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The need for “grown up” policy

It’s being billed as a set piece set-to. The rapidly approaching Autumn Conference in Glasgow is of great significance. Discussions that shape the content of the next General Election manifesto will be at the core of the agenda. It would

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On Identity

According to Nick Clegg’s aides the summer will see the start of a concerted attempt to shift (further, some might add) the Liberal Democrats to the centre-Right, culminating in a series of binary choices at Conference in Glasgow on a

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Watch Vince Cable, Norman Lamb and Clare Oakley at the SLF Conference

Vince Cable calls for more diversity in the banking system Norman Lamb talks about mutuals in public services Clare Oakley on mutuals in public services With thanks to Anca Voinea, Co-operative News

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Bloggers comment on the SLF Conference

Bloggers attending the SLF Conference in Manchester on Saturday 13th July have posted comments.  Some of them interviewed Steve Webb over the lunch break. A Question of Fairness by Mark Jewell Interview with Steve Webb at the Social Liberal Forum Conference

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Statement on economics motion at Lib Dem conference

On Saturday, when the Social Liberal Forum Conference in Manchester was discussing on how we get growing again five years after the financial crash, Liberal Democrat Voice published a motion on the economy to be debated at Conference in September.

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SLF Scotland Conference – a report

The third SLF Scottish Conference took place in Glasgow on Saturday 29 June.  This was a lively affair, with a number of interesting presentations and discussions which produced considerable input from those attending.  There were three basic themes to the

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A Fairer Society is a Freer Society

Britain today lies in the grip of austerity. Welfare cuts, unemployment, a shrinking public sector and hostility to the poor are some of the aspects of this austerity. This period of economic difficulty is only the latest chapter in a

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With no real boost to capital spending, cuts alone won’t solve our economic challenges

Danny Alexander MP has announced details of the government’s capital spending plans, which are a welcome indication of the long-term investment planned over the coming decade – a Liberal Democrat strategy. With no new money committed to capital spending over

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Is Nick Clegg resorting to Megaphone Diplomacy?

Nick Clegg’s speech to the ALDC Conference in Manchester this weekend was trailed  – these things rarely happen by accident – as ‘taking on his internal party critics’. In it, Clegg seems to set out a choice: ‘to become a

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Low pay, tied pubs and the need for reform

SLF backs the Fair Deal for your Local campaign and publishes research showing reform will save Government money by lifting licensees out of poverty pay. The plight of publicans in the tied pub sector has been increasingly regularly documented in

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