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Glasgow Conference Preview for SLF

The last Autumn Conference before a General Election always looks a little different, perforce. Eager Parliamentary candidates queueing up to make a campaigning point to win a few votes, perhaps to save a local post office? Check. Debates more about

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Action on welfare and food poverty

Work to write the crucial Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto will be stepping up as we move into summer.  Social Liberal Forum campaigns on welfare and food poverty illustrate the need for that document to look forwards as well as back; to

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Budget 2014: where are the Liberal Democrat priorities?

Much of this year’s Budget comes as little surprise. With a tight fiscal background and given George Osborne’s penchant for playing to the gallery, so much is predictable. Ditto the widely-trailed coalition announcements on the income tax threshold (where Nick

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How to fix the structural deficit, the fair way

There has been considerable debate about how best to fix the structural deficit.  Figures of £25billion have been posited as how much is needed to do this.  There is some dispute as to whether this figure is really accurate; but

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After Conference…….

In case you missed it – Gareth Epps reflects on Federal Conference On Left Foot Forward – After Glasgow: What did the left get out of the Lib Dem conference? On Huffington Post – A Pyrrhic Victory?

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Huge support for SLF’s amendments for the economy debate

  More than 100 Lib Dem Conference representatives have signed up to support amendments on the economy moved by SLF. As a show of support for a statement Party policy as opposed to opposition to a Government action, this is

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On Identity

According to Nick Clegg’s aides the summer will see the start of a concerted attempt to shift (further, some might add) the Liberal Democrats to the centre-Right, culminating in a series of binary choices at Conference in Glasgow on a

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Is Nick Clegg resorting to Megaphone Diplomacy?

Nick Clegg’s speech to the ALDC Conference in Manchester this weekend was trailed  – these things rarely happen by accident – as ‘taking on his internal party critics’. In it, Clegg seems to set out a choice: ‘to become a

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Low pay, tied pubs and the need for reform

SLF backs the Fair Deal for your Local campaign and publishes research showing reform will save Government money by lifting licensees out of poverty pay. The plight of publicans in the tied pub sector has been increasingly regularly documented in

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