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Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 11:00

Tue, 12:56: Timothy the Talking Cat reads "Ender's Game" https://t.co/iCjJ5RW9C8 Spot on. Tue, 16:05: On the Loss of Citizenship https://t.co/Rf18IQsxTi @PaulDBurgess reflects on Brexit. Tue, 16:34: RT @BlockchainforEU: #BlockchainforEU is unifying the #Blockchain industry's voices. Learn more about our views on the #EU, #GDPR, our idea... Tue, 17:11: Is this Britain's Macron moment? - POLITICO https://t.co/XxAnqurBKB One of those questions to which the answer is, "Probably not". Tue, 19:38: Tuesday reading https://t.co/tgyRnD4cxG Wed, 10:45: Becoming Belgian https://t.co/FKYgEhM7qf @GarethHarding has joined the club. (more)

To succeed, the Lib Dems need a registered supporter scheme: Liberal Democrat Newswire #121

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 10:55

Liberal Democrat Newswire #121 came out last week, including a special guest piece from Jo Swinson and a look at why the Lib Dems aren't better at strategy. (more)

Why Brexit is bad for our environment

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 09:46

The BBC report on warnings by nature charities that Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them. They say that Wildlife, habitats, air and water quality could all be affected: With less than 40 days to go until the UK is set to leave the EU, WWF Cymru's director Anne Meikle warned "the rug will be pulled out from our existing environmental protections". In her letter to the government she writes that "without these principles and governance structures in place, decisions will be significantly less robust ... (more)

Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 08:51

Responding to the reports from Shamima Begum's family lawyer that she will lose her UK citizenship, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:"Membership of a terrorist group is a serious crime, as is encouraging or supporting terrorism. But Shamima Begum should face justice for those crimes in the UK. "It is not only hard to see Ms Begum and her baby as constituting a serious threat to national security, but it also seems a huge wasted opportunity. We can learn lessons as to why a young girl went to Syria in the first place; lessons which could improve Britain's ... (more)

Council housing, social housing, housing associations – What's gone wrong and why we have a housing crisis on our hands

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 08:23

I was taken by this recent speech by Lord Tony Greaves in the House of Lords where he squarely nails why we have a housing crisis on our hands:- Lord Tony Greaves – For all the faults of local authorities over the years and some of the major mistakes that were made, council housing is one of the great success stories of the last century. The more that that is said, the better. I remember when social housing was a new term introduced from America and we did not like it, because in America it meant housing for the down ... (more)

Honda Job Losses

Posted by Tahir Maher on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 07:30

It is not easy to contemplate the loss of jobs and hardship to families from that or enormous outflow of capital because of an ideological stance by one party about leaving the EU. I was listening to the radio today and Terry Christian was saying that if bosses have to sack people after Brexit then they should start with Leavers The manufacturer of Honda cars at Swindon is equivalent to 10% of all cars manufactured/assembled in the UK. In 2018 the UK made 1.5 million cars (down from 2016 when they produced 1.7 million). Similarly, investment in the car industry ... (more)

Lochee Park playpark improvements - an update #dundeewestend

The City Council has updated me about the proposed commencement of the playpark improvement works at Lochee Park's playpark as follows : "Works are due to commence at the end of February and we will have signage in place in advance to give notice of the closure of the park. A laminated plan will also be put onto the noticeboard." The new playpark proposals look great and will be a huge improvement : (more)

Is Severn Trent the country's most inefficient utility company for roadway repairs?

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Wed 20th Feb 19 - 05:46

We have seen this many times. A utility company needs to fix a problem. It fixes the problem. Then they clear off for a couple of days before removing lights or patching up a road. This has happened twice over the last few days. On Saturday night, Western Power Distribution dug up the main exit from the town centre, Brand Lane, to fix a power fault. But the tarmac to patch the hole didn't arrive until Monday morning. Western Power was however outclassed by Severn Trent. The water company needed to dig a hole in the pavement on Upper Galdeford. ... (more)

19 February 2019 - today's press releases

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 19th Feb 19 - 23:57

Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit Corbyn turns his back on manufacturing sector Honda decision symbolic of Brexit Britain Lib Dems: Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised no-deal preparations in Wales as "woeful" following a report from the Wales Audit Office, which critcised the lack of preparations made in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal or transition period. The Wales Audit Office report stated, 'Wales needs to do more to prepare for possible no-deal Brexit.' despite the Welsh Government having begun ... (more)

Voting intention opinion polls scorecard: all the latest figures

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Tue 19th Feb 19 - 23:25

Here are the latest general election voting intention figures from each of the main pollsters currently polling in the UK. A couple of polls have so far appeared with the new Independent Group as an option. As its presence and the polling about it settles down, they will start being included in this table. Polling company Con Lab LibDem Ukip Green Con lead Fieldwork Method BMG 38% 35% 13% 5% 5% 3% 4-8/2 Online ComRes 38% 37% 10% 6% 3% 1% 16-17/1 Online ICM 39% 40% 9% 5% 3% -1% 16-18/1 Online Ipsos-MORI 38% 38% 10% 4% 3% 0% 1-5/2 ... (more)