Monthly Archives: February 2013

1st  Welcome to my day… 1 February (0) by Mark Valladares
  EU’s Youth Guarantee to end “social emergency” of youth unemployment (5) by Richard Davis
  Liberalism, youth & the new Arab awakening: a Tunisian perspective (0) by NewsHound
  Next week in the Lords: 4-7 February (0) by Mark Valladares
  Putting the party’s message in a distinctively liberal context – Part 3: a fairer society (28) by Nick T
  Israel/Palestine: trying to find some balance (20) by Charles Beaumont
  Marriage for same sex couples, but not yet equal for all… (86) by Ed Fordham
  This week in Europe – 28-31 January(ish) (7) by Mark Valladares
  The LDV Friday Five: 1 February 2013 (1) by Helen Duffett
2nd  Our congratulations to Mark Pack – and, alas, a farewell to him (5) by Stephen Tall
  MPs call for recognition of Mary Seacole in the history syllabus (13) by Joe Otten
  Opinion: We feel the handbrake of history on our Liberal reforming. (45) by Andrew Tennant
  Budget: No tax break for married couples (16) by Joe Otten
3rd  Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Ignore the papers, here’s the real truth about the Coalition’s plans for childcare” (7) by Stephen Tall
  Majority back same-sex marriage (46) by Mark Pack
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #311 (1) by Caron Lindsay
4th  Opinion: Tackling homophobic bullying in schools (6) by Richard Giddings
  ++ Chris Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice (17) by NewsHound
  Opinion: UK sets the right example on same sex marriage (14) by Daniel Russell
  ++ Chris Huhne to resign as MP (10) by NewsHound
  The end of Chris Huhne’s career in politics: initial reactions (78) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Boundary nonsense (9) by Neville Farmer
  LibLink: Willie Rennie – after the referendum (3) by Paul Walter
  Equal marriage: 2 Lib Dem MPs against and a further 9 (or 10) Missing In Action (167) by Stephen Tall
  An earlier Letter from the Leader (0) by Antony Hook
  Huhne – human frailty and the family (17) by Paul Walter
  Tessa Munt and Tim Farron on Chris Huhne’s downfall (11) by The Voice
5th  Opinion: Michael Gove’s plans are a disaster for schools (60) by Helen Tedcastle
  Osborne, Hague and May on equal marriage (1) by Mary Reid
  Eastleigh by-election (28) by Mary Reid
  Julian Huppert MP writes: Quick update on secret courts (6) by Julian Huppert
  Norman Lamb writes: Tackling gun and knife crime – hospitals and police working together (0) by Norman Lamb MP
  MEPs to vote on crucial overhaul of Common Fisheries Policy (3) by Mary Reid
  ++ The ayes have it! Equal marriage approved with 225 vote majority (4) by Stephen Tall
  Project Cameron RIP: more Tory MPs vote AGAINST than vote for equal marriage (26) by Stephen Tall
  Gilbert and Williams lead Lib Dem speakers in Equal Marriage debate (35) by Caron Lindsay
6th  Equal marriage: the speeches of Stephen Gilbert, Stephen Williams and Simon Hughes (4) by The Voice
  Equal marriage: who voted which way (49) by Stephen Tall
  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (0) by Michael Moore
  Opinion: Rights for cohabiting couples (49) by Roger Crouch
  LibLink – Lynne Featherstone MP: Moving towards a world free from Female Genital Cutting (10) by Caron Lindsay
  Jenny Willott MP “thrilled” at equal marriage vote (5) by Caron Lindsay
  Lunchtime debate: Should we ban domestic violence offenders from drinking alcohol? (7) by Caron Lindsay
  Ece, Pidgeon and Swinson nominated for Women in Public Life awards (2) by Caron Lindsay
  Spring 2013 Conference agenda now online (4) by Helen Duffett
  LibLink – Lucy Care: Gay marriage struggle for equal rights is a Quaker one too (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Greg Mulholland explains his abstention on equal marriage bill (4) by Caron Lindsay
  How would you use an extra £600? Preview tonight’s Lib Dem Party Political Broadcast (30) by Helen Duffett
  ++Eastleigh by-election on February 28 (20) by Helen Duffett
  Jeremy Browne MP writes…There is no opt out clause for equality for women and girls in a liberal society (6) by Jeremy Browne MP
7th  Gove forced into GCSE U-turn ‘under Lib Dem pressure’ (27) by The Voice
  Lib Dem conference to vote on whether it can ‘no-con’ the party leader (41) by Stephen Tall
