Clegg – urgent leaders meeting needed NOW to overhaul MPs’ expenses

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

As the furore over MPs’ expenses grows, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has written to Gordon Brown and David Cameron proposing they meet as soon as possible to work through how to reform, and restore trust in, the political system. (…)

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Nick Clegg attacks Policy Exchange for “offensive” and “underhand” briefing – UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

LDV readers may recall that last October, we ran a piece highlighting Nick Clegg’s attack on think-tank Policy exchange for circulating a a dossier questioning apparent extremist background of several of the events speakers at a forthcoming Global Peace and (…)

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At last, it's the Eric Pickles cock-up on YouTube

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

There may be one or two of you who haven’t yet seen the toe-curling embarrassment that was last week’s attempt by Tory party chairman Eric Pickles to defend MPs’ second homes on BBC1’s Question Time. Well, if you’re one of (…)

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LDV readers say: No to a minimum price for alcohol

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2009

On the day that chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson was recommending that the government establish a minimum price for alcohol (which would see the doubling of the price of many beers and spirits) LDV posed the question: Is it (…)

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NEW POLL: Should the Lib Dems back the seat winners or the vote winners?

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2009

Yes, I know, it’s a Hung Parliament question, and all Lib Dems hate those – after all, we’re a political party in our own right, not just an addendum to one of the other two consevative, reactionary, estabishment parties that (…)

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NEW: April '09 LDV members’ survey now live

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2009

After a bit of a hiatus, the LDV members’ surveys are set to be revived. So if you are a registered member of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum – and any paid-up party member is welcome to join – then (…)

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Eric Pickles’ QT cock-up – the eerie silence of the right-wing blogs

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2009

I blogged earlier today on LDV about Eric Pickles’ pitifully embarrassing performance on last night’s Question Time, the Tory chairman riling the audience with his tone-deaf defence of MPs’ second homes. It’s not just in Lib Dem circles that this (…)

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Clegg: no overall cut in taxes now, except for low- and middle-income earners

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2009

Last summer, when Nick Clegg launched the party’s Make It Happen policy statement, he made a bold declaration for a Lib Dem leader: that we would “get wasteful government spending under control, and look for ways to cut the overall (…)

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Missed BBC QT? Then catch up now with the Eric Pickles' slow-mo car crash

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2009

I didn’t imagine that last night’s BBC1 Question Time would be an especially memorable one – but my expectations were confounded by the efforts of Tory chairman Eric Pickles to dig himself into a deep, deep hole on MPs’ expenses. (…)

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Lib Dem peer reveals online Barclays tax documents

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2009

Here’s how The Guardian reports it: Liberal Democrat spokesman Lord Oakeshott used parliamentary privilege today to blow a hole in a gag order obtained by Barclays Bank over its tax avoidance scheme. The documents detailing the schemes, previously leaked to (…)

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