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A 1% Benefits Cap Will Not Build a Fairer Britain

This post is written by Paul Hindley, Member of the Social Liberal Forum and the Liberal Democrats from Blackpool, and recently graduated from Lancaster University. A few days ago, Parliament voted on the second reading of a bill, to place

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Questions for (and answers from) candidates in Councillor elections to federal committees

The Principal Councillor elections for membership of the Federal Executive and Federal Policy Committee are now open. In order to help Liberal Democrat Councillors decide who to support, candidates are invited to submit their answers to the questions below to

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Welfare cuts in Autumn Statement 2012

The Social Liberal Forum is committed to ensuring the Liberal Democrats fight the 2015 General Election as an independent party.  Given the necessity of agreeing Government spending plans and departmental budgets for the 2015-16 financial year, this will be challenging,

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Welfare cuts in the Autumn Statement 2012

The Social Liberal Forum is committed to ensuring the Liberal Democrats fight the 2015 General Election as an independent party.  Given the necessity of agreeing Government spending plans and departmental budgets for the 2015-16 financial year, this will be challenging,

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New Statesman: 22/11/12: The Lib Dems must not accept more welfare cuts in return for new taxes

The country faces a crucial twelve months, and of course we need a government that shows coalition can work, a united government. The question is, for whom should government be made to work, the parties who constitute it or the

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Shifting Grounds, 21/11/12: It’s time for Nick Clegg to stand up for fairness

Liberal Democrats, who have already rejected such proposals, have limited tolerance for Conservatives who are increasingly ignoring the Coalition Agreement they signed up to. Retoxified already, a Conservative Party specifically targeting the most vulnerable as the scapegoats for deficit reduction

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Petition: Say No to Secret Courts!

www.libdemsagainstsecretcourts.org.uk - a campaign that unites the Liberal Democrats in opposition to secret justice. Liberal Reform and other party organisations are backing this campaign, please do so too. Almost one month ago, Liberal Democrat members voted overwhelmingly at party Conference against Part

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‘Shares for rights’: straight out of the ‘errors in Coalition’ box

By SLF Co-Chair Gareth Epps It’s not just social Liberals and those Liberal Democrats least comfortable with the coalition that have expressed dismay at the proposal that has become known as ‘shares for rights’. This is for a number of

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Federal Party Committee Elections

Ballot papers and candidate manifestos for the crucial 2012 Federal Party Committee elections are in the post. Here is a list of some of the Social Liberal Forum members and supporters who are actively promoting our priorities and are standing

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Huffington Post, 09/10/12: Tory in Ruling-Out-Wealth-Tax Shocker

Liberal Democrats have long argued that alongside lifting the income tax threshold to take the lowest earners out of tax, the tax system must be reformed to address inequalities of wealth that blight society and hamper economic progress. The Tories

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