Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Keep winning!”

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Nick Clegg keeps it brief in his weekly email despatch to members and supporters (which, kudos to Lib Dem HQ, pinged into my inbox at the precise moment Nick’s conference speech finished) — building on the party’s victory at Eastleigh, he urges party members to “Tell our side of the story and keep winning.” I’ve […]

That Was The Day That Was – your essential Lib Dem conference round-up

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Here’s a few highlights from the second day’s action at Brighton… (You can catch up on my round-up of the first day-and-a-bit here.) Let’s start with the positive… First, if you haven’t yet, do read the Independent’s editorial today (I suspect someone in Nick Clegg’s office will have it framed for him): The Lib Dems […]

“On message. In volume. Over time.” That’s the real text of Nick Clegg’s speech today

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

It took 3,000+ words and Nick Clegg 30 minutes to deliver them — but there was only one message he wanted to be heard in his leader’s speech today: Only the Liberal Democrats can deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. That’s the core message, one that’s […]

Today’s Link-Love: March 10, 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… BBC News – Lib Dems: Mixed mood at spring conference To journos criticising my post on news media failures here’s classic example of what I had in mind http://bbc.in/13PaB4F (ht @alixmortimer) I (…)

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It’s not just the Lib Dem leadership trying to ignore the ‘secret courts’ row: the news media is too

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

I had an odd experience on Friday. I was doing a round of media interviews – 3 for TV, 3 for radio – previewing the Lib Dem conference. I’d been called by researchers in advance to ‘get my take’ on the key issues. Each time, I said there was a big issue on which the […]

++ Lib Dem conference overwhelmingly votes to oppose ‘secret courts’. Again.

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

You may be forgiven a sense of déjà vu: the Liberal Democrats have voted overwhelmingly to oppose secret courts legislation. Just as we did last September. Clegg faces blow at #LDConf as delegates vote to condemn Lib Dem MPs and peers for backing ‘secret courts’ – bit.ly/YkWSKS — AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) March 10, 2013 Here’s the […]

Jo Shaw quits Lib Dems in protest at leadership’s pro-secret courts position

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Jo Shaw dramatically announced her resignation from the party as she moved this morning’s emergency motion calling on our MPs to stick by the party’s policy of opposing ‘secret courts’. You can read Jo’s full statement at the foot of this post. It was Jo’s speech at the party’s autumn conference […]