Posts Tagged “zac goldsmith”

3 quick thoughts on the Richmond Park by-election

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2016

Embed from Getty Images The last two times I’ve gone to bed reasonably confident my side would win an election, I’ve had a rotten, sleepless night. Last night I went to bed reckoning my side would fall just short and (…)

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Why I’m pleased Labour is standing in the Richmond Park by-election

by Stephen Tall on October 26, 2016

‘The Liberal Democrats have vowed to make the Richmond Park by-election about Brexit, not Heathrow,’ says the BBC. This is, as I suggested yesterday, strategically sensible: Strategically for the LibDems, Richmond by-election needs to be seen to be about Brexit (…)

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Heathrow, Brexit and the Richmond by-election. Why I’m grateful for Zac

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2016

Zac Goldsmith’s resignation as Conservative MP for Richmond Park in protest at his Government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow is, at least on the face of it, good news for the Lib Dems. A Tory-Lib Dem swing (…)

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MP recall: 73% of Lib Dem members approve of voters’ right to sack their representatives

by Stephen Tall on May 21, 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. Over 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. 73% of Lib Dem members approve of MP recall; 19% disapprove The […]

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #53: Nelson Mandela

by Stephen Tall on December 6, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, 1994-99 Reason: for inspirational leadership. No words of explanation are needed from me – they’re best left to Mandiba… I greet you all in the name […]

Registers and recall: I support them both. But they’re not going to clean up our democracy

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

The weekend’s revelations that two Labour peers and an Ulster Unionist were filmed offering to lobby ministers for cash, following hot on the heels of Tory MP Patrick Mercer’s resignation of the Tory whip over similar allegations, has re-ignited the question of how to clean up Parliament. Two proposals are being pushed, both of them […]

LDV Saturday caption competition: “Kramer vs Zac” edition

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader … (Image courtesy: Here’s former Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Susan Kramer with her Tory successor Zac Goldsmith. What do you think they might have been saying or thinking about each other? The winner of […]

Have you seen Zac Goldsmith’s Channel 4 News car-crash interview yet?

by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2010

Phew! I’ve just finished watching Channel 4 News’s Jon Snow attempt to interview Tory MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith about suggestions that he has serious questions to answer about the accuracy of his election expenses. It’s true car-crash telly, with Zac Goldsmith spending the first seven minutes of the interview ranting against Channel 4 […]

Channel 4 News: Zac Goldsmith has “questions to answer” about election spending

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Channel 4 News will tonight broadcast the results of an investigation which it claims show Conservative MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, has serious questions to answer about the accuracy of his election expenses. The total allowable expenses for the campaign for all candidates was £11,003. Zac’s official returns show he spent 98% of his […]

Horwood: coalition deal on nuclear power creates possible “win-win situation” for Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on June 11, 2010

Part of the coalition deal between the Lib Dems and Conservatives allowed for Nick Clegg and colleagues to abstain on three key issues which divide the parties – raising student tuition fees, the Tories’ marriage tax allowance, and nuclear power. However, written into the agreement, too, was the pledge that no new nuclear power station […]

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