In other news… London PPBs, Clegg paint attack, Turing pardon latest, Darlington Lib Dem leader barred

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2012

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

  • Lib Dems fight reduction of their party political broadcasts in London (Guardian)
  • Provisional plans being drawn up by the BBC suggest giving the Lib Dems two party political broadcasts for the elections – the same as the Green party – rather than the three the Lib Dems enjoyed alongside Labour and the Conservatives in 2008. … A party source said the Lib Dems were confident the decision would be overturned, given that they have seven MPs in the capital, 246 councillors, and in light of the party’s vote share in London at the 2010 general election.

  • Student admits splattering Nick Clegg with paint in Glasgow (BBC)
  • A former Liberal Democrat activist has admitted splattering Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with blue paint. Stuart Rodger threw an egg containing the liquid as Mr Clegg made a visit to Glasgow to meet party representatives last August. The politics student later declared that Lib Dem leader Mr Clegg had “deserved it”. He was fined £200 at Glasgow Sheriff Court after admitting a breach of the peace.

  • Lib Dem MP John Leech hopes to use cases of First World War deserters in quest to pardon Alan Turing (Manchester Evening News)
  • Five years ago, ministers agreed to posthumously pardon soldiers who deserted while suffering shell shock – as their condition was not recognised at the time. Now Withington MP John Leech, who tabled a motion in the Commons calling for a pardon, hopes to apply the same theory to clear Turing’s name. … Mr Leech, who has also written to justice secretary Ken Clarke, said: “If people had been aware of shell shock those First World War soldiers would not have been convicted. I think a precedent has been set that where the law was wrong, it should be made right after the facts are known.

  • Row as party leader barred from council (Northern Echo)
  • A ROW has broken out after a party leader was barred from sitting on a council for failing to attend a meeting for six months. Darlington Borough Council’s Lib Dem leader Martin Swainston, who vowed to challenge the decision, said he was furious and believes it was politically motivated. He said he has missed meetings because he has been caring for his wife, who has been seriously ill for two years, and has confided in council officers about his problems as well as submitting apologies for all missed attendances.

    * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.