Hello! I'm Mark Pack, author of both 101 Ways To Win An Election and Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us, along with maintaining the largest database of national voting intention polls in the UK, stretching back to 1943. The next general election is most likely several years away, but political polling of voting intentions for a general election is in full swing. Half-a-dozen firms are polling regularly, with a handful of occasional surveys from others too. Below the table, you'll find the option to sign up to email updates about new polls and also a set of answers ...

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Fri 16th

Friday reading

Current Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, by Zora Neale Hurston Empire Games, by Charles Stross A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik Last books finished The Last Pharaoh, by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett The Separation, by Christopher Priest Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir Middlemarch, by George Eliot The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard Times Squared, by Rick Cross Next books The Kingdom of Copper, by S. A Chakraborty "Grotto of the Dancing Deer", by Clifford D Simak

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating a close win in the Lawley and Overdale Parish Council by-election. Lib Dem Catherine Salter took 140 votes, to the Conservative's 139, with Labour trailing a distant third on 69 votes. The independent candidate came fourth with 38 votes. The focus of Cllr Salter's campaign was engaging with and listening to local residents' concerns about speeding, lack of public transport and poor finishing of new estates by developers. Catherine Salter and Greg Spruce "The message we got on the doorsteps was that people feel taken for granted here," said Cllr Salter. "I am so grateful ...

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Over the past few weeks in connection with the Euro 2020 campaign I've heard a continued re-use of the phrase from the World Cup Final in 1966, "they think it's all over - It is now!" The problem is that ... Continue reading →

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Fri 16th

My tweets

Thu, 12:56: The Tories are learning that culture wars make you enemies as well as friends https://t.co/31APyzirxb And that if you pick a fight with footballers, you may lose. Thu, 16:05: Lessons from Clare's Gardens https://t.co/m3Fd47RHbG Lovely interview with Steve Elstub as he retires from @ClareCollege @Claregdns. Thu, 18:00: Dear heavens - this is the hotel where we stayed for my birthday in April! That was heavy rain last night! https://t.co/e9oijTVAVx Thu, 18:34: The Monster's Wife, by Kate Horsley https://t.co/9GsjNFdG2X Thu, 22:16: RT @Freedland: Admired him already, but this statement from Saka - and especially the directness of its message ...

Fri 16th


I joined other volunteers from Planting Up Whickham on Sunday to help plant up the flowerbeds. Here are a few of the photos I took.

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Only one principal authority council by-election this week, in the Midlands for Sandwell Council: Results in over night from Tividale Ward in Sandwell. Huge thanks to Nicholas Bradley and @SandwellLibDems – standing is so important LD – 30 TUSC -9 CON – 986 LAB – 810 IND – 40 CON gain from LAB pic.twitter.com/nZRZviHOIq — ALDC (@ALDC) July 16, 2021

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Prestwich Hospital are looking for volunteers, with a recruitment event taking place Thursday 29 July 2021 3.00-6.00pm at 'The Curve' (the big new building behind the Tesco Roundabout. Greater Manchester Mental Health say: "Volunteers are a vital part of the NHS and something we very much appreciate at Greater Manchester Mental He alth NHS Foundation Trust. We want to include more volunteers in the work we do, so were holding a recruitment event for those interested in mental health, and volunteering, to come chat with staff and learn more about volunteering at our inpatient services. Whether you have skills you ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone

The irony of a former Bullingdon Club compatriot of the Prime Minister being appointed as a member of the committee on standards in public life, a body set up to expose patronage and unethical behaviour, has not escaped those tasked with watching the way the current UK Government so casually circumvents rules and conventions to get its own way. The Independent says that Ewen Fergusson, a member of Oxford's infamous dining club at the same time as the prime minister, has been named as one of two new members for the committee on standards in public life. The reaction has ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Before my election to the Senedd I was a child protection social worker. I worked with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society and those staff dedicated to giving them every chance to thrive. That is why I jumped at the chance to table a debate on legislative proposal in the Senedd on Wednesday, just weeks into the first term. I used the opportunity to shine a light on the work that we must do here in Wales to create a genuine care system based on the needs, hopes, and aspirations of children and young people. ...

Posted by Jane Dodds on Liberal Democrat Voice

In a Commons debate on Thursday, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse warned it would be unacceptable for the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, senior diplomats and officials to attend the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year. To do so would give credibility to a regime that is accused of genocide in Xinjiang. Western countries had to take a stance against China's human rights abuses. Hobhouse told MPs is totally unacceptable that peaceful demonstrations during protests on the field of play or in medal ceremonies are barred by the IOC under the threat of sanctions. Given the ongoing human rights abuses, is ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice

Dundee Federation of Tenants Associations is inviting Dundee City Council tenants to take part in the housing allocations policy review consultation meeting to be held online next Tuesday evening. Details below :

A zebra crossing is being proposed on Heys Road, outside the high school (The Heys Academy). This will be placed atop of the existing flat top road hump outside Prestwich Arts College. This will provide enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and particularly for pupils who attend the nearby Prestwich Arts College. This is one of five crossings proposed across Bury funded from Covid recovery monies. Can you let us know what you think about this proposal? Formal comments should also go to traffic.calming@bury.gov.uk.

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Fri 16th

Vaccinations Update

Bury residents are being urged to get their Covid vaccinations and take the total number of jabs beyond the current 226,607. The latest figures show that 127,657 people have now had their first dose of the vaccination, and 98,950 residents have had both jabs. Lesley Jones, Bury's Director of Public Health said: "The vaccination programme has been a huge success, but we need to keep up the momentum: thousands of people, particularly young people, have not had their jabs yet. We urge them to go along to one of our many walk-in clinics and get vaccinated - and remember to ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone

Please see below planning applications received in our area in the last month. Please don't hesitate to get in touch i you require any further information or need to make a comment. Non material amendment following approval of planning permission 66431- Minor reduction in foot p...Sports Pavilion, Heys Road, PrestwichRef. No: 67272 | Received: Fri 09 Jul 2021 | Validated: Fri 09 Jul 2021 | Status: RegisteredTwo storey side extension 25 Ferndene Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2RBRef. No: 67215 | Received: Wed 30 Jun 2021 | Validated: Wed 30 Jun 2021 | Status: RegisteredProposed Ground and First Floor Rear Extension ...

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Fri 16th

The Joy of Six 1017

"The Lost History not only gives an account of the different meanings that have been ascribed to liberalism and evoked in its uses, but recovers some of those meanings that have been eclipsed, distorted and eroded." Alex Tebble reviews Helena Rosenblatt's book The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century. David Edgerton argues that Labour's lost red wall is a myth. The idea that working-class people voted Labour until Brexit came along, he maintains, is a fiction only the Conservatives benefit from. "Rorty was deeply worried by the widespread but in his view fundamentally-mistaken equation between ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Rape Myths (But Not The Ones You're Thinking Of: (1) Rape has been effectively decriminalised (2) Juries are swayed by 'rape myths' (3) False allegations don't exist or are so rare that they don't matter (4) Victims are subjected to 'digital strip searches' (5) Victims have their sexual history dragged through court (6) Rapists are let off with weak sentences

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