Liberal Democrats

Shas Sheehan, "possibly the least capable or deserving person to ever be made a peer in the history of the Lib Dems"

Is Shas Sheehan the “least deserving person to ever be made a Lib Dem peer?”

27 August 2015 17:29

As well as it being rather amusing that a party officially committed to the abolition of the House of Lords has stuffed a few more of its grandees into the… Continue reading

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Members of House of Lords in robes at State Opening of Parliament, House of Lords, England, United Kingdom.

Long-serving frontbenchers and the Spadocracy dominate the 2015 dissolution peers

27 August 2015 13:42

The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced, with many of the names floated in the press over the last few weeks duly being elevated to the House of Lords. The appointment… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks to  party activists alongside Jasper Gerard (left), the partyÕs candidate for Maidstone & The Weald, at Hush Heath Winery on May 3, 2015 in Tonbridge, England.

Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election

27 August 2015 13:30

Given that the general election proved disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, it’s surprising how many party members seem keen to revisit the experience. With Vince Cable and Norman Baker both bringing out… Continue reading

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Labour’s attack dog takes a swipe at the Guardian after Burnham snub

14 August 2015 8:37

Oh dear. Is the Labour leadership campaign beginning to get too much for the Burnham camp? After the Guardian announced last night that they would be endorsing Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham’s… Continue reading

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New Liberal Democrat Party Leader Tim Farron gives a speech as he becomes the new leader of the party at Islington Assembly Hall on July 16, 2015 in London, England.

Nick Clegg turns down Lib Dem job as new spokesmen announced

29 July 2015 12:04

The Lib Dems have announced their 22 strong ‘spokesperson team’ — or what other parties would call its frontbench. During the leadership election, Tim Farron said the party wouldn’t ‘bother… Continue reading

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Revealed: the Andy Coulson joke that Nick Clegg cut from his conference speech

28 July 2015 10:46

Although Nick Clegg is under increasing pressure in some quarters to write a tell-all book about his time in coalition, the closest he has got to this so far is… Continue reading

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Tim Farron said it like it is when he assessed the Lib Dems' poor performance in South Shields. Picture: Getty

Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction

22 July 2015 11:14

Tim Farron has come under fire this week over concerns that he is prejudiced against gay rights as a result of his evangelical Christian beliefs. His opponents have suggested that… Continue reading

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Tim Farron is a reminder of what it actually means to be liberal

20 July 2015 13:30

The media complain about ‘career politicians’. Yet when politicians come along who aren’t Oxford PPEists, who have progressed via think tanks and spadships to safe seats without their feet touching… Continue reading

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Tim Farron's victory rally: (clockwise): Islington Assembly Hall, Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes discussing old times, a fainting activist and cold meat platters.

Cold meats, beer, excitement and a fainting activist — how the Lib Dems celebrated Tim Farron’s victory

17 July 2015 9:16

Tim Farron’s election as leader of the Liberal Democrats is the first piece of positive news for the party since its disastrous election result on May 7. The MP for… Continue reading

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"For The Love Of" Climate Coalition Rally Takes Place In Westminster

Tim Farron elected leader of the Liberal Democrats

16 July 2015 17:03

Tim Farron has been duly announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. The party revealed that 56.5 per cent voted for Farron to succeed Nick Clegg, compared to 43.5… Continue reading

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Norman Lamb interview: we are living in ‘the liberal age’

14 July 2015 17:30

In 48 hours, either Tim Farron or Norman Lamb will be announced as the next leader of Liberal Democrats. Lamb kindly agreed to hop in my Mini for a chat… Continue reading

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Tim Farron at the Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference on October 7, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tim Farron interview: what I will do as Lib Dem leader

14 July 2015 17:30

Tim Farron is a confident man. By this time Thursday, he will be announced as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats — if the bookies are to be believed.… Continue reading

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Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

3 July 2015 12:40

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, with David Cameron’s former head of… Continue reading

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Daddy, George, Peppa and Mummy Pig from the cartoon Peppa Pig.

Norman Lamb on Peppa Pig: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’

1 July 2015 13:43

Is it time for a lesbian couple on Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb thinks so. In an interview with PinkNews, the Lib Dem leadership candidate said it should ‘absolutely not be out of… Continue reading

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The quality, not quantity, of childcare needs improving

30 June 2015 16:43

The Chancellor has found himself a treasure chest: childcare. In his quest for full employment, it’s seen as crucial for boosting maternal employment. Helping parents with punishingly high childcare costs… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: I couldn’t get hold of Charles Kennedy before his death

25 June 2015 9:58

Nick Clegg appeared on LBC this morning to take part in his first interview since his party’s defeat at the polls. With the host Nick Ferrari taking questions from listeners,… Continue reading

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Norman Lamb and Tim Farron on the Victoria Derbyshire show today. Photo: BBC.

Tim Farron strengthens his position in the Lib Dem leadership race

23 June 2015 17:11

While the media has been focused on the Labour leadership contest, the Liberal Democrats are also shuffling closer to choosing their new leader. The ballot papers are being sent out… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage slips into the background at charity cricket match

22 June 2015 18:42

With taxpayers currently facing the prospect of a £3 billion bill in order to stop Parliament turning into a ‘ruin’, perhaps it’s time the Speaker took a note out of Baroness Benjamin’s… Continue reading

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Tim Farron: I want to make the Liberal Democrats the party of small business

5 June 2015 12:26

When you’re a smaller party I think it naturally gives you an understanding of what it feels like to be an underdog, and a passion to level the playing field.… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Charles Kennedy, 1959-2015

2 June 2015 10:52

Charles Kennedy had many favourite jokes but when, as he often did, he returned to the Glasgow University Union, he was particularly fond of regaling his audience with the story… Continue reading

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Charles Kennedy, photographed in 2004 during his time as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Photo: Getty.

Fighting talk from a dove — Peter Oborne interviews Charles Kennedy

2 June 2015 10:40

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy has died at the age of 55. He was the party’s most successful leader in 80 years, winning 62 seats in… Continue reading

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Charles Kennedy Campaigns For The Lib Dems in Bearsden

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies aged 55

2 June 2015 6:26

Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Fort William aged 55. His family released this statement this morning: ‘It is with great sadness,… Continue reading

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Tim Farron interview: Lib Dems scared Tories off British Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech

30 May 2015 21:06

I spotted the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Tim Farron in a pub on Whitehall, enjoying half a pint of lager and nachos with fellow party activists after marching in defence of… Continue reading

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Will Nick Clegg’s response to the Queen’s Speech mean anything at all?

27 May 2015 9:17

Could there be a sadder sight today than Nick Clegg, intervening on behalf of his now tiny ‘minor party’ in the Queen’s Speech debate? The Lib Dem leader is responding… Continue reading

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Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael prepares to make his first speech of the year setting out his case for Scotland remaining part of the UK at Stirling University..

Malcom Bruce defends Alistair Carmichael: ‘lots of people have told lies’

26 May 2015 9:10

Alistair Carmichael’s battle to remain an MP is turning into a debate about whether it’s acceptable to lie in public office. The SNP are keen to talk the up the notion… Continue reading

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