Moran: Let's hope more Universities follow Oxford's diversity drive Hobhouse: End short prison sentences to cut crime Cable: Stop Brexit altogether to end turmoil for British business Chancellor's warning must trigger No Deal U-turn Cable: Lib Dems "now indisputably the strongest remain party" Lamb: Govt must end abuse of our most vulnerable With no guarantee of a People's Vote the PM will get no support from the Lib Dems Jenny Randerson: Brexit endangers devolution settlement Moran: Let's hope more Universities follow Oxford's diversity drive Responding to the news that Oxford University is set to overhaul its recruitment processes, and will ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

I was in Heworth Golf Club tonight to go to the Gateshead East Lib Dems branch to give my group leader's report. We also had a wide ranging discussion about the local election campaign and then moved on to the election campaign for next year. We are drawing up campaign plans for the year ahead but we are also considering proposals for which wards should be our targets for 2020. We have a draft

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace
Tue 21st


At this time of year, many local residents contact me about bees. Most have bumble bees in their back gardens and call me as councillor and also as a beekeeper for advice. I always advise people to ignore the bees. Generally speaking, the bees will ignore people if their nest is not threatened. Typically, the nest will die out through the late summer. Lots of people put up nesting boxes but

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace

So that's Susan, Simon, Katy Brand, Emma Kennedy and Bamber Gascoigne as well as former Tories Matthew Parris and Michael Heseltine, who has paid for his public statement with his place on the Tory benches in the Lords. Who will be next? * Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Having talked this possibility up the other day, I suppose I had better talk it down again. Alistair Carmichael, says The Press and Journal, has "poured cold water over rumours he intends to run for the Lib Dem leadership". He told the paper: "I have said several times already that I am not standing and that has not changed. "Obviously it is flattering to be asked to stand for the party leadership but I have learned over the years to enjoy flattery without allow (sic) it to affect my judgement."

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Unexpected news from party leader Vince Cable at the Liberal Democrat rally tonight for the European elections: 'In my 76th year I didn't expect to be mobbed by a hen party in Malaga' says @vincecable @LibDems in revelation of the evening at the final rally of the campaign. — (((Rob Blackie))) (@robblackie) May 21, 2019

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Well that came round quickly. Although not a minute too soon for my feet and my back and my knees. I am knackered physically and emotionally but there's just two days left in what should be the most important election of our lifetimes. As Tim Farron says, it's our chance to change the Brexit story from how we deliver Brexit to how we stop it and bring the nightmare to a close. So it was (allegedly) the last big Lib Dem rally of the campaign, although my spies tell me that something pretty good is planned for tomorrow. Watch here ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

It's tempting to blame our last place in this year's Eurovision on Brexit. But as Chris Dillow pointed out, our slump in the contest dates back some years. If you are going to link it with any geopolitical event, it makes more sense to choose Tony Blair's enthusiasm for the US attack on Iraq. As the late great Terry Wogan said, only half jokingly, not long after that war: "We've invaded too many countries and everyone hates us."But I think the real reasons are musical - and not just that we consistently enter songs in the wrong key. I had ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Responding to the PM's Brexit statement, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:"The Prime Minister's last ditch attempt to get her withdrawal agreement through the Commons without a confirmatory referendum attached is doomed to failure. Her authority is draining away. "Unless and until the Government concedes that a People's Vote must be in the legislation, she will not win our support. "In the elections on Thursday, people have a clear opportunity to signal that they want to Stop Brexit in its tracks by backing the Liberal Democrats."

Posted by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats

Gateshead Lib Dems were contacted recently by a Labour activist unhappy with Labour policy on Europe and the Brexit tone of it. Like the Lib Dems, this person, who, to protect from either being expelled from Labour or generally hung out to dry by them, is not being named by me but offered to deliver some of our European campaign leaflets. This person has now delivered 300 for us. I have seen on

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace
Tue 21st

Tuesday reading

Current Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, ed. Kevin J. Anderson Bland Ambition, by Steve Tally The Slender-fingered Cats of Bubastis, by Xanna Eve Chown Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente Last books finished Feersum Endjinn, by Iain M Banks The Ginger Man, by J. P. Donleavy The Invasion, by Peadar O Guilin Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers The Big Finish Companion, vol. 2, by Kenny Smith Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire Next books Sovereign by R.M. Meluch Will Supervillains Be On The Final?, by Naomi Novik, art by Yishan Li

Tue 21st

Was the SDP a success?

We often dismiss the achievements of the SDP but compared to other new parties their successes are impressive.

