What links Colin Firth, Ken Macdonald, Brian Eno, Gurkha veteran Madan Kumar Gurung, Pam Giddy, Floella Benjamin and Duwayne Brooks?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2010

Well, all six of them have contributed to the soon-to-be-published opus, Why Vote Liberal Democrat?, published this Thursday. To pre-order your copy from Amazon, please click here.

Here’s the party press release blurb:

Actor Colin Firth, former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC and musician Brian Eno have all contributed to a book entitled ‘Why Vote Liberal Democrat’. The book, which goes on sale on Thursday, covers topics as varied as fair taxes, gay rights, looking after our armed forces, political reform and the fight against climate change.

Other contributors include Gurkha veteran Madan Kumar Gurung, political reform campaigner Pam Giddy and Duwayne Brooks, Stephen Lawrence’s best friend who was with him on the night he died.

And here’s what Nick Clegg has to say about it:

There are hundreds of reasons to vote Liberal Democrat, but there is also just one reason: the will to create a better, fairer Britain by doing things differently. This is what unites all the contributors to this book. I am delighted such a great group of people from so many different backgrounds have come together to share their reasons for backing the Liberal Democrats.”

For those keen to find out more, the contents listing is as follows:

    Foreword Danny Alexander MP
    What is Liberalism? Nick Clegg MP 1
    Building a Fair, Green Economy
    Fair taxes for all Mike Williams 5
    The road to a sustainable recovery Lord Sharman 10
    Driving renewal in Britain’s core cities Cllr John Shipley 17
    The Help You Need
    Help for children: right from the start Floella Benjamin 24
    Putting our health and our NHS in our hands Peter Whelan 29
    Transforming the lives of young people Elaine Bagshawe 35
    Cutting crime Brian Paddick 40
    Dignity and security in old age Baroness Barker 46
    Equal Voices, Equal Rights
    It’s the system, stupid Pam Giddy 52
    Freedom’s place in the fight against terrorism Sir Ken Macdonald 57
    Lifting the barriers for people with disabilities Robert Adamson 62
    Coming out for gay rights Ed Fordham 64
    Race equality and opportunity for all Cllr Duwayne Brooks 65
    No matter where you were born Colin Firth 67
    Real women, real chances Jo Swinson MP
    For Every Community of Britain
    Protection and prosperity for rural Britain Kate Parminter 75
    A fair deal for Wales Michael Woods 82
    Building a fairer Scotland John Loughton 86
    Stability and peace in Northern Ireland Alistair Carmichael MP 89
    Making a Difference in the World
    Protecting the planet for our children’s future Cllr Alexis Rowell 91
    Fitting our armed forces for the 21st century Col. Terry Scriven 96
    Leadership in the global age Prof. Noreena Hertz 100
    What the Liberal Democrats Mean to Me
    The courage to lead Brian Eno 109
    Standing against unfair extradition Janis Sharpe 113
    Listening to the forgotten people Cllr Karen Hamilton 115
    Fighting for veterans’ rights Madan Kumar Gurung 116