Tag Archives: michael meadowcroft

Liberal ideas for the future of Leeds – new book in a ninety year-old tradition

The Leeds Yellow Book 2018: Essays on a Liberal Future for Leeds, was launched on Friday 16th February, in a packed venue by Lord Dick Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Honorary Leeds Alderman Michael Meadowcroft, Liv Powell of Leeds Young Liberals and Ian MacFadyen (all pictured above at the launch from left to right, Ian MacFadyen, Lord Newby, Liv Powell, Michael Meadowcroft).

The Leeds Yellow Book 2018 is a collection of essays by Liberal Democrats and liberals outside the party offering ideas on how to ensure that everyone in Leeds, however they started, can make life better for themselves, their family and their community. The Leeds Yellow Book 2018 has been compiled and edited by Michael Meadowcroft, Liz Bee and Ian MacFadyen. It is available from [email protected] or 0113 257 6232.

Posted in News | Also tagged and | Leave a comment

Opinion: the battle for the Electoral Reform Society

One of the consequences of the failure of the AV campaign may be radical change at the venerable Electoral Reform Society. The ERS is conducting the biennial election for its Council at the moment with no less than 53 candidates standing for election to fill 15 places. There is also a range of motions at the AGM on 3 September, some of which would make fundamental changes to the ERS.

The main prize for anyone who controls the ERS is financial – they have by pressure group standards a huge income through their ownership of Electoral …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , , , , , , and | 40 Comments

Opinion: Forget open primaries, and go for STV instead

During the debate on MPs’ expenses at the Lib Dem conference recently, one of the speakers, Michael Meadowcroft, suggested that instead of having open primaries as a way of restoring trust in the political process, why not use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) instead?

STV has been the preferred voting system of the Liberal party and Liberal Democrats for many decades, and was championed by the greatest liberal of all, John Stuart Mill, in the nineteenth century. This week Gordon Brown announced that Labour, if re-elected, would propose a referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) system, in which instead of marking your ballot paper with an X, you write down your preferences by rank, 1, 2, 3, etc …

The problem with AV is that you are still only electing one person per constituency.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , , and | 17 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarTom Harney 31st Mar - 2:41am
    We are not at war. There are many diseases which we have to deal with, and we are now faced with a new one. I...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 31st Mar - 2:15am
    Michael BG, this crisis is going to have a major negative impact on the UK economy with unemployment returning to the levels we saw in...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 31st Mar - 1:20am
    Michael BG, you write above "Therefore we can assume the cost to raise their work allowance from nil to £15,870 is £7 billion [15.87 x...
  • User AvatarDale 30th Mar - 11:21pm
    Agree. Entirely. It might not be something that would be as fun or exhilarating, but we most certainly need a leader prior to elections in...
  • User AvatarIan 30th Mar - 10:54pm
    For some reason, the “once per day” limit on going out for exercise has been written into the Welsh but not the English Regulations
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 30th Mar - 10:34pm
    "Forever Young" Bob Dylan. May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let...
Mon 27th Apr 2020