Posts Tagged “mike hancock”

30,000 reasons why Mike Hancock may not yet have made up his mind about re-standing as an MP

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2015

A tweet from BBC reporter Giles Dilnot caught my eye yesterday: Mike Hancock reveals (it’s OK don’t panic) he is “undecided” whether to stand at GE2015. That it is a question at all seems a tad surprising — Giles Dilnot (…)

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We’re Lib Dems: we need to care a lot more than we seem to about digging out the truth

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2014

Chris Rennard on Monday, Mike Hancock today. The Lib Dems have been doing quite a bit of membership-suspending this week. Those of us who are left are feeling scandal-fatigued. Probably the public are, too. Today has been especially depressing. Partly (…)

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Mike Hancock welcomes Ugandan gay deportation case deferral

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

Richard Flowers reported here on Lib Dem Voice last week Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock’s grave concerns for a Portsmouth constituent facing deportation back to Uganda — Robert Segwanyi is gay, and argues he was imprisoned and tortured in his home country, where homosexuality is illegal. (Michael Andrewes, Mr Hancock’s constituency researcher offered further background […]

Hancock calls on Clegg to “end dictatorship over the party by 20 Lib Dem ministers”

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Never say Mike Hancock doesn’t have a sense of timing… On the morning of Nick Clegg’s leader’s speech to the party conference, Mike has delivered what might be considered a stark warning: I would be grateful if you could confirm in your speech on Monday that you will in the future bring any fundamental policy […]

Six Lib Dem MPs rebel on Coalition’s Academies Bill

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

The BBC reports: MPs have approved legislation [317 votes to 225, Government majority 92] which paves the way for a radical overhaul of the school system in England. The Academies Bill, allowing schools to opt out of local council control as early as September, is now due to receive Royal Assent on Tuesday. However, the […]

Lib Dem MPs split on Euro referendum?

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2010

Almost two years ago, in the early weeks of Nick Clegg’s leadership, the Lib Dem parliamentary party managed to tie itself in knots over the question of whether to support a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In the end three frontbenchers, David Heath, Tim Farron and Alistair Carmichael, quit after defying the party’s three-line whip […]

Hancock to take £1,000 a year “tenants’ tax” protest to Parliament

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2009

Mike Hancock, Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South, together with his fellow Portsmouth Lib Dems, has taken his campaign on behalf of council tenants to the highest levels, including Downing Street and Parliament. The issue? One that is faced by (…)

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Lib Dem MPs divide on embryology bill free vote

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2008

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill passed the House of Commons easily this week, 355 to 129. The Bill’s measures include allowing scientists to produce human-animal “hybrid embryos” for stem cells, use of “saviour siblings” to provide bone marrow or (…)

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How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2007

By popular request, here’s the current list of which Lib Dem MPs have declared for which leadership candidate so far. (Originally compiled with the help of Jonathan Isaby of The Daily Telegraph.) The list shows that Nick has attracted two (…)

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How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED)

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2007

I’m grateful to Jonathan Isaby of The Daily Telegraph, who has compiled (and allowed me to reproduce here) his up-to-date list of which Lib Dem MPs have declared for which leadership candidate so far. Jonathan comments: “Below are my most (…)

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