• In defence of broad church politics

    February 20, 2009 11:21 AM

    There has been a bit of a debate waging over the past week about "classical (or economic) liberals versus social liberals," partly due to the launch of the Social Liberal Forum and exacerbated by a recent editorial in Liberator Magazine. For the record, while the Soc

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  • Give council tenants the right to move

    February 19, 2009 11:13 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

    Dr Tim Leunig: Those in social housing should be allowed to require their landlord to sell their home and buy

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  • The Ideas Factory

    February 14, 2009 3:02 AM

    Got an idea you think should be in the Lib Dem manifesto?  We want to hear it! As part of the Social Liberal Forum's contribution to the Liberal Democrat policy making process, we are inviting people (whether they are party members or not) to write a short article about their big idea, and invite a debate on the subject. To kick start the debate, we will be getting members of the Social Liberal Forum's Executive Team and Advisory Board to add a short response and then open the

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  • And we're off!

    February 14, 2009 1:59 AM

    As reported in the Liberal Democrat News yesterday, the Social Liberal Forum has now been launched.  Our Director, Matthew Sowemimo, has also written a short article on Lib Dem Voice. Our launch appears to have caused a bit of a stir - which is kind of the point.  You can follow the debate by going to

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  • Welcome!

    February 12, 2009 4:39 AM

    The Social Liberal Forum website is now live!  We'll be adding lots more to this website as it develops, but in the meantime, you might want to check out the following:

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  • Balancing the Dominance of Market Driven Theories

    February 12, 2009 2:25 AM

    cafecultureThis article is based on a speech given by Dr Richard Grayson at the Urban Café, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 2nd February 2009 (event hosted by Cafe Culture North East). Here

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  • What is Social Liberalism?

    February 12, 2009 1:46 AM

    By David Howarth reinventingthestatecover100This article was originally published in Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Century

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