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The Local Government slot: winning with localism

It’s very possible to get a bit glum at the moment isn’t it? All the talk is about cuts and the health service reforms with our opponents blithely ignoring the facts that they were a principal cause of the deficits and that they would have had to deal with the growing problems of the NHS.

So when I am down a bit I think of the many good things that have been done by this government and work out how I can take full advantage of them both politically and for my community.

Chief amongst these is the continued drive for localism. …

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Local Government Association Lib Dems announce election results

ALDC reports:

The Liberal Democrat Group in the Local Government Association has announced the results of its elections to group positions and the various LGA commissioners, boards and panels. Those elected are listed below with the results available here and the full breakdown of the results by stage available here.

Group Executive

Group Leader – Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth (Elected unopposed)
Deputy Leader (Policy) – Chris White, Hertfordshire (Elected unopposed)
Deputy Leader (Political) – Dorothy Thornhill, Watford
Group Chair – Jill Shortland, Somerset (Elected unopposed)
Group Whip – Howard Sykes, Oldham (Elected unopposed)

See the full list of those elected at the ALDC website

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Opinion: “The Importance of Teaching” White Paper – putting Lib Dem policy into action?

After a year’s work in the run up to the General Election co-writing the Liberal Democrats’ Equity and Excellence education policy paper with other members of the 5-19 Education Policy Working Group, I opened the Coalition Government’s first education White Paper with understandable trepidation.

Nothing can be more important than giving every child a fair start in life, but the education system inherited from Labour offered some young people pretty much the best education system anywhere in the world, while leaving others ill-equipped, under-funded, and lacking the skills needed to get on in life.

The White Paper launched by the government today, called The Importance of Teaching takes as its starting point the unflattering international comparisons of the performance and skills of our pupils. Its critique of where and why the school system is underperforming is one that will be very familiar to most Liberal Democrats. It is a vision for a system based on excellence, underpinned by freedom and fairness: an education system which challenges low aspiration and achievement and where school-level innovation and diversity are seen as strengths to be welcomed.

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Andrew Stunell at the Local Government Association conference: putting our ideas into practice

Three months ago, if I had said that the Liberal Democrats would be in government, and I’d be a Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, you would have laughed at me. Yet here we are. I’ve fought no less than eight general elections and at the first seven, all we did was tell people what the Liberal Democrats would do if we got into power. This time we get to show them instead.

And with the Local Government Association Conference coming up this week, our priorities on local government will get their turn in the spotlight.

In …

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  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 18th Apr - 5:39pm
    You think?! That is a masterpiece of understatement Philip. It would be simply farcical for Nick Clegg to step down "right now". I think Caracatus...
  • User AvatarPBBrown 18th Apr - 5:39pm
    Tabman @ The party has done a good job in destroying itself in the last five years, no help from Labour needed was there ?
  • User AvatarTabman 18th Apr - 5:36pm
    Ah yes. Labour. Our natural friends and coalition partners. Most definitely not the party that's vowed to destroy us since the 1920s.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 18th Apr - 5:33pm
    Thanks Philip. Just checked out Labour's business manifesto. Tumbleweed. Not many good ideas in there. As I said, I'll probably spoil my ballot, but if...
  • User AvatarTabman 18th Apr - 5:23pm
    Caractacus. You claim Nicola Sturgeon is immensely popular with 9% support but lambast what is ostensibly your party for being deeply unpopular .... yet it...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 18th Apr - 5:14pm
    Caractacus: I don't think it would be helpful for Nick to step down right now. We haven't got time to have a leadership election and...
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