Posts Tagged “simon hughes”

Southwark Lib Dems face questions over Ministry of Sound donations: 3 important points to consider

by Stephen Tall on November 8, 2011

Southwark Lib Dem councillors and local MP Simon Hughes have been in the spotlight the past 24 hours following their decisio to oppose a planning application objected to by the Ministry of Sound, a prominent donor to the party. BBC News reports: Political donations to the Liberal Democrats from a nightclub chain totalling almost £80,000 […]

‘The Hughes Report’: Lib Dem MP’s 33 recommendations to improve access to higher education

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2011

Last week saw the publication by Simon Hughes, the Government’s advocate for higher education access, of his report for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on how more young people can be encouraged to apply for university. It’s received little attention, perhaps understandably given the current frenetic news cycles — but it’s a shame […]

The Lib Dems on ‘Hackgate’ and Murdoch: Ashdown, Huhne, Hughes, Farron, Oakeshott all join the fray

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2011

It’s been a frenzied week in British politics, with attention for once focused less on the mis-deeds of politicans than the criminality practised by many journalists, both at the News of the World and beyond. Here’s a brief round-up of what the Lib Dems have been saying… BSkyB takeover: Lib Dems hint at backing Labour […]

Clegg, Cable and Hughes on ‘What next?’ for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on May 8, 2011

After the party’s battering at the polls on Thursday, and the simultaneous rejection of electoral reform, the Lib Dems’ future in the Coalition government has been the subject of much media discussion this weekend, with Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Simon Hughes all leading the fightback. Here’s a round-up of some of their BBC interviews… […]

The Browne Report is published: Lib Dems begin to respond…

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2010

Well, The Browne Report is now out there, and you can read it below. Vince Cable will make a statement this afternoon setting forward the Coalition’s initial response. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems’ deputy leader Simon Hughes has just issued his reponse, as follows: “All Liberal Democrat MPs are very conscious of the positions we have […]

LDVideo conference edition (3): Hughes, Huhne, Alexander and Browne

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Anyone starting to get conference withdrawal symptoms? For those of you who were there, here’s a few videos from the Lib Dem conference in Liverpool to help you catch up with what you missed by, erm, being there. And for those of you who weren’t there and saw it all on telly anyway… well, here’s […]

Simon Hughes states the bleedin’ obvious, sparks news media frenzy

by Stephen Tall on August 19, 2010

Well, we’re into the 101st day of the Coalition – and, still, despite the many media sightings of ‘splits’ and ‘tensions’, the Government has yet to founder on the rocks. The latest round of media sniping was triggered by Simon Hughes’ comments yesterday, widely – but inaccurately – reported as Lib Dems ‘need backbench veto’. […]

Lib Dem conference to be asked to approve gay marriage proposal

by Stephen Tall on August 8, 2010

Today’s Independent reports: The Liberal Democrats are to use their first party conference in government to adopt a radical new policy calling for gay marriage. The paper points out the tensions such a policy could spark with the socially conservative right-wing among the Tories. However, I’m intrigued by the paper’s suggestions that it also “risks […]

Hughes on Cameron’s council tenancies plans: “It is not a Liberal Democrat policy, it is not a coalition policy.”

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2010

Lib Dem Voice’s Sara Bedford reported here this morning her reaction to David Cameron’s suggestion that he wanted to look at fixed-term tenancies to help solve the issue of scarce council housing. Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes has been quick to make plain his outright opposition to the proposal, telling the Evening Standard’s Paul […]

Hughes welcome Supreme Court ruling securing freedom from persecution for gay asylum seekers

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2010

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes has welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that two gay men who said they faced persecution in their home countries of Cameron and Iran have the right to asylum in the UK. I am delighted this ruling recognises the rights of gay asylum seekers, ensuring their freedom from persecution around […]