Telegraph names its ‘Top 50 most influential Lib Dems’ (Part I: Nos 50-26)

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Iain Dale and Brian Brivati have once again compiled for the Telegraph the list of 50 most influential Lib Dems, and today saw the publication of part one, covering numbers 26 to 50. At 50 is leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, Kirsty Williams; while propping up today’s list — just outside the top 25 […]

What did you make of Nick Clegg’s conference speech?

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

As the music fades, and the hoardes of conference delegates file out of the Liverpool hall, what did Voice readers make of what he had to say? Here’s my first impression… First, and above all, this was a sober speech. It wasn’t a barn-stormer, it didn’t grip by the throat or tug the heart-strings. This […]

Free schools, the Coalition, and the future of the Lib Dems – my 6-minute take

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Andrew Walker of Tweetminster caught up with me immediately after the Lib Dem motion opposing free schools was carried — it was one of the issues, alongside the Coalition and the future of the Lib Dems, that we discussed. You (…)

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Hancock calls on Clegg to “end dictatorship over the party by 20 Lib Dem ministers”

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Never say Mike Hancock doesn’t have a sense of timing… On the morning of Nick Clegg’s leader’s speech to the party conference, Mike has delivered what might be considered a stark warning: I would be grateful if you could confirm in your speech on Monday that you will in the future bring any fundamental policy […]

Grappling with government: how will we change our minds when the facts change?

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Sky News’s Adam Boulton has an interesting take on this year’s Lib Dem conference: … there is an overbearing sense of seriousness as the Lib Dems cogitate on the political hand dealt them after the last election. Far from glibly queuing to speak in debates, conference organisers report that party members are hanging back, wanting […]

LibDemVoice.org ‘Fairer? For Whom?’ fringe with Evan Harris, Susan Kramer, Will Straw (and me) – Listen Again

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

The second of the LibDemVoice.org conference events took place Sunday lunchtime at the conference arena in the mysteriously unsignposted Hall 1B (which appeared to be nowhere near either Hall 1, nor Hall 1C). After weeks, months even, of careful planning (…)

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