Carl Cashman for Mersey Metro Mayor

Carl Cashman

Cllr. Carl Cashman

Jen and I went to a campaign meeting for Lib Dem Mersey Metro Mayor candidate Carl Cashman last night in Liverpool’s Central Library.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

What a venue, this modern recreation of the library is wonderful; what a great place to meet.

It was a good meeting with a great cross-section of Lib Dem supporters, particularly good to see young people there too. Really nice to meet up with Fred Weavers, Nigel Ashton, Ian Smith, Phil Gilchrist and many others again.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

It’s already clear that Carl will be pressing home his advantage over Labour in a number of key areas. He’s firmly pro-EU and Merseyside voted to Remain. Of course Labour was Pro-EU but now it is backing Teresa May and UKIP’s Brexit! He is also big on green issues and Labour’s record on Merseyside of allowing Green Belt and the highest grade of agricultural land to be built on is terrible indeed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

There’s more to come from Carl, a young man who is fast building a core of support for his fresh approach to politics. Not surprisingly Carl is doing very well with young voters who are walking away from Labour because of its support for Brexit.

I have watched Carl grow myself and he’s quite a contrast to the tired old type of politicians who turn voters off. What’s more he is already Leader of the opposition on Knowsley Council. Watch this young man go places.

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Liverpool City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is looking for a permanent Chair

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Well here’s an opportunity for someone to apply for.

I must admit when I first saw the ad’ I thought of SCS or some such furniture company as surely they could provide a chair:-))))

Seriously, such organisations usually have someone waiting in the wings to fill a position like this, so does this indicate that there is no one or that whomever is wanting the role is maybe not wanted?

Liverpool City Region needs a flag? What next!!!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/steve-rotheram-promises-flag-liverpool-11810925#ICID=sharebar_twitter

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well I have heard everything now. It’s as if Merseyside does not have enough challenges and problems to solve!

Let’s talk about educational attainment, public health, housing and the environment but not about whether we need a sub-regional flag.

Merseyside’s Metro Mayor – Kilfoyle’s view of Anderson in the Guardian

www.theguardian.com/membership/2016/aug/05/peter-kilfoyle-liverpool-labour-momentum-jeremy-corbyn

The Guardian has the story – see link above

The interesting part for me is Kilfoyle’s view on Joe Anderson the present Mayor of Liverpool who wanted to be Mayor of Merseyside but did not get selected by the Labour Party. The extract from the article below is telling:-

“Nothing personal against Joe Anderson as such. I don’t think he has been a very good mayor for the city. I think the city has had a lot of bread and circuses [as] I describe it. Like today the announcement of a bid, a bid for the Commonwealth Games. It is all very nice but of course it depends on an 80% grant from government and finding another 20% from somewhere. But when you look at the actual record, it is not about Joe as a person. It is about how the city has been run. And it is the second lowest authority in the country in terms of economic growth, according to the Office of National Statistics. There is only East Lincolnshire which has done worse, believe it or not. On Greater Merseyside, Liverpool is the only economy which has contracted. All the surrounding districts have expanded. So there is something going wrong here. And I worry that underneath all the glitter and glitz of things which happen in the city centre the wider issues of the city are being lost somewhere and, of course, if that was to be extended into the wider conurbation when we have a city region, it could be disastrous. Particularly coming up to 2017, next year, because Joe has said that the cash runs out. The official audit report on the city said that in 2018 the city will go broke. Now I am not somebody to gainsay the Office of National Statistics but it is worrying about the way in which the city is being run.”

Labour crisis – Is the Glass half full or half empty?

You could not help but wonder yesterday what on earth was going on when Pat Glass MP resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet only two or is that 3 days after she accepted an invitation to join it as Shadow Education Secretary!

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She clearly does not know whether her glass is half full or half empty. I bet this will haunt her for a long time.

My understanding, from what I would consider a reliable Labour source, is that Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson is backing Jeremy Corbyn together with fellow Merseyside Labour MP’s Peter Dowd (Bootle) and Steve Rotherham (Walton). Steve Rotherham of course wants to be Labour’s candidate in Merseyside’s new Metro Mayor election in 2017. If my understanding is not correct I am happy to amend as I notice that the MP’s were far less clear, than my source, in this weeks Champion newspaper.

Merseyside Bus Alliance

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Merseytravel Committee Members recently took the decision to recommend that the Combined Liverpool City Region Authority gives consent to the signing of a ‘Bus Alliance’ agreement by Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach.

This is me with the Lydiate & Maghull resident's petition in 2015 at a 311 bus stop in Lydiate. The petition was not collected by me I would add but by the hard work of locals concerned about the loss of this Arriva route to Ormskirk. The battle was sadly lost.

This is me with the Lydiate & Maghull resident’s petition in 2015 at a 311 bus stop in Lydiate. The petition was not collected by me I would add but by the hard work of locals concerned about the loss of this Arriva route to Ormskirk. The battle was sadly lost.

According to Merseytravel the Alliance, which other operators can join, is focused on offering bus users seamless, hassle free and value for money travel right from planning their journeys through to getting off at their destination. It aims to build on the high customer satisfaction levels for bus in the City Region and to encourage people who don’t currently use the bus to realise the benefits.

Mm, not sure about ‘high customer satisfaction levels for bus in the City Region’, they can’t be talking to the same people I talk to as the answer I am getting is that folks think our bus services in the Sefton part of Merseyside are poor indeed.

The first 12 months of the Alliance would see a number of initiatives including an initial £19m investment in greener buses with free WiFi and USB charging points; the introduction of one point of contact for ‘bus’ customer service; new customer service training for drivers; improved links to John Lennon Airport and the rail network; the development of a trial 24-hour bus route and the start of a strategic review to create a simpler, clearer bus network.

Subject to the signing of the ‘Bus Alliance’ agreement, Merseytravel Committee Members also approved both a three year plan for the continued roll out of smart ticketing– following the millionth ticket sale on the Walrus card back in February, and changes that would mark a key first stage in simplifying ticket buying.

Well, this sceptic hopes that Merseytravel can turn around the quality, reliability and customer friendliness issues that bedevil our local bus routes. Here’s hoping.

Smart ticketing developments would include customers being able to purchase operator tickets on Walrus cards and a new day Solo, which would launch in the summer and going smart later this year with people being able to load as many as they wanted on their Walrus for use when needed.

Merseytravel also approved recommendations for all Solo tickets to be ‘valid across Merseyside’ this summer, simplifying fares and bringing the costs down for current ‘all areas’ users by as much as £268 for those currently buying a yearly adult peak Solo.

My comments are those in italics

The Liverpool City Region Authority supported the Bus Alliance agreement at its meeting held on 15th April.