The City of Portsmouth hosted world leaders for today's D-Day commemoration. Its Lib Dem Council Leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, captured the solemnity of the occasion. .@geraldvjuk on #DDay75 at #SouthseaCommon. He says it's all about the courage of the veterans still with us, and the sacrifice of those fallen: — The News, Portsmouth (@portsmouthnews) June 5, 2019 * Newshound: bringing you the best Lib Dem commentary published in print or online.

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Ed's day started in Surbiton, at a business breakfast with London Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita. Stimulating business breakfast in Surbiton with @SiobhanBenita & 30 local firms Great ideas for vision for Kingston's economy: creative industries, flexible workspaces & better transport Strong voices to #StopBrexit, to support the Rose Theatre & for more affordable housing — Ed Davey [IMG: 🔶] (@EdwardJDavey) June 5, 2019

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Thursday 6th June is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy Landings. A service, led by Revd Barry Abbott of St Mary's Church, will be taking place at the War Memorial in Whickham on Thursday at 10.25am. The Last Post will be played and minute's silence will be held.All residents are invited to attend.

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Today is World Environment Day and Jo welcomed the Waitrose plan to reduce packaging, something she has long campaigned for. I've been advocating for reducing plastic packaging in our supermarkets for over a decade. This is an exciting move by @waitrose, showing business can be part of the solution for our biggest challenges.#WorldEnvironmentDay — Jo Swinson (@joswinson) June 5, 2019

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What does the data tell us about how much public interest Ed Davey and Jo Swinson have secured over the years? Take a look at these graphs to find out...

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So, this is my story about the late great Albert Rohan, whose passing was announced today. He was 83. I got to know him in the 1999-2009 period, from when I first arrived in Brussels as a thinktanker on Balkan issues up to his time as Marti Ahtisaari's deputy in the Kosovo final status process. We saw each other often at conferences and I enjoyed learning from his vast experience. (Which included serving as Kurt Waldheim's chief of staff at the United Nations.) We both attended our friend Mabel Wisse Smit's wedding to (the tragically short-lived) Prince Friso of the ...

Sunday 30th June 2019 11am - 8pm THE LEAS BANDSTAND, ARENA AREA & THE LEAS, CT20 2XL [IMG: Red Arrows 2013] Folkestone Town Council are proud and thrilled to announce that our 11th annual Armed Forces Community Fun Day will this year include an exhilarating air display from the Red Arrows. Flying displays will also include parachute regiments and memorial aircraft, which are still to be announced. Event organiser, Folkestone Town Council have further details to follow with regular press updates provided as the comprehensive event programme develops and further display stands confirmed. Folkestone Armed Forces Day is a free ...

Aside from some nastiness I've seen from a few rogue supporters1 this has been a remarkably civil campaign so far. I'd like to see that continue. It's good when we can all bear in mind that what all of us want is what is best for the party. One of the things I think has contributed to that - and which I've really liked - is the way the MPs have done the MP portions of the nomination process. Gender balance for both candidates, and a London MP nominating Jo and a Scottish MP nominating Ed is a really nice ...

To get this out of the way: I in no way wish to mock the way things have turned out for Change UK. When they all left their respective parties, I had great hopes that they would become a major force in British politics. I still applaud their courage, if not their political and strategic nous. Yesterday, half of the group split off from the original eleven. Weirdly, they didn't immediately join the Lib Dems, but instead announced that they would be some independent grouping again – The Independent Group, perhaps? This is just silly – they should have just ...

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We are running three separate training events - for campaigners, councillors and Connect-users - across the weekend of 28-30 June in Staffordshire. We close our bookings in a week's time (Tuesday 11 June), so please book now if you intend to come. Summer Kickstart Weekend Come along and bring a team if you're serious about winning in 2020 – or you're planning future election success in 2021 or beyond. The weekend caters for everyone; whatever your role in a campaign, and regardless of your experience. You'll get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring for your team from experienced campaigners ...

