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Brexit: the problem with promising a second referendum

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images I get why Tim Farron has promised the Lib Dems are committed to holding a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. There is a good principled reason for doing so. Regardless of (…)

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Why I think Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for our times

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for the times we live in. Not because she gives every appearance of being reassuringly tough, shrewd, hard-working and very clearly competent but because she’s no ideologue. (…)

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Theresa May has the endorsement of the Tories – and progressives should be worried

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2016

Politics isn’t just fluid, it’s runny. A couple of weeks ago, I almost took the time and trouble to write a ‘Boris v Theresa’ piece – just as well I didn’t, as it also would’ve ended up spiked by Michael (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #82: David Willetts and Douglas Carswell

by Stephen Tall on January 4, 2015

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Willetts Conservative MP, former universities minister Reason: for opposing his party’s plan to cut back the numbers of overseas students So often this column is a toss-up: do I make person X a ‘Liberal Hero’ for opposing […]

European Arrest Warrant: I’m a sceptic (but not a Eurosceptic)

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2014

As I write, the House of Commons is debating the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Well, sort of. In fact, the Speaker, John Bercow, has already pointed out that “there will not today be a vote on the specific matter of membership of the European arrest warrant”. But Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris […]

How – or will – Nick Clegg replace Norman Baker in the home office?

by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2014

Norman Baker’s decision to quit as Lib Dem home office minister — citing significant differences with his boss at the department, the Tories’ Theresa May — means a vacancy has opened up. How will Nick Clegg fill it? We’re unlikely to have long to wait, but here are what I see as his options… Nick […]

++ Norman Baker quits as Home Office minister

by Stephen Tall on November 3, 2014

Norman Baker, appointed Lib Dem home office minister just over a year ago, is to quit his government post and “launch a stinging attack on Theresa May”, according to the Independent: Norman Baker, the crime prevention minister, is stepping down after a year of internal battles within the Home Office with his Conservative boss. In […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #79: Norman Baker

by Stephen Tall on November 2, 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.  Norman Baker Lib Dem home office minister (2013-14) Reason: for promoting an evidence-informed approach to drugs policy reform Norman Baker — authentic grassroots liberal, rough diamond, homespun home officer and maverick minister […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #69: Anna Lo

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 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.  Anna Lo Alliance Party member for Belfast South in the Northern Ireland Assembly Reason: For championing non-sectarian tolerance. Now what we in the mainland euphemistically referred to as ‘The Troubles’ are over […]

76% of Lib Dem members oppose Government plans to render foreign-born terror suspects ‘stateless’

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Three-quarters oppose Theresa May’s plans to render foreign-born terror suspects ‘stateless’ […]



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