Marking the first anniversary of the Liberal Democrats winning the Chesham and Amersham by-election on 17th June 2021, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "This is one anniversary Boris Johnson won't be partying about in Downing Street."People in Chesham and Amersham proved this country will no longer tolerate Boris Johnson's antics and instead elected a strong local champion in Sarah Green."What I heard in Chesham and Amersham one year ago is now coming through loud and clear on the doorsteps of Tiverton and Honiton. Communities across the country are sick and tired of an out of touch, law-breaking ...

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

I was a Sefton Councillor representing communities in the East Parishes (Molyneux and Park wards) part of the Borough for 16 years from 1999 to 2015 and had the great honour to be Council Leader from 2004 to 2011. I can't, in all honesty, say that Sefton Council was one of the best local authorities in England but during my time on it, I'd say it was fair to middling with credible aspects to it. I say this as in recent years the Council has troubled me. I still live in the Borough, pay my Council tax and use the ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

There seems to be a competition among the 15 candidates in Wakefield to put forward the most unsettling argument as to why you should vote for them. First there was Paul Bickerdake of the Christian People's Alliance, whose leaflet began:"I have been a foster carer for over 14 years and have never sexually assaulted anyone. I am happily married to Janet."Then, says YorkshireLive:In response to questions about the leaflet, Mr Bickerdale said: "I do look at children but I look at children in a proper way, not the way that the previous MP was looking at children."It's a big ask, ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Thu 16th

Saving the 69

I'm currently sitting in a briefing meeting for Gateshead Councillors with officers from Nexus and Go North East. I'm pleased to report that the 69 service has been saved. Nexus will step in to run it as a secured service. A grant from the government will pay for the service which is vital for many residents. The 69 is the main way for those without a car to get to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Posted by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace

I rarely use exclamation marks when writing, but it is getting exciting! Next Thursday voters in Tiverton and Honiton will be heading to the polls. And the polls say we are only a couple of per cent behind the Tories. Although, the bookies have us as favourites, there is no room for complacency. It is time to get to Tiverton and Honiton if you can. The HQs will be open from 9am until 8pm: Tiverton at 8-9 Mountbatten Road, Tiverton EX16 6SW Honiton at 118 High St, Honiton, EX14 1JP If you need or can offer a lift for volunteers ...

Posted by Andy Boddington on Liberal Democrat Voice

At the 2019 general election, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Harrogate and Knaresborough was Judith Rogerson. But it won't be next time,

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

Wendy Chamberlain was being ironic last night when she said the only person who would now take on the job of ethic adviser to Boris Johnson's government would be Paddington. I suggested on @IainDale this evening that Paddington should be the next PM Ethics Advisor. Even Johnson couldn't resist a hard stare, and I think a fictional character the only one likely to agree to take the role! #Geidt — Wendy Chamberlain MP (@wendychambLD) June 15, 2022 Last night, Lord Geidt's resignation was a bit of a mystery. It was known that he was unhappy in his role because ...

Posted by Andy Boddington on Liberal Democrat Voice

Reading the government's much vaunted food strategy released on Monday, I was remined of the school dinners of my youth. Bland. At times lumpy. And flavourless and unsatisfying. The only way you could eat the main course was with an unhealthy dose of salt, though the deserts were usually sprinkled with sugar. There are no restrictions on salt or sugar then (late fifties and early sixties) and there are to be none now. Boris Johnson's true instincts were made clear 16 years ago when, as shadow education spokesman, he praised parents who defied healthy eating moves: "If I were in ...

Posted by Andy Boddington on Liberal Democrat Voice
Thu 16th

My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @tconnellyRTE: BREAKING: The EU has resumed legal action against the UK following the publication of the bill that would overturn the No... Wed, 16:05: RT @jnpowell1: Johnson is lying when he claims the bill to kill the NI Protocol is designed to save the Good Friday Agreement. A thread exp... Wed, 18:30: Flicker, by Theodore�Roszak Wed, 20:20: Wed, 21:51: Daily Octordle #142 🕚4️⃣ 9️⃣8️⃣ 5️⃣🔟 7️⃣6️⃣ Wed, 21:53: Daily Quordle 142 4️⃣5️⃣ 6️⃣7️⃣ </ul

I remember that when I first arrived in Welwyn Garden City, I was truly amazed with its beauty. The Town Centre looked quite special; everything felt right, "organised" and unique. A few years later, I discovered the idea of the Garden City Movement, which for more than 100 years now, formed and shaped the town and its social, economic and architectural development. First of all, what is the Garden City Movement? The Garden City Movement is a town-planning idea that sought to marry the best of town and country in new urban development. It proved highly influential in suburban design ...

Posted by Michal Siewniak on Liberal Democrat Voice

Writing in The House yesterday, Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem Home Affairs and Northern Ireland spokesperson, said: In less than 24 hours Boris Johnson has gone from pretending to be a defender of the Good Friday Agreement, to threatening to remove the legal underpinnings of peace in Northern Ireland altogether. Carmichael's comment came as the prime minister and ministers dropped heavy hints that if the law were to get in the way of Rwanda deportation flights, the government could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Good Friday Agreement expressly requires the United Kingdom to have the Convention ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice


I welcome guest posts on Liberal England and am happy to publish ones on subjects far beyond the Liberal Democrats and British politics. If you'd like to write for this blog, please send me an email so we can discuss your idea or DM me on Twitter. Here are the 10 most recent guest posts on Liberal England: What one Lib Dem councillor has done under lockdown - Sebastian FieldA lifetime among the Liberals - Paddy BriggsAround Tolworth in the footsteps of Richard Jefferies - Lucy FurlongThe Brexit hustle - Stuart WhomsleyCarry On up the Brexit - Stuart WhomsleyWhy the ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England