Author Archives: Roger Crouch

Opinion: Rights for cohabiting couples

The progress of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through Parliament, with its Second Reading in the House of Commons, should be a cause of celebration amongst Liberal Democrats. As a party we have been, on the whole, united behind these proposals and we should applaud the leadership that Nick Clegg, Lynne Featherstone and, let’s give credit where it is due, David Cameron have demonstrated on this particular issue.

Working in Coalition, Liberal Democrats have introduced legislation which will secure equal marriage in law. I doubt very much whether a single party government, whether Conservative or Labour led, would have dared …

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Opinion: Vote for Fairer Votes to End Safe Seats

I grew up in Bournemouth, a bucolic place beside the sea where very little disturbs the peace. For over a century, Bournemouth’s politics at parliamentary level have been as sedate. In every election since Queen Victoria was on the throne, the same party has won. A candidate dons a blue rosette, shows up and becomes the MP. Whilst the Liberal Democrats have valiantly tried their best in recent elections, the two Bournemouth constituencies are like many places across the country where General elections do not really matter, where elections are a foregone conclusion, places where real power lies in the …

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  • User AvatarJoshua Dixon 19th Sep - 12:34am
    Won't be missed. Shame on those who defended and covered for him too.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 19th Sep - 12:33am
    In the aftermath of the result we should create an English parliament with French style regions beneath it. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 19th Sep - 12:09am
    Good riddance but the selection of his replacement seems to be a wasted opportunity.
  • User Avatarjohn mc 19th Sep - 12:08am
    Yes, and it would be great if the LibDems re-learned what the terms liberal and democrat mean. Have had enough already of the Liberal Democratic...
  • User Avatarredndead 18th Sep - 11:53pm
    Its going to be intriguing if a No vote leads to the sort of federal uk that the lib dems have long sought
  • User AvatarBernard Salmon 18th Sep - 11:39pm
    Evening all. Hoping the YouGov poll will prove to be fairly accurate. I'm watching the results from Elgin in Moray, which could be an interesting...