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Caroline Pidgeon taking Twitter questions this afternoon #AskCaroline

Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon will be answering questions on Twitter this afternoon:

This comes the day after her manifesto launch and a successful mayoral debate last night where her performance attracted widespread praise.

Yesterday, she launched her manifesto, which you can read here.

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Paddy Ashdown gets stuck into EU Referendum debate

There are few people who understand how the world works better than our Paddy. He really gets how global power structures are changing and how vital it is that countries with liberal values work together, so it’s no surprise that he really wants us to vote to stay in the EU for our own and for international good.

I’m not quite sure why he’s chosen a Sunday afternoon in the Easter holidays to wade into the fray afresh with a cheeky tweet, but you can’t really argue with him on this.

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Tim Farron tweets once every 36 minutes (according to the Mirror)


Now I don’t often link to the Mirror, but Tim Farron has made a slightly unusual appearance (for a party Leader) as a prolific tweeter.

Apparently, the Labour MP Wes Streeting is the Twitter parliamentary champion, having tweeted 68,800 times in the last seven years. That is an average of one tweet every 36 minutes during waking hours. The Mirror reckons that he has written over one million words, which is half a million more than can be found in ‘War and Peace’.

Tim is very close behind Wes Streeting with 67,600 tweets since he started in February 2009, making his tweet- rate the same, at one every 36 minutes.  Of course, a high proportion of those were retweets, rather than original tweets, but it is still pretty impressive.

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Tweets from the campaign trail: Snow edition

All over the country, Liberal Democrats have been campaigning today, some of them in the snow. Here are some of the icy tweets. Thankfully, the reception on the doorsteps was much warmer.

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Tim Farron speaks in Syria debate: We’ll be learning wrong lessons from history if we don’t stand with refugees & eradicate Daesh

Here is Tim Farron’s speech in full from today’s debate on Syria from Hansard:

As has been mentioned already, the spectre of the 2003 Iraq war hangs over the debate in this House and in the whole country. In 2003, the late and very great Charles Kennedy led the opposition to the Iraq war and he did so proudly. That was a counterproductive and illegal war, and Daesh is a consequence of the foolish decision taken then. Charles Kennedy was also right, however, in calling, in the 1990s, for military intervention in Bosnia to end a genocide there. I am proud of Charles on both counts.

My instincts, like those of others, are always to be anti-war and anti-conflict. In many cases, the automatic instinct will be that we should react straightaway and go straight in. Others will say that under no terms, and not in my name, should there ever be intervention. It is right to look at this through the prism of what is humanitarian, what is internationalist, what is liberal, what is right and what will be effective. I set out five principles that I have put to the Prime Minister. I will not go into all of them here, with the time I have available, but they are available on the website and people can go and have a look at them. My very clear sense is that any reasonable person would judge them to have been broadly met.

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Leadership News: The Tweets

We thought we’d take an occasional look through the Twitter feeds of leadership hopefuls Norman Lamb and Tim Farron. Today they are united, marching for human rights.

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Just when we thought we didn’t have to worry about David Ward’s tweets any more…


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  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 22nd Oct - 6:45pm
    Tim Farron said "we’ve given the Tories one hell of a fight". Should that be "we’ve given the Tories one hell of a fright"? Either...
  • User AvatarJ Dunn 22nd Oct - 6:25pm
    Michael BG suggests : "The EU is a union of states where each state does indeed retain the right the leave. It is not governed...
  • User AvatarGordon 22nd Oct - 5:54pm
    Oh, what a tangled web ... One key lesson is surely that the Brexiteers' promises are fantasy. Negotiating trade deals involves so many trip wires...
  • User AvatarTim 22nd Oct - 5:36pm
    I think that the Wallonia rejection of the trade deal with Canada proves the Leavers wrong, that nation states and even regions in the EU...
  • User AvatarMartin 22nd Oct - 5:33pm
    For Brexiters the deal going through would have been evidence of EU dictatorship and proof that voters lack a say but when voters clearly do...
  • User AvatarJohn Peters 22nd Oct - 5:21pm
    @Michael BG: "I think that the Wallonia rejection of the trade deal with Canada proves the Leavers wrong, that nation states and even regions in...