Recently, it’s been “leaked” to the press that the Government will abandon its planned reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. These reforms were aimed at making it easier for trans people to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate. Currently this is a lengthy and expensive process which requires people to wait for many years to get… Continue reading My Letter to Boris Johnson over proposed Bathroom Bills
I realise I haven’t posted to this blog for a little while. Obviously there’s a lot to say about what’s happened in the Liberal Democrats in the General Election, with Brexit and with Coronavirus, but for now I’ll link to things I’ve written elsewhere on the latter subject. As Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, I… Continue reading Writing about Coronavirus
Last weekend, I drove to Llandrindod Wells with a couple of friends Holly and Mike, and a boot full of six foot wooden stakes and boards. We were helping out in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, where the Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds stands a good chance of beating the Conservative candidate, the former MP… Continue reading Brecon Beckons!
Today’s big political news is that seven MPs have resigned the Labour whip and party membership, and are standing together as “The Independent Group”. It’s too early to say what this might mean in the long term. However there’s been lots of talk about “splitting the vote” and whether standing for re-election will help or… Continue reading The Labour Split – Time for British Proportional Representation
Every year, Manchester Pride is one of the biggest festivals in support of the LGBT+ communities in the UK and around the globe. It takes place in the Village, at the heart of Manchester City Centre – until now! The private car park which forms the main stage area for the Big Weekend is now… Continue reading Keep Manchester Pride in the Village
Some thoughts about how, if one happens, we can win a Peoples’ Vote and remain in the EU.
A few weeks ago, the Government approved the building of a third runway at Heathrow Airport in London, with support from the Labour and Conservative Parties. This has been a controversial plan ever since it was first suggested in 2006 – increased air traffic will lead to more air and noise pollution, and the disruption… Continue reading Expanding Heathrow… to Manchester?
A year ago today, at 10:31pm, 22 people lost their lives. Young lives, full of potential, enjoying Ariana Grande. In the days that followed, I attended the big Albert Square vigil, I shared in the grief. My city, my home, had been attacked. More than that – I’ve been to the Arena to see Bill… Continue reading One Year On from the Arena Bombing
This May, voters across Greater Manchester will have our first election for a new Mayor. The Mayor of Greater Manchester will be one of the most powerful politicians in the country, with more authority devolved to Greater Manchester than to London. The aftermath of the EU Referendum remains the biggest issue in UK politics, and… Continue reading Why pro-European Voters should Step Forward with Jane Brophy
Last night I attended a meeting at the Klondyke organised by the Levenshulme Community Association with local police. It was a busy meeting with hundreds of local residents. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss three recent rapes in the local area – one in Crowcroft Park, one in Cringle Fields and one on… Continue reading Levenshulme Public Meeting on Policing, Crime, Safety and Security