In today's Guardian, our Layla Moran, Green MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Clive Lewis argue that we need progressive parties to come to an arrangement to beat the Tories. Meanwhile the rightwing parties have consolidated, after the Tories swallowed the Brexit party whole. But progressives remain split, competing for the same voters - we divide; they conquer. And yet poll after poll shows there is a progressive majority. We need to shape and win that majority. This is why citizens are now using their votes wisely, to back the best-placed non-Tory; and why, under the radar, local parties are ...

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice

Well done to Jo Conchie, who has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Batley and Spen by-election which takes place on 1 July. From Yorkshire Live: Ms Conchie, who is also a community volunteer, said her first priority would be to "ensure that our small towns and villages are no longer neglected". "I am delighted to have been selected to represent the Liberal Democrats in the Batley and Spen by-election," she said. My family are based in Birkenshaw and I've seen the entire constituency change drastically over the last two decades. With the Tory government and the ...

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 29th

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1994, and five others: Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. It lost in seven categories, two each to Ed Wood and Speed. The Hugo that year went to the final episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. For once - I think uniquely - I have seen all of the other nominees for Best Picture. They were Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show and The Shawshank Redemption. I have also seen Star Trek: Generations, Naked Gun ...

Sat 29th

My tweets

Fri, 18:26: Friday reading Sat, 09:30: Whoniversaries 29 May

There is a housing crisis in this country and it has been going on for years. Lack of housing is forcing people out of their areas where they grew up, while high rents mean young people cannot afford to save for a deposit. That's why Liberal Democrats want to build 300,000 new homes a year, including 150,000 homes for social rent. But decisions on local housing should be made by local authorities working with their communities. Not by Tories in Whitehall. Local authorities, working with their communities, know best where homes are needed and what infrastructure is needed to support ...

Posted by Tim Farron MP on Liberal Democrat Voice

We hope this autumn federal party conference, our third online one, will have plenty of interesting topics to debate, and FPC is certainly planning to play its part in that by bringing what we hope will be some interesting and important policy papers and motions. What this means practically for us now is that over the next month or so, before the motions deadline on 30 June, we have an intense burst of meetings to discuss all the work on our proposals, and finalise them. Towards the end of this period, after the hoped-for lifting of restrictions, we hope to ...

Posted by Jeremy Hargreaves on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 29th

Whoniversaries 29 May

i) births and deaths 29 May 1928: birth of Frederick Jaeger, who played Jano in The Savages (First Doctor, 1966), Sorenson in Planet of Evil (Fourth Doctor, 1975), and Prof. Marius in The Invisible Enemy (Fourth Doctor, 1977). 29 May 1987: birth of Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts in Series 10 of New Who (2017). 29 May 1971: broadcast of second episode of The Dæmons. Giant footprints and a heat barrier beset Devil's End; the Doctor and Jo discover a miniaturised spaceship inside the abandoned dig. 29 May 2010: broadcast of Cold Blood. The Doctor manages to negotiate an ...

Sat 29th

Thought for the day

According to Marina Hyde in the Guardian, a government that came to power promising to control our borders has allowed 1.59 million - ONE POINT FIVE NINE MILLION - travellers to fly into the UK in the four lockdown months from January to April alone, two-thirds of whom were not UK nationals. If we don't open up fully in three weeks, then that may be the cause. Discuss

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Often referred to as Europe's last dictator, Belarussia's Alexander Lukashenko can blatantly break international law with an act of air piracy and kidnapping because he thinks he can get away with it. He feels politically secure. He feels secure because he has total backing from Russia's Vladimir Putin who regards the maintenance of a pro-Russian Belarus as vital to Russia's national interests. And because he knows that the rest of the world—especially the European Union—is frightened of stepping on the toes of the Russian bear. Belarus is up there with Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as Russian Red Lines the West ...

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 29 AND SUNDAY 30 MAY 2021 Wright Avenue - overnight (7.00pm to 7.30am) temporary traffic lights on Saturday 29 May for telecoms mast replacement. REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 31 MAY 2021 BT Cable Renewal Programme - rolling off peak temporary traffic lights at various locations for 2 weeks - streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive ...


This video from Matt Davis is more than a history of the Rugby to Stamford line. It covers all the lines around Market Harborough - there were once many. Stay with it for some great period photos of vanished stations.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

The Leicester Mercury hops off with our Headline of the Day Award. As you will see, this story led the front page, though the online version of the story has the longer: Man in rabbit mask indecently exposes himself to fire crew helping a woman

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England