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7 years on: 2 ‘myths’ about the Clegg-Huhne leadership race that persist

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2014

It’s 7 years to the day since Nick Clegg was formally elected leader of the Lib Dems. Over at the Telegraph, professional Labour contrarian Dan Hodges has penned what I’d call a fair-minded piece (Clegg’s critics would call it a generous whitewash) (…)

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Our worst nightmare? Peter Kellner’s scenario 3: “Lib Dems choose who’s the PM”

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2014

Just over a year ago I wrote a piece titled Nightmare scenarios: what are the 2015 election results the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour most dread? In it, I argued that the trickiest prospect for the Lib Dems would be an evenly poised general election outcome in which the Lib Dems held the balance of […]

Two-party politics is dead: the Labservatives now trail the Other Parties

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2014

The FT Data blog charts the decline of The Parties Formerly Known As The Two Main Parties: People in the UK are more likely to support a third party rather than vote Conservative or Labour in the general election next (…)

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“This is not a snub. I thought it would be a nice change to get out of the Westminster bubble”: Clegg on his Autumn Statement absence

by Stephen Tall on December 4, 2014

Nick Clegg has taken my advice.* Back in July, I offered the Lib Dem leader five unsolicited pieces of advice. Most he’s ridden roughshod over: Vince Cable wasn’t appointed the party’s shadow chancellor for the next election, Jo Swinson wasn’t promoted to the cabinet, and (as far as I know) Nick continues to rule out […]

A fabulously passive-aggressive tweet-exchange between Jeremy Browne and Nick Clegg

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2014

Relations between Jeremy Browne and Nick Clegg have not been happy since the Lib Dem leader removed him from his ministerial post. A few weeks ago he announced he was quitting parliament at the next election. When David Cameron paid (…)

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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 […]

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 […]

UK decision to stop migrant rescue operations attacked by Teather (“unethical”) and Ashdown (“inhuman”), defended by Clegg (“Italian decision”)

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2014

Conservative home office minister James Brokenshire defended the Government’s decision to withdraw support – along with all other EU member states – for future search-and-rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean. The BBC reports: James Brokenshire told MPs the change would “save lives rather than putting them in peril.” About 3,000 migrants have drowned in […]

Nick Clegg: I’m not voting in this Thursday’s PCC by-election

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2014

There’s a by-election taking place this Thursday. The good news is the Lib Dems won’t lose our deposit. The reason is the party’s not standing a candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election triggered by the resignation of former PCC Shaun Wright over the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal. Here’s how Nick Clegg explained […]

Nick Clegg’s speech: 5 initial thoughts from me – and reaction from members and pundits

by Stephen Tall on October 8, 2014

Nick Clegg has just delivered his seventh conference speech – you can read it here. Five quick thoughts from me: 1. It’s rare to remember party leaders’ speeches. However, I’ve a feeling this one will be remembered. Not necessarily stylistically — its rhetoric or his delivery — but for a government policy announcement: the emphasis […]



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