Posts Tagged “libdemvoice”

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 […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 11

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2014

Congratulations to Jon Featonby, who continues to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 11, having amassed a whopping 675 points. Not far behind is George Murray (663), then Sam Bowman (659). A bit of a gap has opened up between the top three and the chasing pack: fourth-placed Andrew Wiseman is 34 points […]

Lib Dem Party Committee election results

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2014

The Lib Dems have this evening announced the results of the elections to its Party Committees as voted for by conference representatives. Congratulations to all elected; commiserations to those who weren’t. The lists of those elected (and not), ordered by first preference votes, follows… Federal Executive Places: 15, Total valid vote: 677 Caron Lindsay 59 […]

Rochester & Strood by-election: Ukip win, Lib Dems lose 11th deposit

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2014

Mark Reckless won his bid to be re-elected an MP under the UKIP banner last night, following his eve-of-conference defection from the Conservatives. That this wasn’t at all a surprise — the swing from the Tories to UKIP was 28% — says something about the febrile dynamics of politics at the moment. Support for Labour […]

What the YouGov profiler says about Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on November 18, 2014

Market research firm YouGov poll a lot of people about a lot of things. As a result they have a data trove which they’ve turned into a visualisation tool which can profile a typical customer for any given brand… including if that ‘brand’ is the Lib Dems. Before I get to the fascinating screenshots, and […]

Why the ideal candidate is a local GP (who preferably left school at 18)

by Stephen Tall on November 16, 2014

There’s an interesting article in Political Studies journal by Rosie Campbell and Philip Cowley which attempts to find out ‘What Voters Want’. Published last year, it looks specifically what they want in terms of the characteristics of their candidates. The core of the study consisted of six split-sample internet surveys. Each survey involved respondents reading […]

Two pieces of good Lib Dem news from Cambridge

by Stephen Tall on November 14, 2014

Here’s the first piece of good news… Viki Sanders gained a seat from Labour in a crucial city council by-election last night (comparison with 2012 result): Viki Sanders (Liberal Democrats): 933 votes (36%, +1%) Labour: 790 votes (31%, -9%) Conservatives: 614 votes (24%, +5%) Green: 222 votes (9%, +3%) It’s a result which augers well […]

Iain Dale to host political fundraiser for Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on November 14, 2014

Iain Dale, former Conservative candidate and blogger turned LBC Radio broadcaster, made the shock revelation this morning on his ConservativeHome diary: Next week, shock horror, I’m doing another political fundraiser. Brace yourselves. It’s for Lynne Featherstone – yes, the Liberal Democrat MP. She’s a mate and did sterling work on equal marriage, so I’ve decided […]

Labour’s Mili-madness is over. Now what?

by Stephen Tall on November 11, 2014

Labour’s moment of Mili-madness is over: Ed will lead his party into the next election. Alan Johnson’s re-re-re-confirmation that he has no appetite for the job has thwarted any chances that he might be drafted into the post as caretaker leader to see his party through the remainder of the season. It was a plan […]

European Arrest Warrant: I’m a sceptic (but not a Eurosceptic)

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2014

As I write, the House of Commons is debating the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Well, sort of. In fact, the Speaker, John Bercow, has already pointed out that “there will not today be a vote on the specific matter of membership of the European arrest warrant”. But Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris […]



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