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It may already be too late to save the Liberal Democrats

  New research by the Institute of Government has produced a very welcome study, looking at the fate of junior coalition partners, in coalitions around the world – and the lessons which can be learned by the Liberal Democrats. To

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The future of Spring Conference

Curtailing (to one day), let alone abolishing, Spring Conference would weaken the party. It would do that through seriously reducing the opportunity for accountability and democratic debate within the Liberal Democrats.   Internal democracy strengthens and unites us as a

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German Lessons

    Germany is another country. I am a great sceptic about those who want to extrapolate from history or other cultures obvious messages. How many mistakes have been made in foreign policy because foreign secretaries believe they are at

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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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SLF amendments strengthen economy motion

**September 15th UPDATE** The SLF’s amendments to tomorrow’s economic policy debate have rightly attracted attention from party members, the leadership and the media.(Amendment 1 (future economic strategy) will be moved by Naomi Smith and summated by David Howarth. Amendment 2

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Tools to make the recovery stronger, fairer

The Social Liberal Forum’s amendments to Nick Clegg’s economy motion – supported by an unprecedented number of voting representatives – seek to ensure that the party retains distinctive, independent economic narrative up to and beyond the next election. The narrative

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The next coalition negotiations

 In an earlier post (28th May, 2013) I suggested that at least ten days after a general election be allowed for the  formation of a government – time which would be especially important when a coalition government of two or

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The Lib Dems Must Stand Up For Better Living Standards in 2015

In 1929, a general election took place while Britain was in the grip of economic difficulty and unemployment was high. Under the leadership of David Lloyd George, the Liberal Party chose to stand for election under the slogan “We Can

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The manifesto – or how words matter.

In the run up to party conference you get all kinds of media stories.  Usually what happens is the party identifies some key issues and pushes those hard.  Meanwhile the media looks for a few key stories and goes for

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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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