The media were reporting (BBC News) on Monday that Chris Rennard was intending to take legal action against the Liberal Democrats over the suspension of his membership. Having previously written about the role of the different bodies of the English Party in the process of this suspension I was concerned to note that the proposed…

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Campaiging on responsible stewardship: Haringey Council Tax

I’ve often argued that a campaign theme Liberal Democrats should prioritise is that of “responsible stewardship”. Not least of public money. If you can get people to feel confident that you will properly take care of the money they are more likely to trust you with other decisions. This is an example of an effective campaign along those lines from Haringey Liberal Democrats. A simple message strongly presented.

I am reluctant to comment publicly on the rapidly spiralling Chris Rennard affair. It is not that I don’t have a view — quite the contrary — but I don’t think that lots of people expressing their opinion is helping the situation. Particularly those who have been especially crass or hyperbolic. However, slightly bizarrely, I…

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Who are the Lib Dem spads?

Back in July I came across this blog post from UCL’s Constitution Unit that was critical of the level of transparency around the numbers of government special advisers: ‘Return to the dark: the continuing lack of transparency over spads‘ It seems that the last official publication of the names of special advisers and their salaries…

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Random Thoughts for 31st July 2013: hats, elephants and things to celebrate

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 17th July 2013 and 31st July 2013: Residents offered chance to speak about town’s outdoor sports facilities Back when I was a councillor and a portfolio-holder I remember…

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My preview of the June 2013 meeting of the English Council

My preview of the June 2013 meeting of the Liberal Democrat’s English Council was posted on Liberal Democrat Voice last Friday. What’s on the agenda for the English Council? The English Council is the governing body of the Liberal Democrats in England and meets twice a year to consider matters of importance to the English…

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Random Thoughts for 9th May 2013

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 30th April 2013 and 9th May 2013: Historical Figures for the 21st Century – Telegraph This gallery shows portraits of historical figures updated as if they were alive…

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Random Thoughts for 29th April 2013

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 20th April 2013 and 29th April 2013: Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform The Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform have set up a new website as part of the…

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Luton Liberal Democrats hold Wigmore

On Wednesday evening Alan Skepelhorn was elected to Luton Borough Council winning the local by-election for the Wigmore ward. This means that Luton Liberal Democrats have held on to this seat and we keep our numbers at 8 on the Council. The by-election was held after the sad death of long-standing local campaigner Roy Davies.…

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Random Thoughts for 8th April 2013: A late March catch-up

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 19th March 2013 and 8th April 2013. This is a catch up of things from the end of March and the beginning April 2013. Probably appears even more…

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Random Thoughts for 20th February 2013: Richard Briers, Caedmon and Ella Fitzgerald

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 12th February 2013 and 19th February 2013: The Liberal Democrats are the only fair tax party – Danny Alexander “In government, Labour increased tax on low income households;…

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Marching against the Iraq war – what it means a decade on

Inspired by various articles and discussion on social media I ended up spending a part of last Friday evening looking through the photos I had taken on the ‘Stop The War’ march ten years ago that day. I ended getting a little lost in nostalgia. Looking at pictures of Liberal Democrat friends and colleagues all…

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A tribute to Roy Davies

Those who have been involved in campaigns for the Liberal Democrats in Luton over the years will be sad to learn of the death of Councillor Roy Davies. I served alongside Roy as part of the Liberal Democrat group during my eight years on Luton Borough Council and I want to pay tribute to the…

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