• Nick Clegg rightly calls for the tax system to be made fairer

    January 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the Resolution Foundation today that Liberal Democrats will seek to aid those on low and middle incomes by raising the personal income tax threshold further and faster than previously assumed. Already a significant example of Lib Dems securing fairness through tax reform, the Coalition Agreement set out the Government's intention to make the first £10,000 of income exempt from tax by 2015. Given the continued squeeze on wages that puts family finances on 'b

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  • Liberal Democrats should continue to debate whether to support the Health and Social Care Bill

    January 26, 2012 12:00 PM

    Despite the welcome and significant changes to the Health & Social Care Bill that Lib Dem parliamentarians have secured, there remain serious concerns both within the party, Parliament and the

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  • Social Liberal Forum (Scotland) Meeting on 21 January

    January 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    On Saturday past a number of members of the Forum met in Glasgow. In effect this was an enlarged steering committee and its job was to plan the advance of the Forum’s work in Scotland in the coming year and beyond. Two hours of lively discussion ensued, with a wide range of subjects discussed. A rough plan of action was produced and these are the main steps: • We will hold a fringe meeting at Scottish Spring Conference on Friday 2 March. Full details will be available in the final Conferenc

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

    January 10, 2012 9:50 AM

    (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!)

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  • Social Liberal Forum: East Midlands

    November 23, 2011 2:48 PM

    Introduction by Regional Organiser, Cllr Mathew Hulbert. Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new East Midlands page, here on the Social Liberal Forum website. I recently took on setting up and organising the regional branch of SLF here in our region. For those who might live outside the region, the East Midlands comprises Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire. Coming up soon we'll be putting on our first event in the reg

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  • First meeting of East Midlands Social Liberal Forum

    November 22, 2011 7:18 PM

    The first meeting of the newly-formed East Midlands branch of the Social Liberal Forum will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, at the Leicester Secular Society building, on Humberstone Gate in th

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  • SLF North East to hold first meeting

    November 10, 2011 12:22 AM

    Following a successful recruitment drive at the recent regional conference, the Social Liberal Forum's branch in the North East will be holding their first meeting on Thursday 1st December 2011. Dr David Hall-Matthews, the Chair of the Social Liberal Forum, will be the guest speaker.

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  • Debating Plan B

    November 01, 2011 12:04 PM

    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 event that marked the launch of the Plan B document, and would suggest that whilst it marks a welcome addition to the emerging discourse on how to

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  • Returning to the fold

    November 01, 2011 8:00 AM

    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 Matthew Sowemimo, I was part of the original troika which set up the SLF and served on its executive until September last year when I resigned to focus on my day job. If I've been a little hesitant to come back, it has been because I've been so impressed with what t

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