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The Principles of Liberal Democracy

This was part of a paper which would have been discussed at the Liberal Democrat Conference which we had to cancel because of the death of the Queen. It’s a great outline to the thought and principles which motivate our … Continue reading

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Now let us leave the Royal Family to grieve in peace

I do not know about you, but I have seen quite a lot about the Royal Family in the media in the past few days. Parts of it were over the top and more sycophantic than I would have expected. … Continue reading

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It will be a bleak mid-winter for everyone in Liverpool

Last month the then Chancellor of the Exchequer made the chilling statement that anyone earning less than £45,000 would ‘feel the pinch this winter’. Well, there is one statement I can agree with a Tory on, although I would not … Continue reading

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The future of the monarchy

Like many people I have been thinking deeply over the past few days about what the Queen has meant to me in my life and what her death means for the future of the monarchy. Regarding the lifetime of service … Continue reading

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Merseyside Police is doing great work

I wanted to share with you one of the briefings that Merseyside Police have been issuing on a daily basis for the past two weeks. It is sent to a range of people including all councillors so that we can … Continue reading

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Yet more skull-duggery at Liverpool Council?

When councillors are concerned about resolutions passed by the Cabinet we can ‘call them in’ for further debate and discussions. This gives the opportunity for a full examination of issues to be made in a cross-Party setting. We don’t do … Continue reading

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Let’s  work together to move Liverpool from Zero to Hero

As I sat at Euston station waiting for my train home after doing some work down there, I pondered on the five telephone conversations that I had undertaken with journalists during the day. The first three were about whether or … Continue reading

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Why Liverpool Council still needs help

So, Mayor Joanne Anderson appears to believe that Liverpool Council should be left to sort out its own problems and that we should not pay Commissioners fees and other improvement costs. In the case of Liverpool today she could not … Continue reading

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Labour takes control of Liverpool from Labour!!

Liverpool’s Labour Councillors have effectively been stripped of control of the Council after the Government has appointed a new Strategic Futures Advisory Panel to work alongside the Commissioners to run our City and plan for its future. The new partnership … Continue reading

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Who watches Liverpool’s watchers?

I have written today to the Lead Commissioner for Liverpool, Mike Cunningham, to urge him to review his team membership as I believe that one of the team, Deborah McLaughlin, has failed to observe the Nolan principles of public standards. … Continue reading

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