Clegg: “Every primary school pupil should be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day”

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem conference on Wednesday will contain one new, significant policy announcement: all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from next September. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals […]

Bob Worcester forecasts Lib Dems to be reduced to 24 seats in 2015. I’ll run naked down Whitehall if that’s the result.

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

At a conference fringe meeting on Monday evening, the pollster’s pollster Bob Worcester, MORI’s founder, made a forecast of how many seats the Lib Dems will win at the 2015 election: 24. His prediction was based on current polling which he’d fed into the Electoral Calculus website and implied the number should be 17. His […]

My recommended reading for today September 17, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Polling: Not love, actually | Total Politics Important @philipjcowley article highlighting how (relatively) well rated LD MPs are by their voters http://bit.ly/18slLck A VIEW FROM HAM COMMON: EXCLUSIVE : Tim Farron's speech (…)

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Bedroom tax: Lib Dem conference says no – as do 53% of party members

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 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. Lib Dem conference representatives voted overwhelmingly to review the controversial policy known […]

Lib Dems reject 50p top-rate of tax by just 4 votes, 224 to 220

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

How many times have Lib Dems knocked on doors at 9.55pm to get out the last remaining identified voters because “your vote really could make a difference” in this election? Today’s vote on whether to keep the top-rate of tax levied on those earning £150k or more at 45p, or to pledge to raise it […]