Posts Tagged “paul burstow”

Ashcroft’s poll of Lib Dem battleground seats: incumbency is alive and well but 2015 will be a survival election for the party

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2014

Tory peer and pollster Lord Ashcroft has published his latest set of constituency findings. He polled some of the key Lib Dem / Tory and Lib Dem / Labour battlegrounds in the summer – he’s now followed that up by looking at a further 22 seats. Of these, 2 are Lib Dem targets, 15 the […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #61: Ross Kemp

by Stephen Tall on March 1, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Ross Kemp Actor, broadcaster and former husband of ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks Reason: for ensuring The Sun recognised its coverage of Frank Bruno’s mental illness was brutal and wrong. Newspapers are rarely […]

Welfare reform: what should the Lib Dems do?

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2013

This much I think I know… Cuts to the overall welfare budget are inescapable: it accounts for too large a chunk of of public spending for it to be immune — certainly if the NHS, schools and overseas aid budgets are to be protected at the same time as spending is reduced. These cuts would […]

What the three departing Lib Dem ministers have said as they leave government

by Stephen Tall on September 4, 2012

You can catch up on the rolling LibDemVoice live-blog of today’s reshuffle here and the current list of official Lib Dem appointments here. Three Lib Dem ministers are at the time of writing departing the Coalition Government for the backbenches. Each of them has issued statements as follows: Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent […]

What Lib Dem members think about the NHS Bill: 57% opposed, but majority might back it if significantly amended

by Stephen Tall on March 8, 2012

We’ve been surveying the views of current Lib Dem members this week on your views on the NHS Bill. Over 500 responded, and here’s what you told us… A majority of Lib Dem members – and a majority of Lib Dem members who will be voting delegates at the party’s spring conference at NewcastleGateshead this […]

Burstow: “New 111 service will be better than NHS Direct”

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2010

The news broke at the weekend that NHS Direct is to be scrapped by the Coalition Government, and replaced with a new service – 111 – a move anticipated in July’s Health White Paper, in which it was promised to: Develop a coherent 24/7 urgent care service in every area of England that makes sense […]

Nick Robinson notes Lib Dems’ “important injection of democracy” into Coalition’s NHS plans

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

Mark Pack yesterday noted Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow’s hand at work in the NHS White Paper – it’s a theme also picked up today by the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, who comments on his blog: The proposals for a re-organisation of the NHS included a fundamental and little-noticed change from those contained […]

#Trafigura – the Hansard transcript

by Stephen Tall on October 14, 2009

Astute readers may have noticed one or two mentions on the site yesterday concerning Trafigura, its lawyers Carter Ruck, and their attempts to impose a gagging junction on The Guardian preventing the reporting of Parliamentary proceedings.
Not only was the issue promptly picked up by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, but two of the party’s […]