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As Channel 4 News goes on titillating ‘fishing trip’, Sarah Teather calls them out

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

I wasn’t too impressed by the timing of Sarah Teather’s announcement — on the eve of the party’s conference — that she wouldn’t be standing as a Lib Dem at the next election. But I was impressed by her performance on Channel 4 News last night. Invited on to talk about immigration in her first […]

Teather’s alternative voice on immigration: “it bothers me that there is a consensus among the three party leaders”

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

Good on Sarah Teather. This weekend’s Guardian carries an excellent in-depth interview with the Lib Dem former children’s minister by Decca Aitkenhead in which she makes clear her deep unease not only with the Coalition’s immigration policy, but also the political consensus of the three party leaders that public concern about immigration means they must [...]

Jon Cruddas: in favour of a 45 top-rate of tax before he was against it

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2013

Sarah Teather isn’t the only MP attacking George Osborne today. Ed Miliband’s policy chief Jon Cruddas has strong words for the Chancellor in the Sunday People, accusing him of “cruelty” and of “giving a tax cut to millionaires” by dropping the top-rate of tax from 50% to 45% for those earning more than £150,000. So [...]

++ Government wins vote on Benefits Uprating Bill; 6 Lib Dem MPs rebel

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

There were no serious doubts the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill — pegging increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the same as public sector wage rises, for the next three years — would be approved. The only question was the size of majority and how many Lib Dems would rebel (I’ve been keeping [...]

5 Lib Dem MP rebels on Benefits Uprating Bill (so far) – UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

Three Lib Dem MPs have so far publicly declared they’ll rebel against the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill. This is the Bill being debated in the Commons this afternoon which pegs increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the (…)

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Teather: “Benefit cap is immoral and divisive”

by Stephen Tall on November 18, 2012

Lib Dem MP for Brent Central Sarah Teather makes the front page of The Observer today for a powerful interview slamming the Government’s plans to bring in a benefit cap. I’m quoting extensively from it, below, but it’s well worth reading the whole piece here. This is clearly an issue that touches Sarah deeply, not [...]

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 [...]

In other news… Teather on pupil premium, State of play for Welsh Lib Dems & other stories

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Teather: Pupil premium ‘changing the way schools think’ (BBC) The Liberal Democrat MP and minister at the Department of Education Sarah Teather, said the policy is about “changing the whole way schools think”. Speaking to The World [...]

Labour’s new approach to education: ‘Evidence, evidence, evidence’. What can the Lib Dems learn from this?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2012

I’m going to do something now I haven’t had cause to do in a good few months: praise a Labour policy. Here’s why. On Tuesday night, I went along to listen to Stephen Twigg, Labour’s shadow education secretary, deliver a speech to a ProgressOnline debate on raising standards in education. (The event was in parliament’s [...]

Labour mortgage rescue scheme helps one family

by Stephen Tall on May 1, 2009

Very often when launching worthy initiatives politicans are wont to say something along the lines, “If it helps even one person it will have been worth it.” This is usually a rhetorical device, rather than a statistically exact prediction. But (…)

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