Travis has played live in the O2 Liverpool
Photos by Jo
THE band famous for the sing:-
"Why Does It Always Rain On
which in recent days is very appropriate... have been in Liverpool. The
Scottish pop/rock band formed, in Glasgow, in 1990 and they have recently been
out celebrating in style; another amazing year for this popular group. On 19
December 2016, the band dropped into Liverpool. This was a sell out show and it
was 1 of only 3 performances within the UK. This ends an amazing year, for the
band, finishing on a high. The band performed songs from its latest album
called:- 'Everything at Once' and many others. Well, for all who
attended, this show left them with a truly 'Good Feeling.' Keep an
eye out for a surprise in 2017, on the band's
Government's broken promises putting public
safety at risk
MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has
warned that the Government's broken promises are putting public safety in the
region at risk.
Now Jane Kennedy is urging Ministers to stop conning the public
over claims it has protected Police funding after the release of the Home
Office's financial settlement, which proposes a 1.4% cut to Merseyside's General
Police Grant in the 2017/2018 budget.
If imposed, it will mean a grant reduction
of £3.3m next year in comparison to 2016/17 budget, which flies in the face of
the Chancellor's promise that he made in autumn 2015 to:- "Protect the
Even if the Police Commissioner gets public support to make the maximum increase
to the Police precept that the Policing element of the Council Tax bill, she can
only raise £1.4m to offset these cuts, leaving a shortfall of nearly £1.9m
compared to the 2015 to 2016 financial year's budget.
While the full implications are still being examined, it appears that Merseyside
Police is among the Forces worst hit in the provisional report that has been
released by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Jane said:- "In the autumn statement last year, the Chancellor personally
promised that Police Force budgets would be protected. Sadly, this provisional
grant report highlights that this is not true. The Government need to stop
conning the public and admit Police funding is being cut in real terms. Even if
I ask local people to pay an increase in their Council Tax, I still won't make
up the shortfall created by this reduction in the general grant. The Government
is leaving Merseyside Police woefully underfunded; once again we are 1 of the
worst hit areas. Merseyside Police has already been had its budget slashed by
£84m over the last 6 years. Today, the Force is less than 6,000 strong, having
lost more than 1,500 people from its workforce. The Chief Constable and his team
are doing everything possible to mitigate the impact of these cuts; they have
already reviewed and streamlined every function, invested in new technology to
increase efficiency, and they are currently in the process of radically
restructuring the entire organisation; but even doing all of this will not be
enough to make the savings required by this Government. Crime is rising and
these destructive cuts will put public safety at greater risk. Officers, PCSOs
and staff are being expected to do more and more with less and less. Their
magnificent efforts are to be applauded, but it is causing real strain. The
Chief Constable and I made strong representations recently to the Police
Minister, Brandon Lewis urging him to adequately fund Merseyside Police. These
have clearly been ignored and now their broken promises are putting public
safety at risk. I will be making Merseyside's MPs aware of the implication of
A tribute to Spanish Civil War
has been unveiled
A plaque to mark the 80th Anniversary
of the Spanish Civil War and act as a tribute to those from Merseyside who
supported the anti fascist cause has been unveiled at Liverpool Town Hall, on
Monday, 19 December 2016.
The Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Malcolm Kennedy officially revealed the plaque,
the installation of which received cross party support at a Full Council meeting
in March 2016.
The new addition to the ground floor of the Town Hall acknowledges the role of
the Liverpool activists including:-
► The Merseyside Spanish Aid Committee who took donations on the docks and
► Merseyside Left Theatre who staged plays about Spain, organising counter
demonstrations against Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists 'Madrid today,
► Local firms like Crawford's, Bibby's and Lever Brothers who donated and
shipped significant amounts of money and food.
It also recognises the estimated 200 Merseysiders who voluntarily travelled to
Spain to fight in the International Brigades, with at least 30 of them losing
their lives. They were all working class men aged between 17 and 60.
The inscription will read:- "To mark the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak
of the Spanish Civil War (Guerra Civil). Plaque instated on 19 December 2016, by
Liverpool City Council, in recognition of the heroic Merseysiders who stood up
to fascism through their part in the Spanish Civil War. Of particular note are
those who, despite a ban by the British Government, took part in the
International Brigades. Some of whom never returned. Their contribution and
sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Councillor Kennedy said:- "The Spanish Civil War was an incredibly brutal
chapter of history and it's overwhelming to think that ordinary, working class
men from Merseyside wanted to make a stand against the fascist dictatorship of
General Franco. For many of our local heroes it was a mission they had to
undertake in secret, and it's sad to think that nearly a quarter of them lost
their lives fighting for what they believe in. I'm am extremely proud to be
unveiling this plaque on behalf of the City and it can be a constant reminder of
the sacrifices made in the name of freedom."
Most improved award for A&E waiting time
THE outstanding progress staff made
towards meeting waiting times in A&E has won Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust an award for Most Improved Trust in the North of England.
A&E at the Trust has been a consistent top performer in Cheshire and Merseyside
since the summer.
The award was made at a collaborative event in Leeds for NHS trusts earlier this
month by NHS Improvement (NHSI), the national quality and financial regulator.
Ailsa Brotherton, from NHSI, said:- "The team at Southport and Ormskirk
has delivered focused improvements and have won the award for the Most Improved
Trust in terms of their A&E performance during the collaborative. This is
impressive work against a backdrop of increasing challenges and increasing
demand. Huge congratulations to the whole team."
Dr Dave Snow, Associate Medical Director for Urgent Care at the Trust, said:-
"A&E is the most visible sign of a busy Hospital. We've shown how staff working
together across the hospital from the front door, to discharge and out into the
community can create great results for patients."
Lightning Seeds and Madness at the MEN
Photos by Jo
WHEN 1 of Britain's favourite pop
announced their major arena tour, it was always going to be big... Then, when we
found out that Liverpool's Lightning
were also going to be on the tour with them, it was the icing on the cake. This
was an amazing thing to hear, so we had to go and see them, even if the nearest
gig was in Manchester. Madness, which formed in 1976 and were 1 of the most
prominent bands of the late 1970's and early 1980's, and still have not lost
their attraction. On Friday, 16 December 2016, the band put on a very special
festive show at Manchester
Arena, supported by the Lighting Seeds... Fans
of both bands flocked to the venue to see them as they neared the end of their
'Can't Touch Us Now 2016 UK Tour.' The nutty boys perform tracks from their
latest album:- 'Can't Touch Us Now' alongside the massive hits:- 'House of Fun',
'Wings of a Dove', 'One Step Beyond' and 'It Must Be Love...'
plus the biggest
classic of the night 'Our House.' The Lightning Seeds also rocked the venue,
with many of their hit songs... What a mad way to end 2016....! We can't wait to
see what 2017 has in store for these 2 amazing bands!