Bishop's Castle Town Council declares a climate emergency

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 20:37

The Shropshire Star reports: Following in the footsteps of other councils across Shropshire including Shrewsbury, Clun and Ludlow, the Bishop's Castle Town Council declared a climate emergency at a meeting this week after a public led campaign.Going by my experience of Bishop's Castle, the important thing is that they got there before Church Stretton. A reader adds dismissively: You're just blogging this so you can post another photograph of Bishop's Castle. (more)

West Side Story (1961)

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 17:54

West Side Story won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of 1960, and picked up another nine: Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris as Bernardo), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno as Anita), Best Art Direction, Best Set Decoration (Color), Best Cinematography (Color), Best Costume Design (Color), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound; it lost out only in Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, to Judgement at Nuremberg. Jerome Robbins also won a special Academy Award, so you could count the total as eleven, level with Ben-Hur, Titanic and The ... (more)

Is Dominic Cummings a genius? Find out the answer (perhaps) at Podcast Live

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 16:20

Quite what to make of Dominic Cummings has moved from an esoteric topic for political geeks to an issue of mainstream concern given his huge power in Boris Johnson's administration. So to mark our first live show for Never Mind The Bar Charts, Stephen Tall and I will be discussing this very subject with Polly Mackenzie, now heading up Demos and former Liberal Democrat special advisor – and so also former work colleague of one D Cummings. We'll be recording the show as past of Podcast Live: Politics, in London on Saturday, October 5th. You can buy your tickets just ... (more)

Jo Hayes - why I am a candidate for Federal Party President

Posted by Jo Hayes on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 16:00

I was a founding member of the Liberal Democrats and have worked for it as a volunteer ever since. Over 30 years, I have done everything from deliver leaflets to chairing the Women Liberal Democrats and serving on the Federal Policy Committee, the Federal Executive, the International Relations Committee and the ALDE Council delegation. I've been a Borough Councillor and stood in General and European elections. I am currently Chair of the East of England Region. I think you could say I'm a Liberal Democrat to my bones. I am also a barrister, practising from the same chambers I shared ... (more)

20 September 2019 - yesterday's press release

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 14:15

Umunna: Thornberry must withdraw Taliban remarks Responding to the comments made by Emily Thornberry comparing the Liberal Democrats to the Taliban, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Chuka Umunna said: Emily Thornberry should withdraw her inappropriate remarks. Language counts – comparing the Liberal Democrats to a murderous organisation is no laughing matter. It is also grossly insulting to the 6 million people who signed the revoke Article 50 petition launched earlier this year, including many of the Shadow Cabinet's constituents. The Liberal Democrats are clear that every vote for us is a vote to stop Brexit. (more)

Tom Watson and the Liberal Democrats

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 13:01

If you're a newer member of the Liberal Democrats, you may well not know the history of some of the campaigns against the party which Tom Watson has run or been closely involved with. They included some of the most aggressive, illiberal and personalised smears I've seen in politics until the last few years. He and the Liberal Democrats have frequently been very much at odds, including over Parliamentary reform. He may have changed, he may have mellowed, and he may have become more liberal. Certainly, there have been some good causes he's worked cross-party on and I even did ... (more)

WATCH: Jo Swinson's interview with Alastair Campbell

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 13:00

Jo Swinson has talked to Alastair Campbell for GQ magazine. They met twice. Once on 27th August and then after the Parliamentary drama on 3-4 September. You can watch the whole thing on You Tube: The written transcript is here. but you need to watch the video to get the whole thing. It's well worth 47 minutes of your time to see a thoughtful conversation which ranges from Brexit to Scottish independence and why people are turning to the Liberal Democrats: Tens of thousands joined the Lib Dems since the start of May because people want someone that speaks to ... (more)

ALDE Party Congress, Athens 2019 - "Resolution on Transnational lists and the lead candidate process"

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 11:55

One of the things about the ALDE Party's Individual Members group is that it has a keen interest in what, to national parties, is rather esoteric. There is no "nation agenda" and thus they don't have an interest to protect, so to speak. The idea of transnational lists is not a new one, indeed, Andrew Duff has been championing the idea for some years now, seeing it as he does as a way of creating a "European demos". Resolution on Transnational lists and the lead candidate process The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party convening in Athens, ... (more)

Opportunity for young people to visit the European Parliament

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 11:08

This is not one for members of our youth organisation, because you can' t take part if you are politically active, but it might be one to flag up with any young people who are interested in how the EU works. Renew Europe has the pleasure to announce that the tenth edition of the Young Volunteers Programme will take place from Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November. The aim of the programme is to offer an opportunity to those youngsters who do not have the connections or the means to be acquainted with the EU institutions and who have ... (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 21st Sep 19 - 11:00

Fri, 12:56: Climate, Power of Youth Leadership and New Corporate Activism: What to Look for at UNGA 2019... Fri, 16:01: Best tweet of an excellent thread. Fri, 16:05: For the first time in over 360 years, compasses at Greenwich are set to point true north. Wandering polarity. Fri, 17:11: RT @hammard_1987: Early women science fiction writers were awesome, example 221: Fri, 17:45: RT @QuentinAries: BREAKING - The memo just sent to EU diplomats. Still no progress then. #Brexit Fri, 18:25: Doctor Who: 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things, by Justin Richards Fri, ... (more)