The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman previews ‘Coalition and Beyond’

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

On Monday night, I helped launch Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Next Decade, a collection of 20 essays published by Liberal Reform which I edited. Good turnout for our launch of “The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for (…)

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Our survey says Lib Dems want a 50p top-rate of tax – but will they vote for it at conference?

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 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. Almost 700 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. 56% of Lib Dem members back a 50p rate of top-rate tax […]

Nick Clegg Conference Q&A: live-blog

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

A relaxed looking, tieless Nick Clegg is about to take to the conference floor, for the second time today, to take questions from conference representatives… Zero-hour contracts: 2.47 pm… Pauline Wilson (SE Cambridgeshire) says they work for her grandson, so please don’t ban them. Nick Clegg says yes, they do work for some, but can […]

Vince pitches for the Lib Dems to be the new unity party; Nick breathes a sigh of relief

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Overnight it was reported that Vince Cable wouldn’t be attending the Lib Dem debate on the economy because he would be busy preparing his keynote speech to conference. As diplomatic excuses go, it wasn’t subtle. In the end he managed to combine both, belatedly joining the debate thronged by cameras, before his turn to take […]

My recommended reading for today September 16, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Economy motion carried: Nick Clegg wins overwhelming backing from Lib Dem conference My take on the #ldconf economy motion: @timfarron won it. Then @Nick_Clegg did too. http://bit.ly/1ehOCbs The Lib Dem conference economy (…)

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Economy motion carried: Nick Clegg wins overwhelming backing from Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Lib Dem conference has spoken — and it has overwhelmingly backed Nick Clegg. Before the debate I had a hunch the result would be somewhat different. Though Nick had shrugged off a reported split with Vince Cable as “a storm in a tea cup”, I thought Vince’s obvious discontent with the decision to make this […]

The Lib Dem conference economy debate: Nick Clegg raises the stakes. He’ll have only himself to blame if he loses

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

After a weekend of averted rows – nuclear power and ‘fracking’ supported, axeing of tuition fees dropped – today’s debate on the economy will see a return to Lib Dem conference tradition: a dust-up between the leadership and the activists. A year ago, there was a poorly coordinated attempt by Lib Dem members within the […]