So Ed what about the LGBT Christians who feel marginalised?

Posted by Stephen Glenn on Stephen's Liberal Journal
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 23:14

Ed Miliband in his interview with Premier Christian Radio this week said: "I want to say to people who feel that [marginalised] I'm sorry they feel that. "Part of being a tolerant society and the kind of society I believe in is that people of all faiths and none don't feel marginalised. "Now that doesn't mean there aren't going to be disagreements, for example on equal marriage, but I think it's really important that Christians don't feel that. "That they feel, not just comfortable in their faith, but comfortable that their faith is respected in our country. "I think it's ... (more)

An LNER poster for Scarborough

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 22:26

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Harris Academy Carol Service

This evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Harris Academy Carol Service that took place at Dundee West Church. It was a hugely enjoyable community event and showcases the huge talent of Harris Academy pupils. This is the 14th year I have attended the carol service. Each year, it really marks the start of the festive season and this year's service was every bit as enjoyable as in past years. Wishing all at Harris Academy a very Happy Christmas! (more)

... and well done Dominic! @WEndChristmas

Later this afternoon, Dr Mark McGilchrist, Chair of the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, and I presented Dominic McMichan aged 10 with his prizes as winner of a competition run by the Christmas Fortnight in the run up to the festive season. Dominic lives locally and attends Victoria Park Primary School. All local school children from the 4 West End Primary Schools - Victoria Park, St Joseph's, Ancrum Road and Blackness - and local children who attend other primary schools - were all invited to participate in a window spotting competition around the Perth Road district shopping ... (more)

Well done Impulse Flowers! @WEndChristmas

As part of West End Christmas Fortnight, every year we ask local shoppers to vote for their favourite Christmas-themed shop window in the West End. This year, we are delighted to announce that the winner of the public vote is Impulse Flowers of Perth Road. Earlier today, Ann Prescott from the West End Christmas Committee and I presented Diane Watson from Impulse Flowers with her award certificate and gift. Here's Ann (left) and Diane at the presentation : (more)

Many thanks TSB Perth Road @WEndChristmas

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of receiving a cheque from TSB Perth Road Branch on behalf of the West End Christmas Fortnight Committee. We are very grateful to TSB for their kind support of West End Christmas Fortnight this year. Here's a picture of Ann Rossborough of TSB and myself at the presentation : (more)

Last-minute Christmas present ideas from the LDV team

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 20:28

There are just two shopping days left 'til Christmas, so if you're still scrambling round for a last-minute pressie for a politico, here are a handful of ideas from Stephen Tall, Caron Lindsay and Paul Walter to help... Stephen Tall [IMG: Stephen Tall - resized - small - H&S] Liberalism: The Life of an Idea – Edmund Fawcett There are lots of books around about liberalism as an idea: this one focuses on liberalism as reality, and how it's decisively shaped the past 200 years of American and European history. In the wrong hands, this could be scholarly but dry, ... (more)

Wasps' new nest in Coventry

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 20:25

On Saturday Wasps played their first game at their new home in Coventry. They beat London Irish 48-16. This leads to a couple of thoughts on what this may means for English rugby. First, to be parochial, Coventry has in recent years been a good recruiting ground for my own team Leicester Tigers. Players they recruited there include Saturday's star for Wasps, Andy Good, and Neil Back. In the days when he was considered too small to play for England, Back was simply the best player I have ever seen. Second, there is an irony here. In the late 1960s ... (more)

Ukip should teach donkeys to play rugby

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 20:03

@DPJHodges Could someone explain why the "gay donkey" comment is controversial or newsworthy please? — Frank Fisher (@frank_fisher) December 22, 2014 More evidence today for the thesis that Ukip members lack a sense of humour. There is Nigel Farage's reaction to a phone game produced by some school pupils in Kent: Farage claimed the game, developed by a group of sixth-formers from Canterbury Academy, was "risible and pathetic" and that it had "crossed the line".Why has he even concerned himself with this? If he feels he has to, why has he not turned it into a joke? It all reinforces ... (more)

Check into Peterborough's Departure Lounge after partying this New Year

Posted by Cllr Darren Fower on Cllr Darren Fower
Mon 22nd Dec 14 - 17:34

The Peterborough Departure Lounge returns this year, offering care and support to city centre revellers. The Lounge will be in its new location in front of Bayard Place in Broadway, Peterborough. Open on December 31st between 10pm and 4am staff will offer a refreshments, advice and practical help getting home. Cambridgeshire Police, Peterborough City Council [...] (more)