The results of the other Lib Dem Parliamentary contest – Lords Dholakia and Alderdice elected

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2010

Simon Hughes was not the only Deputy Leader elected last night … While Simon was elected deputy of the parliamentary party in the House of Commons (though in reality he’ll be known as the deputy leader of the party), Lord (Navnit) Dholakia was re-elected unopposed as deputy leader of the parliamentary party in the House […]

Want to know who the most liberal Labour leadership contender is?

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2010

Before the election, Lib Dem Voice launched How Authoritarian is your MP?, a website which ranked how authoritarian – or liberal – were MPs in the 2005-10 parliament based on their voting record on 10 key issues. These ranged from ID cards to detention without trial to freedom of speech.
The five candidates for the […]

The £551k paid to the Lib Dems’ 16 departing MPs

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2010

The Taxpayers’ Alliance has published today figures showing how much money was paid to MPs who departed the House of Commons, either voluntarily or through defeat, at the general election a month ago.
As its report notes, departing MPs are entitled to a one-off Resettlement Grant of 50-100 percent of their annual salary, dependent on their […]

Has something gone wrong with political reporting in the UK?

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2010

That’s the question asked today by Lib Dem blogger Andy Hinton in an article titled, If you want to keep something secret…
Andy highlights the mangled reporting of the BBC in claiming that Nick Clegg is back-tracking on the coalition government’s commitment to fixed-term parliaments by fleshing out further details on the proposed 55% dissolution […]

Clegg makes “impressive” debut at despatch box as DPM, sets out radical political reform plans

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

Nick Clegg debuted in front of the House of Commons today in his new role (yes, it is still new: it’s only a month since the election) as deputy prime minister. And he used the occasion to set out how the new coalition government will make good the political reforms radical political reform plans that […]

Cameron won’t campaign against AV in referendum

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

Yesterday’s Times reported the news that David Cameron has decided not to spend his political capital campaigning against electoral reform, whenever the referendum on changing from first-past-the-post to the alternative vote is to be held: Cameron insisted he remained a supporter of the present voting system: “I will not change my view that the alternative […]

Coalition to rule out ‘pay as you throw’ waste charge – but why do they think it’s their job?

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

The Guardian reports: Ministers are expected to announce that they are scrapping Labour plans to introduce “pay as you throw” rubbish schemes. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, and Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, will confirm that they will end schemes in which people are charged for household waste collections or for producing too much rubbish. […]

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #172

by Stephen Tall on June 6, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 172nd 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 (30th May – 5th June, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. Don’t forget: you […]

The LDV Saturday caption competition: Lib Dem deputy leadership “Tim Farron cashes in” edition

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader … (Photo credit: Alex Folkes/Fishnik Photography). Here’s contender for the Lib Dem deputy leadership Tim Farron at the Lib Dem conference last autumn, drumming up funds for the party. What do you reckon he might be thinking, […]

Shouldn’t Labour MPs just nominate the candidate they think is best for the job?

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2010

I’ve been intrigued these past couple of days to see the main Labour blogs fall over themselves to argue that the current three front-runners for the Labour leadership – now they have the MP nominations needed to be on the ballot – should urge their parliamentary colleagues to nominate one of the three also-ran contenders […]