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How should Lib Dems talk about immigration and Europe?

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com We saw the wrong way to talk about immigration last week – Theresa May’s “awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech to the Conservative Party conference ” (© Daily Telegraph). But what’s the liberal / LibDem (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #82: David Willetts and Douglas Carswell

by Stephen Tall on January 4, 2015

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Willetts Conservative MP, former universities minister Reason: for opposing his party’s plan to cut back the numbers of overseas students So often this column is a toss-up: do I make person X a ‘Liberal Hero’ for opposing […]

How Lib Dems should talk about immigration

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2014

This week saw the publication of an important report from the think-tank British Future called ‘How to talk about immigration’. Its central thrust is that the majority of the British public’s views about immigration are more moderate, pragmatic and nuanced than the polarising debate often allows: How to talk about immigration challenges both the pro […]

“The rising tide of UK anti-immigrant sentiment”

by Stephen Tall on November 18, 2014

That’s the headline of a piece I was interviewed for, published by Al Jazeera today. Here’s what I had to say: Few political issues have stirred the 21st century British state like immigration. As the country continues to wrestle with (…)

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My open borders immigration policy is, I admit, a fantasy. The pro-immigration case has to be rooted in reality

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here yesterday. My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, for giving a Lib Dem space to provoke – constructively, I hope. I gave a (…)

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Immigration: are you more clued-up than British public?

by Stephen Tall on November 3, 2014

Here’s your starter for three: People sometimes talk about ‘net immigration’, meaning the difference between the number of people coming to Britain each year to live, and the number leaving Britain to live in another country. What do you think is the current level of net immigration into Britain? If you are not sure, please […]

Does everyone want to live in London?

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2014

That was my deliberately provocative question asked at The Guardian / British Academy round-table on immigration I took part in last week at Lib Dem conference – reported in the paper here under the headline ‘A numbers game that does not (…)

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Nick Clegg’s speech on immigration: baby steps in a liberal direction

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2014

When I read Nick Clegg’s immigration speech yesterday I breathed a sigh of relief. It’s sensible and mostly liberal. Which means it’s a stark contrast to his March 2013 attempt: that was probably the most dire speech I’ve ever heard from a Lib Dem leader. Back then, Nick took credit for net migration having fallen […]

My column for ConHome: The immigration choice for the Conservatives – pro-business, or pro-UKIP?

by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Who’d have thought a column talking about immigration, Europe and Ukip would get their readership so exercised? My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #62: Institute of Directors. My Liberal Villain is the Stop the War Coalition

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Institute of Directors The professional body “supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903″ Reason: for reminding politicians that the UK is an “open, trading country that benefits from the […]



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