  Norman Lamb MP writes…The government will act in response to the Francis Report (5) by Norman Lamb MP
  Call Clegg: The one where Boris agrees with Nick (6) by Caron Lindsay
  Baroness Tyler writes… Developing character and resilience in young people (9) by Claire Tyler
  Lord Carlile writes…Examining the evidence on assisted suicide (6) by Alex Carlile
  LibLink: David Laws – Incentive for UK schools to promote talent (3) by Nick T
  Opinion: Government must act to encourage healthier diets (21) by Oliver Sidorczuk
  David Laws MP writes… Ambitious for every child (6) by David Laws
  +++ Neck and neck: first Eastleigh constituency poll (47) by Mark Pack
8th  Welcome to my day – 8 February (0) by Mark Valladares
  5 reasons for Lib Dems to campaign in Eastleigh (just in case you needed any more) (7) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Does the debate over equal marriage reveal our blind spots? (58) by James King
  Next week in the Lords: 11-14 February (0) by Mark Valladares
  Opinion: Getting back to sanity – EBC plans now dropped (9) by Helen Flynn
  This week in Europe: 4-7 February (1) by Mark Valladares
  Julian Huppert MP writes… Have your say – Coalition plans to regulate CCTV (7) by Julian Huppert
  The LDV Friday Five: 8 February 2013 (0) by Helen Duffett
9th  Opinion: Whatever this government is, it is not neo-liberal (43) by David Thorpe
  Fairer Tax day of action today (20) by Joe Otten
  The PM and the EU: Cameron’s zen art of compromise maintenance (13) by Stephen Tall
  An apology to Dr Vince Cable (6) by Sam Lawes
  Opinion: Talking at cross purposes about equal marriage (145) by Joe Otten
  Mike Thornton selected for Lib Dems in Eastleigh (39) by Helen Duffett
  Opinion: Aspiration exasperation (9) by Karen Wilkinson
10th  Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads (2) by Stephen Tall
  New edition of the Liberator magazine (4) by The Liberator Collective
  Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “If you want fairer taxes, there’s only one party for you: the Lib Dems.” (20) by Stephen Tall
  Libby Local, Episode 10: “Stalled!” (5) by Libby Local
11th  Maria Hutchings, Eastleigh Conservative candidate, plays hide and seek with the media (1) by Mark Pack
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of all the weekend’s news (0) by Stephen Tall
  EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dem Voice supplies secret weapon to Eastleigh campaign (1) by Paul Walter
  Social care reforms – open thread (4) by The Voice
  The real political battle isn’t Conservative vs Labour or Cameron vs Miliband (13) by Mark Pack
  LibLink: Adrian Trett – Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? (15) by Paul Walter
  LibLink: George Lyon MEP – EU budget cuts must not sacrifice research and investment (4) by Paul Walter
  Jeremy Hunt announces Social Care reform (2) by NewsHound
  Norman Lamb MP writes… Ending unlimited care costs: an historic step (4) by Norman Lamb MP
  Three things we’ve learned from today’s opinion polls (131) by Stephen Tall
12th  Excellent Abingdon Action Day (0) by Neil Fawcett
  LibLink: Vince Cable – Investors deserve red carpet, not red tape (2) by Mary Reid
  Nick Clegg writes … A fairer and more prosperous world (2) by Nick Clegg MP
  Don Foster MP writes… Report back on planning changes (22) by Don Foster MP
  Opinion: Liberal Reform urge MEPs to oppose a secret vote on the EU Budget (12) by Simon McGrath
  Nigel Farage’s disappearing fish act (3) by Mary Reid
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (12 Feb) (5) by Stephen Tall
13th  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (0) by Michael Moore
  Mike Thornton in favour of equal marriage (5) by Helen Duffett
  Opinion: Our NHS – the good, the bad and the ugly (23) by Matthew Green
  George Lyon MEP writes: Lib Dem MEPs will resist secret EU vote (13) by George Lyon MEP
  Lib Dem peer Avebury on working in your 80s (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Caron’s pick of the Federal Spring Conference agenda (3) by Caron Lindsay
  Mark Pack to appear on Question Time as @BBCExtraGuest (0) by Stephen Tall
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #312 (0) by Caron Lindsay
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (13 Feb) (12) by Stephen Tall
14th  Notice: Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats’ AGM going ahead with new venue (0) by Nick T
