Posts Tagged “evan harris”

‘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 […] ‘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 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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Evan Harris, Susan Kramer, Will Straw. And me. The Lib Dem Voice fringe, Sunday (1-2pm)

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2010

There is a stellar line-up of speakers for this Sunday lunchtime’s fringe event, titled with perfect grammar, Fairness? For Whom? Debating what the Coalition means for the Lib Dems’ fairness agenda will be two first-rate former Lib Dems MPs, (…)

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LibLink: Evan Harris – Vince Cable’s science spending cuts: how harsh will they be?

by Stephen Tall on September 8, 2010

This morning’s news that Vince Cable will announce in a speech today how the cuts to his Business, Innovation and Skills department will impact on science attracted a vigorous reaction from commenters on the Voice today. Former Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris — whose Political Science blog for the Guardian has quickly established itself […]

Nick Clegg meets … Showing the Lib Dem fight against the Tories is alive and well

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2010

In just over an hour’s time, at 2pm, the Lib Dem leader is holding the first of his ‘Nick Clegg meets …’ open question-and-answer sessions outside of his own constituency. This isn’t a party event: this is a chance for voters to question the Deputy Prime Minister, and will be broadcast live on TV. It’s […]

Stephen Fry urges a vote for Lib Dem MP Evan Harris

by Stephen Tall on May 4, 2010

Stephen Fry, once a staunch Labour supporter, has already dropped hints during this election campaign that he’s thinking of voting Lib Dem … After the rightwing press’s desperate smear tirade at the height of ‘Cleggmania’ he declared “Frankly I’m tempted to vote Lib Dem now. If we let the Telegraph and Mail win, well, freedom […]

Daily View 2×2: 29 March 2010 (with added poster spoofs)

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2010

Happy Monday morning afternoon, everyone, on the day in history when the Royal Albert Hall was opened by the Royal Victoria (1871), Dr John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia (1886), and voters in Washington DC became eligible to vote in presidential elections (1961).
And now let’s move […]

#Trafigura – the Hansard transcript

by Stephen Tall on October 14, 2009

Astute readers may have noticed one or two mentions on the site yesterday concerning Trafigura, its lawyers Carter Ruck, and their attempts to impose a gagging junction on The Guardian preventing the reporting of Parliamentary proceedings.
Not only was the issue promptly picked up by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, but two of the party’s […]

CommentIsLinked@LDV… Chris Huhne: While we need to clarify the rules for obtaining British citizenship, curtailing people's freedom of expression is a big mistake

by Stephen Tall on August 5, 2009

Over at The Guardian, Lib Dem shadow home secretary Chris Huhne argues that, while we need to clarify the rules for obtaining British citizenship, curtailing people’s freedom of expression is a big mistake. Here’s an excerpt: There is the germ (…)

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Evan sticks up for drug adviser in ecstasy row

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2009

As the Guardian reports: The government’s drugs adviser last night apologised for saying that the risk in taking ecstasy was no worse than in riding a horse. Home secretary Jacqui Smith had yesterday carpeted Dr David Nutt over comments that (…)

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