And there was my old school – Maghull's Woodend Primary

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 09:34

The Liverpool Echo has an article on its website, which prompted this posting as Woodend is not amongst the schools listed – see link below:- The photo above was taken in April 2018 and shows the former Woodend Primary School on the right. It was, on closure, merged into Maghull High School, as it shared the same grounds, and became its 6th Form Block. I only did my final 2 terms of primary school there when we moved into Maghull in December 1968 yet I have happy memories of that short time – Mr Hadaway the Head teacher and ... (more)

Identifying the Party's International Priorities

Posted by Jonathan Fryer on Liberal Democrat Voice
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 09:30

Over the weekend the new Federal International Relations Committee (FIRC) met to discuss its priorities and strategy for the next three years. The Committee's prime purpose is managing the Party's relations with like-minded parties, individuals and institutions in other countries, not least through our membership of the European (ALDE) and global (Liberal International - LI) Liberal families. But FIRC also has a role advising the Party, including in both Houses of Parliament, on European and international policy. The composition of the Committee is particularly strong this triennial, with members coming from a wide range of relevant backgrounds, including academe, journalism, ... (more)

The border down the Irish Sea issue - and where it goes from here

Posted by Nick on nicktyrone.com
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 08:28

Since the EU referendum came and went in 2016, leaving destruction and woe in its path, Ireland has been a thorn in the Eurosceptic's side. What to do in order to avoid a hard border between north and south came to dominate negotiations between the UK and the EU during Theresa May's premiership; one could even convincingly argue that it was the Irish problem that did for her time in office. Boris came up with a very Borisesque way to deal with the Irish border question once he became prime minister: just sod everyone's concerns about it for now and ... (more)

Farmers fight back

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 08:24

The Guardian reports that Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers' Union has hit back at suggestions the government will allow imports of chlorinated chicken and other low-standard farm produce in trade talks with the US. She has called for rules on minimum standards for imports to be enshrined in law, and has insisted that other countries must trade with the UK "on our terms", rather than seek to water down food rules. Farmers quite rightly fear they will face a flood of cheap imports undercutting high-standard British produce, and the potential for the EU to ban UK-produced food ... (more)

Bonnie Dundee AGM tonight - all welcome!

Posted by Bailie Fraser Macpherson on Cllr Fraser Macpherson - LibDem Councillor for Dundee's West End - www.dundeewestend.scot
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 07:00

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Blyth Town Council , Meetings for March

Posted by Alisdair Gibbs-Barton on Alisdair Gibbs-Barton
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 05:15

As far as I'm aware there are no meetings scheduled for March at Blyth Town Council I'll try to post details of any that arise in the meantime (more)

PM urged to support new Bill to give Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK

Posted by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Tue 25th Feb 20 - 04:30

The Liberal Democrats will today present a Bill with cross-party support which would require the Government offer Hong Kong citizens the right to live in the UK. The move by the Liberal Democrats, whose former leader Paddy Ashdown led the argument for securing the right of abode if China ever reneged the Sino-British declaration, comes after a year of clashes and violence between the police and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Speaking ahead of presenting the Bill, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael warned "If there ever were a time for us to act in support of Hong Kong, ... (more)