A confession: I’m a Lib Dem and I support elected police commissioners

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2012

Here’s the thing: I don’t have a problem with elected police commissioners. I know they were a Tory manifesto idea and that the Lib Dems are opposed to them (while reluctantly agreeing to vote for them as part of the Coalition Agreement). But I’m just fine with them. My support for directly elected police commissioners […]

Government suffers defeat in Lords over ‘new poll tax’ changes to council tax benefits

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2012

The Government has suffered a defeat today on changes to the system of paying council tax benefit. As part of the Coalition’s existing welfare cuts, council tax relief is being reduced and local authorities are being given the power to set their own eligibility criteria from April 2013. As the Financial Times reported last week: […]

Why the Lib Dems are standing for barely half the elected police commissioner posts

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2012

With nominations closed and the elections less than a month away, time for a quick recap on where the Lib Dems are at in the forthcoming police commissioner elections. As ConHome has taken some pleasure in pointing out, the party is standing in 23 out of the 41 contests, little more than half. A little […]