  Lib Dems should lead the European push for a US trade deal (4) by Nick T
  Rejoice! Labour has a policy. Even better it’s a Lib Dem policy. (31) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Let’s stop pussyfooting over property prices (50) by Neville Farmer
  LibLink…Paddy Ashdown: If you’re opposed to drones, then think again (19) by Caron Lindsay
15th  IFS verdict: Labour’s 10p tax idea “has no plausible economic justification” (12) by Stephen Tall
  Caroline Pidgeon AM challenges London Mayor over unpaid congestion charges (7) by Mary Reid
  Lord Avebury writes… Gay asylum-seekers: we’ve come a long way, but much still left to achieve for LGBTI people around the world (26) by Eric Avebury
  Stephen Williams MP writes… Making tax taxing again – 2013 is the Year of Tax Justice (1) by Stephen Williams
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the week’s campaign news (11) by Stephen Tall
  The LDV Friday Five: 15 February 2013 (1) by Helen Duffett
16th  LibLink…Danny Alexander: The Liberal Democrats are the only fair tax party (23) by Caron Lindsay
  Saturday Forum: Genetic Engineering (13) by Joe Otten
  Opinion: David Jones is wrong on same sex parenting (162) by Linda Jack
  LibLink: Nick Thornsby – Why Miliband’s tax move is good news for the Lib Dems (8) by NewsHound
17th  Opinion: Oh no! Ed’s got us! (58) by Mark Thompson
  Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “From Eastleigh to Africa – and back again!” (0) by Stephen Tall
  Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads (1) by Stephen Tall
  Libby Local, Episode 11: “Door knocking” (3) by Libby Local
  What Google reveals about the current state of play in Eastleigh (7) by Mark Pack
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #313 (0) by Caron Lindsay
18th  Doctors criticise Tory Eastleigh candidate (3) by Paul Walter
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of all the weekend’s news (18 Feb) (2) by Stephen Tall
  Eastleigh campaign borrows slogan from Chicago 1951 (3) by Paul Walter
  LibLink: Lynne Featherstone – mobile money opens new opportunities in Africa (1) by Paul Walter
  Opinion: Radioactive waste consultation – a loss of public trust (50) by Rebecca Hanson
  Opinion: Why do the government tax people on the value of their home? (40) by William Townsend
  Half a defence of John O’Farrell’s comments on Margaret Thatcher (68) by Stephen Tall
19th  That ‘jewelry tax’ proposal (21) by Jeremy Hargreaves
  Two-thirds of email newsletters sent to teachers and schools by the Department for Education are not read (16) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: Iraq War, one year on (36) by Tony Dawson
  Job shares for MPs? (20) by Mary Reid
  A hole in his sock (4) by Mary Reid
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (19 Feb) (6) by Stephen Tall
20th  Don’ forget #CallClegg on at 9am today (0) by Stephen Tall
  “Bedroom Tax” – should social landlords be doing more to encourage swaps? (69) by Caron Lindsay
  LibLink..Lord Lester QC: Five days to save free speech (5) by Caron Lindsay
  Good news from Chelmsford: Liberal Democrat Graham Pooley wins Council by-election (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (3) by Michael Moore
  ++Breaking News: Jury in Vicky Pryce trial discharged after failing to reach a verdict (14) by Caron Lindsay
  How Ofsted outperforms the Department for Education in the email stakes (8) by Mark Pack
  Call Clegg 20 February: E-cigarettes, London NHS, taxes, special needs and Arsene Wenger (4) by Caron Lindsay
21st  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (21 Feb) (3) by Stephen Tall
  Eastleigh Tory candidate “running scared” from hustings (8) by Helen Duffett
  Don Foster MP writes… The Integration Strategy: one year on (8) by Don Foster MP
  Opinion: Planning in Rochdale descends into farce (10) by David Hennigan
  Opinion: Rational energy policy must be central to 2015 manifesto (25) by Alex Meredith
  Lynne Featherstone MP writes…the Aid budget and the Ministry of Defence (8) by Lynne Featherstone
  The Independent View: Clegg is right to worry about the North (9) by Graeme Henderson
  Opinion: Jury duty: in need of some government assistance? (26) by Alex Paul
  Party launches investigation over C4 News allegations (0) by The Voice
22nd  Missing out on history (0) by George Kendall
