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Campaign for Gender Balance Blog Awards

The Campaign for Gender Balance has announced the shortlists for its Blog Awards, to be announced at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference.

The shortlists are as follows:

Best Blog by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Liberal Democrat

This shortlist will form the basis of two awards - the Judge's Choice and the Peoples' Choice. To vote in the People's Choice category, follow this link: http://cgbblog.notlong.com/

Best Blog Post by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog Post by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Non-Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Non-Liberal Democrat

We are sad to report that Rose Hacker died on 4 February, one month before her 102nd birthday. Her remaining columns are continuing to be published by the Camden New Journal.

Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted and commiserations to everyone who was not. The final results will be announced at the Campaign for Gender Balance Blog Awards' Drinks Reception, taking place on Saturday 8th March 2008, between 8.00pm and 9.30pm, at Canada Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool.

The awards will be decided by a prestigious team of judges:

  • Jo Swinson MP: Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Equalities and Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter: Liberal Democrat spokesperson on broadcasting, a former producer on Newsnight and Vice Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • Ros Harper: Solicitor and compliance officer for a global bank, Lib Dem 2005 parliamentary candidate for Surrey Heath (as which she wrote a blog for Channel Four News) and Vice Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • James Graham: winner, Lib Dem Blog of the Year 2007
  • Olly Grender: former Liberal Democrat Director of Communications
  • Ros Taylor: Guardian journalist and an editor on the Comment is Free website

To read blogs by Liberal Democrats (women and men), see the Lib Dem Blogs website (http://www.libdemblogs.co.uk).

