stand with victims of sexual violence, and are calling on ...

Sat 13th

Boris caught out again

The best thing about this piece in the Independent, is not that reported finding of the press regulator that Boris Johnson inaccurately claimed that a no-deal Brexit was the most popular scenario among voters, though that helps, but the response of the Telegraph. The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) ruled that the former foreign secretary breached accuracy rules in his Telegraph column when he said polls showed no deal was more popular "by some margin" than remaining in the EU or Theresa May's Brexit deal. A reader complained to Ipso over the weekly column, saying Mr Johnson, who is tipped ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

If Berkshire where I spent most of my life is in the South then West Sussex where I now find myself could reasonably be called the Deep South. Here on the Downs we are only ten miles from the coast the closest I have ever been to the sea, something that I am very happy about. I have now settled into my new surroundings and completed my research on the political landscape already knowing that I found myself in a Tory heartland. We have Conservative MPs with big majorities and local authorities dominated by Tories. My own MP Nick Herbert ...

Posted by David Warren on Liberal Democrat Voice

From the City Council : Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating footway resurfacing works. The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 15 April 2019. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months. The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Glamis Drive from Invergowrie Drive to Hillside Road (Phase 1) and from Hillside Road to Glamis Road (Phase 2). Only one phase of the works will be in operation at ...