Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 20, 2018

Rosie Cooper Voted Aye

Opposition West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper  voted Aye for the Lords amendment to give parliament a “meaningful vote”, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Amendment 19P amendment (b) today. The Government won by 16 votes. 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 20, 2018

We Are Not Amused

In Parliament yesterday the future of the House of Lords was considered in Committee that debated the motion “Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords. The House of Lords is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people”.

It was a farce, as we read that “The hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) talked about hereditary peers. The daft thing is that, with the 92 who are left, it is a halfway house. I understand why people are concerned about the House of Lords and either want to change it or question its legitimacy. In 2016, we had a ridiculous situation when there was a by-election for one of the Members of the House of Lords. A Lib Dem peer, Lord Avebury, died, and seven hereditary peers from around the country were put up for election, but the electorate was only three. How daft is it to have an electorate that is half the size of the field of candidates? It makes a mockery of the process, so we clearly need to look at the situation”.

It is worth noting that the electorate of 3 mentioned above all voted, [stand up Viscount Thurso , expenses claimed £32,235], a 100% turnout! The elected Lord thereafter enjoys, like the whole sorry bunch of them, the perk that they pay no tax on their House of Lords earnings or allowances? “We have Lords such as, I hesitate to use the word “noble” Lord Hanningfield, who was caught in his routine of clocking in and clocking out, wandering into the Palace of Westminster for a couple of minutes, signing on and getting his £300 a day tax free”.

We are definitely not amused. To paraphrase James Otis circa 1761, “No representatives without taxation”. As one committee member said “The Minister will recall the point in my speech about Members of the House of Lords who perhaps do not still have all their faculties. The Government have spoken about provisions that have been put in place to allow people to retire; what provisions are in place to ensure that people in the House of Lords are actually still able to do their job?”. What a very good question!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 20, 2018

NHS Re-Employed NHS Fraudster!

 Rosie Cooper MP asked in Parliament “Will the Secretary of State encourage NHS England to respond to my freedom of information request of 13 March this year regarding Greater Manchester Shared Services and the likely failure of the NHS to correctly enforce guidance on recruiting agency staff in the reappointment of Deborah Hancox after her criminal conviction and two-year prison sentence for defrauding the NHS? How can we employ these people?”

 Jeremy Hunt MP Secretary of State for Health and Social Care replied “The hon. Lady has highlighted what is potentially an extremely serious issue. Obviously the FOI is a matter for NHS England, but let me reassure her that the Minister for Health, my hon. Friend Stephen Barclay—the hospitals Minister—met the chief executive of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority this morning”.

Yes, but what happened at the meeting about the “extremely serious issue”?

I recently signed the petition “Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords”: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209433  which gives every indication of being an upper class doss house. And it seems we must let sleeping dogs sleep on!

I signed it because peerages are bought and paid for by political party donations, by cronyism, and the age old “being kicked upstairs”, and I received this reply, thatThe Government’s response to this petition has changed. This change took place on 19 June 2018.

“This is because the Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system) did not think that the Government’s first response was satisfactory, because it did not address directly the petition’s specific request for a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords. The Committee wrote to the Government to ask for a new response which answered the petition more directly. The Government has produced a new response: As stated in our manifesto, comprehensive reform of the House of Lords is not a priority for this parliament. Therefore, the Government does not intend to hold a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as a revising and scrutinising chamber which respects the primacy of the House of Commons. We will also continue to work to ensure that the House of Lords remains relevant and effective by addressing issues such as its size.

“The Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House of Lords, chaired by Lord Burns, made recommendations in October 2017 on ways of reducing the size of the House without requiring legislation. In response, The Prime Minister has written to the Lord Speaker and agreed to continue with the restraint she has shown so far when making appointments to the House. It is incumbent on all sides of the House to consider what they can do to further promote the culture of retirement. In light of the Prime Minister’s letter, the Lord Speaker has reconvened the Committee to consider next steps.

“This has replaced the previous response which said: The Government is committed to ensuring that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as a revising and scrutinising chamber which respects the primacy of the House of Commons. As set out in the manifesto, the Government is committed to ensuring that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as a revising and scrutinising chamber which respects the primacy of the House of Commons. Whilst comprehensive reform is not a priority, the Government will also continue to work to ensure that the House of Lords remains relevant and effective by addressing issues such as its size.

“The Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House of Lords, chaired by Lord Burns, made recommendations in October 2017 on ways of reducing the size of the House without requiring legislation. In response, The Prime Minister has written to the Lord Speaker and agreed to continue with the restraint she has shown so far when making appointments to the House. It is incumbent on all sides of the House to consider what they can do to further promote the culture of retirement.  In light of the Prime Minister’s letter, the Lord Speaker has asked the Committee to reconvene to consider next steps”.

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 19, 2018

Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your EE Bill

These fake text messages  purport to be from EE and claim that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the message leads to a phishing website designed to steal your EE account login details, as well as personal & financial information.

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit http://www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 19, 2018

Labour Claims Bill Shankly Was English

Oh dear, it seems there has been a cock-up in the Labour use of former Liverpool FC manager the late, great, Bill Shankly as “one of our country’s finest ever football managers”. Problem is, Bill Shankly was Scottish who played with great pride for his own country during and after the second world war . West Lancs Labour also invoked the left views of current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp prior to the recent local elections , but didn’t claim HE was English…not yet anyway!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 19, 2018

Report From The House Of Disgrace

The House of Lords folded yesterday on all but one of their amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that the House of Commons had rejected last week. So gone is the amendment to try and force the UK to stay in the Single Market, there is an end to attempts to make the Government seek membership of a customs union with the EU, and Exit Day remains set in stone on the face of the Bill.

