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Reasons to be careful about new analysis suggesting Lib Dems “set to lose several more seats than national polls with uniform swing would predict”

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2014

A new analysis by Oxford academic Stephen Fisher (a member of the team which was behind the scarily accurate BBC/ITN exit poll at the 2010 election) douses the comfort blanket to which many of us Lib Dems have been clinging, suggesting as it does that the Lib Dems are losing more votes in our strongest […]

Reasons to be careful about new analysis suggesting Lib Dems “set to lose several more seats than national polls with uniform swing would predict”

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2014

A new analysis by Oxford academic Stephen Fisher (a member of the team which was behind the scarily accurate BBC/ITN exit poll at the 2010 election) douses the comfort blanket to which many of us Lib Dems have been clinging, suggesting as it does that the Lib Dems are losing more votes in our strongest […]

And it’s good-bye from me as LibDemVoice Co-Editor…

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2014

Today marks the countdown to my final day as Co-Editor of LibDemVoice. I guess I could say the past seven years and seven months have flown by, but actually it seems like a long, long time since I started here. Tony Blair was prime minister, Ming Campbell was Lib Dem leader, and I was still […]

Alex Folkes: Cornwall Council and its chief executive have serious questions to answer

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2014

Many Lib Dems will know Alex Folkes. He’s a Lib Dem councillor on Cornwall Council, and was a member of its cabinet until earlier this month, when he stood down to “deal with a personal issue”. I noticed it at the time, hoped it was nothing too bad, thought no more of it. Then on […]

All in a day’s Lib Dem conference: hustings, fringes, OMOV and sex work

by Stephen Tall on October 4, 2014

It’s felt like a slow start to conference – I’m habituated to the Friday night rally and meaty policy debates starting at bleary o’clock on Saturday morning. But with the rally moved to Saturday night, conference itself wasn’t opened until this afternoon. However, that meant there was time this morning for the first official hustings […]

Good news: Voters places themselves and the Lib Dems in the centre. Bad news: that doesn’t mean they’re liberals

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2014

“There’s no future for the Lib Dems as a party of the centre,” goes the cry from radicals on both wings of our party. So I was interested to see this polling data from YouGov (hat-tip Adam Corlett) looking at where voters place themselves on the left-right axis and where they place the parties and […]

Mark Pack’s verdict on those ICM polls: “not sensible figures for anyone to draw a conclusion from”

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2014

My former co-editor here at LibDemVoice, Mark Pack, has been taking a detailed look in his latest Liberal Democrat Newswire at those ICM constituency polls commissioned by Lord Oakeshott. Here’s his take on them: It’s not only the attempted anonymous funding of the polls that’s questionable. So too is the way they were worded. Even […]

Ukip examined: who they are, what they stand for, and what it all means for British politics

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2014

I’ve just finished reading Revolt on the Right, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin’s fascinating book analysing the rise of Ukip and what makes the party and its voters tick. Mark Pack has already written a very good review for LibDemVoice here. Here’s my take on some of its key insights. Who votes for Ukip? The […]

Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less)

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2013

Sunny Hundal announced on Friday that left-of-centre blog Liberal Conspiracy is coming to an end: I no longer have the time to maintain Liberal Conspiracy as a daily-updated news and opinion blog, so as of today I’m going to stop. This site will become an occasionally updated personal blog, with the odd guest-post. It’s fair […]

What do the Lib Dems need to focus on next year?

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

That was the 250 word essay question a group of us were set by The House magazine. Mark Pack has offered up his thoughts here. Here’s my effort… What the Lib Dems need to focus on in the next year (…)

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