++ David Heath announces he will stand down as an MP in 2015

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Lib Dem MP for Somerton and Frome David Heath, who earlier this week lost his rural affairs ministerial job, will stand down at the next election: OFFICIAL: David Heath MP has announced he will stand down as an MP in 2015. — Claire Hudson (@Clairefrome) October 11, 2013   Elected in 1997 by just 130 […]

CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #49: Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies MEPs within the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) group Reason: for stopping the European Commission’s proposal that electronic cigarettes should be treated […]

My recommended reading for today October 11, 2013

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Toynbee/Guardian row back on blaming Tories for Baby P death | Trending Central Toynbee/Gdn argue headlines need to be read in context of story http://bit.ly/1cDfrpX Where have I heard that defence before? (…)

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As Channel 4 News goes on titillating ‘fishing trip’, Sarah Teather calls them out

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

I wasn’t too impressed by the timing of Sarah Teather’s announcement — on the eve of the party’s conference — that she wouldn’t be standing as a Lib Dem at the next election. But I was impressed by her performance on Channel 4 News last night. Invited on to talk about immigration in her first […]

The 17th Tory policy Lib Dems have blocked: Clegg rejects Theresa May’s plans to impose new immigration regulations on private landlords

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Perhaps the silliest proposal in a generally thread-bare Queen’s Speech in May was the Conservatives’ plan to ‘look busy’ on immigration. Yes, the party that claims to want to cut back red-tape for small businesses decided to try and tie-up private landlords in it by imposing a legal duty on them check the immigration status […]