Who’d be a Lib Dem press officer?

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2010

The mood emerging from Sunday’s special conference – which overwhelmingly endorsed the Lib Dem leadership’s decision to enter into a coalition agreement with the Conservatives – appears to have been almost universally positive, with even doubters rallying at the prospect of the historic opportunity open to the party.
But we wouldn’t be liberals unless we found […]

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #169

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 169th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (9th – 15th May, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
Don’t forget: you can now sign up to […]

Labour’s Liam Byrne confesses all to David Laws: “I am afraid to tell you there is no money left”

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2010

In the first Treasury press conference this morning of the coalition government, Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury David Laws revealed he’d received a letter from his Labour predecessor, Liam Byrne:
“When I arrived at my desk on the very first day as Chief Secretary, I found a letter from the previous chief secretary to […]

Arise, Lord Paddick? 95 new Lib Dem peers set to be created

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2010

The Times reports today that one of the first moves of the new Lib Dem / Conservative coalition government will be to create up to 172 new peers in the House of Lords to create political balance and “ensure that controversial legislation gets through Parliament”.
The current composition of the Lords is as follows:

Labour 211 (30%)
Conservative […]

Daily View 2×2: 17 May 2010 (with bonus ‘Prophet Steel’ video)

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2010

Happy Monday morning, everyone, and welcome to the first full week of Lib Dem / Conservative coalition government. Let’s get down to the news …
One Big Story

Lib Dem members give overwhelming thumbs-up to coalition government agreement
The Daily Telegraph has a fair-minded report proving that extraordinary things really can happen in the new politics (and in […]