As a minister Ed Davey has been key at getting Lib Dem principles enacted, first by helping the Post Office survive, and then in pursuing climate change policies. But he was having a major impact before government too.
Ed Davey is surprisingly quiet for a Cabinet minister, tending to let actions speak louder than words. In government he has been pretty successful at getting Lib Dem friendly policies enacted, while not roughing up Tory colleagues and creating tension in the same way his predecessor Chris Huhne did. Davey was though making a significant difference to the country, and to liberalism, before becoming a minister. Read more
Lib Dem Minister Lynne Featherstone has been one of the leading voices against the awful practice of female genital mutilation, but a Lib DemLondon councillor has branded campaigners as anti-African.
Lester Holloway is a Lib Dem Councillor in Sutton, and has chaired the Ethnic Minority Lib Dem organisation. The party’s Minister in the International Development Department, Lynne Featherstone, has been leading campaigns to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation. It appears Holloway doe not quite see the issue in the same way… Read more
The agenda for the Liberal Democrat conference in York has been released, but it is the image of
Nigel Farage that dominates.
Browsing through the agenda for the Lib Dem conference in York, I was surprised to find that amongst a fairly decent set of discussions, it was the image of Nigel Farage that dominated. A full page picture of the UKIP leader greets you very early on in the document.
No Lib Dem politician is granted an image with anywhere near the level of prominence Farage’s has.
The Liberal Democrats have put out their latest party political broadcast. No sorries this time, but an unashamed pro-European message.
The video features Nick Clegg delivering clear reasons as to why voters should choose the Liberal Democrats and Europe on May 22nd. “Don’t put the recovery at risk” warns the Deputy PM, who is joined by party members explaining why they are in too.
He is, of course, right. Europe is essential to British jobs and growth, and only the Lib Dems really show any true understanding about the need to reform from within, instead of just picking macho fights. It’s good to see such a positive message.
The return of the debate on the top rate of tax has surely prompted some soul searching on the left of the Lib Dems, but it shouldn’t.
Ed Balls’ declaration that Labour would bring back the 50p rate was an economically pointless, empty political move of the most cynical kind. Such a rate is punitive, illiberal, and immoral. Indeed the announcement was such a disaster that the Shadow Chancellor is already having to backtrack, saying that it would only be in place until a Labour government had paid off the deficit this government has left. Read more
It has rather been overshadowed by the events of the last view days, but the race to be Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems is ongoing.
Lorely Burt seems to be the frontrunner, and seems to have high ranking support in the party establishment. She sent out the tweet below, and got support from party president Tim Farron, who appears in the picture too. If that didn’t make it clear enough that the higher echelons want Burt to join their fold, Neil Sherlock, a former key advisor to Nick Clegg, also retweet his support.
When it comes to the blunt effect on student numbers, however, hard data is now taking the place of predictions. And after two intakes since the new system took effect in 2012, it seems that £27,000-worth of debts has not been a deterrent after all. A record number of students enrolled at a university this autumn, outstripping even the bumper year just before fees went up.