November 2010 Archives

As Liverpool saw a second wave of student protests today Liverpool Liberal Democrats were interviewed on the Daily Politics show about tuition fees.

They try valiantly to reconcile the fact that the party is opposed to tuition fees with the fact they in a coalition that is about to ramp them up.

Newsnight last night carried a special report on White Horse village in China.

The issue of corruption was highlighted as big problem in a nearby city in the building trade.

In May I visited the University of Liverpool's joint venture the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou Industrial Park.

Liverpool council is getting down with social media and has finally set up a Twitter feed.

Better late than never. Let's hope that Liverpool does not take a leaf out of St Helens council's book and just dump all its tweets at once, as the borough has a habit of doing.

Follow the council @lpoolcouncil.

steph_till.jpgLiverpool's youngest councillor has gone to great lengths to ensure her first brush with politics is a hair-raising success.

Labour's Steph Till, 25, took the title of youngest councillor from Lib-Dem Tom Morrison, 28, after winning the Croxteth by-election.

When you become a councillor there are lots of things to think about, including your official council picture.

Better late that never. Word reaches me that the locks of the Liberal Democrats headquarters in south Liverpool were glued shut last week.

Campaigners arrived at the Garmoyle to find the locks glued the day before the Croxteth by-election.

"Frustrating when you turn up at 9am to print off leaflets," tells me one insider.

Liverpool council leader Joe Anderson says the party are now targeting the Liberal Democrat stronghold of Woolton given the party's double success in the Croxteth by-election last week.

In an email to councillors he sarcastically thanks Lib-Dem leader Warren Bradley and Paul Twigger (Robin to Cllr Bradley's Batman) for their help in Croxteth.

See email below:

richardcleinexec.jpgLiberal Democrat anoraks will remember that Richard Clein (defeated candidate for Sefton Central) used to serve on the party's federal executive.

In 2008 he came within a whisker of keeping his seat, effectively he was the first loser.

In this year's elections he was no where near.

Imagine his surprise when he was asked to attend a meeting next month because a member of the executive has resigned.

Sir David Henshaw interview

By David Bartlett on Nov 24, 10 09:33 AM in

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My colleague Liza Williams, Post and Echo health reporter, has interviewed Sir David Henshaw following his appointment as chairman of Alder Hey.

It looks like intrigue will continue to surround the resignation of Richard Glenn, project director for the rebuilding of the hospital, in protest at Sir David's appointment.

overcrowding.jpgNews that Merseyrail has cancelled its Christmas cracker £1 fare for late night Christmas shopping has today filled me with a bit of festive cheer.

As regular readers will know I travel to work each day by Merseyrail. Over the past three years I've noticed the trains getting busier and busier, to the extent that commuters getting on at Moorfields to travel home on the northern line often struggle to get a seat in the evening rush hour.

In years gone by the trains have been even more jam packed as Christmas shoppers (often carrying lots of bags) and commuters jostled for space getting home when the Christmas cracker deal was on.

Yesterday I was dispatched to the waterfront to interview the top man in a Chinese delegation to Liverpool, following on from the city's presence at the World Expo in Shanghai.

You can read my report HERE.

Council leader Joe Anderson was also present and we did a brief interview.

As we were drawing to a close he said this to me: "People have said to us 'what about the human rights issue?'

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