NEW POLL: Is the Coalition right to scrap NHS Direct?

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

The BBC reports: The government has confirmed it is planning to scrap the NHS Direct telephone service in England and replace it with a cheaper option. A new 111 helpline is already being piloted in the North East. It was previously reported that the new service may replace NHS Direct, but now the Department of […]

Dave reckons Mili-D’s the biggest threat: for the record, so do I

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

David Cameron has ‘let it be known’ (ie, his press team briefed the Guardian) that shadow foreign secretary David Miliband “poses the greatest threat to the Conservative party of all the candidates in the Labour leadership contest”. How to interpret this? Is Dave’s backing of David a cunning bluff: the Tory leader backing the most […]

Chilean miners, Labour Milibands and BBC cutbacks/attacks: reviewing the papers for BBC Radio Oxford

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

I had the fun of reviewing the Saturday papers for this morning’s BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show… I say fun: doing the programme is, having to get up early for the 30-minute cycle somewhat less so. Presented by Phil Mercer (…)

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LDV Saturday caption competition: “It’s Sarah Teather by a head” edition

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader … (Credit: Dave Radcliffe via Flickr). Here’s Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather addressing conference delegates at the Liberal Democrat 2010 Spring conference in Birmingham – what do you think she might be saying, or her audience might […]

LDV survey: 68% of Lib Dem members back nuclear as party of UK’s energy mix

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of a variety of key issues, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’ll be publishing the full results of our survey in the next few days. […]