Posts Tagged “brian paddick”

How – or will – Nick Clegg replace Norman Baker in the home office?

by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2014

Norman Baker’s decision to quit as Lib Dem home office minister — citing significant differences with his boss at the department, the Tories’ Theresa May — means a vacancy has opened up. How will Nick Clegg fill it? We’re unlikely to have long to wait, but here are what I see as his options… Nick […]

Lib Dems set to name 7 new peers for House of Lords, says Sunday Times

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2013

Today’s Sunday Times front page (£) splashes with a ‘Cash for peerages row hits Clegg’ headline. The reality is slightly less exciting: Rumi Verjee, a prominent donor to the Lib Dems, is apparently top of the list of seven names put forward for peerages: Rumi Verjee, a multimillionaire who brought the Domino’s pizza chain to […]

Who Lib Dem members think are the most effective non-MPs at promoting the party

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Oakeshott, Ashdown and Pack top your list LDV asked: Which prominent Lib Dems who are NOT […]

Popbitch on Paddick… The way to a journalist’s heart is through their liver

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2012

The last time I mentioned celeb-gossip site Popbitch here, it was because they’d drawn attention to academic research on the link between the social mobility agenda and cricket. This time, though, it’s the inside track on how — allegedly — (…)

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5 predictions for election night

by Stephen Tall on May 3, 2012

With polls closed, here are my five predictions for the night to come… 1) I won’t win in Headington Hill & Northway, the Oxford City Council ward where I’m a Lib Dem candidate this year. The old adage applies: where (…)

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In other news… Lib Dems close no libraries, Paddick pledges 360,000 homes, & Newby is new Lords whip

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Tim Farron: No library closed under Lib Dem leadership ( Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council […]

The Weekend Debate: Who’d get your 2nd preference after Brian in the race for London Mayor?

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… This Thursday, millions of voters will go to the polls to cast their votes in local elections. And although London is only one of those elections, its electoral size and the colourful prominence of its candidates […]

The 3 Lib Dem mayoral candidates profiled

by Stephen Tall on April 26, 2012

Three mayoral elections will take place a week today. Though the media has fixated on London’s Boris/Brian/Ken campaign, there are contests also to elect the first-ever mayors of Liverpool and Salford. In addition the following cities will hold ballots on 3 May on whether to adopt the elected mayor system: Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, […]

I should vote for Brian as London Mayor (but alas I don’t have a vote) #paddickpower

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2012

The good denizens of Unlock Democracy today unveiled their latest VoteMatch venture to aid Londoners to make up their minds which way to vote. To my relief, I should apparently vote for Brian based on his actual policies for London, (…)

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The Weekend Debate: Should election candidates have to declare their tax records?

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… The race to be London mayor took a fresh twist this week when the leading candidates pledged on BBC Newsnight to release their tax records. Lib Dem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick declared himself very happy to […]