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Statement on the Liberal Democrat-Conservative agreement

The Social Liberal Forum made clear earlier this week that we favoured a progressive alliance between the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties as the basis for a government. We very much regret that due to the intransigence of some individuals

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SLF statement on the opening of formal talks with Labour

Events are moving quickly. Gordon Brown’s resignation and the opening of formal talks with the Labour Party have reignited the possibility of a progressive alliance. The fact that talks with the Conservatives have failed to come up with agreement at

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Social Liberal Forum calls for a Government of National Unity

Statement from the Social Liberal Forum Executive: These are exceptional times. The nation faces two great crises: a financial crisis and a political crisis. The next government needs to be strong enough and honest enough to deal with the economic

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No tax rises ever? Say it ain’t so, Nick!

David Hall-Matthews’ speech on Motion “Growth that lasts: A fair, green and sustainable economy.” Conference, I am speaking in favour of lines 22-23: “a fair and sustainable economy means delivering growth that lasts, through… honesty about the tough choices needed

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Another successful conference

The Social Liberal Forum had another successful conference, with two fringe meetings that were standing room only. This was perhaps not surprising for our joint fringe with the One Society campaign on equality, but our evening session was an ostensibly

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Fabians fail the fairness test

Not having decent internet access over the weekend at Lib Dem conference, I’ve been itching to get my paws on the latest Left Foot Forward report on the Lib Dem proposal to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000. “Think

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After the Crash: Re-inventing the Left in Britain

Jointly published by Soundings, Social Liberal Forum and Compass, After the Crash is a call to arms for a coalition of ideas and action on the centre left, working together to find common ground for change. It was jointly edited

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Message to Nick Clegg: spread the pain, don’t just cut services

The Social Liberal Forum believes Nick Clegg’s newly promulgated policy to rely on spending cuts raises serious questions. We believe that this policy has to take into account the following issues: It could require even deeper cuts in areas like

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Spring Conference News

Inaugural General Meeting Saturday 13th Early Evening 18.15 – 19.30 The ICC, Hall 6b The Social Liberal Forum has been up and running for just over a year now.  We always intended to make it a membership-based organisation and that

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Robin Hood Tax? Beware the men in tights

I want to support the new campaign for a “Robin Hood Tax” – really I do. I understand the logic behind the Tobin Tax and have a lot of sympathy for the idea. But there’s something about this campaign… Actually,

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