First coronavirus cases confirmed in York, UK Cabinet meets in Sunderland and Prime Minister expected to make televised adddress to nation later

                                  

Arrowe Park Walk In Centre 8th November 2018

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

As I write this (around noon on Friday) as far as I know the delayed flight to RAF Brize Norton is still en route (people on it will sent by coach to be quarantined in the staff accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital (part of the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust).
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After changes in 2014 allowing filming of local government meetings what are the safeguards proposed on filming and broadcast of judicial sentencing remarks in England and Wales?

                                    

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Footage of Liverpool City Council conferring the appointment of Honorary Recorder on His Honour Judge Menary QC 22nd May 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson nominating Honorary Recorder of Liverpool May 2019 Liverpool City Council

Mayor Joe Anderson nominating Honorary Recorder of Liverpool May 2019 Liverpool City Council

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

After a pilot of not for broadcast filming of sentencing remarks (which included Liverpool Crown Court) draft legislation regarding the filming and broadcasting of sentencing remarks has been laid as draft legislation by the Lord Chancellor (with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice).
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Wirral Council’s “independent auditors” Grant Thornton also advised Nicklaus Joint Venture Group over £26 million loan proposal (from Wirral Council)!

                       

Wirral Council Audit and Risk Management Committee 27th January 2020

Wirral Council Audit and Risk Management Committee 27th January 2020

By John Brace – Local Government Editor

This is a report on the Wirral Council Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held on the 27th January 2020.

Wirral Council is audited by a company called Grant Thornton.
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Green space and climate change protest leads to Lord Mayor adjourning Liverpool City Council meeting

                                           

Protest about green spaces and climate change outside Liverpool Town Hall 15th January 2020

Protest about green spaces and climate change outside Liverpool Town Hall 15th January 2020

By John Brace – Local Government Editor

Pictured above is a climate change protest outside Liverpool Town Hall that started prior to two public meetings of Liverpool City Council starting at 5.00 pm.

The protest continued outside Liverpool Town Hall after the first meeting started at 5.00 pm, with councillors doing their best to carry on.
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Councillors decide to end public meeting early and receive private briefing on possible £50 million overspend on works for new trains

                                              

Cllr Tom Crone (LCRCA Overview and Scrutiny Committee) 15th January 2020

Cllr Tom Crone (LCRCA Overview and Scrutiny Committee) 15th January 2020

 

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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee 15th January 2020 Part 2 of 2

By John Brace – Local Government Sketch Writer

Scrutiny of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and its proposed budget wasn’t going to happen in public today (15th January 2020). Why? Because the Chair of its Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Tom Crone decided to end the meeting early (partly because not enough councillors turned up to be quorate).

This was despite advice from the Monitoring Officer Jill Coule that the Scrutiny Committee could discuss the proposed budget at yet another inquorate meeting.
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