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Corbyn: good or bad for the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2015

I’ve an article on today’s Times Red Box blog looking at how (and whether) the Lib Dems can capitalise on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. The obvious answer is we don’t know. The parallel with 1981-83, when hard-left Bennism (…)

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We (Lib Dems) don’t need no education. Apparently.

by Stephen Tall on August 9, 2015

Tim Farron has announced his seven campaigning priorities for the Lib Dems this Parliament. And one topic is notable by its absence: Rural Communities and Vice Chair – Mark Williams MP EU referendum – Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim (…)

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FAO all leadership contenders: “Clever politicians push against the grain of their own party”

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2015

View image | The Times’s Philip Collins writes today about the political savviness of George Osborne’s sudden conversion to a higher minimum wage than promised by Ed Miliband (£9/hour by 2020, compared with £8/hour): There are two lessons here (…)

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Osborne’s budget: who reckons the Lib Dems would have cheered it if we’d still been in government?

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2015

View image | A couple of months ago I highlighted a potential pitfall for the Lib Dems of assuming the post-Coalition Tories would “revert to type, that their swivel-eyed, nut-job element will triumph”: For the past five years, David (…)

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The “Orange Booker” case for supporting Tim Farron

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2015

Yes, you read that headline right. I’ve already said why I’m supporting Tim Farron as next Lib Dem leader. This is a brief coda addressed specifically to those party members, like me, who are quite happy still to be regarded (…)

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The Lib Dem policy dilemma – and the 3 issues I think we need to make our own

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2015

One striking thing about the Lib Dem leadersip contest to date is the lack of debate about policy. To some extent this is unsurprising. So devastating was the party’s defeat in May that there’s been more interest than usual in (…)

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The day I interviewed Charles Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on June 3, 2015

I properly met Charles Kennedy only once, when I interviewed him for LibDemVoice at the party’s 2007 conference. It was 18 months since he’d resigned the leadership but, with Ming Campbell visibly struggling in the role, there was still speculation (…)

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Why I’m supporting Tim Farron for Lib Dem leader

by Stephen Tall on May 22, 2015

I have a pretty appalling record when it comes to voting for party leaders. So you may be best to note the headline, which is after all the nub of what follows, and read no further. The first time I (…)

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For Nick Clegg to stay, the Lib Dems need to “confound expectations”. What does that mean?

by Stephen Tall on February 10, 2015

What is the ‘Clegg threshold’? That’s a question I intended to touch on in my ConHome column today – looking at the prospect of a Lib-Con Coalition 2.0 – but didn’t manage to fit it in. Though I think it’s (…)

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Our worst nightmare? Peter Kellner’s scenario 3: “Lib Dems choose who’s the PM”

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2014

Just over a year ago I wrote a piece titled Nightmare scenarios: what are the 2015 election results the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour most dread? In it, I argued that the trickiest prospect for the Lib Dems would be an evenly poised general election outcome in which the Lib Dems held the balance of […]

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