Posts Tagged “david heath”

David Rendel selected as Lib Dem PPC for Somerton and Frome

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2014

Congratulations to former Lib Dem MP for Newbury, David, Rendel, who was last night selected by Lib Dem members in Somerton and Frome as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the May 2015 general election. David will be attempting to retain David Heath’s seat, won in 2010 with a majority of 1,817 over the Tories. The […]

UPDATED: Sarah Yong stands down as Lib Dem candidate for marginal seat of Somerton and Frome

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2014

It’s six months since Sarah Yong was selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Somerton and Frome, held by David Heath since 1997. Today she’s announced her decision to stand down. Here’s the letter she’s sent to her local paper, announcing the news: Dear Editor, I just wanted to let you know that it is […]

Government reshuffle: party members’ views on Moore, Heath and Browne

by Stephen Tall on December 21, 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. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. News of this week’s mini-reshuffle – Simon Hughes’s elevation to government in […]

Reshuffle redux: how Lib Dem members rated the ministerial performances of the sacked and the promoted

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2013

I posted earlier the most recent ratings by Lib Dem members of the party’s government ministers. Here’s how those affected by the reshuffle have done over the three-plus years we’ve been running our members’ surveys… Sacked Michael Moore (Secretary of State for Scotland, May 2010 to Oct 2013) Jeremy Browne (Minister – Foreign Office, May […]

++ David Heath announces he will stand down as an MP in 2015

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Lib Dem MP for Somerton and Frome David Heath, who earlier this week lost his rural affairs ministerial job, will stand down at the next election: OFFICIAL: David Heath MP has announced he will stand down as an MP in 2015. — Claire Hudson (@Clairefrome) October 11, 2013   Elected in 1997 by just 130 […]

The surprising truth about that Lib Dem in/out EU referendum leaflet*

by Stephen Tall on January 17, 2013

On Monday morning, Nick Clegg was given a hard time on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme by interviewer Justin Webb, who accused him of changing his position on an EU referendum on the basis of this pictured leaflet (click to enlarge**). Nick brushed it to one side, correctly pointing out that the party has stuck […]

Has something gone wrong with political reporting in the UK?

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2010

That’s the question asked today by Lib Dem blogger Andy Hinton in an article titled, If you want to keep something secret…
Andy highlights the mangled reporting of the BBC in claiming that Nick Clegg is back-tracking on the coalition government’s commitment to fixed-term parliaments by fleshing out further details on the proposed 55% dissolution […]

How to get your hands on your David Heath action figure

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2010

Here at the Voice we get sent many promotional emails from companies looking for some free publicity. Generally we ignore them. But, just occasionally, they’re too creative, inventive and fun to ignore.
Congratulations then to designers and developers Fancy for coming up with the David Heath action figure, inspired by their local MP for Somerton and […]

The LDV Saturday caption competition – the “Why David Heath’s not bitter” edition

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader …

Here’s Lib Dem MP for Somerton and Frome David Heath promoting the Lib Dems’ campaign to axe the beer tax. What do you think David, or his companion, might be saying to each other, or thinking about […]

Lib Dem MPs split on Euro referendum?

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2010

Almost two years ago, in the early weeks of Nick Clegg’s leadership, the Lib Dem parliamentary party managed to tie itself in knots over the question of whether to support a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In the end three frontbenchers, David Heath, Tim Farron and Alistair Carmichael, quit after defying the party’s three-line whip […]



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