My recommended reading for today August 31, 2014

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… BBC News – George Galloway 'badly bruised' after street attack Attack on George Galloway shows why even joking about wanting to punch political opponents (…)

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What if… David Davis had won the Tory leadership contest in 2005?

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2014

What-ifs are, as Peter Snow would say, just a bit of fun: a counter-factual parlour game for historians. It is impossible to know exactly how one event ricocheting off in a different direction would have altered the subsequent reality. This one does genuinely intrigue me, though: What if David Davis had won the Tory leadership […]

And the top book read by Lib Dem MPs this summer was…

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2014

Polling firm ComRes has published its annual list of the books MPs have been reading this year, based on a survey of 154 MPs weighted by party and region to be representative of the House of Commons. Here’s what Lib Dem MPs have taken to the beach with them… 2014 1. Capital in the 21st […]

A new Lib Dem presidential candidate enters the race

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2014

This is the text of the email I received this morning from Daisy Cooper: Today, I’m delighted to announce my candidacy for Liberal Democrat Party President, with the backing of Catherine Bearder MEP, Norman Baker MP, experienced councillors and some of the party’s finest campaigners. I have huge ambitions for our party. I’m 32 and […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 2

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2014

Congratulations to Nick Davies, Jon Featonby and George Murray, who lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 2, scoring a cumulative 137, 136 and 135 points respectively. Only three players appears in all three of their teams, by the way: Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. There are 135 players […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #73: Mary Beard

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 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.  Mary Beard Professor of classics at the University of Cambridge Reason: for taking a stand against Twitter ‘trolls’ and then giving them a second chance This series has taken an unannounced summer […]

My recommended reading for today August 29, 2014

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Portsmouth Lib Dem takes step closer to dream of becoming city MP – Portsmouth News Gerald Vernon Jackson selected as Lib Dem PPC in (…)

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The 3 Lib Dem seats where the Greens are a threat

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2014

It’s three months since the Lib Dems were beaten into fifth place at the European elections: the party which nudged us out was the Greens. Ukip may be grabbing the media attention, but it’s the party of Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas which poses the bigger threat to our party. It’s not hard to see […]

The world looks complicated, our politics looks small

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Apologies in advance: it’s mostly a depressing read (unusually – I’m generally an optimist). My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, (…)

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++ Coup for Ukip as Tory MP Carswell defects, triggers by-election in Clacton

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2014

Douglas Carswell, elected in 2010 as Conservative MP for Clacton, has today announced he’s joining Ukip and will fight a by-election under his new party’s banner. In one sense, the news isn’t a surprise. Carswell is a member of the Tory awkward squad, its sixth most rebellious backbencher according to Revolts.co.uk, having defied the party […]