Euro and London mayoral ballot deadlines extended

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Jonathan Davies, the party’s senior returning officer, has just posted the following message on LDV – it deserves flagging up: Because of the delays in the mail, we have extended the deadline for the return of ballot papers for both (…)

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Nominations close, and it’s official: Lib Dem leadership contest is two-horse race

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Nominations for MPs wishing to succeed Ming Campbell as Liberal Democrat leader closed today at 4.00 pm. And, as expected, just two candidates – Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne – have thrown their hats into the ring. There’s good coverage (…)

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Huhne launches his ‘Liberal Revolution’ manifesto

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Lib Dem leadership contender Chris Huhne today launched his manifesto under the heading ‘The Liberal Revolution’. You can read more on Chris’s website here. Here’s an extract from his foreword: Britain needs a radical party to change our society, not (…)

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Let’s hear it for Evan

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Over at the Daily Mail website (the things I read for Lib Dem Voice), Leo McKinstry has cobbled together an unpleasantly personal attack on Lib Dem MP, Evan Harris. The title gives away the prejudices of the author: ‘Meet Dr (…)

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Clegg: I’ll go to jail to halt ID card plans

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

The Guardian reports that Lib Dem leadership candidate Nick Clegg has announced he “will break the law and refuse to provide details of his identity if the government presses ahead with plans to make ID cards compulsory.” The full story (…)

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16 Labour and Tory London MPs claim for second homes

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

The Evening Standard yesterday named and shamed the 11 Labour and five Tory MPs representing constituencies in London, and all living within an hour’s commute of Westminster, who claim taxpayers’ money for a second home. You can read the full (…)

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CK on the Union

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has an article on the Guardian’s Comment Is Free website taking apart Malcolm Rifkind’s Tory proposals to create an English ‘grand committee’ to legislate on wholly English domestic policies. You can read it in (…)

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At last, some good news polls

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2007

Perhaps we should try not having a leader more often? The last three polls have shown support for the Lib Dems on the up after the nadir of mid-October. * Today’s Guardian ICM (compared with last poll): Tories 40%(-3), Labour (…)

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