Lib Dems demand new committee to assess no-deal damage Lamb criticises whistleblower protections as "fundamentally inadequate" Lib Dems produce bill to stop Govt's publicity stunt approach to plastics Lib Dems: Govt must tackle obesity crisis to save lives Lib Dems demand new committee to assess no-deal damage Today, the Liberal Democrats with a cross-party group in the House of Lords will attempt to create a a joint parliamentary committee of MPs and Peers to consider the impact of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October 2019. The motion not only calls for the creation of ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

Hansard, 15 March 1950, brings us this gem: Lieut.-Commander Hutchison asked the Postmaster-General whether, in order to avoid unnecessary expense and to economise in the use of paper, he will amend paragraph 6 of the Regulation made under Section 79 of the Representation of the People Act, 1949, so as to permit folders of a maximum length of 9 in. and a maximum depth of 4½ in., to be sent by post. Mr. Ness Edwards: The greater the size of the folder the greater will be the danger of trapping other items in the post and delaying them. For this ...

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Years ago I explored this upland region of the county by taking the train to Barrow upon Soar and then walking east to Melton Mowbray. Here Bob Trubshaw sets out its history and topography.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Another reminder of how little attention most people pay to politics courtesy of this new YouGov polling about the Lib Dem leadership candidates.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, in which Stephen Tall and I reflect on the Lib Dem leadership contest so far and quite spectacularly fail to end the show promptly after we say we should. Show notes Jo Swinson interview for Never Mind The Bar Charts. Ed Davey interview for Never Mind The Bar Charts. Launch of cross-party electoral reform campaign, including The Brexit Party. Leadership survey from Liberal Democrat Newswire. Leadership survey from Harry Samuels. The similarity of Ed Davey and Jo Swinson. Hustings: it's been a long time gripe of mine. Tim Farron's ...

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The Waverley Route, a mainline railway from Carlisle to Edinburgh through the Scottish Borders, was closed in 1969. The local opposition to the move was led by a young local MP called David Steel. In 2015, 31 miles of the route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank near Galashiels was reopened as the Borders Railway. Now come news from the International Railway Journal that the funding is in place for a feasibility study of the full reopening of the line from Tweedbank through Hawick to Carlisle.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

I'm only very loosely engaged with the Lib Dems these days, but apparently I am engaged enough to get a vote in this month's leadership election - as I did in 2006, 2007 and 2015. There really seems very little to choose between the two candidates on policy grounds. They have similar sets of supporters, of whom I know roughly the same number in both camps. The Lib Dems are on a roll at present and seem to me likely to have a jolly good election result and a chance of participation in another coalition government under either potential candidate. ...

Wed 3rd

More austerity?

[IMG: More austerity?] The left spend too much money on social welfare and the right are fiscally responsible. This is the rubbish common narrative that has been fed to the UK electorate since 2010 when austerity was introduced.... The post More austerity? appeared first on @ambitiousmamas.

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Created by Canadian Finance Minister Paul Martin in 1999 to bring together finance ministers from the world's top 20 economies, expanded by President Sarkozy in 2008 to include heads of state and government, the G20 is a useful institution. It is an instrument that can help to heal or even anticipate global financial crises. Gradually, [...] The post None of the four winners in Osaka are very nice appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Renaud Girard on Radix

Recently I have seen a couple of comments on LDV which state that ending relative poverty in the UK would be a difficult and complex thing to achieve. They are mistaken. The reason someone is living in relative poverty is because they don't have enough money. The answer, therefore, is to ensure that benefit levels give them enough to pay all of their housing costs and have enough left over to be on the poverty line and not below it. As Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in his report points out "employment alone ...

Posted by Michael Berwick-Gooding on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 3rd

The Truth about Europe

I had the opportunity to visit the EU Parliament in Brussels last week with a group of PPCs. We were hosted by Sir Graham Watson, former Lib Dem MEP (1994-2014), and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Our group heard informative talks by the EU Commission's Director General of Trade, by the Senior Advisor to Renew Europe (former ALDE) and by the Research Director from the European Policy Centre, amongst others. Representing a constituency which voted Leave in the EU Referendum, I thought it would be useful to post some of the information sources on the workings of the EU. So much ...

Posted by Kirsten Johnson on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 3rd

Raspberry Pi 4B review

I'm now the proud owner of a Raspberry Pi 4B. Naturally, I wanted to see how it performed using the Whetstone double precision benchmark. In FORTRAN, obviously. Over ten runs it averaged a single core...Continue Reading The post Raspberry Pi 4B review appeared first on ten pence piece.

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Wed 3rd

My tweets

Tue, 12:56: RT @FaithNaff: TERFs: "If we let trans women into spaces for women and girls then it could lead to..." Trans women: "We're there NOW! This... Tue, 15:44: Nothing for the East... Tue, 16:05: Do EU rules stop Britain re-nationalising its railways? It depends what you mean by 'nationalise'... Tue, 16:07: RT @BakerLuke: While the #EUtopjobs package is coming together with von der Leyen at the Commission, Michel heading #EUCO and Borrell as HR... Tue, 17:11: 'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia No big surprise for anyone who knows the place. Tue, 18:18: ...

