Liberal Democrats

A liberal-shaped hole in British politics

Conor Pope  |  26 July 2017

The Liberal Democrats’ irrelevance has afforded the Labour leadership the freedom to take left-liberal voters for granted on Brexit, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope It is easy to look at Labour’s hardline stance on leaving the single market over the weekend and wonder how it all happened. It is, of course, the Liberal Democrats’ …

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I left the Lib Dems and so should others

Alex Warnakulasuriya  |  19 April 2017

No self-respecting progressive should get into bed with a party that propped up David Cameron and George Osborne for five years, writes Alex Warnakulasuriya I joined the Liberal Democrats in October 2016. I joined Tim Farron’s #libdemfightback (ugh) seeking refuge from the maelstrom engulfing the Labour party. I saw their resurgence in the polls as an opportunity …

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Why Labour shouldn’t worry about the Lib Dem surge

Conor Pope  |  10 April 2017

Conor Pope says that the Liberal Democrat ‘fightback’ is a distraction from the real problem – the Tories The Liberal Democrats are likely to do much better in the upcoming local elections than current opinion polls suggest. Most polls currently have the party on around 11 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats having broken into …

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Anti-west

Grace Skelton  |  3 February 2017

It is anti-imperialism that drives Jeremy Corbyn and his hard-left cadre, argues Grace Skelton Speak to most Momentum activists and they will proudly tell you that for decades Jeremy Corbyn has stood shoulder to shoulder with those struggling against the establishment and has expressed solidarity with civil rights causes across the world. So why has …

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The Last Word: The wrong Jeremy

Richard Angell  |  13 January 2017

The NHS crisis, progressive alliance ploys and Momentum purges – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Toby Perkins’ speech to the House of Commons this week on the death of his father was not only a brave personal intervention, but also an important contribution to the debate around the National Health Service. That the …

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Fighting among the brassica fields

Christabel Edwards  |  18 November 2016

‘Some will label me a quitter, or, no doubt, worse. Those are labels with which I can live. The label Conservative no longer is.’ – This was the widely reported parting shot of Conservative member of parliament, Stephen Phillips as he resigned his ultra-safe seat. My Conservative MP. I have to admit, his resignation came …

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101 Ways to Win an Election

Siobhain McDonagh MP  |  6 September 2016

Originally published in 2012, this updated book promises to ‘reveal the insider secrets and skills you need to make sure you’re a winner on Election Day’. It might seem a little ironic that the authors are Liberal Democrat campaigners, given the party’s disastrous performance since 2012. But both Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield have experiences …

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The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics

Maya Goodfellow and Patrick Diamond  |  26 August 2016

The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics Patrick Diamond and Maya Goodfellow each enjoy a new collection of essays from across the left – but questions around economic competence and the meaning of ‘progressive’ remain   The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics Lisa Nandy MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Chris Bowers (Eds) BiteBack Publishing | £12.99 | …

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‘A majority for common sense’

Ben Dilks  |  12 May 2016

Having presided over a string of seemingly effortless wins against the government in recent months, the assumption might be forgiven that shadow leader of the House of Lords Angela Smith currently has one of the easier jobs in Labour politics. She is keen to reassure me otherwise as we take a seat in her grand …

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Coalition: The Inside Story of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government

Richard Angell  |  20 April 2016

‘They’re all useless bastards’, was an agreed spoiled vote in David Laws’ Yeovil constituency in 2010. Fast forward five years and it was the public’s reaction to the Liberal Democrats after half a decade of power. Having read Laws’ first book, 22 days in May, I was looking forward to an equally stimulating read in …

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