Author Archives: Will Howells

Something for the Weekend: Hail to the Chief

Tuesday sees the culmination of the latest US presidential election. With three days until polling day, Something for the Weekend returns for a one-off video – yes, I did say a video.

The sound you can hear at the beginning is hail – much better to be inside spouting a load of old nonsense for you than being pelted with ice. So make yourself a cup of tea and watch away…

Watch the featured videos in full:

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Ludford’s Law (well, Regulations)

I pondered on my blog at the weekend whether Baroness Ashton’s appoint as European Commissioner would require her to leave the House of Lords, and whether this might cause the Government to act to allow life peerages to be given up. This is similar to an issue which affects one of our MEPs, Baroness Ludford, because from next year Members of the European Parliament will not be allowed to sit in national parliaments (this came into force for the last European elections, but existing MEPs who were members of the House of Lords were given a free pass).

A well-informed …

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Final speeches from party conference

A final round-up of speeches by Shadow Cabinet members from party conference in Bournemouth. First off, here’s Shadow Chancellor and Deputy Leader Vince Cable:

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Party conference broadcast: online now

The Liberal Democrats’ latest party political broadcast will go out on TV across the country tonight to mark the end of conference, but you can watch it first right here.

Its themes link in with Nick’s conference speech: listening to people and tackling the economic pressures households are now under. Here it is:

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Chris Huhne on video

Alix has already blogged about Chris Huhne’s speech as Shadow Home Secretary, and you can now watch it in full right here on LDV thanks to the party’s YouTube feed:

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Norman Lamb: Making the NHS more efficient and accountable

The first of yesterday’s speeches from members of the party’s front bench team was by Norman Lamb, our Shadow Health Secretary. And, by the magic of teh internets, here it is:

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Final conference videos of the day

Here’s Susan Kramer’s childcare speech from yesterday afternoon:

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    Roland; I misunderstood you chap. I don't agree. Germany, France and even Italy all had and have stronger trade unions. Unions have not been that...
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    @Glenn - The trouble is that 'business' also includes the workers. Remember just how many of trade union call to arms has been about the...
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