Posts Tagged “draft communications data bill”

Liberal Hero of the Week #36: Jo Swinson MP

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Official: the snoopers’ charter is dead in this parliament

by Stephen Tall on May 9, 2013

One element missing from the Queen’s Speech was the Communications Data Bill, aka the ‘snoopers’ charter’. No surprise to Lib Dems: Nick Clegg torpedoed it last month. So I had a momentary spasm of concern to see on ConservativeHome this story from Mark Wallace: The Snoopers’ Charter comes sneaking back. Again. I asked Lib Dem [...]

Times: ‘Cameron is told to drop snooping on web users’

by Stephen Tall on April 22, 2013

Today’s Times front page is dominated by the news that nine cyber-security experts and academics have issued a stark warning to David Cameron to halt ‘sweeping plans to hand the security services the power to snoop on emails, website visits and social media sites’: “they remain as naive and technically dangerous as when they were [...]

Nick Clegg’s ‘Letter from the Leader’: “no use standing up for civil liberties in opposition if you forget all about them in power”

by Stephen Tall on December 15, 2012

Nick was spoiled for choice this week on which liberal touchstone issues to focus on in his latest weekly missive… Whether to talk about torpedoing of the Draft Data Communications Bill or perhaps his pro-reform/anti-drugs stance following this week’s Home Affairs select committee report — in fact he talks about both, even linking them to [...]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #25: Home Affairs Select Committee & Julian Huppert MP

by Stephen Tall on December 14, 2012

Welcome to the 24th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from [...]

Is this the week Nick Clegg will ditch support for the draft Data Communications Bill?

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2012

The days of the draft Data Communications Bill (aka internet snoopers’ charter) may well be numbered if reports in the last few days are true that Nick Clegg is about to ditch the controversial plans. Here’s the BBC’s James Landale: Party sources say leader Nick Clegg is ready to use a parliamentary report, due out [...]

What Lib Dem members think about internet surveillance and free speech

by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2012

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 560 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. (Apologies for the delay in reporting this one, by the way: slipped through the net.) 68% Lib Dem [...]

In other news… Thurso on banking, Ward on immigration, Swales on G4S & other stories

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… John Thurso MP to lead banking inquiry (John O’Groat Journal) CAITHNESS, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP John Thurso has been elected to lead an inquiry into how the banking system is run. The Lib Dem politician has [...]



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