Politics in pictures: How Cameron, Clegg & Miliband led from the front this week

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2012

It’s been a tumultuous week in the political world. So let’s have a look at how the three main party leaders led from the front in statesmanlike fashion… David Cameron played badminton in a suit… Ed Miliband bought sausage rolls in Greggs… … And Nick Clegg met President Obama to agree how the UK can […]

Bradford West by-election: 5 initial thoughts on an astonishing result

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2012

Here are some inital reflections on George Galloway’s stunning by-election win in Bradford West… Devastating for Labour… It is not simply the fact that Labour lost a seat they’ve held at every election since 1974. It is not simply the fact that they’ve become the first opposition party since William Hague’s Tories at Romsey 12 […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2012-03-30

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2012

A very fair point >> Redressing the balance between the generations by @ChrisANicholson http://t.co/3aXfNViF # Good news! » RT @BBCLondonOnline Liberal Democrats hold onto marginal seat in a by-election. http://t.co/fQ5dkfDy # @hopisen I'm confused you could have thought it was (…)

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+++ Labour crashes to sensational Bradford West by-election defeat to George Galloway

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2012

In a sensational result, George Galloway has won the Bradford West by-election for the Respect party. The former Glasgow and east London MP secured victory with more than half the votes cast, and a majority of more than 10,000. The result will be a body blow for Labour leader Ed Miliband, who had appeared to […]

A P.S. to my defence of Tim Farron (and in support of freedom)

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2012

This morning I blogged a defence of Tim Farron’s co-signing a letter challenging the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision to ban an advert making the claim ‘God can heal’, citing its lack of scientific evidence. This triggered a vigorous comments thread (…)

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In defence of Tim Farron: 3 liberal reasons to stick up for him

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2012

Lib Dem party president Tim Farron has caused something of a storm within the party by co-signing a letter in his capacity as Vice Chair of the ‘Christians in Parliament’ group urging the Advertising Standards Authority to withdraw their ruling “that the Healing On The Streets ministry in Bath are no longer able to claim, […]

Enough’s enough: 6 essential steps to help clean up the reputation of British politics

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2012

We’ve been here before: many times, under many different governments. The latest addition to the lexicon of big money politics scandals is Peter Cruddas’s crude cash-for-access fundraising, with influence on government policy touted for £250,000 a pop. Under Labour, we witnessed the Bernie Ecclestone affair, as well as the cash-for-honours scandal. To date this shared […]

Chris Nicholson resigns as CentreForum chief executive, appointed Ed Davey’s new special advisor

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2012

When Chris Huhne resigned as energy and climate change secretary last month, he didn’t just create a vacancy in the cabinet — his departure also triggered some musical chairs elsewhere. The same day Ed Davey was appointed Chris Huhne’s sucessor, Duncan Brack and Joel Kenrick departed as Chris’s special advisors. You can read Duncan’s take […]

LDV Caption Competition: Cameron & Miliband “We’re in this together” Funding Scandal Special Edition

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2012

For once, there IS a prize at stake. Better than that, there are TWO prizes. The best two entries of this week’s caption competition will each win a copy of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s diaries, A View from the Foothills. The hit book has now been adapted for the theatre as A Walk On […]

Another big money political scandal: can Lib Dems force Tories & Labour to take it seriously this time?

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2012

Let’s remember the words of David Cameron two years ago: … there is another big issue that we can no longer ignore. It is the next big scandal waiting to happen. It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, […]