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
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
Around the country, Your Liberal Britain events are giving people a chance to discuss what they want to see in a fair, free and open society. I was recently invited to speak at an event organised by Richard Flowers and the Cheadle Liberal Democrats, on something I’d like to see in a Liberal Britain. I… Continue reading Your Liberal Britain: Work/Life Balance
Cameron has done the right thing by resigning, but he should have gone straight away. We need a Brexit figurehead as PM to take responsibility for what’s going to happen over the next few months. In under 12 hours, Leave have said (a) there won’t be £350m/week for the NHS (b) we’re not going to… Continue reading First Thoughts from Post-Referendum England
The EU Referendum is only a week away. I’ve been pounding the pavement as part of the Lib Dems’ Team #INtogether, and with the non-party-affiliated Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, to get the message across: we have more power, more influence, a better economy, a better environment, a safer world and more jobs if we… Continue reading Don’t Be A Leaver’s Mug