Posts Tagged “jo swinson”

Danny Alexander, not Vince Cable, designated Lib Dem shadow chancellor (oh, and no Lib Dem reshuffle)

by Stephen Tall on October 18, 2014

The Guardian’s Nick Watt reports today the long-trailed announcement that Danny Alexander, Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, will take on the role of the party’s shadow chancellor at the 2015 election: Nick Clegg has decided that Alexander, his closest ally in the cabinet, will be the Lib Dem Treasury spokesman during the campaign […]

Jo Swinson launches “Scotland should stay!” petition

by Stephen Tall on August 16, 2014

Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, is inviting those who “think Scotland should be [sic] stay part of the United Kingdom” to sign a petition saying so ahead of the independence referendum on 18th September. Here’s the text of the email circulated to party members last night: In just over a month my […]

5 things Nick Clegg could do next

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2014

My last piece of advice to Nick Clegg was to stand down as Lib Dem leader. He didn’t, and it’s pretty clear now that Nick will lead us into the next general election. Two problems remain, though, and we need to find ways of addressing them. First, morale in the party has dipped since the […]

Après Nick: which Lib Dem MPs are best-placed to become the next Lib Dem leader?

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 2014

Today’s Independent has an interesting story speculating on the Lib Dem leadership contest to come if the 2015 election result triggers Nick Clegg’s resignation. It’s one of the features of this parliament – perhaps linked to it being a fixed-term in which we know the dates are all known – that there hasn’t been nearly […]

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 […]

Maria Miller, the Telegraph and Leveson: how statutory regulation begins & how the press is bringing it on itself

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2012

Now I’m more than a little sceptical about Leveson: I think he’s firing the wrong bullet (regulation backed by statute) at a target that’s moving out of range (the ‘dead tree press’). However, I’m also deeply sceptical about the press’s ability to report facts straight. Which leaves me a bit conflicted at this morning’s report: [...]

Will the reshuffle actually matter?

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2012

That’s the title of a post I’ve written for the Endeavour Public Affairs website here. And here’s my answer… Will this reshuffle actually matter? That’s the question which looms over the current version of musical chairs currently obsessing the Westminster (…)

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Reshuffle round-up: it looks like good news for Swinson & Laws

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2012

There’s been plenty of reshuffle chit-chat overt the past few weeks, much of it speculative. However, the Sunday papers appears to included some pretty well-sourced information which went beyond the usual space-filling ‘who knows?’, and appears to suggest good news for both Jo Swinson and David Laws — both of whom enjoyed strong support in [...]

Jo Swinson, Julian Huppert & David Laws top Lib Dem members’ reshuffle promotion wish-list

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 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. LDV asked: Which backbench Lib Dem MPs who are not current ministers would you like to [...]

LDV poll: Vince or Tim are Lib Dem members’ top choices for leader in event of vacancy

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 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. 28% choose Vince, 21% tip Tim: how you voted Yesterday we reported the finding that 34% of Lib [...]



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