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Liz Truss as you have never seen her before

If it hadn’t been for one of our peers moving house, we might never have had this wee gem fall into our hands.

We know that new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Liz Truss was once a young Liberal Democrat activist before joining the Tories. However, we now have photographic evidence from an LDYS newsletter from the time of one Elizabeth Truss proudly holding up the LDYS banner on a mass trespass at Twyford Down in protest at the Criminal Justice Bill on 2 July 1994. Simon Hughes also took part.

This controversial piece of legislation was introduced by Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard and offended liberals by restricting raves, allowing inferences to be drawn from a suspect exercising a right to silence and strengthening unsupervised stop and search powers. Those latter powers were still being used until the Coalition years, when their use was curbed thanks to the influence of Liberal Democrats in government.
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Clegg says no to childcare ratio changes. My question is: why’s it the Government’s job to dictate them?

teather_cleggNick Clegg’s statement is categorical — the Coalition is abandoning plans to allow nurseries and childminders in England to look after more children. Revealed in January by Conservative children’s minister Liz Truss, the idea that the ratio for under 2s, for example, could increase from 1:4 to 1:6 was always going to be controversial. Here’s Nick:

“One of my absolute top priorities in government is to deliver better quality, more affordable childcare for parents up and down the country. I will relentlessly champion and pursue policies that deliver that –

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  • User AvatarTom Harney 14th Jul - 12:02pm
    My thanks for the links for the links. I remember the days when we got a picture every day at the Downing Street party political...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 14th Jul - 12:01pm
    Agree totally with this article. The government ignores scientists, belittles social scientists and strangles the humanities. No surprise: it's all of a piece with Gove's...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 14th Jul - 11:54am
    Peter Martin, Looking after employment means introducing job guarantees at local authority/SEO/Charity level or similar support programs and maintaining public investment at levels at least...
  • User AvatarWilliam Wallace 14th Jul - 11:53am
    There's a major issue about governance and decision-making at the back of all this, too. Cummings and his team want to drive through their proposals...
  • User AvatarSteve Trevethan 14th Jul - 11:42am
    Perhaps only a continuation of public health policies of somewhere between ineptitude and deliberate damage? Might the lack of foresight and preparation shown by Excercise...
  • User AvatarInnocent Bystander 14th Jul - 11:42am
    But if you know comparing declared covid deaths between countries is flawed then it's pointless to compare them. I have never taken any notice of...