Posts Tagged “lynne featherstone”

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “From Eastleigh to Africa – and back again!”

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2013

Nick’s latest weekly missive focuses on two places: his visits as party leader to the Lib Dem by-election campaign in Eastleigh, and his visit as Deputy Prime Minister to Mozambique and Ethiopia to focus on ‘the three Ts’ – tax, transparency and trade. Here’s his letter in full… Like so many of you, I’ve been [...]

Equal marriage: who voted which way

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2013

For those wanting to know the voting breakdown of last night’s historic decision in the Commons to approve equal marriage, here it is courtesy of Andrew Sparrow’s essential Guardian live-blog… Conservatives FOR – 127 MPs (42%) AGAINST – 136 MPs (45%) ABSTENTIONS – 5 MPs (2%) ABSENT – 35 MPs (12%) Labour FOR – 217 [...]

++ The ayes have it! Equal marriage approved with 225 vote majority

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2013

The BBC reports: MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government’s legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales. At the conclusion of the Commons’ first opportunity to debate the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, MPs voted by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, in favour of the legislation. It’s estimated some [...]

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 [...]

Nick Cohen: Labour members are “in despair” of trying to unseat Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Observer’s Nick Cohen isn’t Lynne Featherstone’s biggest fan: “I cannot tell you how much I dislike this stupid, two-faced and dangerous politician,” he writes affectionately in The Spectator. He later labels her a “menace”, a “hypocrite”, and curses her “wittering” (I wonder if that’s a verb he’s ever applied to a male politician, by [...]

Nick Cohen: Labour members are “in despair” of trying to unseat Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Observer’s Nick Cohen isn’t Lynne Featherstone’s biggest fan: “I cannot tell you how much I dislike this stupid, two-faced and dangerous politician,” he writes affectionately in The Spectator. He later labels her a “menace”, a “hypocrite”, and curses her “wittering” (I wonder if that’s a verb he’s ever applied to a male politician, by [...]

Nick Clegg is The Sun’s Hero of the Week… again

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2012

Perhaps it’s a pre-Leveson softening up exercise. Or perhaps we’ve activated a Lib Dem sleeper agent at the heart of Wapping. Whatever the explanation, Nick Clegg has been awarded the accolade — for the second time in three weeks — of being The Sun’s Hero of the Week. I’m not sure the reasons for which [...]

Are you coming to the Top Secret Lib Dem Blog of the Year awards tonight? Saturday 10pm, Grand Hotel (Pavilion Room)

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2012

Tonight will be the seventh annual Lib Dem Blog of the Year awards, which LibDemVoice is once again organising (or, more accurately, which Helen Duffett is masterminding). I’m one of the judges so my lips are sealed about pretty much (…)

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What do we Lib Dems want from a reshuffle?

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2012

While the massed ranks of the mostly right-wing political commentariat obsess about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle, Lib Dem interest has been relatively muted. In one sense this isn’t surprising. As it stands, 18 of the party’s 57 MPs are on the government payroll, so Nick Clegg has little room for manouevre even among the middle [...]

Another Mail headline to savour… Lynne ‘slaps down’ Tory minister for opposing Coalition support for equal marriage

by Stephen Tall on May 13, 2012

At this rate the Daily Mail will soon become Lib Dems’ favourite reading… A few days after its front page proclaiming David Cameron’s lament ‘I’d govern like a true Tory if it wasn’t for the Lib Dems’, the paper reports: Tory Minister is slapped down by Lib Dems after criticising gay marriage Two Ministers in [...]



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