Posts Tagged “social liberal forum”

Here’s what I’m doing in York on Saturday

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2014

I’ve just arrived in York (my first time here: in the dark it looks very nice; I’m told in the light it will be even nicer) for the Lib Dems’ spring conference. Which is like the autumn conference, except smaller, (…)

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The Lib Dem conference economy debate: Nick Clegg raises the stakes. He’ll have only himself to blame if he loses

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

After a weekend of averted rows – nuclear power and ‘fracking’ supported, axeing of tuition fees dropped – today’s debate on the economy will see a return to Lib Dem conference tradition: a dust-up between the leadership and the activists. A year ago, there was a poorly coordinated attempt by Lib Dem members within the […]

Clegg skating on thin ice: serious threat to party leadership over secret courts

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2012

Over at LibDemVoice today, we’ve published an article by Jo Shaw who’s led a quite brilliant grassroots campaign against the Government’s plans to extend secret courts. In September, the party conference passed overwhelmingly a motion rejecting the controversial Part II (…)

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LDV Caption Competition | Hugh Grant and Nick Clegg “one for the family album” edition

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2011

So Hugh Grant dropped into the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham today. He met with Nick Clegg and then addressed the Social Liberal Forum’s fringe event on the issue of phone-hacking, privacy and libel. He wasn’t there to endorse the party, but as the BBC reports here Hugh did give us credit for our long-standing […]

‘Renegades with a mission’ – the Sindy’s verdict on the Social Liberal Forum

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2011

The Social Liberal Forum — a group of Liberal Democrat members who advocate ‘that a democratic and open state has a positive role to play in guaranteeing individual freedom’ — met yesterday for their first conference on a high note: their mobilising role at the party’s spring conference is widely credited with having strongly influenced […]

Evidence based, Left Foot Forward? Not if you’re ignoring the actual evidence

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2010

The Labour-supporting Left Foot Forward blog prides itself on being evidence-based. But not, it seems, when the evidence doesn’t support the conclusion they’ve already written.
That seems to be the only explanation for their slanted weekend posting that Lib Dem tax policy “fails the fairness test”, which appears to rest on two points: 1) that people […]