Posts Tagged “john pugh”

5 reasons not to assume the FDP wipeout in the German elections will happen here in the UK

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2013

An amazing result for Angela Merkel, increasing her vote and almost winning an absolute majority for the conservative CDU in her third election. A dire one for the liberal FDP, eliminated from the German Bundestag after failing to cross the 5% popular vote threshold – from 93 seats to 0 in one go. Ouch. Part […]

Equal marriage: 2 Lib Dem MPs against and a further 9 (or 10) Missing In Action

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2013

Tomorrow the House of Commons will vote on the Bill to allow equal marriage for same-sex couples which Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone did so much to push forward as Equalities Minister. Two Lib Dem MPs have so far publicly declared their opposition: John Pugh MP (Southport) “I will vote against the Bill – against […]

What Lib Dem members think about the NHS Bill: 57% opposed, but majority might back it if significantly amended

by Stephen Tall on March 8, 2012

We’ve been surveying the views of current Lib Dem members this week on your views on the NHS Bill. Over 500 responded, and here’s what you told us… A majority of Lib Dem members – and a majority of Lib Dem members who will be voting delegates at the party’s spring conference at NewcastleGateshead this […]

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 […]

Six Lib Dem MPs rebel on Coalition’s Academies Bill

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

The BBC reports: MPs have approved legislation [317 votes to 225, Government majority 92] which paves the way for a radical overhaul of the school system in England. The Academies Bill, allowing schools to opt out of local council control as early as September, is now due to receive Royal Assent on Tuesday. However, the […]

Lib Dem MPs divide on embryology bill free vote

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2008

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill passed the House of Commons easily this week, 355 to 129. The Bill’s measures include allowing scientists to produce human-animal “hybrid embryos” for stem cells, use of “saviour siblings” to provide bone marrow or (…)

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How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

By popular request, here’s the current list of which Lib Dem MPs have declared for which leadership candidate so far. (Originally compiled with the help of Jonathan Isaby of The Daily Telegraph.) The list shows that Nick has attracted two (…)

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How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2007

I’m grateful to Jonathan Isaby of The Daily Telegraph, who has compiled (and allowed me to reproduce here) his up-to-date list of which Lib Dem MPs have declared for which leadership candidate so far. Jonathan comments: “Below are my most (…)

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What Lib Dem MPs will be reading this summer

by Stephen Tall on July 2, 2007

We’re into July, yet summer seems to have decided to give the UK a miss this year (so far). No matter. Packing books for the beach (or wherever) is as much a summer ritual as the Brits crashing out of (…)

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