Articles by Roger Liddle
Roger Liddle is Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on Europe in the House of Lords, a former adviser on European affairs to Tony Blair, and chair of Policy Network

Ed Balls-Speaking out

Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics

Roger Liddle  |  10 November 2016

Ed Balls’ Speaking Out will be regarded as one of best written and readable political autobiographies of his generation. It is not in the class of Denis Healey’s The Time of My Life, though there are some interesting parallels between Balls and Healey – serious intellectuals with brilliant minds, both bruisers in build and temperament, …

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Corbynomics redux?

Roger Liddle  |  5 October 2016

One of the (few) positives of the leadership election and the Liverpool conference is that they forced Jeremy Corbyn to make speeches about policy. Up to then Corbyn had behaved like an Old Testament prophet who rails against austerity, inequality and social injustice. This appeal never loses its emotional power, but what is extraordinary about …

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A new deal for Europe

Roger Liddle  |  28 June 2016

The last few days have been much the worst emotional trauma of a long political life. As the referendum results came in on early Friday morning, one’s only feeling was one of deep pain: that decades of commitment to Britain in Europe, and the nobility of the goal of a united Europe, had seemingly ended …

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Putting Britain in limbo

Roger Liddle  |  20 June 2016

‘A vote to Leave is a vote to Leave’. This is true, but spare a thought for what happens then. The Leave campaign is adamant that ‘leaving’ is all very simple. It has announced a programme of six bills that after a Leave vote would separate Britain from the EU: repealing the 1972 European Communities …

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel

Cameron should draw a line under the renegotiation as soon as possible

Roger Liddle  |  15 December 2015

This Thursday David Cameron arrives in Brussels for one of the defining meetings of his premiership. The European council is set for a full discussion of his demands for a renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union. His reputation in history almost certainly depends on the outcome. Will he be remembered as the prime …

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British Liberal Leaders

Roger Liddle  |  16 October 2015

This book is the third in an impressive series on political leadership in Britain’s mainstream parties which we owe to an imaginative initiative of Charles Clarke’s. Though the books make good reading for anyone interested in politics, this sustained reflection by historians, political scientists and practising politicians is particularly timely for Labour as the party …

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A fight on our hands

Roger Liddle  |  5 October 2015

The time for complacency is over Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour will campaign in the coming referendum for our continued membership of the European Union, whatever the outcome of David Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’, was a welcome shift from the equivocations of the days that preceded it. Labour’s pro-Europeans are expected to stand and cheer. We shall see. Corbyn, who …

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Europe: some home truths for Labour

Roger Liddle  |  24 June 2015

David Cameron’s referendum gamble confronts Labour with a stark choice. It is one that will test the mettle and quality of the candidates seeking the party leadership. For the tactical opportunist, the referendum offers multiple opportunities. Labour can seek to exploit Tory divisions on Europe by finding pretexts to support Conservative anti-Europeans in votes in …

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Baying for Brexit

Roger Liddle  |  2 February 2015

Roger Liddle’s new book charts the return of the Conservative Euroscepticism that was just biding its time In October 2011, 81 Conservative backbenchers defied a three-line whip to vote against a referendum, a far larger rebellion than Maastricht In his first speech to Conservative party conference as leader, David Cameron could not have been more emphatic: …

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Francois Hollande

Monsieur Extraordinaire

Roger Liddle and Renaud Thillaye  |  11 March 2014

Portrayed as a directionless muddler in the British press, François Hollande has achieved more in two years than he is given credit for, say Roger Liddle and Renaud Thillaye François Hollande has aroused all kinds of feelings within Labour’s ranks over the last two years. From early indifference, the French president managed to spark curiosity …

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