Seismic Upheavals in the 2014
Local and European Elections
you vote? This is one of the questions being
asked following the massive political shake up that has happened
throughout the UK in both the Local and European elections this
year. Another is what is this telling us about the political
climate across the EU. The big news nationally and
internationally is that after the years of financial crisis, the
biggest danger to the European project is now the Citizens
within its member state who, as PM David Cameron is quoted as
saying, are "disillusioned" with the EU. PM David
Cameron also said their message was "received and
understood". For many establishment parties in Britain
and across the EU; they are facing an unprecedented challenge
after this years elections results. In the UK, it was not just
the European Parliament Elections that shook the political
landscape, but also the Local Council Elections that have sent
shockwaves though the foundations of UK power. Both the local
and European Elections took place on Thursday, 22 May 2014, but
the results were staggered with the local results mainly all
being released on 23 May throughout the UK, and the EU results
released on night of Sunday, 25 May 2014 and into the following
day. Surprisingly though, many people eligible to vote, who we
have spoken to did not vote, so this result could have been even
worse if they had. At the heart of the matter seems to be a
distrust and resentment of the EU, that has appeared not just in
the UK, but throughout the 28 member states. This distrust in
the UK appears to have been shown in the local elections as
well. Nationally, the Lib Dems have been All but obliterated of
the political landscape, with UKIP storming ahead, raising
worrying questions for Lib Dem's about The
Kingdom General Election that will be held in 2015. With the
latest figures from polls suggesting that 50% of UKIP voters
will stick with party in 2015, enough to profoundly alter
electoral arithmetic across UK and might make a remarkable
change for the 56th Parliament. It is not thought by many that
the UK's continued inclusion in the EU could be at stake. But
will the EU dominate the National General Election, or will
other topics alter it again? The European Elections are often
seen as protest votes, as often are at local elections. With
local elections, they can also reflect local feelings though, so
they are harder to use as a guide to any backlash. One thing is
for certain, the 2015 will be much focused on anti-immigration,
but mainstream political parties will find it hard now, not to
reduce it simply to economic and social insecurity.
So what are
your views as to what has happened in the elections this year?
Please do let us know if you voted, and if not why not? Do you
think that the number of protest votes made in the past to the
Liberal Democrats have now been made to the likes of UKIP? Did
the high number of protest parties and independents who have
stood this time affect the results for the Lid Dems and the
other main parties? Lastly, do you think Labour will get in with
the European Election after looking at these results? Also let
us know your views about the EU and what you think the EU has
done or has not done for us by emailing us to:-
In the local elections,
Merseyside has been painted red, by Labour wins.
Results are as follows:-
► In Sefton the Metropolitan District Council is a Labour hold. It
had a ⅓ of the seats up for election, 22 seats in total. the
results are as follows for Sefton:- Labour have 40 Seats - up
+4, Liberal Democrat have - 17 Seats, down -3, Conservative have
7, down -2,
Independent have 2, up +1
► St Helens Metropolitan District Council ⅓ of the council's 48 up
for election (16 in total) and again Labour held it. The results
are now that:- Labour have 43 seats, up by +3, Conservative have
3 seats, with no gains or falls. The Liberal Democrat now have 2
seats, down by -3.
Wirral Metropolitan District
Council held as Labour after a ⅓ of its seats also went up for
election, in total 23 seats. The results:- Labour now have 38
seats, Conservatives have 21 seats. The Liberal Democrats have
lost 1 and now have 6 seats. The
Green Party now have 1 seat.
Knowsley Metropolitan District
Council had 21 seats up for election, a ⅓ of the seats. It was
also a Labour hold, with no changes.
District Council also had a ⅓ of the
Council up for election, with 20 seats up for grabs. The
results:- are that the Labour Party have 21, the
Green Party have 1 seat,
Liberal Party have 1 seat.
Halton Council's local
elections have resulted in a Labour hold. In total 17 seats, a ⅓
of the Councils seats had been up for election. It now stands
that Labour have 51 seats, a gain of 1, Liberal Democrat now
have 3 having lost 1, and the Conservative hold 2 seats.
Warrington Council, a Unitary
Authority, had a ⅓ of its seats open to election, a total of 19
seats. It was also a Labour hold!
B.O.A. 70th Anniversary
video footage we have taken at
the 70th BOA events this year in
Liverpool has now been fully
edited is available to buy, on a
DVD, from our Online
on Mersey Reporter very soon.
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to the Liverpool's Lord Mayor's
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Post remembers the tragedy of the RMS
Empress of Ireland with 2 stamps
THE Canada Post have issued
2stamps to mark the centennial of the
sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland on May
29, 1914, in the St. Lawrence River,
near Rimouski, Quebec. The tragedy
recorded the highest death toll for a
peacetime Canadian maritime accident
with 1,012 of the 1,477 passengers and
crew losing their lives when the Empress
collided with a Norwegian collier, the
The Empress of Ireland was a Canadian
Pacific Railway (CPR) ocean liner, built
for its Canadian Pacific Steamship
Company subsidiary, that made 95
successful return voyages between ports
like Liverpool in
England to and from Canada, from 1906 to 1914. In
her 8 years sailing the ocean, she
shuttled more than 100,000 people across
the Atlantic, many of whom had chosen
Canada as their new home.
“The Empress played an important
role in populating our new and vast
nation. By transporting mail and
passengers between Europe and Canada, it
opened the doors for thousands of
immigrants to find a new life in Canada.
Remembering the tragedy of the RMS
Empress of Ireland also allows us to
think back to our history and how
transformative these links were at the
time.” says the Honourable Lisa
Raitt, Minister of Transport and
responsible for Canada Post.
“Telling stories such as the
tragedy of the RMS Empress of Ireland
enables us to better understand the
efforts required to build this great
country. We want to honour those who
lost their lives to this tragedy and
recognize those who helped build our
country.” says Deepak Chopra,
President and CEO, Canada Post.
Recognizing the international scope of
the Empress of Ireland, Canada Post is
issuing domestic and international
stamps. The domestic Permanent™ stamp
features the ship prominently. The
international denomination stamp was
designed from an oil on canvas painting
by Greek artist Aristides Balanos, who
lived and worked in Montréal for several
years. A first for Canada Post, the
uncut press sheet respectfully lists the
1,012 lives lost in the tragedy. The
names are printed in hidden ink and
visible under black light.
In addition to the stamps being on sale
at post offices across Canada, the
stamps and related collectibles,
including the Empress of Ireland 100th
Anniversary Collection with a richly
detailed 36 page colour book, may be
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