Posted by Nick Barlow on Stories by Nick Barlow on Medium

There are many reasons to vote Lib Dem on Thursday, but sending an indisputable "Stop Brexit" message, showing that the country has changed its mind, is even more important when you consider the recent YouGov poll of Tory members. These people, and these people alone, get to choose the next Prime Minister. And two thirds of them want to visit on us the catastrophe of a no deal Brexit. 84% of them want to deny us our say on the final Brexit deal. These mostly affluent, older people are quite happy to play Russian Roulette with all of our lives ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

I'd be the first to accept that, when money is tight, a steadfast reliance on local government to do things for you is probably unwise, unless, of course, you have little choice. However, it is a step beyond that to ask lower tiers of government to take on duties that you're levying a tax for, but keeping the money. And that's the case with what is charmingly called Suffolk's Community Self-Help Scheme. Suffolk County Council, like so many other local authorities, is seeking to make savings, and apparently, has a mere £120,000 per annum available for highways work other than ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy
Tue 21st

My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Tremendously good series of pieces on Brexit as seen from Whitehall/Downing St. Puts the spinning from Davis defend... Mon, 13:43: RT @akulith: 17. Neither the history nor the geography of Ireland are going to change between now and October. Mon, 14:25: RT @BlockchainforEU: #Belfast introduced a city-wide #digitalcurrency! "Belfast Coin" aims to reward positive actions (e.g. #volunteering... Mon, 16:05: RT @akulith: 1. Writing in the Sunday Times yesterday, the Prime Minister announced, 'My Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be a bold new offer... Mon, 17:11: RT @ErsatzCulture: W-I-P update: Goodreads ratings counts for all Hugo Award Best Novel ...

Vince Cable was on the BBC News Channel's Ask This last night talking about how the Lib Dems would have liked to have been part of a Remain Alliance but it didn't work out. He said we were best placed to stop Farage's Brexit Party from winning the election. Watch here: It's time for Remainers to unite behind the biggest, strongest party of Remain. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit. — Vince Cable (@vincecable) May 20, 2019

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice

I'll start off by saying that I am not hinting at nor openly accusing any campaign or political party of wrongdoing, technically legal or otherwise. I have no idea who has done what and I'm not interested in getting into the whole "yeah, but Vote Leave cheated" debate. I'm only here to tell you what I absolutely know about the integrity of our electoral systems, electoral law in the UK and how relatively easy it is to game the system if you wanted to and had the resources at your disposal to do so. First of all my credentials: I ...

Posted by Nick on

I dislike the journalistic fashion of reporting and commenting on news before it has happened, which affects even such high-minded journals as The Economist. They have an annoying habit of reporting and analysing both elections and economic statistics before the actual results or figures are known. So I won't comment on how most of the ... Continue reading The Brexit Party shows that Nigel Farage has learned from his mistakes

Posted by Matthew on thinking liberal

The Guardian has the article on its website – see link below:- Jane Kennedy has form when it comes to fighting Militants as she battled against them in Liverpool's Tuebrook Ward Labour Party back in Neil Kinnock's day. Militant lost that battle of course but Momentum has very much won the battle for the Labour Party in 2019 and Jane has this time walked away from the party she has been a member of for many years. It's interesting, although probably not surprising, that she is backing Change UK the new political party which seems to have got pretty ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

Last week, Katy Brand and Emma Kennedy backed the Lib Dems in the European elections. . Last night, award winning star of stage and screen Simon Callow said he was backing us as the only party to have offered leadership and clarity on remaining in the EU. And today, University Challenge legend Bamber Gascoigne adds his voice to the growing list of people saying that they are voting Lib Dem this time – a list that also includes former Tory Cabinet Minister Michael Heseltine and Times columnist and former Tory MP Matthew Parris. Bamber said: This is the essential moment ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 21st

What next for Change UK?

It just hasn't happened for Change UK. There was a moment when it could have, but a combination of naivety, poor timing, bad organisation and a lack of leadership – or maybe too many leaders – has probably done for it in its current form. It is not unheard of for parties to lose MPs [...] The post What next for Change UK? appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Ben Rich on Radix

Responding to the news that Oxford University is set to overhaul its recruitment processes, and will commit that at least 25% of students will be from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson and MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran said:"This is welcome news from Oxford as setting clear ambitious targets will drive innovative solutions. But it begs the question, what about other top universities?"I'd like to see the Office for Students do more to promote a drive to the top where Universities compete to ramp up diversity. Only then will we start to see real society ...

Posted by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Tue 21st

Tories at war

Anybody who wants to know why the Tories are in single figures in the latest polls only need to read this article. Senior figures within that party have effectively given up talking to the country and instead are manoeuvring for position within the party to become the next leader, and by default Prime Minister. Whilst the agenda is being dominated by the intractable Brexit stalemate, it is the political equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb. The paper says that the expected demise of Theresa May's Brexit plan has sparked open feuding over what comes next, with the ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Tue 21st

Taught Threads

Further to my recent update on the "Sew: Together" exhibition, further news from the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee : The exhibition Sew: Together presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students. Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational ...

No-Deal Brexit will cause continental travel chaos Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson has warned that a no-deal Brexit will cause travel misery for thousands of motorists following the publication of a damning report from the Lords' Committee on the EU internal market. The report "Brexit: road, rail and maritime transport report" warns that private motorists will be required to apply for an International Driving Permit and Green Card if they wish to drive on the continent if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. The IDP and Green Card can only be applied for at a ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice