Liberal Democrats

Learn from Labour’s intervention – it worked

Parmjit Dhanda  |  31 March 2016

Over 40,000 jobs are at risk if Tata walks away from the colossal steel works of Port Talbot in south Wales. The government has been left looking flat-footed and indecisive, with ministers unsure about whether to return from overseas trips and then sending out mixed messages about whether state intervention is merited or not. It …

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Business, not pleasure

Miranda Green  |  4 March 2016

Time Labour learned the difference between enemies and adversaries —Political turning points are not always dramatic. Sometimes they are signalled by the slow, sad note of a deflating balloon. So it was with the end of Labour and Liberal Democrat cooperation after the 1997 landslide. As an aide to Paddy Ashdown, I sat on the fringes …

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Equal Ever After

Lance Price  |  11 February 2016

Lynne Featherstone, member of parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green until the Liberal Democrat rout of 2015, is a woman who knows how to make the most of the opportunities that come her way. Although she spent the majority of her career in government on the lowest rung of the ministerial ladder she amply demonstrates …

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Bedtime

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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Against the Grain

Paul Richards  |  22 October 2015

In 1892, George and Weedon Grossmith published a comic novel about an odd little fellow called Charles Pooter. Pooter was a clerk, struggling with the world around him, his family, and the pressures of fitting in to Victorian society. His comedic self-importance is thwarted at every turn by social misfortune and petty grievances. The book …

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Gender equality needed at all levels in politics

Nan Sloane  |  20 October 2015

Since 1918, a total of 450 women have sat in the Westminster parliament. 459 men sit in the current House of Commons. This means that, despite nearly a century of work, the entire number of women members of parliament ever elected has never outnumbered that of the men in any one parliament. On the other …

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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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Not winning here

Michael Taylor  |  21 September 2015

As the Liberal Democrats gather in Bournemouth to start their so-called fightback, amidst spurious claims of potential Labour defections by their newly elected leader Tim Farron, the reaction in Greater Manchester has been one of bafflement. To us, the Liberal Democrats have always been the ‘believe in nothing, say anything’ party. All things to all …

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Being progressive in a new era

Will Higham  |  16 September 2015

Change in politics is over-predicted and then when it finally comes, overwhelming. The Labour party with its new rules, new members and new leader it is a different beast. The one thing that is the same is the ultimate mission: to form a government that advances progressive aims and makes life better for people. It …

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Britain in a perilous world – the strategic defence and security review we need

Stephen Beer  |  2 September 2015

The singular lack of a credible defence and security strategy did not feature in the general election campaign. Neither of the two coalition partners had much to say about defence and Labour was no better. The central reason was that all parties were focused on spending cuts. In the case of the Conservatives and Liberal …

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