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The state of the party as we head to Brighton for Spring Conference

By the time you read this, I’ll be in London, no doubt bleary eyed after a night on the sleeper, on my way to Spring Conference in Brighton. I’ve been thinking about how we are as we gather at the seaside. It’s been an eventful six months but has the good outweighed the bad?

Things to smile about

Since we met in Brighton, our ministers in the Coalition Government have done some excellent things. Here’s just a selection:

  • Plans for shared parental leave announced;
  • Equal (ish) marriage Bill unveiled;
  • Stopping the Tories capping Child Benefit at 2 children and taking Housing Benefit off

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That ‘jewelry tax’ proposal

Jewellery shot for RK Jewellers 01“Now they want to tax jewellery: New Lib Dem wealth plan to target ALL assets” screamed a headline in the Mail on Sunday yesterday, warning their readers of the latest appalling imposition that Lib Dems in government were about to put upon the public.

“Families will be forced to pay tax on jewellery and other heirlooms under controversial new plans drawn up by the Liberal Democrats. Under the scheme, tax inspectors would get unprecedented new powers to go into homes and value rings, necklaces, paintings, furniture and other family treasures.” they said. If you really want to, read the full article here.

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Caron’s pick of the Federal Spring Conference agenda

Spring 2013 Federal Conference agendaIt’s just over three weeks until Liberal Democrats gather in Brighton for our annual Federal Spring Conference. This morning the agenda landed on my doorstep and I thought I’d share my highlights with you.

If you can, it’s worth trying to get there for 3 pm on Friday 8th March for the consultation sessions. This is an important part of the policy making process, where ordinary party members can have their say as policy documents are being written. Most of them are on issues which apply to the …

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  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 22nd Oct - 10:37pm
    Yes, simon, of course it's racist. You're a racist. You are objecting to a population becoming less "homogeneous", to people who don't fit your idea...
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    See my last post is under review. Makes a change. :-) Here's a question for you, my Lib Dem friends. The most recent poll shows...
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    1. No 2. Quite the opposite Anyone toying with the idea of voting Labour is going to be more convinced it's a good idea after...
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    "As for his racist connotations re: the ‘working class’, he would appear to have forgotten the considerable waves of immigration into this country prior to...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 22nd Oct - 9:50pm
    That's me told, John. I guess what I was really meaning was the mentioning of stuffing of envelopes at the age of 7. You have...