Posts Tagged “Conference”

Nick Clegg’s speech: 5 initial thoughts from me – and reaction from members and pundits

by Stephen Tall on October 8, 2014

Nick Clegg has just delivered his seventh conference speech – you can read it here. Five quick thoughts from me: 1. It’s rare to remember party leaders’ speeches. However, I’ve a feeling this one will be remembered. Not necessarily stylistically — its rhetoric or his delivery — but for a government policy announcement: the emphasis […]

All in a day’s Lib Dem conference: hustings, fringes, OMOV and sex work

by Stephen Tall on October 4, 2014

It’s felt like a slow start to conference – I’m habituated to the Friday night rally and meaty policy debates starting at bleary o’clock on Saturday morning. But with the rally moved to Saturday night, conference itself wasn’t opened until this afternoon. However, that meant there was time this morning for the first official hustings […]

Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem spring conference in full

by Stephen Tall on March 9, 2014

Nick Clegg is just about to begin his speech to bring to a close the Lib Dems’ Spring Conference in York. You can read the full text below. The speech is most striking for its aim to reclaim patriotism. “I love Britain” is the refrain of its opening section (much of which reads a lot […]

Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem spring conference in full

by Stephen Tall on March 9, 2014

Nick Clegg is just about to begin his speech to bring to a close the Lib Dems’ Spring Conference in York. You can read the full text below. The speech is most striking for its aim to reclaim patriotism. “I love Britain” is the refrain of its opening section (much of which reads a lot […]

Danny Alexander’s speech to Lib Dem conference. (AKA: we need to move beyond lists of achievements.)

by Stephen Tall on March 9, 2014

If you missed it yesterday, you can catch up on Danny Alexander’s speech to the Lib Dem spring conference below. Listening to it, and trying to gauge the reaction of the audience of fellow Lib Dems, a couple of things struck me. First, Danny has definitely improved as a public speaker. After almost four years […]

Six points I took from Nick Clegg’s Lib Dem conference Q&A

by Stephen Tall on March 8, 2014

Here are six points that struck me listening to Nick Clegg’s Q&A at the Lib Dem conference today (actually, a few more did, but I haven’t time to cover them all…) Nick Clegg is more comfortable than his party with positioning the Lib Dems in the centre of British politics The party’s slogan, ‘Stronger economy, […]

The Lib Dem Voice Awards – re-living the highs and the highlights…

by Stephen Tall on September 21, 2013

A week ago today, the all-new, revamped Lib Dem Voice Awards hit Glasgow. For those who were there, and those who couldn’t make it, here’s what happened… [View the story “Lib Dem Voice Awards 2013” on Storify] * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and […]

Nick Clegg’s speech: my first impressions

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2013

This was Nick’s sixth speech to a Lib Dem autumn conference, and was his most relaxed and assured performance to date. As with the best of his Letters from the Leader, it worked because he took us behind the scenes of government – such as “shell-shocked civil servant promising me we’d get on with things […]

Clegg: “Every primary school pupil should be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day”

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem conference on Wednesday will contain one new, significant policy announcement: all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from next September. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will also be eligible for free school meals […]

Lib Dems reject 50p top-rate of tax by just 4 votes, 224 to 220

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

How many times have Lib Dems knocked on doors at 9.55pm to get out the last remaining identified voters because “your vote really could make a difference” in this election? Today’s vote on whether to keep the top-rate of tax levied on those earning £150k or more at 45p, or to pledge to raise it […]