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Opinion: an open letter to Tim Farron – “And who made you King, anyway?”

imageIn his recent article in Liberal Democrat Voice, the Liberal Democrat Party President, Tim Farron, refers to a review of the Party’s disciplinary procedures, carried out by a senior barrister, Diya Sen Gupta, and goes on to say;

She has now made recommendations to us and I am determined that we will implement these as quickly as possible.

Now call me a stickler for process if you will, but where does Tim get off making such a statement?

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Opinion: Post Rennard, what should the party do?

Liberal Democrat badge - Some rights reserved by Paul Walter, Newbury, UKThe news that Lord Rennard has been welcomed back into the fold has engendered both despair and joy across the party. Those who ‘never understood what the fuss was all about’, those who are no longer sure they want to be part of a party that doesn’t appear to live its values.  Lester Holloway, among others, offers an excellent analysis of the wider implications.

I have made no secret of my disappointment about the way this case has …

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Tim Farron: I want the Liberal Democrats to become the “gold standard” for the way voluntary organisations treat volunteers and staff

Since the allegations against Lord Rennard were first aired on Channel Four News, I’ve worked hard with members, activists, HQ staff and our parliamentary parties to fundamentally change the way our party treats these matters.

We asked Helena Morrissey to look at our party’s culture and practices and her report helped us to recognise our failings and set about correcting them.

We have changed our rules and codes of conduct at every level, from grassroots members to parliamentarians so that everyone involved in the party is aware of their rights and responsibilities. We have changed how complaints are reported and addressed, and …

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Frankly, I’d rather have a shambles than manage by fear and intimidation

I read a lot of political commentary by all sorts of people. I’ve been moved to tears, laughter, outrage, exasperation and delight by many of them. It’s taken until today, though, for an article written by a mainstream commentator to make me feel physically sick.

Writing in the Telegraph, John McTernan, former Labour Downing Street insider, describes the tactics of Labour whips:

A Cabinet minister who served in both the Blair and Brown governments retells his first encounter with Labour whips. Newly elected, he was walking through the corridors of the House when he was accosted by one. He was pushed

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  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 30th Apr - 10:46am
    Having been informed on here that Tim Farron was appearing on the Andrew Marr show, I have just watched it. If what we learned from...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 30th Apr - 10:40am
    Hi Jane Ann - thank you. I can't find any photos of that event on Twitter, otherwise I would include that outing above.
  • User AvatarPaul 30th Apr - 10:13am
    Ade Adeyemo standing in Solihull too...
  • User AvatarNigel Jones 30th Apr - 10:09am
    We should also tell Theresa May that she is using the anti-EU feeling of those who voted leave, in order to try to get more...
  • User AvatarCatherine Jane Crosland 30th Apr - 10:08am
    An interesting interview with Tim Farron on Andrew Marr, in which Tim says that he is actually a bit of a Eurosceptic.
  • User Avatarexpats 30th Apr - 9:55am
    Lorenzo Cherin 29th Apr '17 - 12:32am..............Excellent from the party and leader....... A very solvable problem.........No shortage of builders or architects, like with nurses or...