• Plan C - A distinctively Lib Dem economic strategy

    March 08, 2012 7:39 PM

    Plan C has been released today on the Amazon store, in electronic form. It sets out the Social Liberal Forum's proposals for the economy, which we hope to see adopted by the Liberal Democrats as a distinct policy from both Labour and the Tories. Prof. Will Hutton, in his foreword, says:
    I am pleased t

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  • Defending the Internal Democracy of the Lib Dems

    March 08, 2012 2:11 PM

    One of the key principles of the Social Liberal Forum is to maintain internal democracy of the Liberal Democrats. As a result, we would like to oppose the Constitutional Amendment being presented to Spring Conference on Saturday and support the following amendment;
    Add new section 15.6 If after a vote at Conference i) the proposal from the Commons Party is agreed but ii) the majority is less than 2/3rds then, if after further consideration, the Commons Party still wishes to suppo

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  • Lib Dems hope to finally kill health reforms

    March 03, 2012 5:53 PM

    Liberal Democrat activists will defy Nick Clegg over the Government's controversial health reforms by seeking to "kill" them at a party policy-making conference next week. Rebel party members are not satisfied with the concession read more
  • South Central Social Liberal Forum Event

    February 19, 2012 8:15 PM

    We are pleased to tell you about another Social Liberal Forum event happening in the South Central region – “The Health and Social Care Bill: is it now good enough?”. The regional Liberal Democrat conference is taking place on Saturday 25th February in High Wycombe (http://southcentrallibdems.org.uk/en/page/regional-conference ) and we have arranged a lunc

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  • South East Social Liberal Forum Meeting

    February 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    We are delighted to invite you to the first meeting of the South East Social Liberal Forum. To help with the ambition of the Social Liberal Forum to develop radical, distinctive and progressive policies and manifesto for the next election, we are seeking to establish regional Social Liberal Forums where we can focus on ensuring everybody within the party gets their say. The South East Social Liberal Forum is pleased to hold its first event in Lewes Town Hall, on Friday 17th February 2012. Join

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  • Unworkable and unnecessary elements of Health bill should be dropped

    February 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    "The Social Liberal Forum and senior Lib Dems with expert knowledge of the NHS have long believed that the Health and Social Care Bill is seriously flawed and should only be enacted if substantially amended. It has now emerged that senior Conservative Cabinet Ministers and

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  • SLF welcomes cancellation of 'Coalition 2.0'

    February 01, 2012 3:00 PM

    The Social Liberal Forum welcomes confirmation in the Independent on Sunday that there will be no new fixed coalition agreement for the second half of this parliament. There is a lot more work to do on several bills currently passing through parliament - some of which, such as the Health and Social Care Bill, contain elements that we contin

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  • Ian Swales MP to be guest speaker at SLF North East meeting

    January 31, 2012 4:30 PM

    Following a successful first meeting before Christmas, the Social Liberal Forum North East branch are delighted to be welcoming Ian Swales, MP for Redcar, as guest speaker at their next meeting. The meeting will take place on Friday 10th February from 6.30pm until 7.45pm at Gateshead Civic Centre. All North East Liberal Democrat members are welcome to join us to discuss with Ian how the party can maintain our distinctive identity within the Coalition Government. Gateshead Civic Centre is eas

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  • Letter to Nick Clegg on the Welfare Reform Bill

    January 27, 2012 11:40 AM

    57 leading Liberal Democrats have signed a letter to Nick Clegg, which is reproduced below. Read the Guardian article about this: Welfare reform: Lib Dems urge Nick Clegg to back Lords amendments
    Dear Nick As you are aware the House of Lords voted in favour of 3 amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, protecting important benefits for sick and disabled people. The amendments, regarding contributor

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