Is Wirral Council deliberately trying to kill off any transparency about elections?

                                             

By John Brace – Local Government Editor

Since the fiasco where Wirral Council decided to black out from the inspection copies all details of donations to political campaigns (rather than just the home addresses of individual donors contrary to Electoral Commission guidance) I’d decided instead during an inspection (which is free) to take my own copies as it saves 20 pence a page and having to ask Wirral Council to do it again after it gets done wrong the first time (which is annoying).
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What’s in the emergency legislation (Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020)?

                                              

Arrowe Park Walk In Centre 8th November 2018

Arrowe Park Walk In Centre 8th November 2018 – Arrowe Park Hospital is still open as usual

By John Brace – Local Government Editor

On Monday, the Health Minister Matt Hancock using Henry VIII powers made it a criminal offence to try and leave Covid-19 (2019-nCov) quarantine (as well as making other matters a criminal offence too). Parliament will have its say on the regulations after they’ve come into force (rather than the more usual situation which is before).
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Majority of councillors on Merseyside Police and Crime Panel agreed to increase in police element of council tax (Wirral, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley) from April 2020 as part of outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy’s last budget

                       

By John Brace – Local Government Editor
and
Leonora Brace – Justice Correspondent

Cllr Les Rowlands and Cllr Adrian Jones (foreground) Merseyside Police and Crime Panel 7th February 2020

Cllr Les Rowlands and Cllr Adrian Jones (foreground) Merseyside Police and Crime Panel 7th February 2020

We were off to Knowsley Council in Huyton for a public meeting of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel this morning (7th February 2020) when councillors (the two from Wirral were Cllr Adrian Jones (Labour) and Cllr Les Rowlands (Conservative)) (pictured above) decided to increase the police element of council tax from April 2020.
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Linked High Court libel case and gross negligence case (Birkenhead County Court) against Wirral Council holds further hearing before DJ Hennessy in Birkenhead on capacity and limitation

                                       

Birkenhead County Court entrance 5th October 2018

Birkenhead County Court entrance 5th October 2018 which was the venue for the hearing

By John Brace – Local Government Editor
and
Leonora Brace – Justice Correspondent

The following is a report on the hearing held on the afternoon of the 5th February 2020 in Judges’ Chambers on the 4th floor at Birkenhead County Court. Chalmers v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council is two linked cases (E14YJ013 and E24YJ652). One case involves allegations of libel, the other case allegations of negligence. Both linked cases were heard in front of District Judge Hennessy. Mr Ali Bayatti (an in-house solicitor) was representing Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Ms Chalmers was present and was assisted by a McKenzie Friend.

Comments are turned off due to the ongoing nature of the case.
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What is a lesson that can be learnt about the coronavirus episode?

                                   

University of Liverpool ID card John Brace 2018 (which is not the year this story happened)

University of Liverpool ID card John Brace 2018 (which is not the year this story happened)

人生就是戏 演不完的戏
有的时候悲 有的时候喜
演戏的人儿最呀最希奇
最呀最希奇
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