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Evan Harris reacts to the NHS vote at Spring Conference 2012

Responding to the vote (by 314 to 270) of the Liberal Democrat Conference to reject a call from Shirley Williams to support the Health and Social Care , Dr Evan Harris – who proposed the deletion of the lines which

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Lord Smith of Clifton writes: trends and tendencies in contemporary UK politics and the future of the Lib Dems

(Preamble: Trevor Smith joined the Liberal Party in 1955 when it had five MPs; he fears he may die with the LibDems having the same number!) The Lib Dems are in a very serious state, possibly facing meltdown of the

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Debating Plan B

Report by Prateek Buch As detailed in a letter to the Observer, the campaigns group Compass has helped piece together a Plan B to boost the stalling economy, having declared the Government’s Plan A to have failed. I was at the

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Returning to the fold

By James Graham I am delighted to announce that, as of this week, I am coming back to the fold of the Social Liberal Forum as its Head of Political Strategy. For those who don’t know, alongside Richard Grayson and

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The Real Alternative To Neoliberalism

Paul Hindley writes: Neoliberalism is a right-wing form of economics that promotes expansive free markets, deregulation, and unfettered privatisation. It has been the prevailing economic outlook of the global economy for over thirty years. It is disputable the extent to

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Sign the petition to keep the death penalty banned

Last week, the hitherto libertarian blogger Guido Fawkes announced that he was launching a petition on the new government e-petitions website to reinstate the right of the state to execute its citizens.  The rightwing media leapt on the story, giving

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Guest post: How do you pick an expert? by Mark Pack

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You need an expert. What do you do? Plenty of different ways of going about finding one, I’m sure. But I bet you don’t dig out the books from 20 years ago, look who was an expert back then, place

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Dr. Evan Harris writes in the Guardian, and interviews Nick Clegg, regarding tuition fees

There is little doubt that it has been a difficult week for Liberal Democrats; our Parliamentary party faced the choice between backing a rise in university tuition fees that the majority of Lib Dem voters and members do not support,

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David Hall-Matthews writes in ‘Renewal‘ – Coalition politics, a view from the Liberal Democrats

The Autumn 2010 edition of Renewal – a journal of social democracy – sees the Chair of the Social Liberal Forum David Hall-Matthews writing about the formation of the Coalition government from a Lib Dem perspective. The Liberal Democrats have

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Why the Tories need to review the teaching of History

Anyone would have thought that Mr Gove was the first Secretary of State to have taken an axe to school building programmes. In the great devaluation crisis that played out during the final months of 1967 and early 1968, school

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