Posts Tagged “evan harris”

Two-thirds of married couples EXCLUDED from Tories’ marriage tax allowance

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2013

Fresh from capitulating to his backbenchers over Europe, David Cameron is having to give in again on the issue of the marriage tax allowance. Evan Harris has already spoken out against the Tories’ plans here on LDV this week, highlighting how the policy harks back to the 1950s’ concept of nuclear households with (male) ‘breadwinners’ [...]

Small-scale blogs to be excluded from post-Leveson media regulation

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2013

A week ago I posed (and answered) the question, After Leveson: which blogs are to be regulated? Answer: no-one yet knows. Well, we do now know. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) yesterday announced a ‘refinement’ of the Leveson legislation included within the Crime and Courts Bill. And it confirms that small-blogs are [...]

The Tory party’s not for turning. Their funeral.

by Stephen Tall on February 9, 2013

Mark Thompson has been looking at the maths of this week’s Tory vote on same-sex marriage, and discovered that the party’s 2010 intake of MPs was more likely to vote against than those elected in the previous two elections this (…)

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Introducing the next Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon… Layla Moran

by Stephen Tall on December 11, 2012

Many congratulations to Layla Moran, last night selected as the Lib Dems’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon — the ultra-marginal seat won by the Lib Dems’ Evan Harris in 1997 which was lost to the Conservatives at (…)

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As Leveson reports… Why I’m sticking up for ‘Press freedom with no buts’

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal will report this week. His recommendations on the future of press regulation are the subject of intense speculation, with essentially three positions being staked-out: What’s being proposed ‘Independent regulation backed up by statute’ Advocates, who include Evan Harris and the Hacked Off campaign group, argue that the [...]

Who Lib Dem members think are the most effective non-MPs at promoting the party

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Oakeshott, Ashdown and Pack top your list LDV asked: Which prominent Lib Dems who are NOT [...]

LDVideo: Harris & Pugh on Murdoch’s new Sun on Sunday paper

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2012

The News of the World is dead, long live the Sun on Sunday… starting from this Sunday. Here’s how two Lib Dems have responded to the announcement by News International… Evan Harris: I’ll buy SoS ‘to see what it’s like’ (Available on the BBC website here.) John Pugh: Liverpool won’t buy the Sun on Sunday [...]

The boundary changes which make Evan a notional MP… but does he want to do it?

by Stephen Tall on September 24, 2011

The Oxford Times has crunched the numbers and reckons that his full title would still be Dr Evan Harris MP if the proposed boundary changes for his old Oxford West & Abingdon seat had been in force at the 2010 (…)

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‘Renegades with a mission’ – the Sindy’s verdict on the Social Liberal Forum

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2011

The Social Liberal Forum — a group of Liberal Democrat members who advocate ‘that a democratic and open state has a positive role to play in guaranteeing individual freedom’ — met yesterday for their first conference on a high note: their mobilising role at the party’s spring conference is widely credited with having strongly influenced [...]

LibDemVoice.org ‘Fairer? For Whom?’ fringe with Evan Harris, Susan Kramer, Will Straw (and me) – Listen Again

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

The second of the LibDemVoice.org conference events took place Sunday lunchtime at the conference arena in the mysteriously unsignposted Hall 1B (which appeared to be nowhere near either Hall 1, nor Hall 1C). After weeks, months even, of careful planning (…)

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