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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    53-47 to No. Anyway, besides getting out the vote, these last hours need to be dedicated to sowing the seeds of doubt in Yes voters...
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    ATF. I am not sure what point you are trying to make. In the current referendum campaign it was wrong headed to be seen lining...
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    Little Jackie Paper - I wondered about a dead heat. Guess what. There is no provision for that in the Act. There is also no...
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    It rather depends on how well the pollsters have worked out how to calculate their weightings for the large cohort of previously non-voters. Even an...
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    @ Keith Browning. Scottish people are not being governed by a bullying elite in Westminster. They are being governed by a stable system of liberal...
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    @ Little Jackie Paper "The US Tea Party started out life as basically a middle-class reaction to a heap of bad trends. Debt-funded education, loaded...