Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert leads charge to get parts of Digital Economy Act scrapped

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2010

Julian Huppert, newly elected Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, has made something of a splash in his first months in Parliament, taking up a number of liberal causes, such as the need for more evidence-based and scientific rigour in government decision-making. The Digital Economy Act is one such cause. reports: Julian Huppert said it […]

What would you do if you were David Miliband?

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2010

Let’s leave to one side, at least for the purposes of this post, David Miliband’s record as foreign secretary in the last Labour government. It would take a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for him over the events of the last week. To lose the Labour leadership for which he fought long and […]

Ed Miliband’s new-found opposition to the Iraq war: what his voting record shows

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2010

Ed Miliband was not an MP in 2003, when Labour and Conservative MPs voted en masse to approve the British invasion of Iraq: so we do not know how he would have voted if he had had the opportunity. The Ed-supporting New Statesman has been keen to promote his anti-Iraq war credentials — see for […]

Should the Lib Dems elect our (shadow) cabinet members?

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

The election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader — despite losing the vote among Labour party members and MPs/MEPs — presented an easy target for the Lib Dems, a party which has always believed in one-member-one-vote, and where the views of our MPs carry equal weight as any other party member. However, there is another […]

Ed Miliband’s leader’s speech: my first impressions

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

Well, that’s one job done: the new Labour leader (but not the New Labour leader: absolutely not) has got through his first, major task: to deliver his speech to the party conference. It seemed to me to best understood as a ‘detoxifying’ speech. Just as David Cameron’s biggest achievement as Tory leader was to make […]

Ed Miliband’s first conference speech as leader: the LDV live-blog

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

It’s being billed as a huge speech for Ed Miliband, his first chance to place a personal stamp on the Labour party. 2.25 pm Begins with thanks for advice from all delegates, “some of it unsolicited”, followed by warm tribute to brother David Miliband. Ed dismisses idea he’s more left-wing; David, he says, threatened to […]

The last book I read in 100 words: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2010

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré I blame Radio 4. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was one of the most taut, gripping, electrifying adaptations I’ve heard. So I felt I had to devour the famed Smiley (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #188

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 188th 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 (19th – 25th September, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. Don’t forget: you can […]

LDVideo conference edition (4): Paddy, Shirley, Trident and Stride

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Anyone starting to get conference withdrawal symptoms? For those of you who were there, here’s a few videos from the Lib Dem conference in Liverpool to help you catch up with what you missed by, erm, being there. And for those of you who weren’t there and saw it all on telly anyway… well, here’s […]

First thoughts on Ed Miliband’s election as Labour leader

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Here are some first thoughts on what Ed Miliband’s wafer-thin election victory in the contest to lead Labour might mean… 1. He’s going to have to work hard to prove he’s his own man. There’s no doubt the right-wing press and the Conservatives will do all they can to show Ed Miliband is little more […]