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This year is the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings and we are seeing a lot of media coverage of this important historical event. When I think of D Day I think of my Grandfather Denis Warwick who was 25 years old at the outbreak of WW2 and underwent surgery in order to be fit for military service. He was a private in the 6th Airborne Division of the Parachute Regiment, took part in the D Day landings, went on to fight in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge and ended his war in Germany. Returning ...

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Wed 5th

My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Long-lost Lewis Chessman found in Edinburgh family's drawer Wow! Tue, 15:14: RT @Paul_Cornell: I agree entirely with what Beth says here. Some 'opinions' kill vulnerable people. Tue, 16:05: RT @pswidlicki: Its quite amazing to see people falling over themselves to be rude about the EU then solemnly insisting that no matter what... Tue, 17:06: Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections result - "It was worse than a new party; it was a mistake... Tue, 17:11: RT @simonjhix: Wow! The dominant swing pattern in most of the UK In #EP2019 ...

Wed 5th

Meeting Trump

I had planned to be in London yesterday for a meeting of Lib Dem group leaders. Alas, the meeting was postponed until later this year. Frankly, I didn't want to be in London at the same time as the Trump visit and the demonstrations taking place against him. The postponement also allowed me to go to the Sunniside History Society meeting last night. As chairman, I had already arm twisted someone

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If you had still had any illusions that our NHS would survive Brexit, these will have been dispelled by the statement of Trump's ambassador that, "The US will want business access to the NHS in any trade deal". Indeed, some have speculated that access to the NHS, along with the rest of the economy, is the real reason behind Trump's visit. This should come as no surprise, for the "Stronger In" campaign always warned that the country could have Brexit or the NHS, but not both. The NHS has long been admired by many Americans for its efficiency compared to ...

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Wed 5th

Like the Prose Update

As I mentioned in this entry I'm doing the Like The Prose writing challenge. I know I said I'd post all the stuff I'm submitting here, but it's difficult to do that without also posting the prompts and they don't want the prompts published, so... I have put a couple of them up F-locked (those of you of a lib dem bent might find this one amusing, but I'm not going to be posting them all. You'll probably see a few F-locked more if I particularly like what I've done that day, though. I am finding that the daily prompt ...

Liberal Democrat Newswire #125 came out last week, taking a look at the remarkable European Parliament elections and what comes next for the Lib Dems.

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On Sunday, on an official trip to Switzerland, the US Secretary of State said that the United States was ready to talk to Iran "without preconditions". This is an important statement, capable of initiating a pathway to peace between the two most militarily powerful nations in the Persian Gulf. As absurd as it may seem, [...] The post Iran-America: how to avoid war appeared first on Radix.

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Air pollution is a big deal in Braunton, North Devon, where a traffic bottleneck (the only way to get to one of the country's most beautiful beaches) causes terrible air quality problems. So I was pleased to see that today we are tabling legislation to tackle one aspect of air pollution. Today is World Environment Day, a UN sponsored day where communities around the world are encouraged to #BeatAirPollution. The campaign is drawing attention to all types of air pollution, including household and industrial forms of pollution, air pollution as a result of agriculture practices and waste disposal, and transport ...

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Wed 5th

What next for the M4?

Like many in my party, I have long been on record as being opposed to the Newport by-pass, otherwise known as the M4 relief road. It would have been an environmental disaster, a homage to gas guzzling, polluting cars, that would itself, have become congested within years, and which would have compromised five SSSIs. My other objection was the Cardiff-centric nature of the scheme. The level of congestion and number of business-sapping accidents are as bad on the stretch of the M4 between junctions 37 and 45 as those around Newport, but there is no sign of a multi-billion pound ...

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Today, for World Environment Day, Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse is tabling a bill to give local authorities more powers to issue fines to idling vehicles. The Bill will increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences, as well as increasing fines for those who repeatedly offend.World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year the focus is on tackling air pollution.Speaking ahead of tabling her bill, Wera Hobhouse said:"For far too long this Conservative Government has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court ...

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