Tim Kaine: “It’s a civil rights election”

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Hilary Clinton’s running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, has written about the importance of civil rights in America’s presidential election.

In an essay for Black Entertainment Television he writes:

I’ve learned how being white… means you can go your entire life without ever understanding the challenges African-Americans face every day. It’s on all of us to come to grips with these issues.

In many ways, that’s the deeper question we’re facing in this election: who we are, how we treat each other and what kind of nation we want to leave our children.

It’s a civil rights election.

He …

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LibLink: Paul Tyler on the need for electoral reform – not new boundaries

In the wake of the latest boundary commission proposals, Lord (Paul) Tyler has been writing in the Western Morning News emphasising the need for electoral reform, rather than boundary tinkering:

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Nick Clegg to present first episode of new series of ‘Have I got news for you’

Nick Clegg on The Last Leg 4I did wonder if I’d slipped down a rabbit hole when I heard this news.

But, given his acclaimed appearance of The Last Leg and his LBC experience, it is perhaps understandable that ‘Have I got news for you’ have invited Nick Clegg to present the first show of the new series on October 7th. Now that he has been separated from his Deputy Prime Ministerial limo for a while, he is perhaps sufficiently non-establishment enough to provide a bit of grist to the HIGNFY mill.

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Assad, Appeasement, Aleppo and the Collapse of International Law

The latest ceasefire in Syria failed – and was always going to fail – due to a complete lack of will to enforce its provisions. This failure of the international community to respond to the worst humanitarian crisis of a generation is eroding the system of international laws and norms that underpin democratic societies.

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More Lib Dem by election GAINS – one right next to Witney

Stow on the Wold is a gorgeous little Cotswolds town. Tonight it has a Liberal Democrat Councillor as Dilys Neill stormed to victory with a 21 point advance.

This by-election gives a boost to Liz Leffman’s campaign to win the parliamentary by-election in Witney as it’s just 4 miles away.

In the Adeyfield West ward of Dacorum Town council, Liberal Democrat Adrian England gained a seat from the Conservatives. This is a ward we also won in another by-election in 2013 and held in 2015. We have now won the other seat in the ward – with a pretty massive swing.

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Lord Roger Roberts write…highlighting the plight of child refugees

The Refugee Crisis is especially severe when we look at the fate of those who are young and alone. The United Kingdom is pledged to accommodate those most in need. The Dubs amendment originally called for 3,000 to be allowed into the United Kingdom. This was defeated and I sat on the bench in the Lords as 200 Tories marched through the Not Content lobby. These fathers, mothers and grandparents were trampling on the hopes of thousands of “other” children. Eventually an amendment was approved obliging the government to accept an unspecified number of children. We are told that throughout Europe there are 88,000 unaccompanied asylum seekers.

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20,000 new members for the party since the EU referendum

News reaches the Voice:

20,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since the EU referendum, the party has announced today.

The surge in membership has been boosted by the party’s clear pro-European stance, including calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, and the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour party leader last week.

The Liberal Democrats have gained over 1000 members over the past week alone, including a number of former Labour members.

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  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 30th Sep - 7:20pm
    Jonathan, this ECHR report makes the argument for federalisation of Syria along the lines of the former Yugoslavia settlement http://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR185_-_NO_GOING_BACK_-_WHY_DECENTRALISATION_IS_THE_FUTURE_FOR_SYRIA.pdf. John Kerry put partition on...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 30th Sep - 7:18pm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_Rights_Act_of_1965
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 6:39pm
    @Joseph Bourke - I think talk of partition is a distraction at best, fuel for the flames at worst. As Eddie says, appart from many...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 6:32pm
    @expats - certainly the US bombing of Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zur put great pressure on the ceasefire, but one incident - however dramatic -...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 30th Sep - 6:23pm
    @ J Dunn, Possibly. It would meet the expectations many of us have of politicians. If any Labour MPs decide to do so rather than...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 30th Sep - 5:20pm
    Of course we need electoral reform. But is this article a warning that we are planning to combine with Labour to block the boundary changes...