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Recent updates

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015

    As we announced here, Agenda 2020 is the name given to a project of the Federal Policy Committee to re-examine our timeless values. They have now published quite an interesting collection of essays (pdf here) to set the ball rolling, and are inviting further essays by the 5th October.

    You might miss the essay collection if you have gone for one of the greener options for the conference agenda, or if you aren't going to conference, but I must say they are interesting enough to put my natural cynicism for the project on hold for a while.

  • Liberal Democrat Gender Balance Task Force
    Article: Aug 26, 2015
    By Rebecca Plenderleith in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The idea that we need to encourage more women in politics is not an uncommon one and it's certainly not one I disagree with.

    As a woman interested in politics myself there are very few women in politics whom I can look up to. This is not because there's a lack of talented women, it's that for some reason they're turned off to the idea. However, all-woman shortlists are - in my opinion - not the way to solve this issue. It's said that since Labour implemented all-woman shortlists that a female candidate has never won against a male candidate on an open shortlist. If true, that really does not sound like a progressive and liberal way forward for the Liberal Democrats. That's why it's concerning to me that Willie Rennie has backed the idea of gender quotas and all-woman shortlists.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2015
    By William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    We're entering another phase of the 'future of the left' debate, whether or not Jeremy Corbyn emerges as Labour's next leader. So it's worth remembering previous cycles of this debate, what they revolved around, and how Liberals and Social Democrats responded to them. There are some lessons to learn, and warnings about what to avoid.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Aug 25, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Here's the third in our series of Tim Farron's TimTalks.

    In this one, he talks about how we rebuild the party.

    A festival of ideas, diversity, PAWAWI, being an accessible leader.

    "Under Tim Farron's leadership, there will be no cabal and no bunker."

    Read more by The Voice or more about tim farron or TimTalks.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2015
    By Tom Papworth in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Thursday the ASI published an article I wrote about the Labour leadership election and the concept of Expressive Voting. This theory, developed by Geoffrey Brennan and Loren Lomasky in their book Democracy and Decision: the pure theory of electoral preference, offers a new explanation for the "paradox of voting", the rationality-defying fact that people vote despite the improbability that their vote will make a difference.

  • Tim Farron in Calais
    Article: Aug 25, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    The first policy debate of tho year's Conference is on Creating safe and legal routes for refugees. It will be proposed by Suzanne Fletcher who is one of the founder members of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015
    By Mark Leftly in The Independent

    In/Out referendum on Britain's future in the EU is expected next year

    Mark Leftly

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015

    The Midland Mainline is a disgrace and needs urgent upgrading.

    When the Lib Dems were in Government, the money for this was allocated but since May it has been decided to "review" this investment.

    Sign this petition to try to get the current Tory only Government to make good on the promises made when it was in Coalition with the Lib Dems!

  • Article: Aug 24, 2015
    By Jonathan Calder - Harborough in Liberal England

    No one really knows, of course, but it does look at though Jeremy Corbyn will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

    What will that mean? Here are five likely consequences.

    1. Whether the Liberal Democrats like it or not, they will be seen as a centre party.
    I know it sounds improbable, but an SWP activists once said a wise thing to me: when you are a small party to rarely get to choose the agenda on which you fight.

    Well, the Liberal Democrats are certainly a small party now and, whether we like it or not, we shall be seen as a centre party for as long as Corbyn is Labour leader. The strategy we pursued under Charles Kennedy of outflanking Labour from the left will not be open to us - unless we advocate liquidating the Kulaks or something like that.

    I am sure Tim Farron will thrive as a populist centrist, but this future is in some ways a depressing prospect.

    2. The Green surge will grind to a halt
    I don't know how real a phenomenon the Green surge ever was, but as far as it existed it consisted of the Greens hoovering up all sorts of disaffected left-wingers, many of whom had no particular connection with traditional Green concerns,

    More than one longstanding environmentalist has complained to me that this led to the Green Party rather abandoning environmentalism to embrace the anti-austerity cause. This led the party to put forward an incoherent policy platform at the last election, as Natalie Bennett so effectively demonstrated.

    Now those disaffected left-wingers will flock to Corbyn's Labour and leave behind a Green Party that is smaller but truer to environmentalism.

    3. Social media will be hell
    We have all enjoyed laughing at Labour for abstaining on welfare cuts, but under Corbyn it will not be like that. On Twitter every day will be #cameronmustgo day and Labour activists will be filled with passionate intensity.

    I am increasingly of the opinion that, by acting as a combined echo chamber and grooming parlour, Twitter is positively harmful to political parties, but that is the way it is going to be from now on.

    Oh, and when Labour loses the next election, it will all be the media's fault or the Liberal Democrats' fault or the fault to Labour MPs who did not back Corbyn.

    4. Labour will be in a constant state of crisis
    As Nick Cohen argued the other day, the election of a party leader against the wishes of the great majority of its MPs will be a unique phenomenon in British politics.

    I do not imagine many of those MPs will take his victory quietly. Add to this the opposition of the press, Corbyn's enthusiasm for sharing platforms with unsavoury characters and his eagerness to make excuses for Putin's near-fascist regime and you can see that his leadership will exist in a state of perpetual crisis.

    It will be fun to watch, but ultimately will not be good for the health of British politics.

    5. It will be harder for the Liberal Democrats to make a comeback
    Most of the seats the Liberal Democrats have any hope of winning at the next election are held by the Conservatives. In order to win them we have to win over people who have voted for us in the past but opted for David Cameron last time.

  • Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife
    Article: Aug 24, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    Willie Rennie has announced that he supports the use of all women shortlists and quotas to improve the Scottish Liberal Democrats' appalling record on gender balance. He is to lead a group which will draw up specific proposals for the 2019 European, 2020 Westminster and 2021 Holyrood elections.

    The Scottish Party looked on in shock when members in the North East did not place highly effective Justice Spokesperson at the top of the list when it was selected at the end of last year. Since then, and particularly following the General Election, there have been strong calls for much stronger action on gender balance. Willie has consulted widely within the party and he announced his plans at the Scottish Party's and Scottish Liberal Democrat Women's Everyday Sexism Open Mic event in Edinburgh yesterday.