But, as expected, peers did insist on defying the Government in one area, passing the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ amendment conceived by Dominic Grieve and promoted in the Lords by Viscount Hailsham (who had last come to public attention as the MP Douglas Hogg on account of his moat cleaning costs during the MPs’ expenses scandal). The terms of the amendment – which Hogg termed ‘Grieve 2’ – would require the Government to allow MPs to vote on how it should proceed in the absence of a Brexit deal as of 21st January next year.

The Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, reiterated that “the Government cannot demonstrate the flexibility necessary for a successful negotiation if they are beholden so directly to the House of Commons”. But peers voted for the amendment all the same, by 354 votes to 235 (the fourth largest turnout in a single Lords division in recorded history).

The key moment in the debate came when Tory peer and Leave-backer Lord Robathan challenged Hailsham as to whether he had worked with the Opposition on his amendment and asked whether his true intention was “at all costs to destroy Brexit”. Hansard does not record the remark, but you can clearly hear one peer shout “you are an idiot” at Robathan while he is asking the question; and as for Lord Hailsham’s response, he spits out that he makes no apology for having negotiations with the Opposition Front Bench while admitting he doesn’t believe in Brexit and that it will be “a national calamity”.

The only meaningful vote was the national referendum . The “national calamity” is the continued existence of the House of Lords by its inclusion in the democratic process. 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 19, 2018

Labour Councillor Resigns After 6 Weeks In Office

 …Knowsley Councillor Michelle Aldridge  has resigned and is shown as “Not currently an elected councillor” on the WLBC website. She was elected on 3 May with a 51% vote.

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 18, 2018

Not Another HMO?

OWLs  are asking “What do you if there are 285 student rooms available in 58 student houses, while Edge Hill University will open 82 new student rooms like these in September and expect their intake to fall for the second year in a row, and you have a house in Peet Avenue in Ormskirk”. Simple…You apply for a change of use to HMO…and WLBC confirms “That proposed development is compliant with the NPPF and relevant policies in the West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-27 and is recommended for approval”. You couldn’t make it up. 

But it has been called-in, as former councillor Dowling requested it be referred to Planning Committee to consider the impact on the amenity of nearby residents, highway safety and appropriateness of a HMO at this location. Ormskirk Residents Group (11/05/2018) – Object on the grounds of: No demonstrable need. Student number at Edge Hill University have fallen; Conflicts with Policy GN3 of the WLLP. Student lifestyle invariably conflicts with that of working families and older residents; Parking is a potential problem.

And there are 32 letters objecting to the proposal on the following grounds: Parking; Alter residential character of street; Highway safety; Increase in traffic; Noise in terms of different living patterns of students; Concerns of upkeep of property; Vehicle access and turning; Impact on existing residents’ health and wellbeing; Access for emergency services / delivery vehicles / refuse vehicles compromised; Drainage and waste; Loss of family home; Road already congested.

Our West Lancashire states “It’s about balanced communities: something national planning policy recognises but to which local planners seem to have a blind spot”. And the application doesn’t bode well for the business plan of the applicant who seeks to provide more accommodation in a diminishing market, that’s if he’s got one?

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 18, 2018

Britain, Europe, And The Culture of Deceit

“There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified” . And so the lies started right at the top, with Prime Minister Edward Heath in his television broadcast on Britain’s entry into the Common Market, January 1973.

By 2001 in the infamous Steven Thoburn Sunderland metrication case Judge Bruce Morgan stated that “This country quite voluntarily surrendered the once seemingly immortal concept of the sovereignty of parliament and legislative freedom by membership of the European Union … as a once sovereign power, we have said we want to be bound by Community law”. On appeal to the Divisional Court QBD the decision was that “It is important for its recognition of the supremacy of EU law and the basis for that recognition”.

But it wasn’t the country it was the government, the liars to the country, that sacrificed independence and sovereignty. The long-term objectives of economic and monetary union, it was made clear to Heath, “are very far-reaching indeed”, going “well beyond the full establishment of a Common Market”. The Werner [then Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Pierre Werner] plan could lead to “The ultimate creation of a European federal state, with a single currency. All the basic instruments of national economic management (fiscal, monetary, incomes and regional policies) would ultimately be handed over to the central federal authorities. The Werner report suggests that this radical transformation of present Communities should be accomplished within a decade”. (PRO/FCO 30/789)

Today, this once great country is held hostage by rebel politicians who claim to know better than 17.4million people who voted to leave the corrupt EU. They have warned the prime minister they “could collapse the Government” if she refuses to bow to remainer demands. These remainers demand a “meaningful” vote on the Brexit Bill. Even worse, unelected Labour peers have vowed to back those demands again in the House of Lords.

It is now claimed by one Tory rebel he will not sign up to a “slavery clause”. It beggars belief that these people were chosen on the basis of a party manifesto and a statement binding us to the unambiguous result of the referendum. After years of deception and the surrender of our democracy Theresa May should get off her knees, stop grovelling to these people, deliver what she keeps on telling us she believes, that Brexit means Brexit, and then publish a bill to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a new elected chamber. Its contempt for the referendum result is disgraceful.

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