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Shirley seeks to amend same-sex marriage bill: “Equality is not the same as sameness”

by Stephen Tall on July 7, 2013

There’s no doubt Shirley Williams has many admirable qualities. For example, her passionate belief in free-at-the-point-of-use health-care, her passionate defence of excellent education for all, and her quite staggering propensity for appearing on BBC1′s Question Time. But even the best of us err. First, there was her casual dismissal of sexual harrassment (“we have got […]

Who Lib Dem members think are the most effective non-MPs at promoting the party

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Oakeshott, Ashdown and Pack top your list LDV asked: Which prominent Lib Dems who are NOT […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg – “If I thought this Bill was about privatising the NHS, it would never have seen the light of day”

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2012

Nick Clegg took part in an afternoon Q&A at today’s Lib Dem conference, and vigorously defended the changes to the NHS being implemented by the Coalition as amended by the party. Conference representatives earlier voted, by a slim margin of 309 votes to 280, to debate tomorrow morning Shirley Williams’ motion, ‘Saving the NHS’, rather […]

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 […]

LDVideo: Vince and Shirley’s war on Murdoch, while Nick savages PCC as “busted flush”

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2011

There’s no doubt about the big story this week: Rupert Murdoch being forced to close the biggest-selling British newspaper in a brazen bid to ride out the illegal hacking story that threatens his media empire. Vince Cable’s prophetic powers first came to prominence during the economic storm that came close to collapsing the banking system. […]

Who are the greatest Liberal Prime Ministers who never were?

by Stephen Tall on April 3, 2011

Mark Pack reviewed Francis Beckett’s new counterfactual collection, The Prime Ministers Who Never Were, on the Voice earlier this week — 14 ‘Big Beasts’ who, had the chips fallen differently, might have become premiers. The list is mostly inevitable with a couple of intriguing outsiders: Austen Chamberlain, J R Clynes, Lord Halifax, Oswald Mosley, Herbert […]

YouTube ‘cos we want to: an SDP special

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2009

If the SDP had lived on*, 2009 would have marked its 18th** 28th birthday – which spurious segue is all the excuse we need to dust off three video clips tracing its rise and fall. Let’s begin at the beginning, (…)

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Shirley's six of the best

by Stephen Tall on July 18, 2009

Over at the Express, Lib Dem peer Baroness (Shirley) Williams lists her six favourite books. And in case you’re wondering what they are, here goes… Perkin the Pedlar by Eleanor Farjeon (Out of Print) I read this children’s book when (…)

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Shirley, Simon, Chris and David

by Stephen Tall on April 1, 2009

The Times tells us that four senior Lib Dems will be on hand to inspect police treatment of protesters at today’s climate camp in London’s Square Mile: Four Liberal Democrats – Baroness Williams of Crosby, Simon Hughes, Chris Huhne and (…)

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