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“Liberalism shouldn’t be about the safe option, it should always be a risky thing to take on.” Alistair Carmichael on life in the Coalition as Lib Dem chief whip

There’s a terrific interview with Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael in this month’s Total Politics magazine, in which he gives a typically candid view on what life is like as within the Coalition — and how the Lib Dem whipping operation differs from Labour’s and the Tories’. Here’s a few excerpts:

“I would say the difference between us and the other two parties in this place is that we can get to a position of unity. In fact, it’s much more important to be able to persuade a liberal,

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The Independent View: And then there was one… (Unmasked! The only backbench Lib Dem MP 100% loyal to the Coalition)

When a quarter of the parliamentary Conservative party rebels, everyone sits up and takes notice. On 24 October, 2011, 81 Conservative MPs defied a three-line whip to vote in favour of an EU referendum: cue a blaze of negative publicity for David Cameron and the Tory party whips.

But a week or so later one-quarter of Lib Dem MPs rebelled, and (almost) no one noticed. In nine separate votes on 1 and 2 November, a total of 14 Lib Dem MPs voted against various aspects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The largest …

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An Interview with the Whips Office – comfy chairs will be provided…

The word ‘whip’, in parliamentary terms at least, is associated with accusations of the ‘dark arts’. But whips are people too, particularly in the Lords, so your intrepid guest editor retrieved his Parliamentary spouse pass and made an appointment…

Dominic Bryce Hubbard, the 6th Baron Addington, is one of five hereditary Peers sitting on the Liberal Democrat benches. He inherited his title in 1982, aged eighteen, but was only able to take up his seat in the House of Lords on reaching his twenty-first birthday. He has held a series of positions, as Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Culture, Media and Sport, …

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  • User AvatarRichard Dean 16th Apr - 3:03am
    Agreed, David-1, that's a good reason to have good training, as well as scrutiny and updates. In the young girl incident, the do nothing option...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 16th Apr - 2:56am
    It surely cannot be liberal to require the police to put the public at unnecessary risk.
  • User AvatarFrank Booth 16th Apr - 1:39am
    Nelson Mandela on Nick Clegg 'The deputy Prime Minister should be applauded by all liberal voters.' Well if Nelson Mandela thinks Clegg is an admirable...
  • User AvatarEd Wilson 16th Apr - 1:28am
    Helen Tedcastle "one can be an atheist as well as being Jewish" plus the fact that you can technically join the Jewish "ethnic" group by...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 16th Apr - 1:21am
    Eddie Sammon I agree with the article, especially this paragraph: “To be liberal-minded is to be outward-looking. It is to be considerate of others’ viewpoints....
  • User AvatarAmalric 16th Apr - 1:18am
    @ Stephen Howse “Anthony Wedgwood Benn, meanwhile, was a bona fide aristocrat”. His grandfather, was made a baronet in 1914; was born in Manchester to...