Monthly Archives: October 2015

The joys of being a Liverpool Councillor

        Visitors to Penny Lane from Jinan (China) and Kumamoto (Japan) I strongly suspect that I would have become a Lib Dem councillor wherever I had chosen to live. Whether I would have stuck it for 32 years (and counting) … Continue reading

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Tackling the obesity crisis in Liverpool

Since 1st September I have been the Lib Dem spokesperson for Health and Social Care at the Local Government Assaociation. I took the job because I believe that this is one of the most crucial areas of concern both for … Continue reading

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Questions to Council

I am looking forward to receiving high quality answers to these questions at Full Council from this gentleman!! As the Mayor of Liverpool cannot be challenged in any way within the council, and rarely goes out to pre-advertised, pre-arranged meetings … Continue reading

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Shared Lives

Yesterday I had the real privilege of representing the Lib Dems at a Parliamentary reception for Shared Lives. This is a marvellous organisation which helps 12,000 families in the UK open up their homes and bring into their families people … Continue reading

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Liverpool’s Terrible Record for Freedom of Information Requests

Liverpool City Council makes MI6 look open and transparent! I have been struck recently by just how bad Liverpool is at answering Freedom of Information requests. This was particularly brought home to me by the problems that Audrey O’Keefe had … Continue reading

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Labour’s Shambles in Liverpool and Westminster

I awoke this morning to two sad, sad stories about that once great Party, the Labour Party. Most important for me is the one about Liverpool City Region. The redoubtable BBC NW political correspondent, Arif Ansari has learned that the … Continue reading

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This housing is too good for them!

The Film the Riot Club portrayed the life of the out of touch rich and wealthy that grew up to be Tory Ministers! I’ve been following with interest the discussions about housing and in particular the discussions about Right to … Continue reading

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