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A snapshot of Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference

Scottish Liberal Democrats met for a busy annual Autumn conference in Dunfermline last Saturday. The day started with the most delicious sliced sausage ever. Subjects debated by members (all of whom have a vote), include reverse vending machines, honest lets, cuts to student funding, affordable childcare and the Home Rule Commission chaired by Sir Menzies Campbell.  Charles Kennedy also took part in that debate.

There were keynote speeches from Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore, new Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson and leader Willie Rennie. Danny Alexander did a question and answer session on the Mid Term Review and …

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In other news… Trident, MI6, DECC, defections & other stories

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days…

Coalition set for new split on cut-price Trident plan (Scotsman)

COALITION splits over Britain’s nuclear deterrent are set to be reopened after an internal Ministry of Defence review suggested a slimmed-down version of the £25 billion Trident replacement could be an option. … The report, led by Lib Dem armed forces minister Nick Harvey, looks set to reopen coalition divisions with many Tory back-benchers concerned that Britain’s replacement for Trident could end up being sacrificed for political reasons. However, with final decisions not

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RIP Nikki Thomson

I first met Nikki Thomson at the inaugural party conference of the Social and Liberal Democrats, back in September 1988. You couldn’t miss Nikki: she exuded energy and determination.

A liberal to the core, she had had her misgivings about the merger of the two Alliance parties, but once she had decided to join, she threw herself into the new party with the vigour and passion that was her trademark.

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    I am not sure how much more one can dumb down and trivialise politics. I am more interested in the fact that UKIP's immigration policy...
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    Sorry to say none of these elections matter, the real one that matters is the one next May when Clegg leads what's left of his...
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    Jonathan - thank you for sharing the event here for those of us who couldn't attend, and Congratuations to those of you who organised this....
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    Colin - I know the IRC and ALDE delegation aren't in the constitution, but the motion at conference didn't amend the constitution - it set...
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    This is really bad that there has still been no word from Nick Clegg. I am sure it is really demoralizing for party members, however,...
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    I worry less about Stephen Tall's fantasy football than I worry about Nick Clegg's fantasy politics. Picture Clegg, hiding from the media and the membership...