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Independent, 14/05/14: Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists to water down Coalition’s welfare reforms

The Social Liberal Forum (SLF), the biggest left of centre pressure group inside the party, is pressing Mr Clegg and other Lib Dem ministers to make changes after a wholesale review of the Coalition’s approach to welfare. “The so-called ‘bedroom

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Times letter on Lib Dem manifesto pledges, 19/02/14

Members of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee – together with Social Liberal Form Council members – have written to the Times reasserting the party’s democratic and independent manifesto process. This letter is reproduced here in full (the letter and

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Independent, 27/06/13: Chancellor George Osborne keeps an eye on the election as he decides not to cap state pensions

Prateek Buch,  director of the Social Liberal Forum, said: “Britain needs a more effective economic approach beyond hoping that cutting government spending will heal the economy….The additional cuts to local government, transport and public sector pay will squeeze already-strained public

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Guardian, 23/02/13 – does your political party listen to you?

SLF Council member Mathew Hulbert told The Guardian about being listened to as a Liberal Democrat activist: [W]e remain the most democratic political party. Our annual conferences – and, therefore, us, the grassroots members and activists – continue to make

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Daily Mail, 03/08/12: Cameron risks Lib Dem backlash as he gives in to Tory rebels and kills off plans to reform House of Lords Huffington Post, 20/07/12: Liberal Democrats Should Stop Looking for Reasons to Leave the Coalition… And Start

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Guardian, 10/03/13: Liberal Democrat leadership blocks debate on economy at conference

Prateek Buch, director of the Social Liberal Forum (SLF) pressure group, said: “I cannot understand how a serious party of government can decide, against the democratic will of our members, not to debate the single most important issue that faces

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Independent, 10/03/13: ‘Unflinching’ Clegg rejects Cable’s call for £14bn extra borrowing

Internal Lib Dem tensions over the Coalition’s economic strategy surfaced at the weekend’s conference. Grassroots allies of Mr Cable failed in an attempt to win an emergency debate in which they would have pushed an economic “Plan C”, or “Plan

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Welfare cuts in Autumn Statement 2012

The Social Liberal Forum is committed to ensuring the Liberal Democrats fight the 2015 General Election as an independent party.  Given the necessity of agreeing Government spending plans and departmental budgets for the 2015-16 financial year, this will be challenging,

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New Statesman: 22/11/12: The Lib Dems must not accept more welfare cuts in return for new taxes

The country faces a crucial twelve months, and of course we need a government that shows coalition can work, a united government. The question is, for whom should government be made to work, the parties who constitute it or the

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Shifting Grounds, 21/11/12: It’s time for Nick Clegg to stand up for fairness

Liberal Democrats, who have already rejected such proposals, have limited tolerance for Conservatives who are increasingly ignoring the Coalition Agreement they signed up to. Retoxified already, a Conservative Party specifically targeting the most vulnerable as the scapegoats for deficit reduction

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