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While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool

After May’s general election, both Labour and the Lib Dems needed a new leader, but the contrast between their leadership elections could not be starker. Labour is in the midst… Continue reading The post While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Nick Clegg turns down Lib Dem job as new spokesmen announced

The Lib Dems have announced their 22 strong ‘spokesperson team’ — or what other parties would call its frontbench. During the leadership election, Tim Farron said the party wouldn’t ‘bother… Continue reading The post Nick Clegg turns down Lib Dem job as new spokesmen announced appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Abolish the Lords (11/07/12)

I can't understand all this nonsense about reforming the House of Lords - because the only sensible thing to do with this unelected second chamber is to abolish it altogether. Why the Lib Dems believe that the Lords should be retained...Show More Summary

Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction

Tim Farron has come under fire this week over concerns that he is prejudiced against gay rights as a result of his evangelical Christian beliefs. His opponents have suggested that… Continue reading The post Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Illiberal Liberal

The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, and he was hardly into the job for two minutes before creating something of a storm by refusing to answer three time (in a Channel 4 interview) whether he believes gay sex is a sin. Apparently Tim is...Show More Summary

Full results from this week’s local by-elections

Greystoke and Hesket on Cumbria (Con defence) Result: Conservatives 635 (55% +2%), Liberal Democrats 518 (45% +22%) Conservative HOLD with a majority of 117 (10%) on a swing of 10% from Con to Lib Dem NB: UKIP vote in 2013 split 92% Liberal Democrat, 8% Conservative Gorleston St. Andrew (UKIP defence) and Mile Cross (Lab […]

Yes, we should be suspicious of Tim Farron’s Christian worldview

It was inevitable that as soon as Tim Farron got elected Lib Dem leader, he would be asked the Praying Question. The one that Tony Blair was asked, and the… Continue reading The post Yes, we should be suspicious of Tim Farron’s Christian worldview appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cold meats, beer, excitement and a fainting activist — how the Lib Dems celebrated Tim Farron’s victory

Tim Farron’s election as leader of the Liberal Democrats is the first piece of positive news for the party since its disastrous election result on May 7. The MP for… Continue reading The post Cold meats, beer, excitement and a fainting activist — how the Lib Dems celebrated Tim Farron’s victory appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Gains from both CON and LAB plus other good local results on Tim Farron first night as leader

Tim Farron won the Lib Dem leadership on the strength of his election successes and was very much the choice of the activists. With only eight MPs at Westminster Farron would dearly love there to be a parliamentary by-election. But who knows when one of those is going to come up? So in the meantime […]

Cornwall could be first in line for Votes at 16

A Lib Dem amendment in the House of Lords could lead to Cornwall being one of the first parts of the UK where 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote for local councillors. It's been a long journey since I was one of the co-founders...Show More Summary

Why in the end I voted for Norman Lamb

We need effective liberal voices in an increasingly illiberal world Although I’ve not been an active Lib Dem for more than a decade and a half I have still retained my membership and consider my politics as being strongly liberal with a small “l”. As I posted the week before last I arrived back from […]

Tim Farron interview: his first plans as Lib Dem leader, Peppa Pig, religion and a red line for another coalition

Tim Farron is a confident man. By this time Thursday, he will be announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats — if the bookies are to be believed.… Continue reading The post Tim Farron interview: his first plans as Lib Dem leader, Peppa Pig, religion and a red line for another coalition appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The LD leadership race where NOT being anti-immigration could be a vote winner

Smart move by Tim Farron as the LD leadership race draws to a close http://t.co/QY5nhfdiSJ pic.twitter.com/y1IgZ5r3a9 — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) July 4, 2015 With the Lib Dem leadership race drawing to a close the favourite, ex-party president Tim Farron, according to the Observer, has said that the UK should take 60,000 immigrants to help deal with […]

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, with David Cameron’s former head of… Continue reading The post Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Norman Lamb on Peppa Peg: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’

Is it time for a lesbian couple on Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb thinks so. In an interview with PinkNews, the Lib Dem leadership candidate said it should ‘absolutely not be out of… Continue reading The post Norman Lamb on Peppa Peg: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

This morning’s must read

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 […]

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