Posts Tagged “charles kennedy”

The day I interviewed Charles Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on June 3, 2015

I properly met Charles Kennedy only once, when I interviewed him for LibDemVoice at the party’s 2007 conference. It was 18 months since he’d resigned the leadership but, with Ming Campbell visibly struggling in the role, there was still speculation (…)

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Charles Kennedy RIP

by Stephen Tall on June 2, 2015

I joined the Lib Dems in 1999, a few months before Charles Kennedy was elected leader. So, just as some folk identify with a particular Dr Who, so do I identify my party membership with him. Politics was his life; (…)

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Lib Dem party membership: the occasional ups and mostly downs since 1988

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2014

The Lib Dems published the party’s 2013 accounts this week. The report included the latest membership figures, which showed for the first time since 2010 an increase on the previous year’s: up 2% to 43,451. Here are the Lib Dem membership figures since the modern party’s formation as the successor to the Liberal Party and […]

Benefits Uprating Bill: Andrew George and Charles Kennedy’s arguments AGAINST

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Government last night won the vote for its Benefits Uprating Bill, with the third and final reading passed by 305 votes to 246. A fortnight ago, six Lib Dem MPs voted against or abstained from the Coalition line that benefits rises should be capped at the same rate as public sector pay (a below […]

++ Government wins vote on Benefits Uprating Bill; 6 Lib Dem MPs rebel

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

There were no serious doubts the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill — pegging increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the same as public sector wage rises, for the next three years — would be approved. The only question was the size of majority and how many Lib Dems would rebel (I’ve been keeping […]

In other news… Trident, MI6, DECC, defections & other stories

by Stephen Tall on July 22, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Coalition set for new split on cut-price Trident plan (Scotsman) COALITION splits over Britain’s nuclear deterrent are set to be reopened after an internal Ministry of Defence review suggested a slimmed-down version of the £25 billion Trident […]

Labour’s not-so-very-local election broadcast shows how unimportant local decision-making is to Ed Miliband’s party

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2012

Tonight’s Labour local election broadcast, starring telly’s very own Lord (Robert) Winston, climaxes with the rallying cry: On Thursday May 3rd, vote NHS, vote Labour Exactly how voting Labour then will help the NHS isn’t explored — not surprisingly, because it won’t. There’s a reason these elections are called local elections, after all. Before highlighting […]

LDVideo: Remembering the 1992 general election, 20 years ago today

by Stephen Tall on April 9, 2012

Thursday, 9th April, 1992 — the first election for the newly-formed Liberal Democrats, and the last election when the Tories won a parliamentary majority. Here’s a video trip down memory lane… Andrew Marr on John Major’s biggest popular mandate in electoral history Paddy Ashdown on the campaign trail Charles Kennedy and Don Foster interviewed on […]

In other news… Richard Kemp for Liverpool, Kennedy on the UK, defection in Cambridge, Hughes at Leveson

by Stephen Tall on March 4, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week… Richard Kemp to represent Liberal Democrats in Liverpool mayor election in May (Liverpool Echo) ‘He said: “I am standing because I believe that only the Liberal Democrats have the long term strategies which will place this city in […]

LDVideo at Conference | CK on Nick, the DPM’s last year, and party leadership contest rules explained

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2011

Were you at Birmingham and so missed out on how the Lib Dem conference was reported? Not at Birmingham and so missed out on seeing Lib Dem MPs and government ministers up close and personal? We hope these videos will help (re-)connect you… Charles Kennedy on Nick Clegg (Available on the BBC website here.) Nick […]