A full-blooded commitment to going local

Sunday, 01 March 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

David Heigham: Our power to decide locally has been centralised, is still drifting to Whitehall, and should go back where it belongs. Read more
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Shirley Williams: How Liberal is Labour? (Fabian Society)

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Baroness Shirley Williams will be speaking at a special Fabian Society event on 10 March to answer the question "How liberal is Labour?" in conversation with Newsnight's Michael Crick. Tickets are free for Fabian Society members and £10 for non-members. In addition, you can buy a six-month introductory membership for £9.95 which includes a free ticket to the event (do you see what Read more
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Steve Webb this Wednesday

Monday, 23 February 2009

Steve Webb MP, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary (and Chair of the Social Liberal Forum's Advisory Board), will be leading a policy discussion at Portcullis House, Westminster, on Wednesday 25 February. To give people some food for thought, we have also republished Steve and Jo Holland's article on Communicating Social Lib Read more
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Expanding home delivery

Sunday, 22 February 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

James Graham: work with the industry to develop incentives to dramatically switch from supermarket use to ho Read more
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Communicating Social Liberalism

Sunday, 22 February 2009

By Steve Webb and Jo Holland reinventingthestatecover100This article was originally published in Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Read more
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In defence of broad church politics

Friday, 20 February 2009

There has been a bit of a debate waging over the past week about "classical (or economic) liberals versus social liberals," partly due to the launch of the Social Liberal Forum and exacerbated by a recent editorial in Liberator Magazine. For the record, while the Soc Read more
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Give council tenants the right to move

Thursday, 19 February 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

Dr Tim Leunig: Those in social housing should be allowed to require their landlord to sell their home and buy Read more
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Ratification of Appointments

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

Thomas Hemsley: As part of a wider effort in strenghtening select committees (through allowing members to be Read more
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The Ideas Factory

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Got an idea you think should be in the Lib Dem manifesto?  We want to hear it! As part of the Social Liberal Forum's contribution to the Liberal Democrat policy making process, we are inviting people (whether they are party members or not) to write a short article about their big idea, and invite a debate on the subject. To kick start the debate, we will be getting members of the Social Liberal Forum's Executive Team and Advisory Board to add a short response and then open the Read more
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And we're off!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

As reported in the Liberal Democrat News yesterday, the Social Liberal Forum has now been launched.  Our Director, Matthew Sowemimo, has also written a short article on Lib Dem Voice. Our launch appears to have caused a bit of a stir - which is kind of the point.  You can follow the debate by going to Read more
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