Tim Farron tells it straight: a disappointing, distressing, devastating first year… but Lib Dems remain determined

by Stephen Tall on September 10, 2011

It’s not often that forewords to the Lib Dem conference directory by the party president make media headlines. But Tim Farron’s honest appriasal of the past 500 days of the Lib Dems in Coalition has done just that — ‘Naive’ Liberal Democrats have suffered a loss of identity, says Tim Farron in The Guardian. The […]

Update on Lib Dem conference accreditation: 5,617 approved, 138 in progress, 150 pending. One person refused.

by Stephen Tall on September 10, 2011

Jon Ball has just updated live from the Lib Dems’ Federal Conference Committee with the latest on the party’s conference accreditation which has provoked such internal controversy in recent weeks: Lib Dem conference accreditation update from FCC. 5,617 people have been approved. 138 applications are in progress. There are issues with 150 applications in various […]

LDVideo | George Osborne’s GQ award embarrassment: when political jokes go bad (and when they go right)

by Stephen Tall on September 10, 2011

The Chancellor George Osborne has been left red-faced by his controversially potty-mouthed acceptance speech at the GQ awards when picking up a gong. His references to the magazine’s adult content, and use of the word ‘wankers’, has attracted widespread criticism for crudeness, and conduct unbecoming the dignity of his office — even his usual supporters […]