Now that Scotland has its own internet domain – .scot – you can now access this site at www.dundeewestend.scot.   The original www.dundeewestend.com still works and the blog’s mirror site is still accessible at http://www.westendblog.org.uk.
The Dundee Liberal Democrat website is now also available via www.dundeelibdems.scot – again its original www.dundeelibdems.org.uk still works too! 

Top Councillor Blog!

Further to my recent item about the Total Politics 2011 Blog Awards, I was delighted to learn today that I have topped the poll in the “Top Councillor Blog” category and I can only repeat my thanks to all who voted for me this year.

In addition to some excellent Liberal Democrat councillors’ blogs, there was strong competition from excellent councillor bloggers from other parties including Rupert Reed (Green), Steve Tierney (Conservative) and long-standing councillor blogger Luke Akehurst (Labour).

And great to see my long-standing friend from Angus Council, Cllr David May, entering the Top 35 Councillor Blogs for the first time.

Total Politics Blog Awards 2011

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for www.dundeewestend.com in the recent Total Politics Blog Awards for 2011.

In the Scottish category, I have made the Top Ten for the first time (18th last year;  28th in 2009) and in the LibDem category, I have also made the Top Ten (18th last year;  31st in 2009).

I was 9th in the Councillor category in 2010 – the result in this category has yet to be announced.

I’m awfully grateful to all who have taken the trouble to vote for this blog – very many thanks!


ASLDC, the Scottish LibDems’ Association for councillors and campaigners, held a “Kickstart” event yesterday in Perth – a really useful event in preparation for next year’s council elections.

Ace blogger Caron has already done a resume of the day that’s rather better than anything I could have written (so have a read of it!)   I enjoyed speaking to the excellent turnout about blogging in a joint session with Caron, in which social networking and microblogging were also covered.

Willie Rennie gave a great speech to round off a really worthwhile day.  
Willie talks to the group
Some of the audience
Me in full flow!

Harrogate …

I’ve spent the last couple of days in Harrogate at my ‘day job’ employer’s annual conference – and this is the first time I have attempted to update www.dundeewestend.com from a train on the East Coast Main Line … so here goes …!

Lovely place Harrogate and beautiful weather yesterday …


Awards Dinner last night …

And not such a beautiful day today!  …