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Lib Dems Commit to End Rough Sleeping

by Steve Middleton on 3 May, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major party to commit to ending the “national scandal” of rough sleeping across Britain, including across Greater Manchester. The latest figures show there were 189 people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester in 2016, many are young people and many believe these figures to be only the tip of […]

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Elections 2017

by Steve Middleton on 23 April, 2017

Very few people will be unaware of the upcoming General Election which is due to take place on June 8th 2017, but there are a couple of other very important elections which are due to take place on 4th May 2017. In Besses ward, which encompasses parts of both Whitefield and Unsworth, one of the […]

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Planning application update: 247 Sunny Bank Road

by Steve Middleton on 5 April, 2016

Just a quick update to everyone know that the application to move the Unsworth Smile Clinic from its current Parr Lane location to 247 Sunny Bank Road has been considered by council officers and permission has been REFUSED. I’ve attached the council refusal notice, so you can have a look for yourself in case you […]

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At meetings of Bury’s ‘Full Council’ the Liberal Democrat group of councillors normally only get one question answered by the the Council Leader at each meeting. Two weeks ago the Lib Dem group asked our one question about the role Bury can play in the current refugee crisis in Europe and in Syria. It has […]

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Tim Farron said that under his leadership, the party would oppose the cuts to tax credits and other benefits in the Conservative’s budget and push for greater spending on infrastructure such as transport and broadband. At his first speech as leader, Tim said “If you care about human rights join us. If you think you […]

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How will Election 2015 affect the stock market?

by Steve Middleton on 29 December, 2014

This is an interesting article detailing how the last 6 general elections have affected the UK stock market. In 5 out of the last 6, the market has increased.   The article is reproduced here in an easier to read PDF format.

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President of YouGov gives his thoughts on Election 2015

by Steve Middleton on 28 December, 2014

Peter Kellner, President of YouGov, has written a very interesting piece in this months Investment Times (a free magazine published and circulated to members of financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown) giving his thoughts on the potential outcome of next year’s general election. While not providing any groundbreaking or new thoughts on the possibilities, his article […]

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Set the example, not be it

by Steve Middleton on 21 July, 2012

A Facebook status update shamlessly stolen from my US friend Ian Dickson:- Ok, I think I’ve had enough. I have to institute a zero-tolerance policy on any US political argument that has no obvious merit or serious intelligence behind it. Way too many are spouting vitriol and blaming the current administration for their own problems, […]

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Budget 2012: For the many, not the few

by Steve Middleton on 21 March, 2012

A £3.5bn tax cut for working people Biggest single ever uplift in the tax threshold 21 million working people getting an extra £220 tax cut Tycoon Tax raises FIVE times as much from the super-rich The Liberal Democrats have ensured this is a budget for the millions not for the millionaires, delivering a £3.5billion tax […]

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Tim Farron asks: Where’s your apology from Labour?

by Steve Middleton on 18 January, 2012

President of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, has written to Lib Dem members today. Here’s his letter in full:- Are two Eds better than one? I’m not sure – but the two Eds said something very interesting over the weekend: apparently they don’t have a ‘Plan B’ for the economy after all. You’ll have […]

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