Encourage Christine and Layla to stay on track with Go Sober effort

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 19th Oct 18 - 10:25

Lib Dem MPs Christine Jardine and Layla Moran are facing their third weekend without any booze. They are doing Go Sober for October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. So far, they have raised nearly £650 between them. It's not always been easy. Last week, poor Christine had to serve whisky to guests at Edinburgh West's whisky tasting. Her face says it all. So why not give them a bit of encouragement, all for an excellent cause. You can donate to Christine here and Layla here. (more)

Observations of an ex pat: Saudi quicksand

Posted by Tom Arms on Liberal Democrat Voice
Fri 19th Oct 18 - 08:55

The extremely likely interrogation, torture and murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul is set to have far-reaching consequences. The position of Iran, the civil war in Yemen, the Arab-Israeli conflict, reform in Saudi Arabia, the tenure of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the economic development of Saudi Arabia, US foreign policy and the credibility of President Trump will all be affected. I should add the caveat that as of this broadcast/writing there is no body and the Saudis continue to deny, deny, deny. But so far they have failed to explain why ... (more)

Friends of Wighton - Cappuccino Concert

From Sheena Wellington : Wighton Heritage Centre at the Central LibrarySaturday 20th October - 11.00am - noonJanice Clark - singer Janice Clark, one of Scotland's most respected traditional singers, was born and brought up in Aberdeen and from an early age took an interest in the traditional music and song of the North East of Scotland. Her ballad singing style was heavily influenced by some of the great local source singers like Jeannie Robertson, Lizzie Higgins and Stanley Robertson. Janice began singing at Folk Clubs and Festivals in her early teens and travelled and recorded with bands such as Iolair, ... (more)

A rare Northern Irish council by-election and a promising second place in Hackney

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Fri 19th Oct 18 - 06:40

Three council by-elections this week, two Labour defences and a rare Northern Irish council by-election. The rarity of the latter type of contest is due to the electoral system used. As in Scotland, the Single Transferable Vote (STV) is used to elect councillors in Northern Ireland from multimember wards. In Scotland, when a councillor departs, the by-election is then contested using the Alternative Vote (AV) – which, in effect, is STV for a single vacancy. In Northern Ireland, however, things are different, as the excellent Britain Elects council by-election preview explains: Irish and Northern Irish local government, together with the ... (more)