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Guardian front page via @suttonnick Clegg offered to resign as Lib Dem leader in May 2014 http://t.co/gTWlPjXRRw pic.twitter.com/zTWhL3GspY — TSE (@TSEofPB) June 24, 2015 The Guardian have a fascinating and detailed piece on the Lib Dem time in government, it is clear how much reneging on their pre-election tuition fees pledge damaged the Lib Dems and […]

Tory push polling in Cornwall

There has been some discussion in the national media about the concept of push polling following an unfortunate incident in the Lib Dem leadership election when supporters of one candidate appear to have engaged in somewhat dodgy activities. Show More Summary

Tim Farron strengthens his position in the Lib Dem leadership race

While the media has been focused on the Labour leadership contest, the Liberal Democrats are also shuffling closer to choosing their new leader. The ballot papers are being sent out… Continue reading The post Tim Farron strengthens his position in the Lib Dem leadership race appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Conservatives plans to cut poorer student access to university

Among all the concern at the backtracking made by many Lib Dem MPs on tuition fees in the last parliament, one thing that went largely unrecognised was the protection given to grants for the least well off students. Now it seems that...Show More Summary

Meanwhile in that other party leadership contest…Stodge on the Lib Dem race

Norman Lamb or Tim Farron? Next Wednesday I’m intending to attend the Hustings for the Liberal Democrat leadership election in London. As in 2007, I go to the event undecided between the two candidates and will listen with interest to what they have to say and how they see the future of the Party. Paddy […]

Local By-Election Preview including the big election in Tower Hamlets

Wallington South on Sutton (Lib Dem defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Liberal Democrats 45, Conservatives 9 (Liberal Democrat majority of 36) Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected Liberal Democrats: 1,593, 1,558, 1,221 (37%) Conservatives: 825, 649, 571 (19%) United Kingdom Independence Party: 694 (16%) Keep Our St. […]

As the Lib Dem leadership race starts a timely reminder from Ladbrokes of the devastation the party suffered at GE15

Next Lib Dem leader betting, 5 years ago: 4 Laws 5 Alexander 8 Teather 8 Huhne 10 Farron 10 Cable 10 Davey 16 Swinson 20 Hughes 25 Lamb — Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) June 3, 2015 There are, as expected, just two candidates in the LD leadership race – or a quarter of the entire parliamentary party. Interestingly the two, Tim Farron and Norman Lamb, are […]

Sanctimonious Drivel

I had to admire the sheer gall of The Times columnist Matthew Parris who in one of his paragraphs berates those for speaking well of Charlie Kennedy after the former Lib Dem leader has passed away, while speaking up belatedly and in the most brown-nosing fashion for the old Labour dinosaur Dennis Skinner. Show More Summary

Charles Kennedy and the Hypocrisy of the Pro-War British Establishment

Establishment tributes to Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader who died suddenly on June 1, have been generous. But its worth remembering that the elite was not so kind towards him when he was Lib Dem leader from 1999-2006, and took positions on foreign policy and the economy which influential neocons and neoliberals disagreed with.

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies aged 55

Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Fort William aged 55. His family released this statement this morning: ‘It is with great sadness,… Continue reading The post Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies aged 55 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tim Farron interview: Lib Dems scared Tories off British Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech

I spotted the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Tim Farron in a pub on Whitehall, enjoying half a pint of lager and nachos with fellow party activists after marching in defence of… Continue reading The post Tim Farron interview: Lib Dems scared Tories off British Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Will Nick Clegg’s response to the Queen’s Speech mean anything at all?

Could there be a sadder sight today than Nick Clegg, intervening on behalf of his now tiny ‘minor party’ in the Queen’s Speech debate? The Lib Dem leader is responding… Continue reading The post Will Nick Clegg’s response to the Queen’s Speech mean anything at all? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cowardly Behaviour

The last remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, looks like a coward and prize prat these days after being exposed as the man behind a scurrilous attempt to smear the First Minister during the general election campaign. Show More Summary

Will Theresa May allow Muhammad Salah to enter the UK?

Unencumbered by the regressive Liberal Democrats, the new government has already managed to start taking extremism seriously.  The counter-extremism legislation which the Lib Dems managed to stall will be included in… Continue reading The post Will Theresa May allow Muhammad Salah to enter the UK? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

It will be of little comfort to the yellows but GE15 proved to be a great example of the power of first time incumbency

Tim Smith Univ of Nottingham The vote shares of first time incumbents held up the most A short paper headed “Lib Dem incumbency advantage persists but fails to prevent disaster” by Tim Smith of the University of Nottingham has just been published and provides valuable evidence of the power of first time incumbency. This happens […]

UKIP becomes a one-man band once again – another extraordinary day in the life of Farage’s party

Labour fired their leader after the election. Lib Dems fired their leader after the election. And UKIP are firing everyone but their leader. — Oliver Cooper (@OliverCooper) May 19, 2015 Former key allies Patrick O'Flynn and Suzanne Evans both lose their jobs in a 12 hour period as Nigel Farage exerts his authority at @UKIP. […]

David Herdson looks at the LDs following the GE15 outcome

This was the biggest disaster in nearly a century? The Lib Dems and their predecessors have been through some bad times over the years but what faces them now is their worst crisis in nearly a century. It is worse than the splits over Ireland under Gladstone that ended their pre-eminent position in the country; […]

Lib Dem leader hopeful Norman Lamb wins a celebrity backer

Although Labour’s celebrity endorsements from Martin Freeman, Robert Webb and Russell Brand did little to help the party in the election, Norman Lamb will be hoping his new backer will help… Continue reading The post Lib Dem leader hopeful Norman Lamb wins a celebrity backer appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Poor Shows And Close Calls: Lesser Known Election Results

2 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

In how many London seats did the Lib Dems lose their deposits?

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