• New Demos pamphlet makes the Lib Dem case for equality

    February 09, 2010 1:24 AM

    In association with The Equality Trust, Demos have today published three pamphlets focusing on equality from the perspective of each of the main political parties. The Liberal Democrat one, A Wealth of Opportunity, is written by Julia Margo and William Bradley and has a foreword by David Laws MP.
    A concern with inequality lies deep in liberal

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  • News Roundup

    February 03, 2010 4:15 PM

    The Guardian continues its coverage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes ongoing woes. It also carries an interview with Conservative leader of Barnet Council Mike Freer and his "easyCouncil" model (as a Barnet resident, I was interested to see that my council tax was spent on clearing up all

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  • The Spirit Level in 3 minutes

    February 03, 2010 3:20 PM

    A short film to promote The Spirit Level, the paperback edition of which came out this week:

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  • News Roundup

    February 02, 2010 11:12 AM

    Climate change science has been dealt another blow by the revelation that University of East Anglia professor Phil Jones knowingly used flawed evidence in one of his studies.  How many more revelations like this will we have before the scientific community learn the lesson that transparency is the only way to ensure public trust? Meanwhile, a man not especially reknowned for his valuing of scienc

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  • News roundup

    February 01, 2010 12:09 PM

    Labour is reported to be putting cooperative principles at the heart of its 2010 manifesto.  Anyone remember the third way? Nick Clegg is spelling out today how the Liberal Democrats propose to pay for its flagship 'pupil premium' policy for education. David Cam

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  • Social Liberal Forum Newsletter

    November 10, 2009 5:10 AM

    Sorry we've been quiet for the last few weeks - for reasons that will become apparent below.  We had a tremendously successful conference season and would like to welcome everyone who signed up to this newsletter at one or other of our fringe meetings. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE The Social Liberal Forum executive has undergone some significant changes over the past couple of months.  Sadly, Richard Grayson and Alison Goldsworthy have resigned from the executive.  Alison has had to

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  • Manifesto Priorities - A Statement from the Social Liberal Forum Executive

    November 10, 2009 4:28 AM

    As the Liberal Democrats move towards finalizing the party’s manifesto, The Social Liberal Forum sets out the key principles that we believe should be the basis for formulating tax policy and spending commitments:
    • The party should commit itself to the goal of reducing income inequality over the next parliament. Proposals to reduce public spending should be assessed in terms of whether they further that objective.
    • Tax increases for the richest members

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  • Congratulations to Centre Forum

    October 22, 2009 2:52 AM

    Belated congratulations to Centre Forum, and in particular Giles Wilkes, for winning Prospect Magazines' Think Tank Publication of the Year Award for A Balancing Act: Fair Solutions to the Modern Debt Crisis. One of the many things I meant to do this summer was to

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  • Events in October as if people mattered

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM

    Guest article by Geoffrey G J Payne Soon after I joined the Liberal party in 1983 I discovered something that surprised me. Many of the best Liberals were not members of the party, and some were even members of other parties. This presented both a challenge and an opportunity. It was frustrating that these people were not in the party helping develop it's political position. Yet clearly the potential was there; a Liberal party that could reach out to people beyond it's current core sup

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