Posts Tagged “Conference”

Nick Clegg Conference Q&A: live-blog

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

A relaxed looking, tieless Nick Clegg is about to take to the conference floor, for the second time today, to take questions from conference representatives… Zero-hour contracts: 2.47 pm… Pauline Wilson (SE Cambridgeshire) says they work for her grandson, so please don’t ban them. Nick Clegg says yes, they do work for some, but can […]

Vince pitches for the Lib Dems to be the new unity party; Nick breathes a sigh of relief

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Overnight it was reported that Vince Cable wouldn’t be attending the Lib Dem debate on the economy because he would be busy preparing his keynote speech to conference. As diplomatic excuses go, it wasn’t subtle. In the end he managed to combine both, belatedly joining the debate thronged by cameras, before his turn to take […]

Economy motion carried: Nick Clegg wins overwhelming backing from Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Lib Dem conference has spoken — and it has overwhelmingly backed Nick Clegg. Before the debate I had a hunch the result would be somewhat different. Though Nick had shrugged off a reported split with Vince Cable as “a storm in a tea cup”, I thought Vince’s obvious discontent with the decision to make this […]

The Lib Dem conference economy debate: Nick Clegg raises the stakes. He’ll have only himself to blame if he loses

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

After a weekend of averted rows – nuclear power and ‘fracking’ supported, axeing of tuition fees dropped – today’s debate on the economy will see a return to Lib Dem conference tradition: a dust-up between the leadership and the activists. A year ago, there was a poorly coordinated attempt by Lib Dem members within the […]

EXCLUSIVE: What Lib Dem members think about nuclear power, fracking, tuition fees and online pornography

by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Almost 700 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. In advance of this year’s federal conference in Glasgow, we asked about […]

15 things to look out for at the Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2013

The Lib Dems have published the agenda for our autumn conference — I’ve uploaded it to read at the foot of this post. It’s a pretty meaty agenda, too, with big issues up for debate. This, after all, is the penultimate autumn conference before the 2015 general election, which means it’s important for determining what […]

That Was The Day That Was – your essential Lib Dem conference round-up

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Here’s a few highlights from the second day’s action at Brighton… (You can catch up on my round-up of the first day-and-a-bit here.) Let’s start with the positive… First, if you haven’t yet, do read the Independent’s editorial today (I suspect someone in Nick Clegg’s office will have it framed for him): The Lib Dems […]

“On message. In volume. Over time.” That’s the real text of Nick Clegg’s speech today

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

It took 3,000+ words and Nick Clegg 30 minutes to deliver them — but there was only one message he wanted to be heard in his leader’s speech today: Only the Liberal Democrats can deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. That’s the core message, one that’s […]

++ Lib Dem conference overwhelmingly votes to oppose ‘secret courts’. Again.

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

You may be forgiven a sense of déjà vu: the Liberal Democrats have voted overwhelmingly to oppose secret courts legislation. Just as we did last September. Clegg faces blow at #LDConf as delegates vote to condemn Lib Dem MPs and peers for backing ‘secret courts’ – — AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) March 10, 2013 Here’s the […]

Jo Shaw quits Lib Dems in protest at leadership’s pro-secret courts position

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2013

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Jo Shaw dramatically announced her resignation from the party as she moved this morning’s emergency motion calling on our MPs to stick by the party’s policy of opposing ‘secret courts’. You can read Jo’s full statement at the foot of this post. It was Jo’s speech at the party’s autumn conference […]