About me

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Stephen Tall (Zute Lightfoot)I was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice – the #1 independent website for the Lib Dems – from 2007 to 2015. I am also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum. I write regularly about British politics here and elsewhere. I combine this with my professional life as Development Director for the Education Endowment Foundation.

Born in: Epsom, Surrey, 1977.

Grew up in: Liverpool, from 1985 (via Bristol and Cardiff).

Went to school at: St Margaret’s CE High School, Aigburth (1988-95).

Joined the Labour Party in: 1993, aged 16.

University at: Mansfield College, Oxford (1995-98).

Worked as: educational fundraiser for University of Oxford (1998-2012).

Resigned from the Labour Party in: 1999.

Joined the Lib Dems in: 1999, aged 22.

Elected as a councillor: for Headington ward, Oxford City Council, May 2000.

Re-elected as a councillor: 2002, 2004.

Started blogging in: 2005 (haven’t stopped yet).

Awards received: just the one — inaugural Lib Dem Blogger of the Year 2006.

Chain-wearer: Deputy Lord Mayor, Oxford (2007-08).

Party leaders voted for: Tony Blair (’94), David Rendel (’99), Ming Campbell (’06), Chris Huhne (’07), Tim Farron (’15).

Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice: 2007 to 2015.

Also wrote for: ConservativeHome and Total Politics magazine.

Formerly involved with: liberal think-tank CentreForum, as Research Associate (2012-15).

Work at: Education Endowment Foundation (since 2012).

Live with: my partner, Noa, our two sons, two cats and one terrapin.