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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  • User AvatarMartin 24th May - 8:49am
    Neal Lawson mixes astute journalistic observation and evaluation with a rather crude message. "you can be a neo-liberal and worship the market or you can...
  • User AvatarMaurice Leeke 24th May - 8:48am
    Labour, Lib Dems, Greens are separate parties with different, and sometimes competing policies and aspirations. The common thread that may unite us is the desire...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 24th May - 8:33am
    Stuart: Please check what William Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph, mentioned here before. Please also note that French President Jacques Chirac promised the French...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 24th May - 8:32am
    If Neal Lawson has got us wrong perhaps it is not his fault, but our fault; what have our actions, what have our leading spokespeople...
  • User AvatarPsi 24th May - 8:14am
    That is the reason I don't think Labour will ever deliver on PR where they hold power. When they have power they will not give...
  • User AvatarStuart 24th May - 8:09am
    "The Leave campaign’s lie that Turkey is going to join the EU anytime soon" It's not accurate to use the word "lie" to describe speculation...