Hancock backs EU treaty referendum

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2007

Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South, Mike Hancock, has publicly demanded the Liberal Democrats support a referendum on the EU reform treaty – and says that that many of his Parliamentary colleagues agree. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World at (…)

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A decade to forget

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2007

It’s 10 years since we woke up to the news Diana, Princess of Wales had died. I suspect that, apart from the dwindling necro-band of Daily Express readers, many of us are somewhat fatigued by the wall-to-wall media coverage of (…)

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Lib Dem Blog of the Year awards

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2007

As I type, there are just 9 hours and 22 minutes left in which you can make your nominations for the 2007 Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year awards, this year run in conjunction with Lib Dem Voice. Full details (…)

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Good news for Lib Dems in Norfolk South: Charles Clarke has ‘no plans to quit’

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2007

According at any rate to the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: [Charles Clarke] dismissed suggestions he was ready to throw in the towel and insisted he had no plans to walk away from British politics or his city seat. “I don’t (…)

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How much the Lib Dems spent fighting the Welsh Assembly elections

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2007

The Electoral Commission has today published figures showing how much each of the political parties spent contesting May 2007’s Welsh Assembly elections. In total the Lib Dems spent £407,407 – £239,799 was spent by the party, with a further £167,608 (…)

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Economist praises Clegg’s “impressive” immigration proposals

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2007

Earlier in the week, Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems’ shadow home secretary, set out in The Observer his thinking on what a liberal immigration policy should look like. In particular, he tackled head-on the issue of what to do about (…)

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Boris hails a Lib Dem hero

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2007

Author, journalist, and occasional politician Boris Johnson has devoted his column in today’s Telegraph to hailing a new hero: Lib Dem peer, Lord Phillips of Sudbury. Here’s why: … last week he struck such a blow for freedom and common (…)

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‘Being Norman Lamb’ in the Staggers

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2007

The New Statesman blog devotes a column to the Norman Lamb Facebook saga: In an unprecedented turn of events, the blogosphere was focused on East Anglia for much of this week. Recent reports of identity thieves finding a rich resource (…)

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The EU Treaty: should we play the Yes/No game?

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2007

I’m not much of a one for havering on the big issues of the day, and still less for then writing about my havering. But the rights and wrongs of whether the Lib Dems should back Tory and Labour-rebel calls (…)

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Liberal Drinks hits Oxford

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2007

Yes, one month today the inaugural Oxford Liberal Drinks event takes place in my adopted hometown, the city of spying dreamers dreaming spires. Details are: 26th September, 2007, from 7.00 pm, at The Mitre, High Street, Oxford. (Naturally the event (…)

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