Author Archives: Stephen Gilbert

Opinion: Shale Gas exploration – Why a cautious approach is the right one.

Many Liberal Democrats will, like me, have read with wry amusement the reaction of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph and some Tory MPs to the local opposition to Cuadrilla drilling in Balcombe in Sussex and the potential of fracking in their area given their previous hysterical support for fracking and shale gas.

Clearly there are a number of groups who are taking the opportunity to mount a vigorous campaign against fracking with, for example, the publication of a map of a “licence to frack” raising fears of fracking taking place across the country. In fact the so called …

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Stephen Gilbert writes … Liberal Democrats should be proud of the Energy Bill

Energy-bills-006The Energy Bill will, today and tomorrow, be  going through its Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons.  Ed Davey set out clearly on Lib Dem Voice why this is so important for decarbonising our power sector and keeping on the lights at an affordable price for consumers.  As a party we should be pleased that there is general cross-party support for the bill as it is vital that we maintain as far as we are able cross party consensus to provide the certainty for investors for our transition …

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Stephen Gilbert MP writes… Equal marriage is now a litmus test for Cameron

Marriage ring - License Some rights reserved by jcoterhals May has been a good month for equal marriage. Minnesota became the 12th American State, plus DC, to allow same-sex couples to marry and France became the 9th country in Europe (the 14th around the world) to introduce this landmark change. Millions of gay and lesbian people are now able to marry the person they love.

This week, in Britain, the debate returns to the House of Commons. I have no doubt that a significant majority of MPs are in …

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Stephen Gilbert MP writes… Equal marriage: a step towards a fairer society

So, there we have it:  equal marriage for same-sex couples in the civil law and the chance for religious groups to choose to offer same-sex religious marriage if they want to.  It’s another step toward equality in front of the law for the LGBT community. The community has come a long way in the 43 years since the Stonewall riots in New York City.

And the Liberal Democrats have led the way in the UK. We were the first party to commit to a policy of civil partnerships, in a Private Members Bill, and at our conference in 2010 we were …

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  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 30th Aug - 2:31pm
    @ Liberal Al - "On the flip side, many parts of Europe could diversify their energy sources relatively easily" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11056880/Europe-will-be-Russias-hostage-over-gas-supplies-for-at-least-another-decade.html
  • User AvatarMartin 30th Aug - 2:21pm
    My initial temptation was to write something negative and doom laden in the style of theakes or Chris, however I do fear for the consequences...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 30th Aug - 2:14pm
    Charlie - if we're going back to the 1930s, it should be noted that Ukrainian collaboration with the Germans owed something to Stalin's forced collectivisation...
  • User Avatarcherry Philips (Ziby 30th Aug - 1:56pm
    Margaret Thatcher (well, The Iron Lady)
  • User AvatarLiberal Al 30th Aug - 1:43pm
    Well said, Joe. It is all too easy to ignore the victims here and the prejudice they suffer from all sides. The reason the 'racial...
  • User AvatarPeter Davies 30th Aug - 1:37pm
    Canadian Federalism is much less asymmetric than ours. Even Prince Edward Island (which is smaller than Kingston-upon-Thames) has co-sovereignty and vastly more powers than Greater...