Author Archives: Ruth Edmonds

Opinion: Five reasons to go to Eastleigh to help Mike Thornton’s campaign…

Paddy at Eastleigh

It’s really, really close and this election looks like it could shape the general election. This is the time to take a stand and prove that Lib Dems can hold onto Lib Dem seats. We have good things to offer people, we have brought things to the coalition (think pupil premium and the £10,000 tax-threshold) and we have limited some of the more extreme conservative policies.  But to get people to recognise this we have to get the word out and the way to do

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Opinion: Make a clean break – You shouldn’t flirt behind your partner’s back

On Saturday evening at Brighton, I attended a meeting organised by the Social Liberal Forum (SLF) with the controversial title ‘Disengaging with the Tories before 2015′. A number of equally controversial speakers were featured, including Neal Lawson (Chair of Compass), Stuart Weir (former Director of Democratic Audit) and Green MP, Caroline Lucas.

Between them, they suggested essentially that we break up the coalition as soon as possible and form a progressive leftist coalition. (Lord Renard and Tim Farron were also there and

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Opinion: I’m helping beat Labour in Oldham East & Saddleworth, you can too

I’ve been a member of the Liberal Democrats for two years now. When I saw the leaflets Phil Woolas produced to win Oldham East and Saddleworth in May, it made me angry. When he was expelled from Parliament, I decided to make the trip to help out.

It’s not the quickest journey for me by public transport from Bakewell, Derbyshire (2 trains, 1 tram and 4 hours to be precise!) but I’ve already met people who have travelled just as far and some from even further afield.

I’ve met so many new people here. It’s been a great chance to make …

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    And Richard, I have sat in a bar or two on holiday on the Costa del Sol, surrounded by these ... people. The selfish apology...
  • User AvatarRichard 20th Oct - 9:27am
    Should we necessarily expect rationality from the electorate. At the general election I was impressed by the number of rather elderly voters I encountered who...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 20th Oct - 9:20am
    The comments by Barroso suggest to me that there is confusion in the Commission too. Think of two types of EU immigrant 1. an immigrant...
  • User AvatarTim13 20th Oct - 9:17am
    Paul Fox What some of us here say, Change the Narrative. Just because that has been the leadership position for 4 years should not mean...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 20th Oct - 8:52am
    Good post on the Mansion Tax and wealth taxes in general http://waitingfortax.com/2014/10/20/a-question-on-the-mansion-tax/
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 20th Oct - 8:36am
    @john Tilley - you have all sorts of terribly complicated reasons why Kingston, controlled by us for many years, still has Grammar schools. The real...