In a confident performance on BBC Question Time on Thursday night, Daisy Cooper tackled the question of the day. Should Boris Johnson resign? She was forthright. The prime minister has broken the law. He has lied to parliament and the public. He must resign and the police should investigate. The prime minister has broken the law. He has misled parliament and the public. He should resign and then face a full police investigation. Interrupted by Fiona Bruce who said the Metropolitan Police have said they will wait until the outcome of the Sue Gray investigation, Daisey Cooper responded: And that ...

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First, the news that the police are deferring to a civil servant in deciding whether or not there's a crime to investigate over the Downing Street parties: This is a bit head-scratching. Normally internal reviews are paused to wait for the police, rather than the police deferring to internal reviews. — Mark Pack [IMG: 🔶] (@markpack) January 13, 2022

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If we were annoyed about the rule makers in 10 Downing Street breaking the rules they insisted everybody had to comply with, then surely the failure of the Metropolitan Police to take action must be the final straw. The Manchester Evening News reports that rather than carry out their own investigation, Scotland Yard have said they will wait until a Cabinet Office inquiry concludes before deciding whether to launch a criminal probe. A statement released by the Met Police said: "The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing ...

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As The Guardian reports, Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski is facing suspension from the House of Commons after he failed to act properly on a previous finding against him: A Conservative MP faces suspension from the Commons after the standards watchdog found he undermined a formal apology over intimidatory behaviour towards staff by indicating in media interviews that he did not fully mean the gesture. Daniel Kawczynski will be asked to make a series of fresh apologies, including to the staff members who originally complained about his actions, and who the Shrewsbury and Atcham MP effectively identified when talking about the ...

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Second paragraph of third chapter:Uppark was to be of crucial importance to Wells over the next eleven years. To begin with it made a large contribution to his education. Later it became a place of refuge when his health was failing, where he was nursed, seen, prescribed for and advised by a first-rate London medical man, Dr William Collins. The same doctor made sure that he was again taken to Uppark when he suffered further breakdowns, and there looked after efficiently, nursed, kept warm and well fed and able to convalesce over many weeks and months. In this way Uppark ...

The Liverpool Echo wins our Headline of the Day Award.

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Apart from the rumbling crisis developing around No.10 and the Prime Minister's behaviour, the launch of the Levelling Up White Paper will be one of the defining moments between now and the next election. Already delayed by disagreements within government, it's now promised by the end of January. If it's a damp squib, deflating the hopes of voters in 'red wall' seats that Boris and Brexit would transform the poorer towns and cities of England, many of those seats will be lost again next time. Many Conservatives cling to what cynics call 'hanging basket' levelling up: offering money in small ...

Posted by Lord William Wallace on Liberal Democrat Voice

When polling figures which appear that someone doesn't like, it's not uncommon to see this quote from Peter Hitchens deployed: Opinion polls are a device for influencing public opinion, not a device for measuring it. Crack that, and it all makes sense. What's much less quoted is the rest of what Peter Hitchens has to say about polls. Look at the full context and you'll see that Peter Hitchens has a very different attitude towards opinion polls than just that quote suggests. Writing a piece in response to the popularity of his quote, Peter Hitchens said: I can't actually trace ...

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Just to let you know that Daisy Cooper MP is appearing on Question Time this evening from Shrewsbury (10.35pm on BBC 1.) * Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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Please note that the title of this piece has been amended to reflect the content of the article. You may remember, last November, taking part in a survey on members' views on Brexit and the party's campaigning on the future of UK-EU relations. Thanks to everyone who participated - 6,500 members, more than any previous survey of this type - and thanks to Greg Foster and Dan Schmeising at party HQ who organised it on behalf of the Federal Policy Committee. This article gives you the results. The first question asked how you voted in the 2016 referendum. Completely unsurprisingly, ...

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Thu 13th

My tweets

Wed, 17:40: RT @mattuthompson: Every so often, you remember that in April 2020, Scotland's chief medical officer resigned because she visited her own s... Wed, 18:23: Barbarella, by Jean-Claude Forest, adapted by Kelly Sue DeConnick Wed, 18:43: September 2014 books Wed, 21:46: With thanks to the member of the household who speaks Dutch best: Woordle 207 2/6 ⬜⬜🟩🟩🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Thu, 10:45: RT @TomMcTague: If Johnson is forced from power, it would be a political and personal failure unprecedented in modern British politics. Sin...

Thu 13th

Where were the police?

Much has already been written about the revelations – which seem to increase on a daily basis – of illegal gatherings at No 10, but little has been said about the role of the police during those times. It seems the Met Police have fined over 17,700 people for breaching Covid laws over the last two years, including some for holding gatherings of over 30 people. So where were they on 20th May 2020? – and on 15th May 2020, 13th November 2020, 27th November 2020, 10th December 2020, 15th December 2020 (according to this timeline)? The police were, of ...

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Congratulations and thank you Margaret McNeill, who has recently finished artworking her 1,000th leaflet for the Liberal Democrats.

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