Labour are still a party of Brexit Prisons inspector reveals Tory neglect Northern Ireland votes mark historic step towards equality Cable: We must continue the fight to stop no deal Labour are still a party of Brexit Responding to the reports that Jeremy Corbyn has finally agreed that the next PM must put their Brexit deal or a no deal exit to a People's Vote, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: Labour are still a party of Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn can pretend all he likes that the Labour Party are finally moving towards backing the Liberal Democrat policy of ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

Alan Snowdon's blurb on YouTube explains: In 1967 the only passenger trains on the West London Line were two round trips between Clapham Junction and Kensington (Olympia) each morning and afternoon rush hour. These were said to be provided for the staff of the Post Office Savings Bank which had be relocated in 1940 due to war damage. Although not advertised in the public timetables, anyone could buy a ticket to travel on this service. This film was shot during the last week in which this service was steam hauled.

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Not two months ago, residents of Bishop's Castle blocked the A488 to protest against plans to scrap the Shrewsbury bus. Now some of their children have staged a school climate strike. Ten pupils from nursery, primary and high schools, reports the Shropshire Star, organised the protest to coincide with a visit by the town's Conservative MP. Said one of the children: "We are in the middle of a climate emergency created by adults but because we children can't vote, politicians are ignoring us. The school strikes have given us a way to have our voices heard. It's our planet that ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

It was Ed Davey's turn to head for Brecon and Radnorshire today. He met Jane Dodds in what looks like a gorgeous town, Crickhowell. Great to be back in Brecon and Radnorshire with the amazing @DoddsJane @LibDems this election is crucial for our party and our country Come campaign so we win against disgraced Tory MP, change Parliamentary maths & fuel our party's momentum — Ed Davey MP [IMG: 🔶] (@EdwardJDavey) July 9, 2019 I'm going next week. All the information you need about how you can help the fabulous Jane Dodds get elected is here.If you can't go, ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 9th

Tuesday reading

Current Gateways, ed. Elizabeth Anne Hull The City of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty 1913: The World before the Great War, by Charles Emmerson Last books finished Gigi, by Colette The Cat, by Colette First Generation, by Mary Tamm Next books The Making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement, by Paul Bew Better Than Sex, by Hunter S. Thompson

[IMG: Sandgate Street Waste Bin with Dog Waste Sticker] A Bin, today. I today requested Folkestone and Hythe District Council if they could reprint and replace the faded and mainly damaged "Dog Waste" stickers on bins across the area with new stickers. When they quickly and helpfully agreed to do so this afternoon *if* I could find the previous wording and dimensions, I'm not totally sure they expected my level of research quite so quickly... Hope it helps though! [IMG: Bin and ruler] Published and promoted by Tim Prater, 98a Sandgate High Street, Folkestone, CT20 3BYPrinted (hosted) by Prater Raines ...

[IMG: When forgetfulness gets the better of you] When forgetfulness gets the better of me I take it as a sign to slow down these days. A cluttered life results in a cluttered mind. Way too much multi-tasking can result in multi-disasters. While... The post When forgetfulness gets the better of you appeared first on @ambitiousmamas.

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I have, I admit, been cynical regarding Labour's positioning on Brexit in the past. I said before the 2017 general election that they had landed on a policy regarding leaving the EU that would satisfy no one. Lo and behold, they ended up with 40% of the vote. So, who knows, perhaps this latest move is actually brilliant. It doesn't really look it from here though, if I'm being blunt. I will try and summarise this new position of Labour's as straightforwardly as I can. Labour now supports a referendum on any Brexit settlement. They will campaign on the side ...

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Paula Surridge nicely summarises the latest contortions in Labour's position on the European Union: So Labour position is to campaign to remain if the Tories are in power and to leave with their deal if they are in for someone who wants to remain then the best outcome is a Tory minority government forced to hold a referendum on its deal? Or have I misunderstood? — Paula Surridge (@p_surridge) July 9, 2019

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Whilst Borjomi is famous for its mineral water, Tbilisi is famous for its thermal baths, where you soak in the warm waters supposedly renown for their health giving qualities. Various famous people came to Tbilisi, bathed and were seriously impressed. These days, it's rather more of a tourist thing, but it looked like fun, so I had booked a private room and a peeling before arriving in Georgia. I had picked one of the more highly recommended, recently refurnished baths, and arrived to find something rather spectacular, at least on the outside. And, somewhat to my relief, it was just ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy

Since 2010, I've been very loyal to the Liberal Democrats. There were many things I disliked during the Coalition, but I kept silent for fear of feeding the ridiculous exaggerated attacks on our party. Deficit reduction was hard, but in the lifetime of the Coalition, the amount cut was similar to Labour's 2010 plans. After the Coalition, my party was in a dire state, so for the same reason, I kept quiet about my concerns. Only now the party is surging in the opinion polls do I feel free to say what I wish we'd done in Coalition. This article ...

Posted by George Kendall on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 9th

My tweets

Mon, 12:56: RT @EURACTIV: OPINION | Georgia intends to continue on its path to EU membership and wants to use all available opportunities and instrumen... Mon, 15:38: RT @conbrunstrom: I realise that I failed to mark the centenary of Jon Pertwee's birth yesterday. Let the record show that he was one of o... Mon, 16:05: Marathon-Mann der Uno: Ein Tag mit Genf-Chef Michael Møller Nice profile of old friend Mich... Mon, 16:11: RT @CharlesTannock: I first met Sir @KimDarroch 20 years ago and remember him as an outstanding UKRep & he even had the courtesy to admit t... ...

