LDV Sunday caption competition: “Jeremy Browne passes the hat” edition

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader … (Credit: UK in Indonesia, hat-tip Andrea Gill). Here’s Jeremy Browne, Taunton Deane Lib Dem MP and Minister of State at the Foreign Office, marking the launch of the Indonesian Embassy’s new hybrid car “Prius” at the […]

Tory MP Rory Stewart labels his constituents “primitives”

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2010

The Cumbrian News and Star reports on rising star Tory MP Rory Stewart’s fulsome apology following some bizarrely gauche comments about his constiutuency to a journalist, including the remark: “Some areas around here are pretty primitive, people holding up their trousers with bits of twine and that sort of thing.” His local paper says that […]

Lib Dem MP Duncan Hames delivers his Mpinions

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

Duncan Hames, the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham is the second of our newbie MPs to take part in a viral video campaign called ‘Mpinions’. Here’s the spiel from its creators: Mpinions is allowing new MPs to properly introduce themselves to you and all in a few easily-digestible minutes! Consider it the speed dating of […]

LDV TwtPoll – right or wrong to deny Nick Griffin entry to the Buckingham Palace garden party?

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

A couple of days ago, Lib Dem Voice tweeted an instant poll asking the question, “Was it right or wrong for BNP leader Nick Griffin to be denied entry to the Buckingham Palace garden party?” The poll’s still open, and you can vote here – here’s how voting currently stands: All in all, pretty close, […]

Williams: Coalition has done more for Equitable Life victims in 10 weeks than Labour did in 10 years

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

Here’s an important story that Lib Dem Voice omitted to give the space it deserves this week: Commenting on the Coalition Government’s announcement that it has introduced a Bill to compensate Equitable Life policyholders, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Treasury Policy Committee, Stephen Williams said: “The Labour Government had 10 years to help the those […]

Nick Clegg meets … Showing the Lib Dem fight against the Tories is alive and well

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

In just over an hour’s time, at 2pm, the Lib Dem leader is holding the first of his ‘Nick Clegg meets …’ open question-and-answer sessions outside of his own constituency. This isn’t a party event: this is a chance for voters to question the Deputy Prime Minister, and will be broadcast live on TV. It’s […]

Ah, so that’s what happened to David Davis

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

The 10th July is an anniversary I forgot to mark here on Lib Dem Voice. For it was two years ago, on that day, that David Davis won the Haltemprice and Howden by-election he had himself forced as a self-declared referendum on civil liberties. At the time, I was fairly sympathetic to the impact of […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-07-23

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2010

@caronmlindsay Don't worry, you can watch Zac Goldsmith here http://ldv.org.uk/20326 🙂 Again and again and again … in reply to caronmlindsay # Yay, just been sent my review copy of Nicholas Jones's Campaign 2010 http://amzn.to/clJUuI That's this weekend's reading material (…)

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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 […]