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What motions should we table to autumn conference?

Crossposted from the Social Liberal Forum social network. The deadline for autumn conference motions is looming (30 June to be precise), so we don’t have much time.  But what should the Social Liberal Forum be championing to get onto the

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Stop wasting money Mr Gove

Sign the petition. Ideology rather than efficiency seems to be the Watchword in Sanctuary Buildings, the home of Mr Gove’s Department for Schools. Not content with wasting money on changing the name of his department, the only minister to do

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Hughes, Bruce and Oakeshott express concerns over Capital Gains Tax plans

Following on from the Social Liberal Forum’s open letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander about the emergency budget, three prominent Liberal Democrat parliamentarians have echoed our concern on Capital Gains Tax. The FT reports that Lord Oakeshott, Malcolm Bruce

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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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Nominations open for Social Liberal Forum Council Elections

Nominations are now open for the Social Liberal Forum Council Elections, which will be held over the next couple of months. Full details can be found on the elections page of this website. Anyone who is a member of the

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Will we get fairer taxes under the coalition?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the regressive alliance seeking to undermine the new coalition government at every turn.  If that seemed vague and abstract then, it certainly doesn’t any more. We should at least respect the Daily

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Profit motivation versus purpose motivation

An interesting short film from the RSA about what really drives people and motivates them to do good jobs.  It turns out that what motivates us is less the prospect of profit and more chance to make a difference.  That

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The coalition of ideas is needed more than ever

Back in September I co-authored an article in the Guardian with Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass, about the need for a “coalition of progressive ideas” between Liberal Democat and Labour members.  In truth, Neal did most of the heavy lifting

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Speech to Special Conference debate

On Friday 7 May, without pausing for sleep, the Social Liberal Forum started lobbying for a Progressive Alliance – or, failing that, for a Grand Alliance of all parties. It was soon clear that that was what the vast majority

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Speech to Liberal Democrat conference on inequality

James Graham moved Amendment 3 at the Liberal Democrat Special Conference which reads: Insert after line 23: “Conference calls for Liberal Democrats to work constructively in government to ensure that the the net income and wealth inequality gap is reduced

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