Leicester Central station to become a hotel?

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 23:24

Leicester used to have two mainline railway station. The Midland station, formerly known as Leicester London Road, is still in use. The second , Leicester Central on the old Great Central line, closed in 1969. On Wednesday the Leicester Mercury carried this news: Leicester's run-down Great Central railway station could be converted into a 100-bedroom boutique hotel as part of multi-million pound proposals to regenerate a neglected corner of the city. Developer Charles Street Buildings (CSB) owns the station complex near Highcross which was abandoned by rail bosses in 1969. It is currently used as industrial units but CSB is ... (more)

The lesson of our lost city racecourses

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 22:50

View image | gettyimages.comRacecourses that once attracted tens of thousands of people now lie beneath airport runways, university campuses and housing estates.It is now 50 years since Birmingham's Bromford Bridge course shut and it is one of many that vanished thanks to a housing boom and the lure of developers' money.An article on the BBC News site earlier this week reminded us how demand for housing land can drive out other uses in cities. Something for us to bear in mind today. The photograph above shows the grandstand at the Hurst Park course near Hampton Court after it had been ... (more)

Foodies Festival - Alexandra Palace

Posted on Blog - Jenni Hollis - Haringey Lib Dems
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 22:42

[IMG: foodies.jpg] Amazing event at Alexandra Palace today - the Foodies Festival! Caribbean lager, coconut water from south America, English Granny Smith Cider, Thai beer, Italian wine (and more) all in one place :-) And too much food to list on top... Great for people who got (absolutely bargain) tickets - but also great for the Palace too. The more people the know about it and the great events and beautiful grounds, the better. (more)

Liberal Democrats launch Midland main line electrification petition

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 22:34

Liberal Democrats across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire have launched a petition to reverse the new Conservative Government's decision to delay the electrification of the Midland Main Line. You can sign it online. Lib Dem councillors and campaigners from the towns and cities served by the Midland Main Line have come together to lobby the Government to rethink their plans and commit to electrifying the line which serves Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester - as well as towns in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. The electrification work was due to be completed by 2020 but Patrick McLoughlin announced on 25 ... (more)

Blogging Returns Tomorrow

Posted by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 22:32

A family member (not one with whom I was especially close, so I'm OK) died on Thursday, and I spent today with my family as a result. As I was already drained from the heat and general tiredness, I've taken yesterday and today off from blogging, but will be back tomorrow. (more)

A 4th July Bonus

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 21:53

Best wishes to all our American friends as they celebrate their special day. We were talking amongst ourselves on the LDV team, wondering what the best way to to mark the occasion would be. We decided that it just had to be with some clips of the best programmes ever made. And the first one, suggested by Nick Thornsby, even has tennis. After the way Mr Murray has just dragged our emotions through a mangle, that's only appropriate. And one of my favourite scenes from Two Cathedrals And I have resisted the temptation to show Sam being humiliated by Ainsley ... (more)

Farron airbrushes out Clegg for Social Liberal Forum hustings

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 19:28

[IMG: Tim Farron and Norman Lamb at Social Liberal Forum hustings] Sporting the same shirt and trousers outfit and similar close cropped hair styles, 57 year old Norman Lamb and the more youthful 45 year old Tim Farron – who being men, will of course not be described that way by the press – faced off in a hustings that saw more variety in their stock speeches and answers than usual. Lamb went first and was on good form, with much more emphasis on his personal stories, using them to weave a convincing picture of his campaigning track record on ... (more)

Worth Reading 178: Condemn the New Prophecy!

Posted by Nick on What You Can Get Away With
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 19:13

Managerialism vs Innovation – "Does management's pursuit of efficiency crowd out innovation?" asks Chris Dillow, wondering if creating small productivity gains through managerialist efficiency is driving out bigger gains that can be made through innovation. On politics and the 'common' – Alex Marsh on the changing style of political rhetoric and what it shows about our political culture. A world without work – How might we adapt to an automated future? I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won't believe the questions I got about slavery. – People really don't understand the past, part 94. London 2025 – ... (more)

Photobombed by a cat

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 18:55

This lady tried to film a yoga video but forgot to ask permission (more)

SLF Conference - the tweets #3 Political pluralism

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 4th Jul 15 - 16:30

Here's the third set of tweets from the SLF Conference. Gordon Lishman chaired a session on political pluralism. David Howarth, former MP for Cambridge, looked at election data, Sue Goss from Compass looked at how progressive parties might work together and Tom Spencer, former Tory MEP who argued that a liberal party should alternate between left and right. David Howarth's rigorous electoral analysis, remarkable facts inferable from the data #slfconf pic.twitter.com/0YgipNLJA5 — Callum Delhoy (@CallumDelhoy) July 4, 2015 * Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings (more)