BBC Question Time (26/2/09): open thread

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2009

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, is the party’s representative on tonight’s Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT). Kirsty will be joined on the panel by the permatanned Peter (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #105

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2009

Welcome to the 105th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (15th-21st February 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise (…)

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Tavish vetoes SNP independence referendum hopes

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2009

Despite Lord (Paddy) Ashdown’s public declaration last week that the Lib Dems should support a referendum on Scottish independence, Tavis Scott has made it clear he won’t budge – here’s today’s Daily Telegraph: Tavish Scott, the Scottish Lib Dem leader (…)

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Those Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q4, 2008)

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2009

The Electoral Commission has published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties this week, and LDV’s own Mark Pack has already blogged his success in getting the Commission to report the figures accurately. The Commission’s website does (…)

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Cable leads Lib Dem sympathies for the Camerons

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2009

This morning’s tragic news that David and Samantha Cameron’s eldest son Ivan has died led to the suspension of this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions. Instead, party representatives offered condolences to the Camerons, with Vince Cable leading the Lib Dem sympathies (…)

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David Cameron's son, Ivan, dies

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2009

The BBC brings us the sad news: Conservative leader David Cameron’s eldest son Ivan has died in hospital. The six-year-old, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, became ill overnight and was taken to St Mary’s hospital where he died early (…)

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ConHome: ‘Tories ponder “generous outreach to Lib Dems”’ Love-bomb or genuine?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2009

ConservativeHome co-editor Tim Montgomerie has authored a piece today in which he outlines a debate he claims is being had by senior Tories concerning ‘the extent of outreach that should be made to the Liberal Democrats in the event of (…)

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Congratulations to Nick and Miriam

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2009

Warmest congratulations and good wishes to Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez on the birth of their third child, Miguel. Here’s the BBC report: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s wife Mirian [sic] has given birth to a son Miguel – (…)

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Who'd be a Labour or Tory MP right now?

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2009

Here’s a short exercise for a Sunday afternoon: if you woke up today and were one of the following, how would you be feeling? 1) a Labour MP 2) a Tory MP It’s not quite as straightforward as it seems. (…)

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Vince features in the FT's 'My first million'

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2009

Not had your fill of Vince Cable stories this week? In which case, you can read more about the Lib Dem deputy leader in today’s Financial Times, where he answers questions such as: What is the secret of your success? (…)

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