Posts Tagged “david howarth”

Fixed-term parliaments: 56% of voters support them, finds YouGov

by Stephen Tall on December 17, 2014

I’ve written before about the fact I like fixed-term parliaments: In praise of 5-year fixed-term parliaments. You may remember that a few years ago, former Cambridge MP David Howarth tried to introduce them. Then in the Coalition Agreement, they became reality. YouGov has asked the public what they think about them, and you can see […]

Farron triggers PCC probe into Telegraph’s Lib Dem MPs undercover sting

by Stephen Tall on January 13, 2011

The BBC reports: The press watchdog is investigating the Daily Telegraph’s use of undercover reporters to record Lib Dem ministers’ thoughts on the coalition government. It reported comments made by Business Secretary Vince Cable in a meeting with people he thought were constituents. Lib Dem President Tim Farron asked the Press Complaints Commission to investigate. […]

The 7 retiring Lib Dem MPs (and the 7 candidates hoping to replace them)

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2010

Seven Lib Dem MPs have announced they’re retiring at this year’s general election. All seven are men: of their replacements, four are women. Here’s the list in full:
John Barrett (LD) – Edinburgh West
Majority: 13,600 (30%) – second safest Lib Dem seat in the UK.
Reason for leaving: to spend more time with his grand-daughters.
Hoping to succeed […]

Daily View 2×2: 23 November 2009

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2009

It’s the 23rd November – which means great celebrations in (parts of) the Lib Dem blogosphere at the 46th anniversary since the first broadcast of Doctor Who. And it’s happy birthday, too, to Zoë Ball and Kirsty Young.
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Why we should not be afraid of a hung parliament (Mark Thompson)
A hung parliament is the […]

Howarth: Labour should stop "playing politics" with voting reform

by Stephen Tall on July 26, 2009

Today’s Observer reports that Labour’s election planners are once again seriously considering proposing a referendum on voting reform, reckoning that if it’s combined with a general election they’ll be able to paint Tory leader David Cameron as a ‘roadblock to (…)

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Ashcroft told: pay your taxes or don't donate to the Tories

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2009

As the Telegraph reports: Lord Ashcroft, the major Conservative donor, will be forced to reveal whether he pays tax or stop funding the party, under new election rules. The move is seen as a direct attack on the peer, a (…)

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NEW POLL: what’s your view on nuclear power?

by Stephen Tall on April 16, 2009

Yesterday the Government released a list of 11 sites in England and Wales where new nuclear power stations could be built, with the aim of having the first reactors operational within a decade. The Lib Dems’ shadow energy and climate (…)

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Shirley, Simon, Chris and David

by Stephen Tall on April 1, 2009

The Times tells us that four senior Lib Dems will be on hand to inspect police treatment of protesters at today’s climate camp in London’s Square Mile: Four Liberal Democrats – Baroness Williams of Crosby, Simon Hughes, Chris Huhne and (…)

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Lib Dems back government over vote on gay hatred

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2009

Free speech has always posed a liberal dilemma. On the one hand, we hold dear the principle that individuals are free to speak their mind, even when it gives offence. On the other hand, there is Mill’s ‘harm principle’ – (…)

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Does anyone really think the Tories have changed?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2009

There’s been much Westminster Village debate today surrounding Jenni Russell’s article in the Guardian arguing that there are only 10 genuine ‘Cameron progressives’ in the Tory party (Tim Montgomerie at ConservativeHome can only name 6) – both figures, by the (…)

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