Latest Lib Dem Blogs

  • Dec 19, 2014:
    • Colin Baker in Finding Richard
      Finding Richard Trailer from Hive Media on Vimeo. This is the trailer for the short film I blogged about back in February. You can read more about Finding Richard on its own website.
  • Dec 18, 2014:
    • More Bobbies
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    • CHTC statement
    • The Eulogy Given At Jeremy Thorpe's Funeral
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    • Morrissey Progress Report - first thoughts
      [IMG: Morrissey Progress Report] As promised earlier, here are my first thoughts on Helena Morrissey's progress report which she published earlier today. There is so much in the report that I could go in to but these are the main points I've noticed. The party needed to come out of this well, and show good progress in 18 months. To a certain extent it does, and the people who needed to come out of it most well were the leader, chief executive and president, the holders of most power in the party and who are perceived by the public as ...
    • Lib Dem Christmas present to Hastings & Rye Post Offices
      Dear Editor [of the Hastings and the Rye Observers], Local Post Offices are the beating heart of our communities and provide a vital service for vulnerable and elderly residents across Hastings & Rye. That is why I am delighted that Liberal Democrats have thrown a crucial lifeline to Post Offices that will help keep the [...]
    • Black as your hat! - Maghull's Leighton Ave Car Park
      It was recently brought to my attention that the lights in this large shopping centre car park are not working and it seems they have been like this for some time. The photo I took below (This evening) illustrates the problem! [IMG: rsz_photo1131] I have taken the matter up with the Maghull Group Company who own the car park and indeed the shopping centre. More news when I have it. As an aside I recall the lights being installed quite some years ago following an incident where someone was attacked and the darkness was thought to be a contributory factor. ...
    • Mark Hunter's Notes from Westminster
      Dear Resident, Thank you as ever for your interest in what I've been up to here at home and down in Westminster on behalf of Cheadle constituency. I was delighted to hear that the Reverend Libby Lane is to become the Church of England's first female Bishop when she takes up her position as our Bishop in January. I understand that Mrs Lane has previously lived in Stockport so it will be great to welcome her back. Less good news that the Secretary of State responsible for planning, Eric Pickles, has decided to ignore the wishes of local residents by ...
    • In Which @WyrdWaysRock knocks it out of the park - a recommendation of episode CCXCVI
      So, those of you who know my podcasting habits will know that one of the few constants is The Wyrd Ways Rock Show. It's the ONLY music podcast that's lasted the distance for me - must be five or six years I've been listening to it now. There's several reasons for that. It helps me keep up with new music I'll (probably) like in this increasingly fragmented musical world, because it defiantly includes all kinds of rock and metal, and doesn't restrict itself to any of the increasingly narrow bands that modern bands like to slot themselves into. I like ...
    • Maghull - It took around 6 months but at last Liverpool Rd Sth has been properly lined out after resurfacing.
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    • Evolution not revolution
      For years some Peers' strategy in the face of all reforming governments has been resistance and then snail-like reluctance in retereat. Witness the hard fought, last ditch rear-guard actions of the hereditaries to the Blair government's removal of much of their number in 1998/99. Their watch word was always as little as possible, as slowly as possible. Now there seems to be a new mood, promoted enthusiastically by the ultra-conservatives to be found on some of the Labour benches. Their strategy is to demand a comprehensive, all embracing "Constitutional Convention", before ANY more modest individual improvements are to be agreed. ...
    • The law is an ass
      Mr Bumble says so and so do I. Today at the planning committee we found ourselves in a position where we either agreed to grant a Certificate of Lawful Development, or risk making the council subject to an expensive legal case which it would almost certainly lose. And the subject? Back in 1973 Stanley Urban District Council approved a planning application for four dwellings on a site in Burnopfield. Only three were built and now, forty years later, an applicant wants to erect the fourth. No matter that planning law has moved on, that the climate has changed, the roads ...
    • Helena Morrissey evaluates party's progress on her recommendations
      Last year, Helena Morrissey published her Report into the Processes and Culture of the Liberal Democrats and made 9 recommendations for change. Here are Stephen Tall's and Caron Lindsay's thoughts on it from then. It was always intended that Helena would come back and evaluate the party's progress on implementing her recommendations. Her progress report is published today and can be seen here. This is what she has written in the foreword: Considerable efforts have been made in a relatively short time, notwithstanding several new adverse revelations and complaints made since my original Report was published. I am satisfied that ...
    • The Liberal-Tory Coalition of 1915
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    • There's been at least one former Prime Minister in Parliament since 1756, but could that end next year?
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    • Lord William Wallace writes...Evidence shows EU serves Britain well
      [IMG: European Flag] If you're interested in the evidence about UK interests at stake in EU membership, it's now available: over 2000 submissions, to 32 government reports. And the overwhelming evidence, from small business and large, from legal bodies and service providers, is that the EU serves British interests well, above all in the regulations that underpin the Single Market, but also in fighting cross-border crime and providing a multilateral framework for UK foreign policy. Eurosceptic Conservatives hoped that this exercise would demonstrate how Brussels regulations cramped British enterprise and undermined English common law. Four rounds of consultation over two ...
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    • A strong contender for the news story of 2014
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    • The normalisation of Cuba-US relations was long, long overdue
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    • Shorncliffe Barracks Redevelopment: KCC demand more information on Horn Street Bridge
      [IMG: Lynne Beaumont and Tim Prater on Horn Street bridge] Kent County Council Highways department have demanded more detailed information about projected traffic around Horn Street bridge as part of the Shorncliffe Barracks planning application, or have threatened to reccommend opposing approval of the application. In a letter to Shepway Development Control on 10 December Kent Highways say they need to see much more detailed traffic projections before they could accept the development, saying the submitted information is "not satisfactory". They've placed a "holding objection" on the development until more information is provided, and if it is not say they ...
    • KCC Horn Street Bridge Objection
    • Baroness Sally Hamwee writes...Localism and liberalism, urban and rural
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    • The Tories still don't get it: short of a majority, the only way to get an EU referendum is through another coalition
      [IMG: David-Cameron-and-Nick-Cl-006] There was a fascinating article in the Daily Mail yesterday. The top line was Cameron saying he won't do a deal with UKIP under any circumstances after the next election, no matter what. Well, Cameron didn't exactly say it; rather a "Downing Street aid" did. Anyhow, it all seems to have been done with the Prime Minister's blessing, so we can assume that he wants to get the message out there. He is also aiming to do down the idea that the Tories could do another deal with the Lib Dems. Minority government is voiced to be the ...
