Posts Tagged “Local government”

BBC: Accused Weymouth councillor joins Lib Dem ‘coalition’

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2014

A pretty unbelievable story from Dorset, as reported by the BBC: A new coalition has been formed by Liberal Democrat councillors to include a member suspended from the party while he faces child sex charges. Weymouth and Portland councillor Ryan Hope was forced to stand down from the party last month after the intervention of […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #59: Ed Miliband

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 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.  Ed Miliband Labour leader Reason: for starting to talk the talk of devolving power to people. Politicians always talk of giving power to the people – when they’re in opposition. Their enthusiasm […]

Ed Miliband’s “People Powered Public Services”: some interesting ideas lurk beyond the bland

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2014

I read Ed Miliband’s Hugo Young lecture on the train home last night to save you the trouble. No need to thank me. Actually there are some good parts to it, which I’ll come onto. And if you want to share my pleasure the full text is available here. However, I’d suggest skipping the first […]

What will happen to the Lib Dems in Thursday’s local elections?

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2013

There are just three campaigning days left until this Thursday’s local elections taking place across much of England.* It’ll be tough-going for the Lib Dems… The last time these seats were fought, in 2009, was a high water-mark for the party: we polled a national equivalent vote-share of 25%. As I said in my morning-after-the-night-before […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #34: Margaret Thatcher. (She’s also a Liberal Villain, too.)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 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 […]

Eastleigh shows why the Tories and Labour should now support PR in local elections

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2013

If only, if only… Instead of holding out for a referendum on the Alternative Vote the Lib Dem negotiators had secured proportional representation for all local council elections instead. Hindsight’s easy, I know. At the time of negotiating the Coalition Agreement, electoral reform at Westminster was the party’s deal-breaker. The Lib Dem vote had gone […]

LDVideo: From the archives – ‘The Work of Local Authorities (1943)’

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2012

There now follows a public information film… During the 1940s, the British Council produced more than 120 short films ‘designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played’. They’re now available online, and here’s the wonderfully of-its-time feature on local government — or, as it’s described in the British Council Film Department Catalogue: […]

Mike Tuffrey the choice of members for Lib Dem London mayoral candidate: LDV survey

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2011

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. Over 500 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. Tuffrey set to beat Opik for London mayoral nomination LDV asked: It’s thought that […]

Ouch! Lib Dems suffer first anti-government backlash in 80 years

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2011

The words ‘Good morning’ may seem overly ironic if you’re a Lib dem waking up this morning to the news of the party’s pretty awful 2011 election results. Here’s a quick round-up for those who’ve avoided the media so far today… Scotland: a huge night for the SNP, with the Lib Dems and Labour both […]

What will happen in today’s elections? Your thoughts, please…

by Stephen Tall on May 5, 2011

Today, in case you hadn’t noticed, is election day. There are national elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and local elections for 279 councils across England. And of course there’s the referendum to determine the voting system used for elections to Westminster. Four years ago, in 2007, the Liberal Democrats were a party of […]



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