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 AvatarBarry Snelson 30th Aug - 7:41pm
    David, Of course I am not on the side of multi billionaires. My biological problem is that I am an engineer by training and instinct...
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    @Ken "48% of the voting population is crying out for a strong pro-EU voice." Or based upon the Remain campaign's message, 48% of the voting...
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    I feel that Vince Cable is absolutely right in saying that, as a party, we need to accept that Brexit will happen, and focus on...
  • User AvatarGordon 30th Aug - 7:12pm
    I'm late to this after being away. Geoff Crocker's first point is spot on. The current Lib Dem approach to policy-making is neither democratic or...
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    Both Tonys!
  • User AvatarAl 30th Aug - 7:09pm
    62% voted remain in Scotland. If only the SNP will stand up for Scotland's interests then you can't complain when Scots only elect the SNP....