Posts Tagged “chris rennard”

Today’s front pages: the Chris Rennard allegations dominate

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2013

Today’s front pages of the newspapers are about as grim as you might imagine after the weekend’s events… I’ve not had chance to read through all the press yet. Two that have caught my eye are this critical, but fair-minded, editorial in The Guardian: Like the BBC over Jimmy Savile in recent weeks, the Liberal […]

Nick Clegg’s statement on Chris Rennard: 5 key points

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2013

It’s just over an hour since we published Nick Clegg’s statement concerning the allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour levelled against Lord (Chris) Rennard. Here are some quick, initial thoughts: 1) Nick Clegg has stuck by his position, repeated earlier today by Vince Cable and Danny Alexander, that he “did not know about these allegations until […]

Chris Rennard allegations: where we’re at

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2013

Today’s press makes grim reading for the Lib Dems. Three of the Sunday papers lead on the allegations that Lord (Chris) Rennard behaved sexually inappropriately during his time as chief executive, and — more worrying still — that the party covered it up. Nick Clegg faces claims of cover-up over party ‘sex pest’ (Independent) Liberal […]

Constituency boundary changes are dead.* Unlike the House of Lords.*

by Stephen Tall on January 14, 2013

The House of Lords has today voted to block a reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600 as part of the review of constituencies that might have seen the Conservatives gain up to 20 seats. The BBC reports: The House of Lords voted by 300 to 231 to delay until 2018 a […]

“Where we work, we win” – will that Lib Dem maxim survive the 2015 test?

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2013

Don’t splutter on your Saturday morning cornflakes, but the Guardian has today published two intelligent articles on the Lib Dems and the strategy which the party is hoping will see us through to the other side of the 2015 election intact. First, there’s Patrick Wintour‘s analysis — Liberal Democrats bank on ground war to hold […]

In other news… Nick talks Dutch, Farron’s footie boycott, Hemming’s whistleblower charter & more

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Nick Clegg insists on speaking Dutch at Cabinet Office meeting (Telegraph) Nick Clegg, who speaks five languages fluently, chose to conduct a recent meeting at the Cabinet Office with Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council president, entirely […]

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 […]

What Chris Fox did next

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2012

It’s four months since we reported the departure of party chief executive Chris Fox, who did such a good job of filling the big shoes of his predecessor, Chris Rennard. Apparently, though, there is life beyond the Lib Dems — as PR Week reports: Chris Fox today started in his newly created post of director […]

What do the Lib Dems need from the party’s next Chief Executive?

by Stephen Tall on October 1, 2011

As readers of Liberal Democrat News — and the party’s website — will know the Lib Dem are searching for a new chief executive to succeed Chris Fox. Here’s the job ad: The Liberal Democrat Party is appointing a new Chief Executive. Liberal Democrat Headquarters, London, SW1 The Chief Executive leads the Party administration and […]

Tributes pour in for Sir Cyril Smith

by Stephen Tall on September 4, 2010

Lib Dem Voice reported yesterday the sad passing of Sir Cyril Smith, one of the party’s best-known figures, who served as Rochdale’s MP for two decades. Tributes have been pouring in as a mark of appreciation for Cyril’s life. Nick Clegg issued the following statement: “Cyril Smith was a larger-than-life character and one of the […]