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LibLink: Tim Farron: Labour under Corbyn can’t be decent opposition – so it’s up to me

Tim Farron has been writing in the Independent about how the Liberal Democrats are the only party capable of providing decent opposition to the Conservatives following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn:

If one child was lifted out of poverty by Blair, that would be a progressive legacy. But what will Corbyn’s legacy be? At this rate, to render Labour so unelectable that successive Tories will be able to play pass the parcel with the keys to Number 10.

Perhaps the Corbynistas can afford such generosity to the Tories, but the people I grew up with in towns such as Preston can’t. Self-righteous, ideological purity doesn’t buy food, pay the rent or provide the training that might lead to a better life.

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LibLink: Tim Farron: The Lib Dems are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united

There was a big difference between Tim Farron’s frst two conference speeches as leader. The first came 3 months after a brutal general election at a time of existential crisis for the party. The second, at a time of existential crisis for the country, enabled him to set out our party’s mission: to fight for the values we hold dear and not to let the Tories away with 25 years of untrammelled rule while Labour fiddle on the sidelines..

He’s written about that for PoliticsHome.

I said on the night of my election as Liberal Democrat leader: “Our survival, revival, our rebirth, our rebuild will happen in communities in councils in common rooms, away from the stuffy corridors of Westminster.

“Step by step, we will change people’s lives for the better and as we do that we will regain their trust.”

This is happening and you can see the results for yourself. I’m not getting ahead of myself but adding to our results in May’s local elections, when we had the best results in a decade, this shows we have started to turn the corner.

Some of the commentators will do what they always do and use up ink talking about our demise; but like we have shown many times in the past, they are wrong and we will show that again.

Just take the case of the byelection in Sheffield. Nearly two weeks ago our team in Sheffield delivered a local and purely liberal message and it worked. They campaigned from dusk till dawn and won. But where was Labour?


LibLink: Cadan ap Tomos on the young and the voiceless in Wales

Cadan ap Tomos is the Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson for young people, equalities and the Welsh language, and is a former adviser to Welsh Lib Dem Assembly Members. He has written a post for the Institute for Welsh Affairs with the title “The young and the voiceless?“.

He writes:

“Young people are the future.” An increasingly-used and well-meaning phrase that those in the political bubble will have heard more than once. Yet as well-meaning as it is, to an actual young person like me it’s one of the most irritating clichés of modern politics.

Condemning young people as merely the ‘future’ completely ignores the

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LibLink: Nick Clegg – Why Brexit, the junior doctors and Apple tax are all connected

Nick Clegg’s weekly column in the Evening Standard is back following the summer break, and in this week’s Nick sees a link between three of the big news stories of recent weeks:

The junior doctors’ dispute is in part a casualty of focus-group policy-making. The Conservatives discovered — unsurprisingly — that the public, when asked, want a “seven-day NHS”. So they entangled themselves in an increasingly bitter dispute to unpick the existing contractual arrangements governing junior doctors to deliver that promise, even though there is precious little evidence that the old contract was the impediment to a seven-day service in the first place.


LibLink: Tim Farron: The Lib Dems will fight Brexit. Labour is not doing its job

Tim Farron is popping up everywhere today. You’d think that this was co-ordinatd or something.

He’s written for us about his plan for Britain and Europe. He was on Good Morning Britain before dawn, Radio 5 Live, the Today programme.

He’s also gone and pitched a massive great marquee on Labour’s lawn in this article for the Guardian.

Labour, he says, are all over the place.

For Labour, it is still deciding whether it’s even a pro-European party. Owen Smith has made clear he wants it to be, but Jeremy Corbyn’s ambivalence was plain for all to see in the referendum campaign, and he has already made clear he wants to see the Brexit process get underway.

If they can’t or won’t hold the Government to account in the way that is required, the Liberal Democrats will. And if you think that’s unlikely, you might want to look back to the last session of the Scottish Parliament where it was the wee Lib Dem group that scored most forced changes in SNP government policy. Don’t ever underestimate us:

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LibLink: Willie Rennie: Why Sturgeon no longer has my backing over Brexit

In June, Nicola Sturgeon erected a very big tent as she said she was going to explore all options to ensure Scotland’s continuing place in the EU, given the huge Remain majority north of the border.

Since then, SNP ministers seem to have narrowed the options to independence. They are talking about nothing else. Mike Russell, a man who spent 7 years as education secretary upsetting people, has been appointed as Brexit minister. It’s not the best appointment to a job that needs finesse and diplomacy.

Sturgeon, says Willie Rennie in an article for the Scotsman, has broken the …

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LibLink: William Wallace – Yorkshire needs its own voice ahead of Brexit talks

William Wallace has been writing for the Yorkshire Post, to mark the celebration of Yorkshire Day earlier this week:

In David Cameron’s response to the referendum result, he announced that the Government would consult the Scots, the Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations throughout the negotiations, as well as ‘other regional centres of power’ – by which he mainly meant London.

Theresa May has made a demonstration of that commitment by making early visits to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. But who would she come to consult in northern England? Will she even feel any need to do so?


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    I'm amazed at the lack of knowledge of the background over this trade deal in most of these comments. The proposed deal - CETA -...
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 23rd Oct - 10:21am
    @John Peters "Sovereignty has always resided with the people, not Parliament." That's a lovely sounding phrase, but how does it work exactly? In terms of...
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    Pat 23rd Oct '16 - 9:27am............When a region of a country (Wallonia, Belgium) can hold the rest of the EU to ransom and ransack an...
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    Paul, It's not a vague notion of sovereignty. It's about the nation state v the big vision of a super-state. Youth unemployment in Greece is...
  • User AvatarJohn Peters 23rd Oct - 9:48am
    @Paul Walter Sovereignty has always resided with the people, not Parliament. For day to day purposes we are happy for Parliament to exercise that sovereignty...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 23rd Oct - 9:36am
    But El Sid what good are vague and misplaced notions of "sovereignity" (what's happened to the sovereignity of parliament, for example, concerning Article 50?) and...