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Social Liberal Forum Announce New Governing Council

Following internal elections over the summer, the Social Liberal Forum are pleased to announce a new Council which will govern the work of the organisation over the next couple of years. The following people will serve as members of the

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Conference Motion: Ensuring Fairness in a Time of Austerity

We are delighted to have got this motion onto the agenda of this autumn’s Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool. It will be debated during the morning session on Tuesday 21 September. F34 Ensuring Fairness in a Time of Austerity 34

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Why the Tories need to review the teaching of History

Anyone would have thought that Mr Gove was the first Secretary of State to have taken an axe to school building programmes. In the great devaluation crisis that played out during the final months of 1967 and early 1968, school

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Richard Grayson on the Liberal Democrat Journey

Former Chair of the Social Liberal Forum Richard Grayson writes: Check out an e-pamphlet I have written called The Liberal Democrat Journey to a Lib-Con Coalition – and Where Next? which is published today by Compass. A shorter version of

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How should Simon Hughes amend the budget?

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes has announced an intention to amend the budget to promote fairness. He told the Guardian today that: When it comes to the Budget next week, we will vote for the budget. But

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Did the budget meet my tests?

A brief note, reflecting on the criteria by which I proposed we should judge the budget, now it has sunk in: What is the timescale? 5 years, so this is a clear Conservative victory. I am deeply concerned about this,

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How should we evaluate the budget?

Regardless of what Liberal Democrats might like the budget to be tomorrow, we always knew it was going to be a compromise between the Lib Dems and Conservatives in government. The Parliamentary arithmetic always meant that the Lib Dems’ game

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Intergenerational equity and the perils of groupthink

Crossposted from Quaequam Blog! As the implications of what it appears that the coalition is about to do in the upcoming budget sinks in, I have to admit to growing increasingly concerned. No-one – outside of the Labour leadership contest

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Gove a ‘romantic idealist’?

Plans for so-called ‘free schools’ announced by the Secretary of State recognise the need to improve the education for all pupils; harnessing the enthusiasm of new groups offers the chance to widen community involvement in education. But, like a 1960s

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Autumn Conference motions 2 – feedback from comments so far

Wordles aren’t always as useful as they could be, but this summary of comments over the last few days about what topics the Social Liberal Forum should propose motions on at autumn conference seems quite clear: Schools is a clear

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