Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q1, 2011)

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2011

The Electoral Commission has this past week published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties, showing that the Lib Dems raised £810,029 in the first three months of this year. (At the foot of this post is the full breakdown of cash and non-cash donations received by quarter since 2005, and annually […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-05-27

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2011

There's a serious risk I might arrive early for the @libdemvoice meet-up. This will confuse everyone, including me. # RT @sarabedford: Sitting in the London sunshine with @stephentall @markpack @helenduffett and @artesea « she is, y'know. # Guido Fawkes vs (…)

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Was Lib Dem MP John Hemming right to name Ryan Giggs as superinjunction footballer?

by Stephen Tall on May 23, 2011

The media can now, openly and legitimately, report the name of the Premiership footballer alleged to have had an affair with a former reality show contestant. That the name ‘Ryan Giggs’ is public is down to Lib Dem MP John Hemming, who ‘outed’ the Manchester United star in the House of Commons this afternoon using […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-05-20

by Stephen Tall on May 20, 2011

Okay, so I've been totally converted to Misfits. Better than Skins (tho I still prefer Skins, u get me?). But big up for C4. # Tortillas, tacos and tempranillo ready: so bring it on #Eurovision # Okay, so my faves (…)

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David Rendel on opposing the Coalition’s formation: “I felt very lonely indeed”

by Stephen Tall on May 16, 2011

David Rendel, former Lib Dem MP for Newbury and one-time candidate for the party leadership, has broken his silence about being the sole member of the party’s ruling Federal Executive to vote against the formation of the Coalition with the Conservatives one year ago. Speaking to the BBC, David recalls: “It was very lonely being […]

In support of equality before the law, and of David Laws

by Stephen Tall on May 16, 2011

Equality before the law is a pretty fundamental liberal maxim. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve come from, what you do: Lady Justice should always be blind. Last week, the Sentencing Council for England and Wales began a (…)

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Nick Clegg’s irrelevance to loss of AV vote

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2011

How important was Nick Clegg to the loss of the referendum to reform the electoral system? Very important if you believe this anonymous source quoted recently in The Guardian (hat-tip to James Graham): Last night a senior source in the campaign for the alternative vote admitted they knew “very early on” that there was no […]

How I narrowly avoided becoming a poster boy for Lib Dem misery

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2011

Andy Strange has written a wonderful blog-post — How I became a poster boy for Lib Dem misery — full of pathos (I was going to call it ‘pathetic’, but reckoned the adjective might be misconstrued). Do go and read (…)

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What you think of Lib Dem Voice’s comments policy… your chance to comment!

by Stephen Tall on May 14, 2011

In our most recent survey of Lib Dem members signed-up our discussion forum, we asked what folk think of the comments posted by our readers on the public blog. We’ve tried different approaches to comment moderation on Lib Dem Voice. Initially, we were uber-liberal almost laissez-faire, only moderating comments which we judged were legally risky. […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-05-13

by Stephen Tall on May 13, 2011

@Andrew_ComRes Don't your polls ask how folk will vote in general election tho? in reply to Andrew_ComRes # @charlotteahenry Totally agree. A year is a long time in politics :~ in reply to charlotteahenry # RT @NickThornsby My post-Thursday ruminations: (…)

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