In other news… London PPBs, Clegg paint attack, Turing pardon latest, Darlington Lib Dem leader barred

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

  • Lib Dems fight reduction of their party political broadcasts in London (Guardian)
  • Provisional plans being drawn up by the BBC suggest giving the Lib Dems two party political broadcasts for the elections – the same as the Green party – rather than the three the Lib Dems enjoyed alongside Labour and the Conservatives in 2008. … A party source said the Lib Dems were confident the decision would be overturned, given that they have seven MPs in the capital, 246 councillors, and in light of the party’s vote share in London at the 2010 general election.

  • Student admits splattering Nick Clegg with paint in Glasgow (BBC)
  • A former Liberal Democrat activist has admitted splattering Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with blue paint. Stuart Rodger threw an egg containing the liquid as Mr Clegg made a visit to Glasgow to meet party representatives last August. The politics student later declared that Lib Dem leader Mr Clegg had “deserved it”. He was fined £200 at Glasgow Sheriff Court after admitting a breach of the peace.

  • Lib Dem MP John Leech hopes to use cases of First World War deserters in quest to pardon Alan Turing (Manchester Evening News)
  • Five years ago, ministers agreed to posthumously pardon soldiers who deserted while suffering shell shock – as their condition was not recognised at the time. Now Withington MP John Leech, who tabled a motion in the Commons calling for a pardon, hopes to apply the same theory to clear Turing’s name. … Mr Leech, who has also written to justice secretary Ken Clarke, said: “If people had been aware of shell shock those First World War soldiers would not have been convicted. I think a precedent has been set that where the law was wrong, it should be made right after the facts are known.

  • Row as party leader barred from council (Northern Echo)
  • A ROW has broken out after a party leader was barred from sitting on a council for failing to attend a meeting for six months. Darlington Borough Council’s Lib Dem leader Martin Swainston, who vowed to challenge the decision, said he was furious and believes it was politically motivated. He said he has missed meetings because he has been caring for his wife, who has been seriously ill for two years, and has confided in council officers about his problems as well as submitting apologies for all missed attendances.

    * Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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    • Richard Dean 26th Feb '12 - 6:30pm

      Isn’t there a specific calculation for how many broadcast slots to provide? It ought not to be subject to the opinion and political bias of the BBC!

      Elected representatives who do not attend meetings are not serving their electorate or the party, in my view.

    • Painting Clegg blue? Sticking spikes on a hedgehog? Floodlighting the sun?

    • Paul McKeown 27th Feb '12 - 1:21am

      And in the meantime I notice that two LD MPs have signed the letter to the Daily Telegraph demanding a change in government policy regarding the construction of onshore wind turbines. Not out of principle, but merely to prop up their vote amongst rural NIMBYs, would be my guess.

      Of all the compromises that coalition government entails. Accepting the need to vote in many Conservative policies, some of which may even be good, but most rather abhorrent, in order that many welcome Liberal policies might also be implemented.


      Truly I despair.

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