Found byPatricia Herlihy 1st August to 7th August 2019 10.00am - 4.00pm in the almshouses at Magdalene AlmshousesBehind 38 Magdalene Street Glastonbury, Somerset Works in watercolour, oils and mixed media. A selection of handmade cards.

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Last night I attended a presentation about the work of both the Sage and Baltic. Held at the Baltic Gallery, it brought councillors up to date on the work of both these major cultural organisations and buildings. Points of particular interest to me included: setting up cultural links with cities on the coast of Scandinavia and the Baltic, regardless of Brexit. I jokingly dubbed it the 21st

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace
Tue 9th

Lambs to the slaughter

In an article that will have particular resonance in Wales, the Independent reports on a warning from the head of the National Union of Farmers that a no-deal Brexit would be "absolutely disastrous" for agriculture in the UK - leading to the mass slaughter of lambs and many British agriculture workers going out of business. Minette Batters has warned that the UK is unable to eat the amount of lamb it produces and depends on trade relations with France, which buys 40 per cent of the nation's sheep meat, to sell on the product: If British farmers were unable to ...

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So, this past weekend I was reminded that there are still spaces where you're vulnerable as an LGBT+ person and there are still people who believe that to be a gay man as I am, indeed to be any member of the Queer community, makes you somehow 'wrong,' somehow 'broken,' somehow not 'normal.'This past weekend I was on a panel debating people who, because of their interpretation of their religion's code, cannot ever accept, affirm and celebrate me for who I am and who I love. I got told that I was to be 'tolerated.' I don't wish to be ...

Posted by Mathew Hulbert on Liberal Democrat Voice

Last month was the Bury's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Cristina Tegolo reports: The Committee's role involves reviewing and scrutinising any matters relating to the provision and operation of health services in the area of the Council, scrutinising organisations external to the Council and holding the Leader / Cabinet Members to account. Bury's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets in public and includes a public question time at the start of the meeting. Scrutiny committees actively welcome involvement with the public and seek the views of members of the public on services that are being considered. Scrutiny committees also ...

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"The further we go along the path of business as usual, the more we are lost." James Lovelock Most of us now seem to accept the fact that global warming is reality. We all have a vested interest in saying so, whether we believe it or not. We are seen by believers to be eccentric [...] The post Establishment vested interests are denying the way the world really is appeared first on Radix.

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Bury Archives Service are hosting talks in July and August in the run up to the 200th anniversary of the infamous Peterloo massacre. Tuesday 23 July at 1pm - Dr Alison Morgan presents "Ballads and Songs of Peterloo" based on her unique collection of more than 70 poems and ballads which highlight the outrage, grief, defiance and resolution felt by labouring-class people in the immediate aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre. Tuesday 6 August at 1pm – Polyp and Eva Schlunke present "Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre", told 'verbatim' through the voices of those who were there. Both events feature a ...

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Feelgood Theatre Productions are bringing a production off open-air promenade performance show of Dracula to Heaton Park. They say: "We hope you are bold enough to join us as we hunt the king of all vampires deep in the woods as night falls! Love and death fused with hypnotic music, dance, and magic illusion will take you on an extraordinary journey. Dare you join us? If you enjoyed Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream you will love this - voted 'most want to see again' by audiences in 2005, it is finally back!" Tickets are available now – ...

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Metrolink passengers will be able to use a new contactless payment system from Monday 15 July. Metrolink customers can already use their contactless bank card to buy a ticket at a ticket machine, and this will remain an option. The new system will mean customers can simply touch-in at the start of a journey and touch-out at the end using a contactless bank card or another contactless-enabled payment device, such as a phone or watch. The system will then automatically work out the total daily fare for a customer's journeys and the price will be capped - to ensure they ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone

Just three new planning applications in the last month. Please just let us know if you have any queries. Creation of new vehicular access and driveway 408 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1PZRef. No: 64357 | Received: Tue 25 Jun 2019 | Validated: Tue 02 Jul 2019 | Status: RegisteredCertificate of lawfulness for proposed single storey extension at rear126 Cuckoo Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2NGRef. No: 64337 | Received: Thu 20 Jun 2019 | Validated: Wed 26 Jun 2019 | Status: RegisteredSingle storey extension at side/rear 307 Heywood Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2RQRef. No: 64330 | Received: Tue 18 ...

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Residents recently drew to my attention the overgrowth encroaching on to the footpath of Hazel Drive at its south end - see photo below : My thanks go to the council's Neighbourhood Services who promptly responded to my request to attend to this.

Teachers agree – it's time to scrap SATs Responding to today's [Tuesday's] indicative ballot by the National Education Union, revealing that 97% of primary school teachers want to replace Key Stage 2 SATs, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: Today's ballot shows that teachers have had enough with SATs. They want to deliver a high-quality education, rather than be put under the unnecessary pressure of a high-stakes testing regime that offers no benefit for their class. The pressure on headteachers and teachers to perform well cascades down the school to pupils. Teachers put on revision classes, booster sessions ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice