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Jeremy Browne on his upbringing, an unusual encounter with Michael Portillo and why he is staying put in the only liberal party

Jeremy Browne - Some rights reserved by Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeThis month’s Total Politics magazine carries an interview with Jeremy Browne, Lib Dem MP for Taunton and home office minister, by the Conservative MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson. He talks, among other things, about his aspirations for the Liberal Democrats as a true party of government, about his unusual upbringing (he was schooled in both Iran and Zimbabwe) and about why the Liberal Democrats is the party for him.

Here are some excerpts, starting with his time at school and university:

Aged 10, Browne was now at school in Harare with what he described as

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5 Days to Power: could there have been a Lab-Lib Dem deal?

Conservative MP Rob Wilson’s book on the formation of a coalition government in May 2010, 5 Days to Power: The Journey to Coalition Britain, plays up the drama of the events, talking of how “Gordon Brown and David Cameron were both determined to do whatever was necessary to secure the position of Prime Minister” as if the story is one of a cliff-hanging drama which could have gone either way.

Whilst the outcome is certainly significant for British political history, what the book is far less convincing on is that there was really any serious chance of a Labour – …

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  • User AvatarJohn Barrett 19th Jan - 10:44am
    Hopefully this will not be followed by a list of Brexit spokesmen and women for each region of Scotland. (For those in doubt, I hope...
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    @Arnold Kiel - so you think the Lib Dems should now say "Yes, the Lib Dem parliamentary party voted in favour of having the referendum,...
  • User Avatarmatt 19th Jan - 10:26am
    @Mark Goodrich “Um, if you think that it is “authoritarian” to bring court cases against the Government, I think you need to do some reading...
  • User AvatarMark Goodrich 19th Jan - 10:17am
    @Glenn It's about positioning. May has decided to position on minority side rather than in the middle of spectrum of views.
  • User AvatarAngela Davies 19th Jan - 10:08am
    R.I.P Peter you will be sorely missed
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 19th Jan - 10:05am
    Arnold Kiel is right. In the end it is about how we take decisions. The English, for the most part resist thinking about such matters...