LDV Members’ Survey (3): Your 338 highlights of the general election campaign

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the coalition, Labour leadership and the party’s general election result. Over 400 have responded, and here’s part three of what you’ve told us …
LDV asked: What was your number one highlight of the […]

The LDV Bank Holiday caption competition: Lib Dem deputy leadership “Simon Hughes mucks in” edition

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader …

(Image: via Flickr).
Here’s contender for the Lib Dem deputy leadership Simon Hughes hard at work, gardening for Springwatch in London. What do you reckon he might be thinking?
The winner of our most recent caption competition, the rather […]

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #171

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 171st weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (23rd – 29th May, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
Don’t forget: you can […]

Trying to find a bright spot among the depression of David Laws’ downfall

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2010

Well that was a depressing 24 hours, depressing in so many different ways.
I don’t think I’d describe David Laws’s forced resignation as either right, or wrong: it was quite simply inevitable. There was no way he personally, nor the coalition politically, could withstand the clamour for his head. Eventually he would have been dragged […]

LDV members’ survey (2): Labour leadership – Ed Miliband wins your vote (but Ed Balls would be best for Lib Dems)

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey this week of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the coalition, Labour leadership and the party’s general election result. Over 400 have responded, and here’s part two of what you’ve told us …
LDV asked: Putting aside your Lib Dem allegiance […]

David Laws: the view of party members – 59% say he should have stayed put

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2010

Lib Dem Voice polled party members registered on our members’ forum today asking them whether David Laws should resign following the Telegraph’s allegations over his expenses. Over 350 members responded, and here’s what you told us …
LDV asked: In the light of allegations made against Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury David Laws and […]

+++ David Laws resigns, Danny Alexander takes over as Chief Secretary

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2010

The BBC reports:
Liberal Democrat David Laws has resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after admitting he claimed expenses to pay rent to his partner.
Mr Laws said he would be standing down with immediate effect in a statement given at the Treasury.
He had earlier apologised and said he would pay back the money which the […]

LDV members’ survey (1): 67% say Lib Dem general election result “disappointing”

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey this week of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the coalition, Labour leadership and the party’s general election result. Over 400 have responded, and here’s part one of what you’ve told us …
LDV asked: How would you rate the Lib […]

David Laws: what should happen next?

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2010

Last night, Lib Dem Voice covered the Telegraph’s story that David Laws, the chief secretary to the treasury, has referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner because it is alleged his second home expenses claims breached the rules which state rent cannot be paid to an MP’s spouse.
The story is dominating today’s news agenda, […]

David Laws issues statement on his expenses and sexuality

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2010

David Laws has apologised, promised to pay back up to £40,000, and referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after the Telegraph published expenses claims showing he rented a room from his partner.
The paper’s story shows that David:

David claimed between £700 and £950 a month between 2004 and 2007 to sub-let a room […]