NHS waiting lists: Sunak must reverse cuts to spending OECD Report: UK set for highest inflation levels in G7 PopCon event: Blue Wall voters will look on with horror Sunak's broken promise: NHS waiting lists won't fall back to pre-pandemic levels until 2030 Keegan gives government "good" Ofsted while children taught in crumbling classrooms NHS waiting lists: Sunak must reverse cuts to spending Responding to Piers Morgan's interview with Rishi Sunak, where he admits he has failed to cut NHS waiting lists, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: Finally Rishi Sunak has admitted he has failed to ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

It's the European elections this year, and there's been a lot of talk about how well the far right will do, and whether one of the two hard right-blocks (ECR and ID) might become the third largest European party. As I might write about elsewhere, it's true that the hard right are doing well and [...]

Posted by jubalbarca on Thoughts of Progress
Mon 5th

The Joy of Six 1201

"It's sometimes proposed that councils should raise more of their own taxes - but this could lead to richer areas raising more money per head. Our proposal avoids this and improves on councils' heavy reliance on council tax and business rates." Kevin Muldoon-Smith and Mark Sandford propose four reforms to prevent English councils going bankrupt. David Gauke sets out the moral and patriotic reasons why no Conservative should hope that Donald Trump wins the US Presidential election. "Mansplaining describes the specific moment when a man assumes ignorance of a topic by a woman who is actually at least as knowledgeable, ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

I had rather expected that this would be a short week – the Lords usually goes into recess for just over a week, covering Valentines Day, most years. But not this year, it seems... The Committee Stages of the Victims and Prisoners Bill (day 3) and the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (day 5) are the main business on Monday, whilst the Restoration and Renewal Client Board is holding a private meeting in Portcullis House (another building with its own maintenance issues). You might already have guessed that there's a lot of legislation grinding through the Lords at the ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

Rob Blackie, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, has been interviewed by Dave Hill for the On London website. Though the most interesting part is Blackie's work in Namibia:Blackie's endeavours included elephant conservation and the development of an apparently now widespread model under which control of wildlife was placed in the hands of rural communities. "It meant they treated it better and were more anti-poacher," he says. "It was a huge conservation success story," though it meant "I almost got killed by elephants a number of times".he also has important things to say about national politics, informed by ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

Around 12.5 million Brits' mental health negatively affected by waiting too long for a GP or hospital appointment Almost one in five (18%) say their physical health has been impacted by long GP or hospital waits, rising to 22% among over 65s Lib Dems warn that NHS delays are causing a "mental health epidemic" and call for rescue plan in the Budget so people can access the care they need One in four (24%) UK adults say their mental health has been negatively affected in the past month by waiting too long for a GP or hospital appointment, a survey ...

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 5th

Another VIP lane

As if the VIP lane fiasco during covid was not bad enough, the Mirror reports on another version that apparently emerged last April, when it is alleged that a Tory minister on a trade mission to India said he would be happy to help the tech firm owned by the family of Rishi Sunak's wife grow in the UK. The paper tells us that Trade minister Lord Johnson said he was "keen to see a bigger Infosys presence in the UK and would be happy to do what he could to facilitate that". Infosys is now vying for UK contracts ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

February already, eh? And, with a May General Election seemingly less likely – would you really go to the country twenty points behind in the polls? – and the Government apparently focussed on nothing more than sabotaging an incoming Labour administration, it's going to be a long Spring and Summer of misdirection and guesswork. For example, the Lords February recess, which is usually just over a week, has been shortened to a long weekend. Does that suggest an attempt to clear the legislative "decks" in anticipation of a May election, or does it simply reflect the fact that Peers are ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice

Which means it's time for this song, courtesy of the ever excellent John Finnemore Souvenir Programme.

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2024 Candle Lane (Allan Lane to Dock Street) - closed until Friday 16 February 2024 for road reinstatement Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns. Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works. Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a ...

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson & Cllr Michael Crichton on Councillors Fraser Macpherson & Michael Crichton - working for the West End