• Social Liberal Forum joins Observer campaign for a fairer voting system

    May 24, 2009 1:59 PM

    Richard Grayson, Chair of the Social Liberal Forum joined people from across the political spectrum today calling for: "On the day of the next general election, there should be a binding referendum on whether to change to a more proportional electoral system. This should be drawn up by a large jury of randomly selected citizens, given the time and information to deliberate on what voting system and other changes would make Parliament more accountable to citizens." See the full text of

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  • School Choice

    May 07, 2009 5:31 AM

    British society is perceived to be more unequal than ever with socio-economic status having as much if not more of an effect on a child’s future than ever before.  The link between social and educational inequality has been assumed in policy for many years, with a good education seen almost universally as a way of accessing a better quality of life. This may well still be true, particularly in areas where education is not universal, but it now seems that the reforms that were introduced in weste

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  • Labour's Love lost

    April 27, 2009 10:19 PM

    When I was 16 I joined the Labour Party for much the same reasons Daniel Clarke did; now the former Labour PPC for Eastleigh has joined the Liberal Democrats because he feels that our policies best advance the causes he cares passionately about, social justice, the environment and above all moving towards a Britain of ‘opportunity for all’. One thing I think we still

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  • Labour’s Swansong – Our Opportunity

    April 22, 2009 6:56 PM

    By the time Alistar Darling rose to deliver his speech Prime Ministers Questions had already set the tone with David Cameron undermining the government’s projections at every opportunity and Nick Clegg questioning the record of delivery on pledges of ‘one million new jobs’. Darling had an impossible task because the media narrative of a government ‘ready for the knackers-yard’, as Cameron puts it, is already pretty well-established but even by a

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  • Social Liberal Forum to attend Compass Conference

    April 20, 2009 7:06 PM

    The Social Liberal Forum will be hosting a fringe event at this years Compass Conference; No Turning Back – building a new political economy for the 21st century. The Conference will be held on the 13th June at the Institute of Education in London Running in the afternoon slot the SLF session is titled Work and Happiness: Democracy and Work-Life Balance. Register for the Conference on the Compass website, come along and join the debate.
  • Abolish the Audit Commission, Ofsted and more

    April 08, 2009 1:55 AM

    The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

    The Proposal

    Richard Church: Public services are now more accountable to inspectors than they are to the public th

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  • Money talks: a response to David Boyle

    April 06, 2009 11:00 AM

    I very much welcome the challenge laid down by David Boyle to the Social Liberal Forum. Indeed, there is very little in it with which I can disagree. In particular, I share the view held by David that the view that ‘everything can be solved by tax and spending’ is mistaken. I strongly believe that we need a revolution in the way that decisions are made in this country, and that we need to take a totally different approach,

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  • Save us from Fabianism

    April 05, 2009 3:09 AM

    This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to reproduce this here, along with Matthew Sowemimo's accompanying article. We have a new Liberal Democrat think-tank. And when there has been little or no thinking around the party for two decades, that has to be a good thing. So why a

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  • Reconnecting with our radical heritage

    April 05, 2009 3:02 AM

    This article, an adaptation of the speech Matthew Sowemimo gave at the Social Liberal Forum fringe meeting at Harrogate Spring Conference in March, originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to reproduce this here, along with David Boyle's accompanying article. Social Liberalism is the mai

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