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Our behaviour has to reflect our values – reflections on Nick Clegg’s speech

This post first appeared on Lib Dem Voice    One thing about Nick Clegg, rather like those inflatable Humpty Dumpties some of us had as kids – thump him and he bounces right back. Monday seems to be one such

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Clegg’s Crimea

an abridged version of an August 2013 Liberator Article A senior Liberal Democrat, when recently asked about their view of the prospects for the Party is rumoured to have replied, “The Valley of Death”, evoking thoughts of the Crimean War.

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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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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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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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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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Concern over further welfare cuts proposed by Chancellor

Many Liberal Democrat members, not only Social Liberal Forum members, are deeply concerned by the contents of the Chancellor’s speech yesterday, and in particular its commitment to cuts in welfare spending. While we take comfort from the confirmation by the

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Open Letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander

Following our mini-consultation a few days ago, we have written the following letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander outlining our concerns about the upcoming Emergency Budget. Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas, both on our website and privately

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No tax rises ever? Say it ain’t so, Nick!

David Hall-Matthews’ speech on Motion “Growth that lasts: A fair, green and sustainable economy.” Conference, I am speaking in favour of lines 22-23: “a fair and sustainable economy means delivering growth that lasts, through… honesty about the tough choices needed

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Message to Nick Clegg: spread the pain, don’t just cut services

The Social Liberal Forum believes Nick Clegg’s newly promulgated policy to rely on spending cuts raises serious questions. We believe that this policy has to take into account the following issues: It could require even deeper cuts in areas like

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