The Northampton Chronical & Echo wins our Headline of the Day Award. Congratulations to them, but not to the now-defunct Kettering Borough Council.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Save Our Street Trees is hosting a mini urban tree festival in Northampton on Saturday 21 May. The event promises an afternoon of tree-themed fun for adults and children at Delapré Abbey, the country house and park just a mile from the centre of the town. Between 2 and 5pm there will be yoga, crafting, art classes and tree trails to celebrate and support urban trees. All the activities are free (but donations will be welcome). You can learn more about the festival on the Save Our Street Trees website. The Northampton event forms part of the 2022 Urban Tree ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

What with it being the saint's day of Saint Pancras and Steve Winwood's birthday, 12 May has long been a bank holiday here on Liberal England. To help you celebrate this year, here are a statue of the young martyr I found in London the other week and a spot of vintage Spencer Davis Group featuring a 17-year-old Winwood.

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Responding to Boris Johnson's latest comments on introducing a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas companies, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: "The mixed signals from Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak over a windfall tax are a sign of a government in chaos that is failing to act on the cost of living emergency. "People want to see decisive action now to help them with soaring energy bills. Instead we have day after day of contradictory statements, while energy companies rake in record profits and families can't afford to put food on the table. "It is a ...

Posted by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats

Responding to the news that the Met Police have now issued 100 fines over partygate, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: "Boris Johnson stood up in Parliament and said Covid rules were followed in Number 10 at all times. "Now 100 fines have been issued by the police over partygate. It shows the shocking scale of the law-breaking in Johnson's Downing Street and the extent of his lies."

Posted by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats

The inquiry will never happen now. A motion for an inquiry into the current ambulance crisis was kicked into touch today by Shropshire Council Conservatives. A wrecking amendment was presented by Dean Carrol, he is the Conservatives' chief attacker of everything from the opposition even though he does not have the health remit. The amendment was backed by council leader Lezley Picton who seems to live in different bubble to the rest of us believing everything is being done while nothing much is being done. This was an occasional when Shropshire Council could have shown leadership across the community at ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Thu 12th

I am a room

I am a room:of hustling crowds and speaking noise and virus shards ~I am giddy. So many people! Too many people?Can it last? Does it make sense? It's fun, who cares!Oh, the things my walls can hear. You'd blush!I am loud. I am a room:an atmosphere of shuffling dust and whirling motes,of half-lit space and [...]

Posted by AL Franklin on Maintain the Advance!
Thu 12th

Party Central

The Guardian reports that the Metropolitian police have announced that more than 100 fixed-penalty notices have now been handed out for breaches of lockdown rules in Downing Street and Whitehall: In a brief statement on Thursday, it said the total had reached twice that. The investigation, which covers 12 separate events, is still ongoing. It is understood one of the gatherings for which fines have begun to be issued is the cheese and wine party which Number 10 aides were filmed joking about. It is possible that more fines have now been issued relating to Number 10 Downing Street than ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

"A lying buffoon", "just an idiot", "selfish and greedy": Tiverton and Honiton focus group with 2019 Conservative voters on Boris Johnson.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

I see that this morning John Redwood has tweeted: There are a number of issue with this that many of us here in Northern Ireland take umbridge with. Firstly John is assuming that those conducting the interviews also understand the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and the various subsequent agreements added to the original. You see this whole thing is complex and when in 1998 the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland voted to approve the Good Friday agreement they actually knew what they were voting for. It was written out in full and sent to every home. This of course ...

Posted by Stephen Glenn on Stephen's Liberal Journal
Thu 12th

My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @LeeReynoldsUKNI: My fuller analysis on the NI Assembly campaign, the results, what's behind it and ideas for Unionism to consider about... Wed, 14:21: RT @SafeSpaceDrWho: Ncuti Gatwa's thank you message to Sylvester McCoy 🥺❤️ Honestly so wholesome, my heart 😭❤️ #DoctorWho Wed, 16:05: RT @JP_Biz: Forecasting body @NIESRorg sticking to its case that NI GVA has slightly outperformed UK average partly as a result of the Prot... Wed, 17:11: RT @shaenongarrity: @Muna_Mire Dirty Dancing teaches that abortion rights are good, guys who recommend Ayn Rand are bad, and Patrick Swayze... Wed, 19:38: Full Circle, by John ...

West Oxfordshire District Council is to be led by a coalition of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green parties after the Conservatives lost their majority last week for the first time in 22 years. This marks a continuing trend in Oxfordshire, once a true blue wall outside the City of Oxford which remains solidly Labour. The Tories only holdout is now Cherwell in the north of the county. Today, Liberal Democrats joined with @WitneyLabourCLP and @Westoxongreens to form the West Oxfordshire Alliance. We're looking forward to working together on behalf all the communities in our district after more than two ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice