The despair of the Tory moderates

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2014

A trio of articles today from three Conservative-supporting commentators highlights why the party, despite woeful opposition from Labour, still looks likely to lose (or, at the very least, fail to win) the next election… Janan Ganesh (FT) argues the Tory (…)

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Julian Huppert writes to Theresa May over Snoopers’ Charter allegation: “I would expect you to issue a public correction and an apology at the earliest opportunity”

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2014

Remember when the Tories were, briefly, a party which stuck up for individuals’ privacy? It happened, honestly – when they were in opposition. But now, in government, home secretary Theresa May is happy to push the traditional authoritarian measures beloved by Tories and Labour alike. And so it was, again, today that she pushed forward […]

The current state of the economy: what Lib Dem members think about it

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2014

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. Some 735 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. “The economy is in a bad way, but is starting to show […]

Ashcroft’s poll of Lib Dem battleground seats: incumbency is alive and well but 2015 will be a survival election for the party

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2014

Tory peer and pollster Lord Ashcroft has published his latest set of constituency findings. He polled some of the key Lib Dem / Tory and Lib Dem / Labour battlegrounds in the summer – he’s now followed that up by looking at a further 22 seats. Of these, 2 are Lib Dem targets, 15 the […]

Lib Dem members on intervention against ISIS: 59% back air strikes, 49% support sending troops

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2014

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. Some 735 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Support for British intervention in Iraq and in Syria to stop ISIS […]

UPDATED: Full list of Lib Dems standing in our held seats and top 50 targets

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

We’re less than 8 months away from the May 2015 election so here’s my latest running check on how candidate selection is going in our held and key target seats… I published a first draft of this list a year ago, and asked readers to help me update it. Many thanks to those of you […]

Meanwhile, in Clacton… Meet the Lib Dems’ by-election candidate, Andy Graham

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

Events in Scotland have rather dominated these past few weeks, but we shouldn’t forget there’s another election soon to take place: the by-election in Clacton triggered by Douglas Carswell’s defection from the Tories to Ukip. Early polls shows Carswell is the front-runner to retain the seat in his new colours. The local Lib Dems have […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Greg Dyke

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 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.  Greg Dyke Chairman, Football Association Reason: for proposing immigration restrictions on non-EU footballers When in doubt, blame the foreigners. It’s an attitude I expect from some on the unthinking right (and indeed […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 4

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

Congratulations to George Murray, whose Marauding Fullbacks lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 4 with an impressive 264 points. That puts him in 4,909th place in the global league of more than 3.2 million players. Just three points then separate the next four players and fewer than 20 points the entire top 10. […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #75: Jim Murphy

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 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.  Jim Murphy Labour MP for East Renfrewshire Reason: for taking his ‘No Thanks’ message to the people The Scottish independence referendum campaign is over (at least for a few years), rejected decisively […]