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Daisy Desire to bring a touch of glamour to Southport Flower Show

TOM Leonard is a student from Warwickshire, who happens to have a passion for gardening… and drag. After a break up in 2019 he decided to get an allotment, where his love of gardening continued and his decision to become a drag queen himself, began.

Tom AKA Daisy Desire - The Drag Queen Gardener, brings a glamorous splash to the horticultural world, or:- "the couture to your manure" as she likes to say. Tom is currently studying for his Level 2 Royal Horticultural Society Practical Gardening qualification so that he can take his and Daisy's passion even further.

The gardening world was calling out for something fresh and Daisy Desire is now a well known face within mainstream society for adding some sequins to the horticultural scene, and her joyful personality and a refusal to take life so seriously, has proven a tonic to audiences of all ages as she sets out with the aim to promote the mental wellbeing benefits of horticulture whilst giving people the motivation to be who they want to be and simply do what makes you happy.

Daisy will be at the show, on Saturday, 20 August 2022, and will join a great line up of special guests this year. On Thursday we have BBC Gardeners' World Presenter Adam Frost. Friday we have former Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and husband Aljaž Škorjanec.  Saturday we have The Hairy Bikers cooking live. Sunday we have children's TV Presenter Justin Fletcher and Great British Menu finalist and Ready Steady Cook chef Ellis Barrie. More to be announced soon.

Alan Adams, General Manager of Southport Flower Show and Victoria Park said:- "We are really excited to welcome Daisy to Southport in August. We are looking to bring more diversity to the show and to have Daisy talking openly about her journey and promote the benefits of gardening, we know she will be welcomed."

Plans for this year's show are well underway and the combination of show gardens, floral displays, cookery demonstrations, arena entertainment, live music and much more makes Southport Flower Show a great day outdoors for the whole family this summer.

Southport Flower Show, sponsored by Home Bargains, is a registered charity (charity number 1000698) and the largest independent flower show in the country attracting over 55,000 visitors across 4 days. Early bird tickets now on sale for Ł23.00 until the end of May. Children under 16 go free.

Southport Flower Show, Thursday 18 August to Sunday, 21 August 2022. For more information and tickets, please visit:-

Have a say on how Liverpool is run

BALLOT boxes have been placed in One Stop Shops and libraries in Liverpool for people to express a preference on how the City is governed. It is the latest phase of a consultation with residents, who are being asked the question:- "How would you like Liverpool City Council to be run?"

The options are the 3 forms of governance that are allowed by law:-
  By a Mayor who is directly elected by voters every 4 years (current system)
  By a Leader who is an elected Councillor, chosen by a vote of the other elected Councillors.
  By 1 or more Committees made up of elected Councillors.
Letters have already been sent to households with a link to a secure portal where residents can have their say, or request a paper copy of the voting form. Now, to make it as easy as possible for people to have their say, voting forms and ballot boxes are also being placed in the following 18 locations:-
  Central Library.

  Allerton Library.

  Breck Road Library.

  Childwall Library.

  Croxteth Library.

  Dovecot Library.

  Fazakerley Library.

  Garston Library and One Stop Shop.

  Kensington Library.

  Kirkdale One Stop Shop.

  Lee Valley Library.

  Norris Green Library.

  Parklands Library and One Stop Shop.

  Old Swan Library.

  Sefton Park Library.

  Toxteth Library.

  Wavertree Library.

  West Derby Library.
You can also have your say via going online at:- LiverpoolOurWayForward.Com.

Plus, if you decide to write, or email in, you must include:- your name, address and postcode. This is to ensure that we do not receive multiple responses from a single person.

Sending in an email:- GovernanceConsultation@Liverpool.Gov.UK.
Writing in:- Electoral Services, Liverpool City Council, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1AH/
A Privacy Notice setting out how the information is being stored and processed is available online.

The consultation is ongoing until 20 June 2022.

The outcome will be reported to Full Council and the elected members will then make the final decision on whether to change governance arrangements, taking into account people's views. If Full Council agrees to make a change in governance, it will take effect from the elections in May 2023 and will be binding on the Council for 5 years. It will still be possible to hold a referendum in this period if a petition of 5% of electors is presented to the Council asking for a referendum of Liverpool electors to vote on whether to change the governance model.

City Solicitor, Dan Fenwick, said:- "We want to give as many people as possible the chance to have their say over the future governance of Liverpool City Council. We've introduced this to ensure that those without access to the online survey have an additional way to respond in addition to emailing the Council or in writing.  We recognise that not everyone has easy access to a computer, which is why we are taking the step of putting ballot boxes in key locations spread across the City. For security reasons, they are sealed and will only be opened during the evaluation. If you have already had your say, please do so. If you have, please do not submit further comments. We will be checking for duplicate responses to check for multiple responses. People's views in the consultation will be reported back to the Council, which will make the final decision on whether to keep the Mayoralty or move to a different model of governance from May 2023."

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