Thirsk and Malton: Tory MP Anne McIntosh de-selected, 5-way marginal for 2015?

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Interesting news from Yorkshire, where controversial Tory MP Anne McIntosh has been de-selected by her local party following a ballot of local party members. Ms McIntosh has been in a long-running dispute with local officials about her political future. The MP, chair of the Environment Select Committee, said she still intended to fight the seat. […]

As football’s January transfer window closes why not play ‘Ukip Manager’?

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Here’s a snippet from Ukip’s 2010 general election manifesto: “Ukip would place a maximum of three foreign players in the starting line-up, as this would free up places for British players in the youth academies of these teams and spur the future development of home teams.” As Paul Haydon points out here, That would force […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #57: Nick Clegg

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Nick Clegg Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Reason: for liberal intervention on Syria, and liberal non-intervention on smoking in cars This is the first time I’ve nominated Nick Clegg as […]

University applications at record high levels post-fees – including from disadvantaged areas – yet again

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Well, this is all getting very repetitive. UCAS has published the latest statistics on full-time undergraduate applications to higher education in the UK this year. And yet again it’s shown that – despite the hyperbolic fears of those who said (…)

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My recommended reading for today January 31, 2014

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Disgruntled Radical: Update on Theresa's Law and how Liberal Democrat MPs voted Good news: 7 Lib Dem MPs voted the liberal way on the (…)

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Pupil Premium: is it working? Probably – but it’s not a quick-fix solution

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2014

The Pupil Premium – money targeted at children from low-income households – is the Lib Dems’ flagship education policy. By the end of the Parliament, it will be worth £2.5 billion, cash given directly to schools to spend as they wish on improving attainment outcomes. Is it working? That’s the question being asked, given the […]

My column for ConHome: The Rennard affair shows Lib Dem strengths as well as weaknesses

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. I was told I couldn’t shirk the responsibility of explaining the Rennard affair – so if you’ve had your fill of it, stop reading now. My thanks (…)

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Nick and Vince on the economy: Compare and Contrast

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

Nick Clegg today says the Coalition stuck to Plan A: Despite the endless clamour to change course on our economic strategy, we held our nerve and resisted calls for a Plan B – and it’s paying off. Vince Cable last night points (…)

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Lib Dem Deputy Leader election: result expected today at 7pm

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

Three Lib Dem MPs hope that by this evening they will be elected Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems – the post was vacated by Simon Hughes when he was appointed Justice Minister. The three competing for the post are (in strict surname order) Gordon Birtwhistle, Sir Malcolm Bruce and Lorely Burt. The electorate is […]

Lib Dems on the front page. Don’t worry, this time it’s for our tax policies

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

“Lib Dems declare war on rich” is the hyperbolic front page of today’s Independent. It’s tagged ‘exclusive’ though the article seems to be reporting Lib Dem policy as approved by the party’s September 2013 conference – namely: (1) Introduce a Mansion Tax, applicable at 1% on the value of a residential property in excess of […]