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Budget 2013 – reaction

The Budget contains some welcome measures, especially on childcare costs and raising the personal tax allowance to £10,000 next year. The latter is a Liberal Democrat commitment being delivered in government, and will go some way to ease the spiraling cost of

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Guardian, 10/03/13: Liberal Democrat leadership blocks debate on economy at conference

Prateek Buch, director of the Social Liberal Forum (SLF) pressure group, said: “I cannot understand how a serious party of government can decide, against the democratic will of our members, not to debate the single most important issue that faces

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Independent, 10/03/13: ‘Unflinching’ Clegg rejects Cable’s call for £14bn extra borrowing

Internal Lib Dem tensions over the Coalition’s economic strategy surfaced at the weekend’s conference. Grassroots allies of Mr Cable failed in an attempt to win an emergency debate in which they would have pushed an economic “Plan C”, or “Plan

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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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URGENT: Emergency motion to Spring Conference: Kickstarting economic growth

Below is the text of an Emergency Motion being submitted to Liberal Democrat Spring Conference – to support the motion, please fill in the form below Emergency motion: kickstarting economic growth Conference is concerned that the latest published figures show:

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SLF Fringes at Spring Conference 2013

Friday evening, 20.15-21.30, Hall 4 How We Get Growing Again – the Road to 2015 Speaker: The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Chair: Naomi Smith, Co-chair, SLF   Saturday lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, Sandringham

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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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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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Conference on Race Equality, by SLF (London) and EMLD

Please see below for details of a one-day conference to discuss a new Liberal Democrat approach to race equality. Tickets are available at SLF EMLD Race Conference by Prateek Buch

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