Posts Tagged “charles kennedy”

LDVideo | Election archive special… 1992

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2011

Last weekend — in a desperate attempt to offer our readers an alternative to The X-Factor — we highlighted some clips from elections of yesteryear: first, the 1960-70s, then the 1980s. Today, we’re scrolling forward to the video footage of the 1992 general election… Paddy Ashdown on the campaign trail (Available on YouTube here.) Don […]

Top 10 tweeting MPs: congratulations to Lib Dem @julianhuppert in at No. 6!

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Who are the top 10 Twitterers in the House of Commons? That’s the question the Mail on Sunday answers today, following a survey by Westminster Public Affairs. The list looks not at number of followers, but at the volume of tweets each MP has sent out. Heading the list is Labour’s Kerry McCarthy with well […]

Who do you think should stand for the Lib Dem presidency (and what should they do if elected)?

by Stephen Tall on September 11, 2010

Ros Scott’s announcement that she is standing down from the position of party president has come as a surprise to Lib Dem members. First, because it has become almost traditional for party presidents to serve two terms — Ros’s three predecessors, Simon Hughes, Lord Dholakia and Lord Maclennan all served two terms each, unchallenged. Secondly, […]

LDV survey: what party members think of the media reporting of Kennedy and the Coalition

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of a variety of key issues, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’ll be publishing the full results of our survey in the next few days. […]

Kennedy defection rumours – another reason journalists are losing the public’s trust

by Stephen Tall on August 22, 2010

So today, at last, the news media is finally reporting the pretty unsurprising news that Charles Kennedy, leader of the Lib Dems from 1999 to 2006, is not leaving the Lib Dems in 2010. Now it is of course the silly season, and we can easily write off this journalistic confection as mere desperation to […]

When is a rebellion not a rebellion?

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

The Coalition decision to raise VAT was, by some measure, the most controversial aspect of the Government’s first budget. In our recent survey of party members, 42% opposed the move, though 48% endorsed it (however reluctantly) to deal with the deficit. The party’s MPs have also been wrestling with the issue. The VAT increase was […]

3 to see: Lib Dem #GE2010 campaign coverage

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2010

Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads ….

Nick Clegg launching Scottish Lib Dem election campaign (BBC)
It will be almost like old times for the Lib Dems, with former leader Charles Kennedy joining Nick Clegg to launch the Lib Dems’ Scottish campaign – as CK himself […]

RIP Sir Ludovic Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2009

The BBC reports:
The author, broadcaster and campaigner Sir Ludovic Kennedy has died aged 89. A former BBC Panorama journalist, Sir Ludovic spent decades investigating miscarriages of justice, including the case of the Birmingham Six. He contributed to the abolition of the death penalty and was also president of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.
Nick Clegg has […]

Kennedy speaks out on Megrahi

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2009

While Nick Clegg has publicly disagreed with the SNP Scottish executive’s decision to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has joined David Steel in declaring his belief that the decision was the (…)

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YouTube 'cos we want to: Charles Kennedy special

by Stephen Tall on August 8, 2009

It’s one of the curiosities of YouTube that, because it’s only four years old, even fairly recent events and people of prominence are sometimes almost absent. Search for ‘nick clegg’, elected leader of the Lib Dems 18 months ago, and (…)

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