Good luck to Jonny Edge and team in Suffolk this Thursday

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 16:10

There are two by-elections in Suffolk this Thursday, both caused by the resignations of a Conservative councillor who was elected as an MP in Aberconwy, North Wales. Jonny Edge is our candidate in both the contest for the Newmarket North seat on West Suffolk District Council and also the battle for the Newmarket and Red Lodge seat on Suffolk County Council. Well done to Jonny for putting his name in the frames, and good luck to him and his team for Thursday! You can read more details on the West Suffolk Liberal Democrats Facebook page. There is also a by-election ... (more)

Tories lose control of Surrey Heath council

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 14:40

The following is a press release from Councillor Sashi Mylvaganam, Lib Dem Group Leader on Surrey Heath Borough Council: Following the resignations of Councillors Richard Brooks and Charlotte Morley (former Leader and Deputy Leader) from their political group, Surrey Heath Conservatives have lost control of Surrey Heath Borough Council. The council is comprised of 35 councillors. The opposition has 18 members whilst the Conservatives now have only 16. There is a vacancy following the tragic death of Councillor Sam Kay earlier this month. An announcement came from the Surrey Heath Conservatives last week confirming there had been a unanimous vote ... (more)

Prestwich Roadworks February 2020 and M60 Resurfacing work starts 3 February

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 14:39

Details of roadworks for the month below – no major roadworks scheduled for Prestwich, but some nearby that may well affect residents. For the full list see the GM Roadworks site here M60 between junctions 15 and 18 - carriageway surfacing work start 3 February 2020. The work will take place on both sides of the carriageway and will include replacement of road markings. Work is due to start on or shortly after 3 February 2020 for approximately two weeks. This will take place Monday to Saturday, between the hours of 9pm and 5am (extended to 7am during the weekend), ... (more)

Young Carers Day 30 January 2020

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 14:29

Young Carers Awareness Day, an annual event led by the Carers Trust, is on 30 January 2020. Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances. Carers Trust's local Network Partners are carer services across the UK, offering information, advice, practical support and/or care in the home. Many of them, but ... (more)

Greater Manchester Mental Health Governor Elections

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 13:47

Greater Manchester Mental Health, the NHS Trust which runs Prestwich Hospital is holding elections for its Governors. Anyone can be a governor so long as they are 16 years old or over and a member of the Trust. Anyone can become a member of the Trust by registering online at, emailing or calling 0161 358 1607. Becoming a member is a great way to learn about more opportunities to get involved with the Trust and help to challenge stigma and discrimination. It also means you get to vote for who you want to represent you on the Council ... (more)

Free talk on tinnitus at Prestwich Library

Posted by timpickstone on Tim Pickstone
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 13:41

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is inviting Bury residents to a free talk about tinnitus at Prestwich Library on 4 February, 2pm - 3pm to coincide with Tinnitus Awareness Week (3-9 Feb). This year, the British Tinnitus Association will focus the awareness week on research and the importance of trying to find a cure. Tinnitus is the term for the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound. Symptoms of tinnitus include hearing different types of sound, for example, ringing, whooshing or humming or buzzing in the ear. These can be continuous or they can come ... (more)

"God only knows what the next government will tell us" - EU citizens in UK watch Brexit happen with very mixed feelings

Posted by Bernard Aris on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 13:10

As a continental European citizen, I'm interested in how the EU citizens living in the UK are experiencing the Brexit process, and their treatment by the British authorities and their British fellow UK inhabitants. If you live in a EU country where a referendum, in which you're not allowed to vote, decides it will leave the EU and all the certainties that went with it, that is a fundamental transformation of your position in that country and that society; especially if the sitting government is not always as careful, let alone reassuring, about your position in their country. Well, I'm ... (more)

Windermere Humanity

Posted by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 11:54

Last night I watched the BBC Two programme, The Windermere Children, about 300 Jewish and largely Polish refugee children who were brought in 1945 from the war-ravaged continent to be re-rehabilitated in the UK. Some things haven't changed much. The Home Office wasn't all that co-operative and gave them visas for only a year. So it wasn't quite a hostile environment from officialdom, but not all that welcoming either. The scheme was organised by the Jewish philanthropist Leonard Montefiore, he of the pre-war Kindertransport rescue. There were mistakes. On arrival at a former factory camp which looked from the outside ... (more)

YouGov poll on Lib Dem leadership: Ed Davey is a country mile ahead (contains caveats)

Posted by Paul Walter on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 11:20

Stephen Bush has written the following on the New Statesman "The Staggers" blog: Ed Davey is on course to win the looming Liberal Democrat leadership election, a YouGov poll for the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Party Members Project, run out of the University of Sussex and Queen Mary University has found. YouGov asked members to choose between a field of Ed Davey, Layla Moran and Daisy Cooper, the new MP for St Albans, all of whom are widely tipped to stand. In that field, Davey wins outright in the first round, with 52 per cent of the vote against ... (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Tue 28th Jan 20 - 11:00

Mon, 12:56: RT @AlbertoNardelli: Some thoughts on yesterday's regional elections in Italy: 1. Salvini turned the Emilia Romagna election into a vote a... Mon, 16:02: RT @DaveJProbert: To everyone who is moaning about last night's #DoctorWho "disrespecting canon" you are just embarrassing yourselves. The... Mon, 16:05: RT @KadyMiddleton: Today marks the five year anniversary of the day my life changed forever. A thread... Mon, 17:11: RT @PeterStefanovi2: In 2016 Sajid Javid said "Leaving the EU will lead to a decade of lost prosperity and millions of jobs at risk" What... Mon, 18:43: As Time Goes By, by Joshua Hale Fialkov ... (more)