Posts Tagged “News”

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 […]

How Lib Dems should talk about immigration

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2014

This week saw the publication of an important report from the think-tank British Future called ‘How to talk about immigration’. Its central thrust is that the majority of the British public’s views about immigration are more moderate, pragmatic and nuanced than the polarising debate often allows: How to talk about immigration challenges both the pro […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 11

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2014

Congratulations to Jon Featonby, who continues to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 11, having amassed a whopping 675 points. Not far behind is George Murray (663), then Sam Bowman (659). A bit of a gap has opened up between the top three and the chasing pack: fourth-placed Andrew Wiseman is 34 points […]

Rochester & Strood by-election: Ukip win, Lib Dems lose 11th deposit

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2014

Mark Reckless won his bid to be re-elected an MP under the UKIP banner last night, following his eve-of-conference defection from the Conservatives. That this wasn’t at all a surprise — the swing from the Tories to UKIP was 28% — says something about the febrile dynamics of politics at the moment. Support for Labour […]

What the YouGov profiler says about Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on November 18, 2014

Market research firm YouGov poll a lot of people about a lot of things. As a result they have a data trove which they’ve turned into a visualisation tool which can profile a typical customer for any given brand… including if that ‘brand’ is the Lib Dems. Before I get to the fascinating screenshots, and […]

Two pieces of good Lib Dem news from Cambridge

by Stephen Tall on November 14, 2014

Here’s the first piece of good news… Viki Sanders gained a seat from Labour in a crucial city council by-election last night (comparison with 2012 result): Viki Sanders (Liberal Democrats): 933 votes (36%, +1%) Labour: 790 votes (31%, -9%) Conservatives: 614 votes (24%, +5%) Green: 222 votes (9%, +3%) It’s a result which augers well […]

Iain Dale to host political fundraiser for Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on November 14, 2014

Iain Dale, former Conservative candidate and blogger turned LBC Radio broadcaster, made the shock revelation this morning on his ConservativeHome diary: Next week, shock horror, I’m doing another political fundraiser. Brace yourselves. It’s for Lynne Featherstone – yes, the Liberal Democrat MP. She’s a mate and did sterling work on equal marriage, so I’ve decided […]

Labour’s Mili-madness is over. Now what?

by Stephen Tall on November 11, 2014

Labour’s moment of Mili-madness is over: Ed will lead his party into the next election. Alan Johnson’s re-re-re-confirmation that he has no appetite for the job has thwarted any chances that he might be drafted into the post as caretaker leader to see his party through the remainder of the season. It was a plan […]

European Arrest Warrant: I’m a sceptic (but not a Eurosceptic)

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2014

As I write, the House of Commons is debating the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Well, sort of. In fact, the Speaker, John Bercow, has already pointed out that “there will not today be a vote on the specific matter of membership of the European arrest warrant”. But Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris […]

Lib Dem membership up for 15th consecutive month

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2014

It’s over a year since we first reported that Lib Dem membership, which plummeted in the aftermath of the formation of the Coalition, had started rising again. That meant the party finished 2013 with more members than it began the year. Well, the upward trend is continuing, as an email to members tonight notes: Liberal […]



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