Liberal Hero of the Week #69: Anna Lo

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 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.  Anna Lo Alliance Party member for Belfast South in the Northern Ireland Assembly Reason: For championing non-sectarian tolerance. Now what we in the mainland euphemistically referred to as ‘The Troubles’ are over […]

My recommended reading for today May 30, 2014

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… The crushed Lib Dems have a bright future | The Times I agree work almost all this @pcollinstimes piece, except idea Clegg can secure (…)

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Was the LibDemVoice poll on Nick Clegg’s leadership a fix? #QTWTAIN

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2014

(#QTWTAIN = Question To Which The Answer Is No, an abbreviation made famous by the Independent’s John Rentoul) I decided weeks ago that, come what may, LibDemVoice needed to carry out a survey of party members immediately after the local and European election results were declared asking what people thought about Nick Clegg’s leadership. I […]

Why I am one of the 39% of Lib Dem members who thinks Nick Clegg should stand down as leader

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2014

Yesterday LibDemVoice reported a survey we conducted of 992 party members on Nick Clegg’s future as party leader. I was one of the 39% who chose the option that Nick should stand down now. Let me explain why… I have (…)

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Mark Pack’s verdict on those ICM polls: “not sensible figures for anyone to draw a conclusion from”

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2014

My former co-editor here at LibDemVoice, Mark Pack, has been taking a detailed look in his latest Liberal Democrat Newswire at those ICM constituency polls commissioned by Lord Oakeshott. Here’s his take on them: It’s not only the attempted anonymous funding of the polls that’s questionable. So too is the way they were worded. Even […]

5 reasons why Nick Clegg will survive as Lib Dem leader

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2014

5 reasons Clegg will survive: 1) Majority of Lib Dem members (54%) want him to… — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) May 27, 2014   5 reasons Clegg will survive: 2) No Lib Dem MP has said they will stand against him… (…)

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: 54% of Lib Dem members want Nick Clegg to stay as leader

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think about the performance of the Lib Dems and party leader Nick Clegg at the most recent set of local and European elections. 992 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results today. Here’s the summary […]

Ouch. My first thoughts on the European election results for the four main parties

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2014

The results are all but in (Scotland will formal declare later today) and the scores on the doors make depressing reading for the Lib Dems – here’s the BBC’s breakdown: Here are 5 quick points: 1) A good night for Ukip Fair do’s to Farage: he inverted the usual expectations management game by vowing Ukip […]

Special post-election LDV members’ survey now live

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2014

The new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the 1,600+ registered members of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum — and any paid-up party member is welcome to join — then you now have the opportunity to make your views known. This is a brief survey, focused on the performance […]

My Total Politics column: The pragmatists have it – why Clegg will cling on

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2014

Thursday, 22nd May, was the Lib Dems’ own Black Thursday. Over the following four long, agonising days, the party watched as first the local and then the European election results brutally revealed the cost of entering into coalition with the (…)

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