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Ed Davey forms European green alliance to help Cameron win global race

You might not think that the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey was key to Prime Minister’s David Cameron’s plans to “win the global race”, but you’d be wrong.

Davey is a key proponent of the need to work with allies in Europe to drive through EU reforms that benefit Britain in the world, something we feel strongly about at British Influence.

While a Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, he set up the Like-minded Group of EU ministers, to drive economic growth in the EU and cut back on

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Opinion: Nick Clegg to set out patriotic case for a reformed Europe

In January, I wrote for Liberal Democrat Voice just as British Influence, the cross-party umbrella campaign to keep Britain in Europe, was starting and Prime Minister David Cameron was about to fire the starting gun for an in/out referendum on our EU membership.

Tomorrow in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will throw his weight back into the debate with an important speech setting out our party’s stall on the pro-European agenda, including our own commitment to an in/out referendum.

Lib Dems will fight the European Parliament elections next year on …

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Opinion: A new group to urge close EU ties and fight the growing isolationist tide

European Union flags - Some rights reserved by tristam sparksAs a Lib Dem member who supports membership of the EU but sometimes finds this hard to verbalise to my friends, I have often noticed that Europe brings out strong opinions in people.

It can be a source of heated argument around the dinner table and on TV studio sofas. The stronger the views on one side, the more entrenched the other can become. Facts can be in short supply.

The hard truth is that Europe represents half of all our trade in

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  • User AvatarStephen Tall 26th Nov - 3:43pm
    Worth noting the current forecast for May 2015 from Stephen Fisher, one of the academics behind the (very accurate) BBC/ITV exit poll forecast in 2010....
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 26th Nov - 3:35pm
    Nick Clegg's proposals, as outlined in the FT article, seem to be largely peripheral to the issue of financial incentive, although much would depend on...
  • User AvatarErnest 26th Nov - 3:30pm
    On continuing surveys, public opinion is basically in favour of more localism, less-militarism, more reform to the way we are governed and environmental policies. So...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 26th Nov - 3:06pm
    Paul Haydon Great point. Thank you. I have amended our headline accordingly.
  • User AvatarMartin 26th Nov - 3:03pm
    The BBC site quotes Clegg "I have already proposed that we work with other states to stop EU migrants from claiming child benefit for children...
  • User AvatarColinW 26th Nov - 2:55pm
    EU rules specifically exclude 'benefit tourism'. Migrants between EU countries can only stay for 3 months if they are not financially self supporting. http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/here-–-again-–-the-real-facts-on-migration-and-the-rights-to-claim-benefits-in-the-eu/