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First meeting of East Midlands Social Liberal Forum

The first meeting of the newly-formed East Midlands branch of the Social Liberal Forum will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, at the Leicester Secular Society building, on Humberstone Gate in the city, starting at 7pm. This first meeting

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SLF North East to hold first meeting

Following a successful recruitment drive at the recent regional conference, the Social Liberal Forum’s branch in the North East will be holding their first meeting on Thursday 1st December 2011. Dr David Hall-Matthews, the Chair of the Social Liberal Forum,

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Debating Plan B

Report by Prateek Buch As detailed in a letter to the Observer, the campaigns group Compass has helped piece together a Plan B to boost the stalling economy, having declared the Government’s Plan A to have failed. I was at the

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Returning to the fold

By James Graham I am delighted to announce that, as of this week, I am coming back to the fold of the Social Liberal Forum as its Head of Political Strategy. For those who don’t know, alongside Richard Grayson and

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The Real Alternative To Neoliberalism

Paul Hindley writes: Neoliberalism is a right-wing form of economics that promotes expansive free markets, deregulation, and unfettered privatisation. It has been the prevailing economic outlook of the global economy for over thirty years. It is disputable the extent to

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SLF Fringe programme at Lib Dem conference, September 2011

Below are reports from many of our fringe meetings at the recent Lib Dem conference in Birmingham – more to follow! The SLF’s fringe programme at this year’s Lib Dem conference got off to an excellent start, with the panel

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What sort of liberal is Nick Clegg?

Mark Pack writes: The new (and in fact only) biography of Nick Clegg is very much a book of two halves. The first – a fascinating tale of Nick’s multinational family; the second – a fairly standard recount of some

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A Policy Motion on Policy Motions

‘The Lib Dem Conference is a recognisably democratic event in a sense that the other conferences can no longer claim to be. Policies are proposed, amended, debated and voted on in an impeccable manner’. (Martin Kettle, ‘The Guardian’, 18/09/09) Conference

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Majority of conference calls for detailed debate on the Health Bill

An attempt to suspend standing orders and allow an emergency motion on the Health and Social Care Bill was approved by a majority of conference representatives but failed to get the two-thirds majority needed (235 voted to suspend standing orders

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LibDem NHS Activists heartened by extent of health rebellion

Lib Dem NHS activists take heart from extent of Parliamentary rebellion as new analysis shows “two-thirds of MPs” withhold support from Government on health bill. Liberal Democrat activists and Parliamentarians seeking to amend the Health Bill today released an analysis of the

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