This is one of the slides Gateshead Lib Dems created to go onto Facebook. More to follow.

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace
Sat 1st

410 days of plague

Glad to see Belgian numbers finally heading firmly in the right direction, and looking forward to a gradual reopening over the next few weeks. I wrote quite a long entry including reflections on recent celebrity deaths and Northern Ireland politics, and unfortunately it vanished into the void before I could post it. It's too late to reconstruct it now, so I'll just leave this here and try to address some of those topics in future updates.

The local Lib Dem Focus Team published the latest eFocus last night covering NE16 and NE11. Edition 157 covers:Can you help to plant up Whickham;History talk in Sunniside;Fund boost for Whickham Library;Dunston Leisure Centre to reopen;Tidy Whickham clean up campaign to be launched;Marley Hill Hedge replacement;Vote in the Gateshead Awards.You can view eFocus on this link.

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace
Sat 1st

My tweets

Fri, 12:56: Analysis: Kosovo and the terror of the night (or of the non-paper) Excellent from Marc Weller. Fri, 13:54: RT @peterdonaghy: @BartLad69 @Choyaa13 No, if Alliance are the largest party then there'll be an Alliance First Minister and the largest pa... Fri, 16:31: RT @APCOBXLInsider: April marked another busy month for @2021PortugalEU. Find out why and read more about the upcoming #Porto Social Summit... Fri, 17:11: 'I'd Never Been Involved in Anything as Secret as This' Fascinating protagonists' account of the Bin Laden raid. Fri, 17:59: Never change, @ansiblemag! Fri, 18:38: April 2020 books and ...

Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper was on Question Time this week and won the support of so many audience members, particularly for her evisceration of the Government over its failure to help leaseholders affected by the cladding scandal. She was really excellent on everything from care homes to the Covid crisis in India to the Boris Johnson flat refurb. Here are some of her best bits. "Lease holders need to know that they are protected because they can't afford to pay the bills, they're stuck in deathtrap flats, some of them are facing bankruptcy"@libdemdaisy says the government should "stump up the ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Just when you thought the Tory government's awarding of Covid PPE contracts coouldn't get any more chummy, a High Court judge has ordered Matt Hancock to hand over texts and WhatsApp messages that could shed light on how they were administered. The Mirror reports the court was told that the Government used an exclusive WhatsApp group to give "VIP" company CEOs information about its PPE requirements: The Good Law Project has been pursuing the government in the High Court to reveal details of the 'VIP' fast lane for Covid contracts. Evidence brought up in court today suggests the government used ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

My good friend Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker at Birkenhead Tramway Museum next to a restored Wallasey tram that he rode on as a boy. If my dear Uncle Albert had made it he would have been 100 today; frankly many of us who knew him well very much expected him to make the milestone but sadly it did not come to pass and my obituary from 2017 is linked below:- I don't really commemorate such anniversaries but I make an exception in Uncle Albert's case because he was exceptional. A man whom I did not get to know until ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

A few years back, my post "Why did I not get that email from the Liberal Democrats?" proved rather popular, helping untangle various issues with party members missing out on information about what is going on in the party. So here's the latest version... Whether it's you wondering why you've not received that email others are talking about, or whether it's someone you're in conversation with, I hope this guide is useful - and as ever suggestions and additions welcome. Check your spam and other folders It is an occupational hazard of running large email lists that some people will ...

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Federal Conference Committee met on 28th April 2021 to make some preliminary decisions about the format of Autumn Conference 2021. We have decided that Autumn Conference will take place from 17th to 20th September. It will be held online. That was a very difficult decision to take and we had a very lengthy discussion about it. We recognise that a lot of people would like to meet again in person - believe me, so we would we - but the question is whether, at this time, we can absolutely guarantee that conference could go ahead in the format that we ...

Posted by Geoff Payne on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 1st

Whoniversaries 1 May

i) births and deaths 1 May 1946: birth of Joanna Lumley, who played the Thirteenth Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). 1 May 1984: birth of Sacha Dhawan, who played Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time (docudrama, 2013) and the Master in 2020. 1 May 1985: death of George Pravda, who played Denes in The Enemy of the World (Second Doctor, 1967-68), Jaeger in The Mutants (Third Doctor, 1972) and Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin (Fourth Doctor, 1976). 1 May 2002: death of John Nathan Turner, producer of Old Who from 1980 to 1989 ...


Candidates were invited to respond to the letters written by the class of P4 of Calderbridge Primary School, Wishaw. The children have already received my letter. Below is a copy of my reply to their questions and concerns. Dear Sophie, Dylan, Eva, Taylor, Polly, Caleb, Alexa and all of the class of P4.Thank you very much for your letters and for telling me of your worries for the environment and the future of the planet. I am typing my reply because my handwriting is not as neat as yours!May your teacher, Mrs Currie-Smith, forgive me for the long reply. I ...

Posted by Martin Veart on Martin's View

Residents recall my update in March giving the positive response I had received from the City Council's environment management team about installing further picnic tables at Lochee Park. I was advised at the time that delivery was to be taking place soon so, last week, I sought an update on installation. The Project Officer in the council's Neighbourhood Services team has now updated me as follows : "I met with a colleague last week and agreed the positions for two picnic benches. I have since instructed our chargehand to install concrete bases for the benches. We have the benches in ...

Geoff Marshall, who produces the Least Used Station videos I sometimes post here, has started a new series: London's Lost Railways. The first of these takes us to Croydon and the remains of the Woodside and South Croydon Joint Railway.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England