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Meanwhile, in Clacton… Meet the Lib Dems’ by-election candidate, Andy Graham

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

Events in Scotland have rather dominated these past few weeks, but we shouldn’t forget there’s another election soon to take place: the by-election in Clacton triggered by Douglas Carswell’s defection from the Tories to Ukip. Early polls shows Carswell is the front-runner to retain the seat in his new colours. The local Lib Dems have […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Greg Dyke

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 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.  Greg Dyke Chairman, Football Association Reason: for proposing immigration restrictions on non-EU footballers When in doubt, blame the foreigners. It’s an attitude I expect from some on the unthinking right (and indeed […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #75: Jim Murphy

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 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.  Jim Murphy Labour MP for East Renfrewshire Reason: for taking his ‘No Thanks’ message to the people The Scottish independence referendum campaign is over (at least for a few years), rejected decisively […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 4

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

Congratulations to George Murray, whose Marauding Fullbacks lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 4 with an impressive 264 points. That puts him in 4,909th place in the global league of more than 3.2 million players. Just three points then separate the next four players and fewer than 20 points the entire top 10. […]

Scotland says no to independence: here’s my first thoughts the morning after

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2014

The people of Scotland have spoken. As that sound echoes, here’s what I think its rejection of independence means… The SNP are strengthened: 45% of the Scottish electorate voted Yes. That’s a far higher figure than many of us would have predicted even a few weeks ago. Yes Scotland’s campaigning, driven by the SNP, has […]

Anti-politics: the Lib Dem problem

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2014

A very interesting blog-post from two Southampton academics, Will Jennings and Jerry Stoker – Parties and anti-politics – examines the problems each of the four parties has with the current mood of anti-politics (hat-tip John Rentoul). Its introduction summarises its argument: How and why do political parties struggle to ‘get’ anti-politics? They all nod in […]

Scotland votes today: 8 things that have struck me about the independence campaign

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2014

My own position remains unchanged from February: “If I were a Scot with a vote in September, I’m not sure which side I would favour. I see no reason why an independent Scotland wouldn’t do quite well out of new arrangements, but it would of course be a risky venture into the unknown (which is […]

What do you think will be the result of the Scottish independence referendum? Your predictions, please…

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2014

Almost all the polls have now been published and election day is tomorrow – so the time has come to put your pundit’s reputation on the line and say what you think will be the result of the Scottish independence referendum. A quick reminder for those who’ve been fogged by the blizzard of polls in […]

Scotland’s independence referendum: here’s what our survey says Lib Dem members think

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2014

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 735 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Scotland votes this Thursday in its independence referendum. We asked our sample […]

What the academics say: 7-in-10 voters know the name of their MP – and 82% of Lib Dem MPs are local

by Stephen Tall on September 14, 2014

What do MPs want from voters? Well, knowing the name of their man in Westminster would be a start. What do voters want from their MPs? To come from the area they represent is the single most important requirement – 80% want that, far more than wanting more female (50%) or more working class MPs […]



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