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Government agrees to retain Equality Duty under pressure from SLF and EMLD

By Janice Turner, SLF Council member A joint campaign by the SLF and Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats has succeeded in persuading the government to back down over abolition of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s General Duty. The proposal was to abolish

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Questioning the “bedroom tax”

By Paula Keaveney At the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference recently, I asked three questions about the so called “bedroom tax”. I got a range of answers , although the one that saddened me the most mainly focused on whether the words “bedroom

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Government implements more SLF policy on pensions

By SLF Council member and pensions expert Janice Turner Millions of private sector members of final salary and career average pension schemes have a better chance of a decent retirement after the government implemented more SLF pensions policy in this week’s

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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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Uncovering the Abuse of Power

By SLF Co-Chair Naomi Smith If the allegations against Lord Rennard are found to be true, it could mean that a serious abuse of power pervaded our Party for many years. Other parties may yet have similar accusations made against

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LIB DEM PRESSURE ON TORIES TO WITHDRAW NHS PRIVATISATION PLANS

This article is by SLF Co-Chair Gareth Epps *Update, 13.30 25/02/2013* Andrew George MP has a letter in the Guardian regarding this matter Good news for Liberal Democrats wanting to see some opposition to the secondary legislation introduced on the

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Enterprise and Regulations Reform Bill: doing great damage to social justice

Phil Stevens, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association, wrote the following letter to SLF members, regarding the Enterprise and Regulations Reform Bill currently before Parliament. George Potter has written the accompanying briefing note. I am writing to you about the Enterprise and Regulations

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‘Shares for rights’: straight out of the ‘errors in Coalition’ box

By SLF Co-Chair Gareth Epps It’s not just social Liberals and those Liberal Democrats least comfortable with the coalition that have expressed dismay at the proposal that has become known as ‘shares for rights’. This is for a number of

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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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2012 Coalition Budget: SLF Response

There are elements of this budget we as social liberals, and of course Liberal Democrats, can be proud of, though the removal of the 50p rate of income tax is something we would clearly never endorse; those with the broadest

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