Tom Brake: ending of Yarl’s Wood child detention “a sign of Lib Dem influence in Government”

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

Tom Brake, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Justice, has given a warm welcome to the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today that the family unit at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, where children are detained awaiting deportation, will be closed. Tom commnets: Locking up innocent children for […]

How the Westminster Village media is still struggling with concept of coalition

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

It can be surprisingly easy to excite some journalists. Today is a case in point. Nick Clegg stood in for David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions. During his exchanges with Jack Straw (who was standing in for Labour’s Harriet Harman), the Deputy Prime Minister referred to the invasion of Iraq as “illegal”. To most people […]

The last word on the ‘first Liberal leader since the 1920s’ PMQs?

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

Were the Lib Dems right to tweet earlier today that Nick Clegg would taoday become “the first Liberal leader since 1922 to lead PMQs”? That’s the question that’s been raging today. My LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack believes he has the definitive answer, and has blogged it in his professional capacity here. His conclusion: “strictly speaking […]

What the Lib Dems have achieved in the Coalition Government

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

The party has this morning issued the following briefing note on the achievements of the Lib Dems within the Coalition Government … In just 10 weeks since the start of the Coalition Government, the Liberal Democrats have exerted a huge influence over its agenda. Going into the election the Liberal Democrats made clear that they […]

Lloyd George and PMQs – Lib Dems defend their history knowledge

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

There’s been discussion this morning – sparked by a tweet from Labour blogger Hopi Sen – about whether Lloyd George was indeed the last Liberal to face Prime Minister’s Questions. Hopi questioned the Lib Dem claim that Nick Clegg, when he stands in for David Cameron today, will be the first Liberal leader since 1922 […]