I was actively involved in British politics for two decades, both as a member of the Liberal Democrats and as a political commentator. I was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice – the most-read independent website by and for Lib Dems – from 2007 to 2015. I wrote a fortnightly column for ConservativeHome and the ‘Underdog’ column for Total Politics magazine. I edited the 2013 publication, Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the next Decade and was a Research Associate at the liberal think-tank CentreForum (now known as the Education Policy Institute). I have appeared frequently in the media – on air, in print, online and in person – speak regularly at conferences and events on the British political scene.

Here are a few highlights of what I’ve done …

>> Editor, Liberal Democrat Voice, 2007-15
Lib Dem Voice is recognised as one of the top 5 political blogs within the UK (source: I have hosted, chaired and spoken at party conference events, and various seminars and conferences on British politics and on the impact of new media.

>> Edited the 2013 publication, Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the next Decade, a collection of 20 essays with a foreword by Nick Clegg, bringing together the fresh ideas of parliamentarians, candidates, think-tankers and grassroots members.

>> Research Associate for the liberal think-tank, CentreForum (now known as the Education Policy Institute), supporting its work and profile.

>> Columnist at ConservativeHome and for Total Politics magazine. Other articles published in The Times, The Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Huffington Post, Parliamentary Monitor, Government Gazette, the Poltico’s Guide To Political Blogging In The UK (2007, 2009, 2010), and Liberal Democrat News. Weekly column during the 2010 election for the International Business Times.

>> Interview appearances on: BBC1 Daily Politics, The Politics Show, BBC Question Time Extra, BBC1 Breakfast, BBC and Sky News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, The Westminster Hour, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport, LBC, and other local radio stations.

>> Awards: inaugural Lib Dem Blog of the Year 2006 award at the party’s annual conference for website (now archived) and my blog A Liberal Goes A Long Way (now hosted here). Finalist, alongside three MPs, in the New Statesman New Media Awards 2006 (Elected Representative category).

What said about

This blog from the editor of Lib Dem Voice is full to the brim with links, interaction and detailed, well-written posts. Its fairly lengthy posts are updated with an alarming regularity leaving us to wonder when it is Stephen finds time to do anything else. It’s a little Lib Dem centric but don’t let that put you off, the content is well-researched and full of interesting titbits from the world of politics. Easy to use and with a clean, nice look this – as perhaps is to be expected from the editor of Lib Dem Voice – is one of the top political blogs going.
Rating: 10/10