In other news…

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week…

  • Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt is taking on sexism in the BBC: ‘The BBC must ensure there are more women presenters and executives working on its radio network if it is to justify its licence fee, MP Tessa Munt said today after she found that in some cases there were fewer female voices than 25 years ago.’
  • The FT reports how Danny Alexander, Lib Dem Treasury chief secretary, has highlighted a crackdown on high pay in the public sector: Danny has the power to sign off any new pay deal of more than £142,000 — equivalent to the salary of the prime minister — and has revealed he has authorised top salaries to be cut or frozen in 68 cases since the general election.
  • Nick Clegg visited fast-food chain McDonalds and welcomed the firm’s plans for expansion: “It’s fantastic McDonald’s is creating 2,500 new jobs and that over half will go to young people.”
  • The BBC recounts here how Lib Dem MP Andrew Stunell ‘inadvertently found himself in the wrong lobby in a Commons vote after a mix-up with a glass of water’.
  • A leading Lib Dem councillor in Stockport has defected to the Tories.
  • Lib Dem energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne has bought a house. This news has caused shock and outrage in the Mirror and Mail, but the Southern Daily Echo is a little more restrained.
  • A new site for young, blogging Lib Dems has been launched: the delightfully-titled The Libertine — do pop over and have a read.
  • * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.