  By-election news (4) by Mary Reid
  Chris Rennard steps aside from party roles to avoid “embarrassment” to Lib Dems (0) by The Voice
  Eric Avebury writes … Caste discrimination in the UK (13) by Eric Avebury
  LibLink: Eastleigh by-election and mansion tax (0) by Mary Reid
  Opinion: The case for NGDP targeting (1) (11) by Theo Clifford
  Opinion: Where is evidence based decision making about the NHS? (24) by Anthony Hawkes
  The LDV Friday Five: 22 February 2013 (0) by Helen Duffett
  Chris Rennard allegations – the party needs to do better than this (0) by Stephen Tall
  UK loses its triple-A rating – George should’ve listened to Danny (54) by Stephen Tall
  ++ New Eastleigh poll: Lib Dems have 5% lead over Tories, Labour trail in 4th place behind Ukip (19) by Stephen Tall
23rd  The Independent View: Why reforming football is a liberal agenda (9) by Sam Tomlin
  LibLink…Tavish Scott: Community councils empower the people (2) by Caron Lindsay
  Allegations regarding the conduct of Lord Rennard and the Party’s response (0) by Tim Gordon
  Allegations regarding the conduct of Lord Rennard: a statement from Jo Swinson MP (0) by Jo Swinson
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the week’s campaign news (0) by Stephen Tall
  ++ Another new Eastleigh poll – and this time it shows the Tories in front by 4% (56) by Stephen Tall
24th  Chris Rennard allegations: where we’re at (26) by Stephen Tall
  Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Five days to make a difference.” (0) by Stephen Tall
  Libby Local, Episode 12: “Vox Pops” (1) by Libby Local
  LibLink: Nick Clegg – the Conservatives need to adopt the politics of fairness (40) by NewsHound
  Statement from Nick Clegg on Chris Rennard allegations (11) by The Voice
  Nick Clegg’s statement on Chris Rennard: 5 key points (11) by Stephen Tall
25th  Today’s front pages: the Chris Rennard allegations dominate (8) by Stephen Tall
  Farron: “We screwed this up” (4) by The Voice
  CentreForum: Three tax changes to help rebalance the economy (36) by Adam Corlett
  Team EastLY – making a difference (5) by Paul Walter
  Clegg slams Tories at Eastleigh for “breath-taking opportunism” (0) by NewsHound
  The tale of Nick Clegg, 36 celebrities and 3 wishes (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Update on the Party’s processes following the allegations concerning the conduct of Lord Rennard (0) by Tim Gordon
  Stephen Tall on Sky News comments on today’s Chris Rennard allegations (9) by The Voice
26th  Mark Pack on BBC comments on Chris Rennard allegations (0) by The Voice
  Final Eastleigh poll puts Lib Dems narrowly ahead of Tories – but all within margin of error! (12) by Stephen Tall
  Eric Avebury writes…We must heed the cries of the Hazaras (7) by Eric Avebury
  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (26 Feb) (8) by Stephen Tall
  Inquiries into Rennard allegations must be as public as possible (8) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: Five reasons to go to Eastleigh to help Mike Thornton’s campaign… (6) by Ruth Edmonds
  Robin Meltzer selected as PPC for Richmond Park (5) by Caron Lindsay
  Lord Rennard: further reports and a new statement (14) by The Voice
27th  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (0) by Michael Moore
  Don’t forget #CallClegg on at 9am today (2) by The Voice
  Eric Avebury writes: Rare disease Day – a new report on care co-ordinators (2) by Eric Avebury
  Call Clegg: “There were serious mistakes and the women were let down” (7) by Caron Lindsay
  Opinion: Reflections on sexual harassment (30) by Gillian Gloyer
  Sarah Teather on “deeply upsetting” report on pregnant women in asylum system (6) by Caron Lindsay
28th  Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (28 Feb Polling Day Edition!) (8) by Stephen Tall
  What are you doing to help Mike Thornton win today? (0) by Caron Lindsay
  Julian Huppert MP writes…An update on the Justice and Security Bill (10) by Julian Huppert
  How are you spending your lunch hour today? (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Jo Swinson launches consultation on parental leave (5) by Caron Lindsay
  LibLink…Tavish Scott…SNP’s mistakes will be their downfall (0) by Caron Lindsay
  Mike Thornton says thank you (0) by Caron Lindsay

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