Marco Pannella, politician, was born on May 2, 1930. He died on May 19, 2016, aged 86
Tributes for the leader came pouring in from his political colleagues, led by the prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who said: “He was a great political leader, a radical who left his mark on the history of this country, fighting battles that were sometimes controversial but always bravely and without any hidden agendas. I pay tribute on behalf of myself and the government to this warrior and lion of liberty.”
Friday, 27 May 2016
Monday, 23 May 2016
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
The beginning of my Mayoral year
|Daughter Katie and grandchildren Sarah and Lily join me in the Mayor's parlour after the ceremony|
I am going to use a blog to record all my comings and goings as mayor which can be found at : http://themayoralblog.blogspot.co.uk/ and so the Birkdale FOCUS will not have any more postings from me for a while.
At a reception held afterwards in The Atkinson I had the chance to thank my predecessor Stephen Kermode (who passed on a very good joke), divest myself of the Ruritanian outfit and to outline some of my plans for the year.
For 36 years I have worked alongside people with mental health issues on their journey to living a full and independent life. I hope to use the opportunity that the mayoralty gives me to continue to challenge the stigma and ignorance that so often blights their lives inhibiting them from playing their full part in our communities. I intend to work alongside the 800 group of charities-so called because together they have given 800 years of service to our communities-to include those who are often excluded from the life of the borough.
|later, without the Ruratanian robes....|
Looking at the diary for the coming year it is dominated by the remembrance of war. We mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at events throughout the borough. I shall be at Southport where the war memorial has a special chapel dedicated to those young men who died there. I shall lay a paving stone dedicated to a Bootle man who received the Victoria Cross for his bravery on the centenary of his death. In June shall the Royal Hotel to commemorate the battle of Waterloo in the district named after the battle. It is a blessing that Europe has found a peaceful way of resolving its disputes.
During the year I hope to have the opportunity, on behalf of the borough, to thank individuals, voluntary groups, faith communities and businesses who make our borough such a diverse and successful place.
I have no doubt that along the way I shall encounter many challenges, not least of all from those who will regard me as an imposter as every self respecting Sandgrounder knows that there is only one Mayor of Southport and that is Maureen Fearn!
Posted by iain at Monday, May 23, 2016
Friday, 6 May 2016
|Richard Ronald Hands||Liberal Democrats||1443||46%||Elected|
|Ged Wright||The Labour Party||717||23%||Not elected|
|Linda Julia Ann Gunn-Russo||United Kingdom Independence Party||439||14%||Not elected|
|John Charles Lyon-Taylor||Conservative Party||428||14%||Not elected|
|Bernhard Frank||The Green Party||107||3%||Not elected|
|Pat Keith||Liberal Democrats||1575||47%||Elected|
|Jordan Thomas Shandley||Conservative Party||729||22%||Not elected|
|Michael Skarratts||United Kingdom Independence Party||501||15%||Not elected|
|Stephen James Jowett||The Labour Party||465||14%||Not elected|
|David William Collins||The Green Party||72||2%||Not elected|
|Tony Dawson||Liberal Democrats||1496||45%||Elected|
|Jacky Bliss||Conservative Party||927||28%||Not elected|
|Frank Hanley||The Labour Party||438||13%||Not elected|
|Matthew James Hubbard||United Kingdom Independence Party||349||11%||Not elected|
|Bernie Draper||The Green Party||107||3%||Not elected|
|David Gwyn Pullin||Liberal Democrats||1085||39%||Elected|
|Janet Catherine Harrison||The Labour Party||680||25%||Not elected|
|Terry John Durrance||United Kingdom Independence Party||551||20%||Not elected|
|Tina Bliss||Conservative Party||329||12%||Not elected|
|Richard James Furness||The Green Party||102||4%||Not elected|
|John Dodd||Liberal Democrats||1635||51%||Elected|
|Luke Anthony Thompson||Conservative Party||535||17%||Not elected|
|Debbie Bannon||The Labour Party||510||16%||Not elected|
|Katy Bonney||United Kingdom Independence Party||458||14%||Not elected|
|Sarah-Jayne McIntosh||The Green Party||86||3%||Not elected|
|Bill Welsh||Liberal Democrats||1210||43%||Elected|
|Lesley Delves||The Labour Party||698||25%||Not elected|
|Peter Neol Gregson||United Kingdom Independence Party||417||15%||Not elected|
|Poppy Elise Jones||Conservative Party||326||12%||Not elected|
|David McIntosh||The Green Party||146||5%||Not elected|
Posted by iain at Friday, May 06, 2016