Shropshire Council is conducting a review of its local plan. Last December, it consulted on sites for future employment and housing developments. On Monday, it launched a new consultation on three huge sites is wants to see developed, and one site it is uncertain about. Two of the sites, RAF Cosford and Tern Hill Barracks, are being promoted by the Ministry of Defence. A third is the now redundant Ironbridge Power Station. The fourth site, on green belt land beside the M54 at Tong, has been put forward by Bradford Estates. The proposals for Cosford and Tong would remove 550 ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

Yesterday saw the monthly meeting of the Sunniside History Society. The speaker this time was Freda Thompson who gave us a fascinating talk about famous cases of women over the past two hundred years who murdered others by poisoning. The next meeting is on 6th August though we will be having a meeting of the society's executive later this month.

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The Tory leadership campaign of Jeremy Hunt is, according to himself and many supporting MPs in the media, based upon the premise that Hunt will be (far) more trusted and more easily welcomed at EU negotiating tables than Johnson. They say this is the case because the European players (national ministers, EU negotiators like Barnier) have come to know him as sitting Foreign Secretary, and that they would trust him more than Boris (who they also know from his accident-prone Brexit spell at the Foreign Office). Hunt also insists he has experience as an entrepreneur, including negotiating deals, which Johnson ...

Posted by Bernard Aris on Liberal Democrat Voice

Bury Trading Standards is supporting the Citizens Advice campaign on scams awareness which is running over the next couple of weeks. This is a yearly campaign to highlight the dangers posed by scammers but also provide advice to keep people safe and feeling confident in what to do when they see a scam. Scams to watch out for: Online shopping and auction scams - with bogus websites, spoof payment services and "second chance offers" to tempt losing bidders with bogus opportunities. Also beware scammers posing as property landlords.Investment fraud - also called "boiler room" scams, using high pressure sales techniques ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone

Last week was the monthly meeting of Bury Planning Control Committee. This is the meeting made up of the 11 Councillors who represent the various wards of the borough of Bury. The committee determines planning applications for certain major developments and others where objections have been received. Councillor Cristina Tegolo reports: Details of all the planning applications mentioned below can be found here. Prior to the Committee meeting, a site visit took place in respect of planning application 63630. The following applications received approval without major concerns: Radcliffe – East App No. 63523 We discussed the proposal for a new ...

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The Liberal Democrats in Greater Manchester are currently recruiting for paid Campaigns Internships for the 2019-20 period. The internships are based at the offices of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors in Salford Quays, and the work includes campaigning with local Lib Dems including the team here in Prestwich and Bury. ALDC is now in the sixth year of its internship programme with 100% of last year's interns going on to find other jobs in the party. Full-time, Manchester, UK Living Wage (currently £14,942.40 for over 25s). The post is temporary to 30 June 2020.Successful candidates must have sympathy with ...

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Residents are invited to discover a new world of learning with the latest courses run by Bury's adult learning service. Two Open Days are being held next month (5 and 6 July) for visitors to pick up a copy of the Autumn 2019 course guide, and meet the professional staff to find out how they can help you improve your job prospects, creative skills and your health and wellbeing. You can also take part in activities and taster sessions, and visit the exhibition of learners' work in art, crafts, creative textiles, upholstery, patchwork, dressmaking, photography and creative writing. The open ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone

Thankfully not too many roadworks, but a couple of quite serious ones this month – for the full list see the GM Roadworks site here The Major roadworks in July are: – Agecroft Road – before the cemetery, 9-31 July 2019, Contra Flow (Salford City Council) – Scholes Lane, near Coffee Sack, lane closures on 5 July 2019 (United Utilities) – Bury Old Road, near the Woodthope, lane closure 7 July 2019 (United Utilities) – Bury New Road, 31 July 2019, at the junction of Chandos Road (Sedgley Park), 2 way signals (United Utilities) Not in Prestwich, but might be ...

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The British Lung Foundation Support Group for people with breathing problems is now in Yate. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month (unless like July when we have 5 Tuesdays in the month) So the meetings this year are Tuesday 23rd July, 20th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November and 17th December in 2019. The group meets in the Coffee Bar and lounge at the Armadillo. This venue is opposite Morrison's which has good car parking, and also at the back of the sports centre which has ample parking too. Free refreshments are provided. The support group ...

Posted by Paul Hulbert on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington

Everybody is entitled to earn a living, and provided the source of income is legitimate then it is not my place to criticise. However, it is still particularly galling to see the Brexit Party leader continue to portray himself as a man of the people, while raking in the sort of cash that the ordinary working man or woman can only dream of. Thus, the latest declaration of expenses in the European Parliament has revealed that Nigel Farage is earning at least €30,000 (£26,900) a month from his media company Thorn in the Side. The Guardian says that Farage is ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

We all believe in the power of words, else this blog post would be entirely pointless. How words are received versus their intent though can be the spark for division and result in endless dissection, rather than focus on the message. This ended up being part of the discussion for LBC Radio's James O'Brien phone-in show yesterday morning. James, who is widely known for his views against Brexit, took issue with Lib Dem MEPs wearing Bollocks to Brexit' T-shirts at the opening session of the European Parliament, stating that they were "inappropriate" and "slogan politics". He also rightly took issue ...

Posted by Josh R. on Liberal Democrat Voice

From the City Council : Lochee Road (No 70 Logie Street to No 200 Lochee Road) - Carriageway Resurfacing Work I wish to notify you that work is programmed to commence at the above location on Monday 8 July 2019 and will last for approximately 2 weeks. The contractor for the works is Tayside Contracts. In the interest of public safety, a road closure will be implemented and through traffic will be diverted via City Road, Tullideph Road and reverse. On-street parking will not be allowed on the section of carriageway being worked on. Vehicular access to properties with driveways ...