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Free school lunches for infants: 60% of Lib Dems back Nick Clegg’s policy

by Stephen Tall on February 3, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’ve been publishing the full results. (There were a couple of results I ran out of time […]

Three scenarios for the 2015 election based on current polling: which do you think looks most plausible?

by Stephen Tall on December 10, 2013

In 18 months we’ll know the result of the 2015 general election. Forecasting is a mug’s game – especially because there are an even greater number of variables this time than usual: a governing coalition of two parties with one established centre-left opposition, Labour, and an insurgent right-wing party, Ukip. But plenty are having a […]

Free school meals for infants – the controversy over Nick Clegg’s pledge rumbles on

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2013

I wrote yesterday about Sir Nick Harvey’s forecast that the next election is Labour’s to lose. But there was another issue he focused on in his Huffngton Post interview – Nick Clegg’s conference pledge that all 5-7 year-olds should have free school meals, regardless of their family’s income status. “It was absolutely astonishing. It came […]

Is Nick Harvey right that “Labour is on course to win the next election”?

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2013

Sir Nick Harvey, Lib Dem MP for North Devon (and former defence minister), has little doubt who’s going to win the next election, as he tells the Huffington Post: … Harvey has a “clear sense” of what he thinks is going to happen. And even more than that, he is “astonished” that few others within […]

Philip Hammond on Coalition with the Lib Dems: horses for courses?

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

There’s an interesting interview with Tory defence secretary Philip Hammond in this week’s House magazine. Two snippets in particular will be of interest to Lib Dem readers. Let’s start with the defence department and horses. In the lead-up to the spending review when tensions were spilling over between the treasury and the spending departments, Danny […]

Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (12 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2013

Here’s a round-up of news from the past 24 hours in the Eastleigh by-election… Nick Clegg offered Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton his full backing on a visit to Eastleigh on Monday. Here‘s the Guardian report: “I am confident we will keep hold of this seat but not because I say so but because the […]

Trident: it’s déjà vu all over again

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

The latest flurry of excitement about the Trident nuclear deterrent — as the Daily Mail puts it with typical tabloid restraint: Tories and LibDems at war over contract to build Trident sub: £350m deal is jumping the gun, warns Clegg — is one of those stories which pops up twice a year. The last time […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #13 – Elizabeth Wilmshurst (and Nick Harvey)

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2012

Welcome to the 13th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #13 – Elizabeth Wilmshurst (and Nick Harvey)

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2012

Welcome to the 13th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]

Lib Dems should have had no part in ‘Knights of the Long Knives’ reshuffle honours

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2012

Nick Harvey’s had a tough week. On Tuesday his ministerial career was brought to an abrupt and surprising halt when Nick Clegg told him he was ‘trading’ his post of armed forces minister for a Lib Dem foothold in another department. The North Devon MP has been a victim of his own success. So shrewdly […]



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