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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    I don't understand how some local parties are not entitled to any reps - surely this is a mistake.
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    Teena Lashmore Thank you for providing the link to Oliver Wainwright’s Guardian article on 17 September 2014 This is very well written and very well...
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    Good luck with this Daisy. I fully back this - the voting rep system disenfranchises party staff (who we should be treating well post rennard)...
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    I am really angry at what Theresa May said. As a victim of Childhood sexual abuse I take it very personal when political parties try...
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    We should introduce a wealth cap of £5 billion in the UK. We could eventually lower it to £1 billion, but considering the makeup of...
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    Yes - that would work. The transaction would be at each coffee house in the same way that VAT is charged. I suppose abandoning corporation...