Posts Tagged “julian huppert”

Goal & Own Goal. My pick of the Lib Dem conference’s “hero and biggest gaffe” for Demos’s Fantasy Politics

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

I’m one of the celebrity judges (in my case, that term is gapingly loose) in think-tank Demos’s fantasy politics league running throughout the conference season. My task was to pick the two MPs who had the best or worst weeks (…)

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“Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge) rose. Hon. Members: Oh, no.” Yes, folks: this is our Parliament.

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2013

There are few more popular Lib Dem MPs — among the ranks of party members — than Cambridge MP Julian Huppert. It’s not hard to see why. He stands up for civil liberties, and as a scientist (indeed, the only MP with a science PhD in the House of Commons) he is keen on evidence [...]

Liberal Hero of the Week #37: Ingrid Loyau-Kennett. Our Liberal Villains are John Reid & Alex Carlile

by Stephen Tall on May 24, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) 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 […]

Official: the snoopers’ charter is dead in this parliament

by Stephen Tall on May 9, 2013

One element missing from the Queen’s Speech was the Communications Data Bill, aka the ‘snoopers’ charter’. No surprise to Lib Dems: Nick Clegg torpedoed it last month. So I had a momentary spasm of concern to see on ConservativeHome this story from Mark Wallace: The Snoopers’ Charter comes sneaking back. Again. I asked Lib Dem [...]

Times: ‘Cameron is told to drop snooping on web users’

by Stephen Tall on April 22, 2013

Today’s Times front page is dominated by the news that nine cyber-security experts and academics have issued a stark warning to David Cameron to halt ‘sweeping plans to hand the security services the power to snoop on emails, website visits and social media sites’: “they remain as naive and technically dangerous as when they were [...]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the week’s campaign news

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

It’s only just over a week since the Eastleigh by-election was called. But this first Lib Dem / Tory by-election battle of the parliament has attracted a lot of interest. One aspect that hasn’t been noted much in the media is the level of enthusiasm within the Lib Dems to fight this by-election, and fight [...]

++ Government wins vote on Benefits Uprating Bill; 6 Lib Dem MPs rebel

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

There were no serious doubts the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill — pegging increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the same as public sector wage rises, for the next three years — would be approved. The only question was the size of majority and how many Lib Dems would rebel (I’ve been keeping [...]

5 Lib Dem MP rebels on Benefits Uprating Bill (so far) – UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

Three Lib Dem MPs have so far publicly declared they’ll rebel against the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill. This is the Bill being debated in the Commons this afternoon which pegs increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the (…)

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Tim Farron tops our poll as Lib Dem politician who enjoyed the best 2012

by Stephen Tall on December 29, 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. Over 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Farron, Huppert and Oakeshott had best 2012 say Lib Dem members LDV asked: In your opinion, [...]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #25: Home Affairs Select Committee & Julian Huppert MP

by Stephen Tall on December 14, 2012

Welcome to the 24th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from [...]



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