Joan Edwards’ solicitors state her wishes were “specifically checked”: she wanted bequest to go to parties

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

Another twist to add to the tale of Joan Edwards’ bequest. After the furore whipped-up by today’s Daily Mail, the Lib Dems and Conservatives had little choice but to renounce the cash. But it turns out that, by doing so, the donor’s actual wishes may well have been denied. Here’s the statement from her solicitors, […]

My recommended reading for today August 14, 2013

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Tories and Lib Dems shamed into handing back 500k 'robbed' from dead spinster Joan Edwards | Mail Online I think this is the closest the Lib Dems will get to an apology (…)

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++ Lib Dems to give party’s share of Miss Joan Edwards’ bequest to government (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

Here’s the breaking news… BREAKING: Lib Dem source tells me the party WILL be giving Joan Edwards’ money to the Government. Formal announcement very soon! — Michael Savage (@michaelsavage) August 14, 2013 The decision was inevitable, given the furore triggered by the Daily Mail’s story this morning. However, let’s be clear. The implication of the […]

Je ne regrette rien? Would Lib Dem members have voted for Coalition knowing what we know now?

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 600 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Since the Coalition began, I’ve been asking the question about whether members support the […]

Daily Mail accuses “grasping politicians of pocketing spinster’s £500,000 legacy”. Let’s have some facts first, please.

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

This morning’s Mail Online has a shocking headline: Grasping politicians pocket spinster’s £500,000 legacy she bequeathed to government to spend ‘as they may think fit’. The newspaper’s front page also splashes on the story (right). This follows the story we reported here yesterday of Miss Joan Edwards, who had apparently bequeathed £520k to the two […]

My column for ConHome: I’m holding on to my Lib Dem membership card. But what membership means is going to have to change

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2013

My fourth column for ConservativeHome — The Other Side — ran yesterday. You can read it here (and enjoy the comments from readers who aren’t, in the main, Lib Dems) or below. I’m enjoying the gig, and kudos to ConHome’s (…)

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