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Social Liberal Forum and Compass announce “coalition of progressive ideas”

Social Liberal Forum Secretary James Graham and Chair of Compass Neal Lawson have an article in Tuesday’s Guardian calling for a “coalition of progressive ideas” between social liberals and liberal socialists within the Liberal Democrats, Labour and more widely. Progressives

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Social Liberal Forum Newsletter

Hope you had a good summer.  With the conference season now in full sway, we just wanted to let you know about the Social Liberal Forum’s own plans next week.  Please do come to our fringe meeting next Monday. PARTY

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Review: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

I read The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better whilst watching the last two seasons of The Wire and so Chris Grayling’s claims last week that parts of the UK were beginning to resemble the Baltimore

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We love the NHS

The debate in the us about healthcare seems to be getting increasingly insane, with Obama being compared to Hitler, Sarah Palin spreading lies about “death panels” and assorted nonsense. A repeat of the debate in the early 1990s when the

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Celebrating 100 years of liberals fighting the ‘taxpayers’ alliance’

Yesterday, obscure fact fans, was the 98th anniversary of the first Parliament Act*. The Parliament Act 1911 came about because of Asquith, Lloyd George and Churchill’s 1909 ‘People’s Budget’ which proposed paying for, among other things, the first state pension

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Steve Webb MP to respond to Jon Cruddas at Compass Summer Lecture

Steve Webb MP will be amongst those responding to Jon Cruddas at the Compass Summer Lecture on the future of Social Democracy. On the one hand with the crisis of capitalism and the systemic failure of free markets, coupled with

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Social Liberal Forum joins Observer campaign for a fairer voting system

Richard Grayson, Chair of the Social Liberal Forum joined people from across the political spectrum today calling for: “On the day of the next general election, there should be a binding referendum on whether to change to a more proportional

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Labour’s Love lost

When I was 16 I joined the Labour Party for much the same reasons Daniel Clarke did; now the former Labour PPC for Eastleigh has joined the Liberal Democrats because he feels that our policies best advance the causes he

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Labour’s Swansong – Our Opportunity

By the time Alistar Darling rose to deliver his speech Prime Ministers Questions had already set the tone with David Cameron undermining the government’s projections at every opportunity and Nick Clegg questioning the record of delivery on pledges of ‘one

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Social Liberal Forum to attend Compass Conference

The Social Liberal Forum will be hosting a fringe event at this years Compass Conference; No Turning Back – building a new political economy for the 21st century. The Conference will be held on the 13th June at the Institute

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