Liberal Democrats

Osborne’s to lose?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  1 September 2015

Fixed-term parliaments still create a lot of unknowns in British politics. The royal prerogative, exercised by the sitting prime minister to abolish the legislature and go to the country, was always a double-edged sword for the occupant of No 10. The longer the parliament, the worse the result. Labour governments – not that there have …

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Is Labour throwing the Lib Dems a lifeline?

David Talbot  |  19 August 2015

In his seminal study in 1935, George Dangerfield wrote that the Liberal landslide of 1906 was a victory from which the party never recovered. Over a hundred years since, from a party that held the office of the deputy prime minister and was in a stable coalition government for five years, to the sorry parliamentary …

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‘I’m not going to take any lectures’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  17 August 2015

This lioness will go out hunting for Labour’s next victory, says Caroline Flint The personal is clearly political for Caroline Flint, Labour’s shadow energy and climate change secretary who is seeking to succeed Harriet Harman as deputy leader of the party. Her opening campaign message to party members was, ‘You may think you know me’, and it continued: …

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Kendall will build on our success

John Ferrett  |  4 August 2015

As a losing candidate in the recent general election, in a seat Labour held from 1997-2010, I made my contribution to the four million conversations that the party pledged to have with voters. However, those conversations not only told us what the party did not want to hear, particularly in terms of the leader’s unpopularity …

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What does Tim Farron’s election mean for Labour?

Sally Prentice  |  17 July 2015

It is a cliché to say that being the leader of the opposition is the toughest job in politics. Perhaps it is time to revise that statement: the political and organisational challenges that will face the next one will be nothing like those facing the new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron. The Liberal Democrats came …

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New danger for Labour

Mark Rusling  |  14 May 2015

This year’s election pitched Scotland against the rest of the country, north against south, Liberal Democrat versus Tory seats against Liberal Democrat versus Labour seats, and London against the rest of England to mention only a few. Perhaps most ominously, it pitched seats with a presence of the United Kingdom Independence party against seats without. …

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The clickbait election

Matt Forde  |  31 March 2015

Don’t be seduced by titillating titles, warns Matt Forde I’ve just had an email from Tim Farron. The subject line read: ‘Did you see what Nigel Farage said?’ Given the titillating nature of the title, what I read inside was very disappointing. Shock horror, Nigel Farage said something silly about immigration. I thought it was …

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A better future

John Woodcock MP  |  31 March 2015

Why we must win the election When locked in the toil of an election campaign it sometimes pays to lift your head from the minutiae of road groups, switchers and contact rates, to consider why it is we are sweating blood to win. (Though only briefly, you understand. Those leaflets are not going to bag …

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An SNP or Green vote is one for the Tories

Rich Durber  |  26 March 2015

The great American progressive lawyer Louis Brandeis wrote that, ‘in a democracy the most important office is the office of citizen’. This was, he explained, because democracy requires all individuals to look beyond their own narrow personal interest and consider the common good. In his budget last week George Osborne set voters a test. A …

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Why Vote Green: The Essential Guide

Felicity Slater  |  24 March 2015

Imagine Harriet Harman gave a speech in which she stated that there was little chance of the Labour party getting elected any time soon – or at all. Party members would be outraged: what on Earth would be the point? No such concerns trouble Green party activists. Shahrar Ali, its deputy leader, blithely admits to …

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