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Five things to say...

Five things to say...

by Sam Macrory / 16 Sep 2013 11:52

It's easily done. Put the wrong addresses into the 'cc' box, forget to check them, press send. We've all done it.

Unfortunately for the Liberal Democrats, a memo for MPs has just been sent out to about the worst audience of all.... the journalists at the Liberal Democrat conference. And worse than that, the memo is a collection of instructions for MPs on what lines to give.... the political journalists at the Liberal Democrat conference.

It might

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Lib Dems looking for Labour?

Lib Dems looking for Labour?

by Sam Macrory / 16 Sep 2013 01:15

To the delight of the watching Lib Dem masses, Ed Davey's conference speech on Sunday was peppered with its fair share of rabble-rousing Tory-bashing. Further proof of gloves being loosened, if not quite removed, as the coalition approaches its final 18 months.

But just as telling was the energy secretary's handling of the Labour Party. Sure, there was a rather wonkish attack on Labour’s policy to abolish energy regulator Ofgem, but Davey also expressed his desire

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Watch: why 2 Lib Dems resigned over secret courts

Watch: why 2 Lib Dems resigned over secret courts

by Ed Stradling / 05 Apr 2013 09:23

Ed Stradling's report on two Lib Dems, former election candidate Jo Shaw and Islington Councillor Greg Foxsmith, speaking out following their resignation from the party over the coalition's Justice and Security bill, which will allow judges in civil trials to hear evidence in secret in certain cases.

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Cynical or not, mansion tax is a coup for Labour

Cynical or not, mansion tax is a coup for Labour

by Ray Filar / 12 Mar 2013 15:17

 

Labour’s sudden conversion to the mansion tax cause could be that rumoured beast: a One Nation Labour policy. A real, One Nation-values espousing policy. The sort of concrete, saleable idea eagerly anticipated by party activists, who can now rejoice in the hope of more where that came from. By stealing a Liberal Democrat flagship policy to partially fund the return of the 10p tax rate, Labour may have just pulled off a

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What do yesterday's by-elections mean for the future?

What do yesterday's by-elections mean for the future?

by Emma Burnell / 30 Nov 2012 09:53

Three Labour by-election holds in three very traditional Labour seats; low turnout on a very cold November day; resentment of the Government reflected in a traditional mid-term kicking. So far, so politics as normal. Looked at through traditional political filters, there’s not an awful lot to see here.

Of course those filters might be right. History is littered with glittering moments for small political parties declaring a breakthrough at by-elections before crashing under

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Danny Alexander targets tax-dodgers

Danny Alexander targets tax-dodgers

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2012 11:10

Danny Alexander, a “fashion icon” in Pakistan (his words, not mine), and chief secretary to the Treasury, was rather off-key in his speech to conference today, following an otherwise hitherto sturdy performance.

He opened with addressing conference as “fellow plebs”, a staid joke by anyone’s standards now and not delivered with the necessary Cable-esque galumphing conviction. He later half-heartedly quipped that “Ed Balls and Ed Miliband have as much credibility as Andrew Mitchell’s

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Is Danny Alexander rescuing his Lib Dem roots?

Is Danny Alexander rescuing his Lib Dem roots?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2012 09:23

Delivering George Osborne’s austerity programme, seen chummily joshing with Oliver Letwin at a fringe event last night - admitting that the “only area we disagree on is Europe” - and generally being an all-round “proalition” representative, Danny Alexander seems to have got off lightly so far in terms of grassroots resentment.

Usually it’s for Nick Clegg to take the flak for right-wing tendencies or capitulation to the Tories at the top of the

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Ed Davey is all competition and no U-turn

Ed Davey is all competition and no U-turn

by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Sep 2012 11:00

Ed Davey, former pork pie manufacturer and current energy secretary, today gave a speech at Lib Dem conference championing the Green Deal and insisting that the Lib Dems would ensure there would be no coalition U-turns on their energy commitments.

 

"On our green future, there will be no turning back," was his emphatic conclusion. But is this a little unrealistic considering Tory

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Tim Farron's speech: a lesson in justifying the means

Tim Farron's speech: a lesson in justifying the means

by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Sep 2012 08:59

It all seemed like a classic Tim Farron conference offering at first.

Strains of 'Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside' were fading as he bounded onto the stage, brave enough to compare himself to Obama (though never quite to compare himself to Nick Clegg, leadership-wise) - "When Obama became president, he was given the nuclear codes. When I became president, I was given Matthew Oakeshott's phone number".

Both, he

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The Greens are the only true oppposition party

by Natalie Bennett / 18 Sep 2012 09:22

I stood for leader of the Green Party because I want to win many more people to the Green Party’s distinct, positive vision of the future.

We need to invest. Insulation and renewable energy, social care and good childcare, affordable/reliable public transport and social housing – we can get people back to work, and ensure they can pay their bills without getting deeper into debt or being left without the essentials of life.

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Votes open for Westminster Dog of the Year

Votes open for Westminster Dog of the Year

by Anoosh Chakelian / 01 Aug 2012 16:02

Many describe politics as a dog-eat-dog world, but it rarely gets more canine than this. The Westminster Dog of the Year competition, organised by the Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, will take place on 25 October in Victoria Tower Gardens, just a bone’s throw away from the Houses of Parliament.  Approaching its 20th anniversary, it is somewhat of an institution for MPs wishing to raise their pup-ularity ratings…and for headline writers nationwide.

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The Lib Dems stumble while UKIP surge

The Lib Dems stumble while UKIP surge

by Francesca Preece / 18 Apr 2012 10:30

A YouGov poll has revealed that the Lib Dems, that once-proud member of the elite 'top three' group of politicial parties, has fallen out of favour with the electorate and has now slumped to fourth. Against all the odds, the ‘fruitcake’ party, UKIP, have pipped the Liberals at the post – much to the disappointment of Nick Clegg.

While mayoral candidate Brian Paddick busies himself with a vanity trip around the capital, his

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