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Vince Cable sets out the Lib Dem approach to the economy

Vince Cable’s speech to the Royal Economic society is being reported as undermining the Chancellor in his pursuit of a budget surplus. This misses the point, as Vince is rightly focussed less on the ins and outs of Westminster politics

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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 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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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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A Lost Generation?

In the early 80’s I was at an education conference where someone was talking about youth unemployment and the devastating impact it was having in his community in the North East – his words still ring in my ears “that

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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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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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A guide to spring conference

By Linda Jack, SLF Council member We expect one of the highlights of the weekend to be our Friday evening fringe with Vince Cable “How we get growing again – the road to 2015”. It will be in Hall 4 after

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Guest blog: Liberal Democrats face the biggest decision of their time in Coalition – Ed Randall

This article relates to an amendment to Motion F23 at Liberal Democrat Conference September 2012, the text of which is available on page 18 here. In just a few days’ time Liberal Democrats will be invited to decide whether to endorse

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Plan C – A distinctively Lib Dem economic strategy

Plan C has been released today on the Amazon store, in electronic form. It sets out the Social Liberal Forum’s proposals for the economy, which we hope to see adopted by the Liberal Democrats as a distinct policy from both

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