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By-election results LIVE – Two holds and another GAIN

Four big by-elections for the Lib Dems tonight. I’ll post the results as they come in.

The first hurdle has been cleared with a successful defence in Newport. Carmel Townsend held the seat which her husband Ed had represented until he sadly passed away in May. In 2012, he held it by just one vote.

I did a minuscule bit of phoning tonight and I felt that our vote was turning itself out, but you never really know.

We’ve had loads of Lib Dem heartbreak in Wales this year. It’s good to get some good news. And look at that increase in the vote:

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LibLink: Alistair Carmichael: May’s legacy on immigration detention is callous and cold

Alistair Carmichael has written an article for the Times Red Box website in which he slams Theresa May’s record on immigration detention:

32,000 people is half the population of my home town.

He explains why immigration detention is so bad:

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Liberal Democrats GAIN seat from Labour in Totnes

This is the week of unusually scheduled by-elections and both of them have been good for the Lib Dems. On Tuesday, the party almost pulled off a sensational gain from the Tories. Their 9 vote deficit puts them in a very good position for next time.

Last night, John Birch gained a seat from Labour, this time, in Totnes in Devon.

Labour didn’t defend the seat, but there was an independent candidate.

This is great news – and John’s campaign was boosted when Cllr Robert Vint, Devon’s only Green Councillor, rejoined the Liberal Democrats.

Now, if you want to be part of making more good news happen, there are more chances to do so today.

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Liz Truss as you have never seen her before

If it hadn’t been for one of our peers moving house, we might never have had this wee gem fall into our hands.

We know that new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Liz Truss was once a young Liberal Democrat activist before joining the Tories. However, we now have photographic evidence from an LDYS newsletter from the time of one Elizabeth Truss proudly holding up the LDYS banner on a mass trespass at Twyford Down in protest at the Criminal Justice Bill on 2 July 1994. Simon Hughes also took part.

This controversial piece of legislation was introduced by Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard and offended liberals by restricting raves, allowing inferences to be drawn from a suspect exercising a right to silence and strengthening unsupervised stop and search powers. Those latter powers were still being used until the Coalition years, when their use was curbed thanks to the influence of Liberal Democrats in government.
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What should be in the Lib Dem manifesto if there’s a snap general election?

How would you spend £2 billion?

That is one of the questions in a survey to party members asking for their opinions on our platform for a snap general election.

My answer was on house-building. If people have somewhere safe and secure to call home,  that has such a huge positive impact on every other area of their lives.

The difficult bit was then explaining where you would get the money from. That, for me, was easy – take it from defence and most especially the budget line that goes “like for like replacement for Trident.”

Many people think that the prospect of a quick poll has now receded, but if Labour are still imploding next Spring, would Theresa May resist the temptation to kill them off for good and aim for a much increased majority? Of course, that gamble may not pay off – and it’s our job as Lib Dems to make sure that it doesn’t. Making sure we have a strong message is a good exercise to complete anyway so even if there is no election, this is very important work.

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WATCH Michelle Obama endorse Hillary: “A leader worthy of all our kids’ promise”

At the end of the primary season 8 years ago, relations between the Clinton and the winning Obama camps were not the warmest.

Thankfully, both were grown-up enough to sort it out and move forward. Bridges were built quickly and Hillary ended up as Secretary of State in Obama’s first term.

In 2008, it was hard to imagine that Michelle Obama would give a speech warmly endorsing Hillary as her husband’s successor, as she did last night.

It was a very well crafted speech. It had lots of positives about Hillary – but also it put the boot into Trump in a very classy way. She didn’t mention him by name, but she talked of the importance of reasoned, measured, calm judgement. “When you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips, and the military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions.”

There was also a bit of an indirect plea to Sanders supporters. “We can’t afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical,” she said as she implored everyone to get out there knocking on doors to recreate what the Obama campaign had done in 2008.

The bit that made me cry was when she talked of waking up in a house built by slaves every day and seeing her daughters playing with their dog on the White House lawn. She paid tribute to all those who had fought for civil rights and to break down the barriers, too.

It was an extremely well-crafted and classy speech.

Watch it in full here:

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Miriam: “I only take applause from the platform when I have given the speech”

It is not like me to gratuitously share links to the Mail on Sunday but this time it’s worth it. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez has given an interview to the Fail to publicise her upcoming cookery book Made in Spain: Recipes and stories from my country and beyond (available for pre-order here). My husband has had enough heavy hints dropped that I want this book for my birthday next week.

At least the Fail called her by her proper name, although they had to slip a “Mrs Clegg” into the headline. You would think her readers would know exactly who she was given how vile the paper has been to her at every opportunity over the last six years. She is not and never has been “Mrs Clegg.”

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