Huhne: scrap ID cards and put 10,000 bobbies on the beat. Three reasons why he's wrong

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2009

Amother day, another nail in the coffin of Labour’s increeasingly half-hearted attempts to force the British people to carry ID cards and enrtust their personal details to a national government database. The BBC reports: Home Secretary Alan Johnson has dropped (…)

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How are Lib Dem councillors using Twitter/Facebook?

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2009

Today’s Times reports on the growth of Twitter and Facebook among councillors, noting in particular the work of one Lib Dem councillor/blogger, Daisy Benson: Daisy Benson, a Liberal Democrat member of Reading Borough Council, used Facebook to encourage young people (…)

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Clegg on Brown's mini-manifesto: "a hotch-potch of unrelated Whitehall schemes"

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2009

Gordon Brown yesterday set out his policy plans for the next year, with headline proposals including: 110,000 affordable homes by 2011; changes to council house allocation rules which may give more preference to local residents under-25s out of work for (…)

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Norwich North poll date set for 23 July

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2009

The BBC has the story: The date for the Norwich North by-election, triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Ian Gibson, is expected to be set for 23 July. … He had a majority of just over 5,000 at the (…)

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Greater Manchester Lib Dem PPC defects to Labour

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2009

The Manchester Evening News has the story: A Liberal Democrat candidate for the next General Election has defected to Labour. Paul Moss had already been selected as candidate for Denton and Reddish but has now quit the party. Mr Moss (…)

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LDV Weekend Meme: fantasy liberal cabinet

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2009

Okay, so here’s a parlour game full of fun and frolics for all the family – name your top Lib Dem (or predecessor parties) MPs, living or dead, to fill your dream liberal cabinet. Here’s the tougher criterion: your choices (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #122

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2009

Welcome to the 122nd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (13th-20th June 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise (…)

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The LDV Saturday Open Thread (27 Jun ‘09): what’s on your mind?

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2009

We don’t do an LDV Daily View 2 x 2 round-up on Saturdays, so instead here’s an open thread. What stories have caught your eye? What issues are on your mind? Are you more in mourning for Michael Jackson or (…)

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YouTube 'cos we want to: Bercow, New Labour and Obama

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2009

Welcome to this Friday edition of our new LDV feature rounding up some of the best/worst/most curious political videos doing the rounds. Guaranteed Wimbledon/Jacko free. First up, let’s enjoy new Speaker John Bercow’s well-publicised spat with ITN reporter Tom Bradby. (…)

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Live from Norwich – ICM poll shows close result and Clegg stands by Lib Dem campaign

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, we have the first constituency poll of the Norwich North by-election campaign, and it shows a close contest in store. Before I give you the figures, though, it should come with two big health warnings. First, the (…)

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