Reflections on Local Elections 2012

Traditionally, the first Thursday of May is local election day. This weekend, spare a thought for those good local councillors who have lost seats, not because of local issues, but because the electorate wanted to punish Messrs.Cameron and Clegg. I cut my teeth in...

Finding Somewhere For the Birds To Sing.

    Finding Somewhere For the Birds To Sing.   David Alton       People take various routes into politics. Mine was the well trod path from local government into the House of Commons. I now sit as an independent in the Lords.     Throughout the...

Memorabilia…article for "Total Politics"

  Memorabilia:  article for Total Politics David Alton My three items of political memorabilia are linked to Liverpool. The portrait is of William Roscoe, elected to the Commons in 1807 as a Liverpool Member – serving for just three months. During that Session William...

About David Alton

About DAVID ALTON… For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer. He began his career as a teacher but, in 1972, he was elected to Liverpool City Council as Britain's youngest City Councillor. Twenty...

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

With Andy Li During The Hong Kong Elections In the U.K. Parliament I have again asked the U.K. Government what information they have on the wellbeing of the 12 young prodemocracy activists from Hong Kong, arrested by China. I asked whether the U.K. has asked China to...

Home Office estimates that Hong Kongers coming to UK could generate £6bn in tax revenues. Lord Skidelsky suggests that a vibrant new city harnessing Hong Kong skills and drive could be created in the North and Education Ministers are asked to ensure that educational opportunities are put in place.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Hong Kongers coming to the UK could generate £6bn in tax revenues. The Telegraph report suggests that eligible Hong Kong residents looking to escape Chinese state repression can sidestep tests that other migrants will face from...