    • One school's journey 2 of 3 - what should governors do? Examine effectiveness not policies
      [IMG: Telferscot 1] Earlier this week I posted about the school where I am Chair of Governors, Telferscot Primary School in Balham. We are celebrating our recent acquisition of Outstanding status from Ofsted. That achievement mainly reflects on the school leadership, and in particular the Head Teacher, Jenny Martin. But what of the school's governors? I suspect hat quite a few of my readers are, or have been school governors. Our journey may be of particular interest. What is a school's Governing Body supposed to do? Unfortunately you will not much practical help from officialdom, local or national, well-intentioned though ...
    • Making Tring's Station More Accessible
      [IMG: tring station crop] Train passengers at a Hertfordshire station and 25 others across the country are getting a share of £60million in government funding. It will be used to improve access making the stations including Tring step-free to help wheelchair users and people with pushchairs.
    • Nottinghamshire CC, Ollerton- 18 December 2014
      Labour seat, death Liberal Democrat candidate- Marylyn Rayner
    • Veolia Challenge Incinerator Decision
      [IMG: Barnfield plan] Veolia has taken to the High Court to challenge the decision refusing the building of a £1bn energy-from-waste incinerator in New Barnfield, Hertfordshire. The planned plant on green-belt land at New Barnfield was judged "inappropriate" by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who went on to say that the benefits did not outweigh the potential harm to the green-belt. Veolia is challenging the decision on legal grounds, claiming the government department contradicted its own planning and policy rules. Herts County Council spent almost £6m trying to get the plans approved. [IMG: Celebrating Veolia's failed planning appeal for New Barnfield ...
    • Kingston Upon Thames LB, St James- 18 December 2014
      Conservative seat, death Liberal Democrat candidate- Annette Wookey
    • Spyship: a great TV drama well worth another watch
      [IMG: Norweigan hotel room sign from Spyship] Spyship was a gripping BBC TV drama in the early 1980s which still entertains. Loosely based on the true story of the disappearance of the trawler FV Gaul, Spyship tells the tale of a fishing boat that sinks whilst on an espionage mission for the British during the Cold War. The son of one of the sailors lost at sea tries to find out the truth behind what happened. [IMG: Spyship - DVD cover] The six part drama is fairly slow moving, which gives the characters time to develop and the focus is ...
    • Fifa World Cup row: Lib Dem members say no to Qatar but split on 2022 boycott
      View image | gettyimages.com Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what our sample of Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 747 party members responded - thank you - and we're publishing the full results. Yesterday, Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia quit in protest over the handling of his report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Here's what Lib Dem members had to say about Fifa in our latest survey... Do you think the 2022 football FIFA World Cup should go ahead ...
    • My ConHome column: We live in an age of OUTRAGE that's killing political debate
      [IMG: con home cartoon] Here's my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. My thanks as ever to the site's editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, for giving a Lib Dem space to provoke - constructively, I hope. We live in an age of outrage in which a clumsily expressed remark will be punished without mercy. Just ask the Conservatives' Baroness Jenkin, whose genuine, long-standing commitment to tackle food poverty was brushed aside by opponents ready to vilify her for her ill-chosen ad lib that "poor people don't know how to cook". Or, alternatively, ask Labour's ...
    • By-Election Notifications Service: Sign Up Today!
      ALDC members can now sign up for our local by-elections notification service. Whenever ALDC is notified of a by-election, it is posted to our website. From today, members who sign up will receive an email with details of all new elections within 24 hours of them appearing on our site. Sign Up in Three Simple [...]
    • The Blood is The Life 18-12-2014
      Why I Never retweet people trumpeting increases in employment (tags: ) Answer to why pupils perform differently not found by looking at girls & boys as separate groups (tags: ) Total Politics recs some political board games. I 2nd their rec of Junta, & I want to try Legislate?! now (tags: ) The science of magazines in doctor's waiting rooms (tags: ) A guide to the beard friendly mince pie (tags: ) Brighton cops arrest disabled man: for feeding the homeless (tags: ) Man rings police after neighbour posts "creepy" picture of Cliff Richard in his window (tags: ) It's ...
    • Why does the Federal Executive spend time discussing policy?
      Why does the Federal Executive spend time discussing policy when (a) there's a Federal Policy Committee and (b) it often runs out of time to discuss things within its remit at its meetings? That was the question prompted in my mind when reading Chris White's useful write-up of the last Federal Executive meeting over on Lib Dem Voice. Here's the exchange we had in the comments: Mark Pack I'm interested by the reference to the FE discussing the party's views on devolution. As that's a policy matter, it doesn't immediately sound to me a good use of the FE's time. ...
    • Electric vehicles' charging points in the West End
      Back in October, I queried at the City Council's City Development Committee the proposed possible siting of an electric vehicle charging point on Perth Road, west of Shepherd's Loan, at the Sinderins junction - see right. Yesterday, along with a representative of West End Community Council, I met with the council's Head of Transportation and the Sustainable Transport Team Leader on-site to discuss this. Although the principle of providing public electric vehicle charging points is a good one, my concern about this possible site was sight lines for vehicles emerging from Pinegrove. I am pleased to say the City Council ...
    • Southport - A 'drunk tank' for boozers to aid A&E!
      Southport has a new visitor facility - a 'Drunk Tank' (Alcohol Recovery Centre) but I don't think Sefton Council will be adding it to the brown signs advertising the Town's attractions on its entrance roads. The Liverpool Echo has the story................
    • Vince's Royal Mail privatisation: independent report concludes "the right decisions were made"
      An independent report by Lord Myners published today has concluded Vince Cable and the Government made "the right decisions" during the process of selling off Royal Mail. [IMG: royal mail sell off] The BBC explains the background: The probe was ordered by Mr Cable after a National Audit Office review into the privatisation of Royal Mail said too much emphasis was put on rushing the sale - the initial public offering (IPO) - at the expense of value for money. Shares in 60% of Royal Mail were sold in the flotation. A further 10% of stock was given to the ...
    • Christmas and New Year Recess
      The Assembly has not had a formal meeting since Thursday but it has still been a busy week for most Assembly Members. On Friday I was back in Cardiff Bay in my capacity as a member of the Assembly Commission to meet staff at their Christmas brunch, and then onto Pyle, Morriston and Gorseinon for advice surgeries. I spent the weekend writing and printing a Christmas leaflet for my ward giving residents information on church services, refuse collections, PACT meetings, useful numbers, holiday chemist opening times and much more. I will gloss over the Swansea Tottenham game quickly and move ...