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A former candidate reflects on the diversity motion

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As a white, straight, able-bodied, British man who was a candidate last May and has aspirations to run again, I wanted to offer the perspective of one of the ‘over-represented’ as we approach Sunday’s diversity debate.

When I saw the text, the realisation that the motion would have significant consequences for me and my ilk was unavoidable.  The motion promises us training and support and that we will be ‘valued’.  But along with positive discrimination in general election selections we are also promised proposals on wider party diversity including in party structures and local government.  The feeling I experienced on reading the motion must be akin to turkey being offered training and support in the run up to a gender-neutral, multi-faith Winter festival.

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Opinion: Rational energy policy must be central to 2015 manifesto

The alarm raised by the Chief Executive of Ofgem earlier this week over a looming energy ‘near crisis’ will not have come as a shock to most people. This is not the first time we have heard how our islands will struggle to support increasing energy demands in a carbon constrained world.

However, the major insight that Ofgem has provided relates to timing. Ofgem’s analysis points very clearly to 2015 as being the critical year when our reliance on imported gas could lead to a major spike in bills.

Lest we forget, 2015 is also the year of the next general election. …

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    It's entirely possible to be pro helping refugees and have an interventionist foreign policy. Non-intervention has hardly been great for Syria's population being bombed and...
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    Thank you for this, Holly.
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    ....................Andrew Neil gave him a hard time,................. Compared to his usual style Neil gave Tim an 'easy ride'...After all, he actually allowed him to string...
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    ....................What they could object to about things like the right to privacy and freedom of expression is beyond me......... They don't! What they object to...
  • User AvatarPeter Soal 2nd May - 9:02am
    Exactly! - Why did Nick Clegg give Michael Moore the boot?