Posts Tagged “ming campbell”

Lib Dems reject 50p top-rate of tax by just 4 votes, 224 to 220

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

How many times have Lib Dems knocked on doors at 9.55pm to get out the last remaining identified voters because “your vote really could make a difference” in this election? Today’s vote on whether to keep the top-rate of tax levied on those earning £150k or more at 45p, or to pledge to raise it […]

The flagrant consistency of the Lib Dems’ position on an in/out EU referendum

by Stephen Tall on January 20, 2013

As a follow-up to my post The surprising truth about that Lib Dem in/out EU referendum leaflet — and as a handy guide for journalists in the future — I thought I’d piece together the timeline of the recent history of the Lib Dems’ position on holding a referendum to give the British people a […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #18: Theresa May & Michael Moore

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2012

Welcome to the 18th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases public figures who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism, highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from beyond […]

On chairing Ming, Shami and John – and how I failed to find questions from women

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2012

I enjoyed chairing Liberal Reform’s fringe meeting on civil liberties at the Brighton conference this week, featuring Shami Chakrabati, John Kampfner and Ming Campbell… … though (as usual) the request to speakers to speak for 5 minutes to allow plenty (…)

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Civil liberties under the coalition – Shami, Ming & John Kampfner discuss 1pm TODAY

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2012

I’m delighted to be chairing the Liberal Reform fringe meeting on civil liberties this lunchtime with a stellar line-up of Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, Ming Campbell and campaigning journalist John Kampfner. Details as below: Holding their feet to the fire: (…)

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Lib Dems push Coalition to abandon ‘Moscow criterion’ in latest anti-Trident move

by Stephen Tall on May 20, 2012

Writing in the Financial Times, former Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell has urged Britain to drop the so-called ‘Moscow criterion’ — which commits us to maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent capable of obliterating the Russian capital — in order to open up the possibilities of a more targeted, and cheaper, nuclear alternative to the renewal […]

Labour’s not-so-very-local election broadcast shows how unimportant local decision-making is to Ed Miliband’s party

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2012

Tonight’s Labour local election broadcast, starring telly’s very own Lord (Robert) Winston, climaxes with the rallying cry: On Thursday May 3rd, vote NHS, vote Labour Exactly how voting Labour then will help the NHS isn’t explored — not surprisingly, because it won’t. There’s a reason these elections are called local elections, after all. Before highlighting […]

LDVideo: Ming Campbell – House of Lords reform part of Lib Dem DNA

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

Here’s a clip of former Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Menzies Campbell declaring reform of the unelected upper house — that century-old piece of ‘unfinished business’ — is an innate part of what defines Liberal Democrats: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his […]

And the most-mentioned Lib Dems of 2011 were…

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2011

Two Lib Dem ministers made it into the top 10 of most-mentioned politicians in the national print media in 2011. Not surprisingly, one was Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM; the other was Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary. Here’s the graphic which shows them placed 4th and 10th respectively: Two Lib Dems also made […]

Clegg orders fresh review of extradition laws headed by Ming

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2011

It’s two-and-a-half years since Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader publicly stood up on behalf of Gary McKinnon, a computer hacker wanted to by the US authorities under controversial extradition laws: The Americans are hell-bent on extradition and making an example of him. He was told if he sat back, pleaded guilty and said nothing […]