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In the past week we have seen two stories hit the national press, and both had three things in common: The colour red, asylum seekers and singling people out. The first was the unsavoury story of a housing provider in Middlesbrough contracted to G4S to provide accommodation to asylum seekers painting their front doors red. […]

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Political Perspective: The folly of informal diplomacy

by Iain Donaldson on 25 January, 2016

34 years ago my grandmother woke me with the news that the Argentineans had invaded Scotland. Even in that half-sleep state it seemed odd that a South American nation would travel all that way to attack the UK. I relocated to the living-room sofa to watch the Breakfast News, and I was able to assure […]

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Political Perspective: Reinvigorating our railways.

by Iain Donaldson on 15 January, 2016

As once again as the old parties pit failed ideology against failed ideology debating whether our railways are best run by the state or by the private sector, there is a clear alternative Liberal case to be made. The railways are a public service and we uniquely believe that public service is at its best […]

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Political Perspective: Labour’s Bedroom Tax

by Iain Donaldson on 10 December, 2015

Imposed on private sector tenants by the Labour Government on 7th April 2008 the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was the forerunner to the so called ‘Bedroom Tax’ and introduced the concept that the state would only pay Housing Benefits for the number of rooms the claimant’s household need to occupy. The number of bedrooms needed […]

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Political Perspective: Affordable housing for all

by Iain Donaldson on 26 November, 2015

Liberal Democrats believe that regardless of income, employment, class, or circumstance, everyone has a right to a safe, affordable home, which is why we oppose the Conservative’s “Right to Buy” scheme. There is not enough housing to go round in he UK, and that means we need to build over a quarter of a million […]

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Political Perspective: Trans day of remembrance

by Iain Donaldson on 20 November, 2015

I was today asked why we specifically need a Trans day of remembrance rather than a day of remembrance for all the gay community. After letting out my sharp intake of breath I took the time to explain to the unfortunate individual the difference between gay (same sex love) and trans (gender dysphoria). The person […]

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There are those who cite Switzerland as an example of a non EU Country that is able to negotiate trade on favourable terms, but the reality of Switzerland’s position makes a strong case for Britain to remain in the EU. On 9 February 2014 Switzerland voted “Against Mass Immigration” and in favour employers giving preference […]

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Liberals loathe conformity, we are awkward for the sake of being awkward, it’s in our blood.  We question everything, we dissent on anything and we are definitely not going to all agree on anything.  That is why I know that one Wednesday afternoon in Bournemouth something new happened. A working class lad from an ordinary […]

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Liberal Democrats are calling for an Oyster style card to be introduced across Greater Manchester by Christmas. Cllr Iain Roberts leads the Lib Dem Group on Transport for Greater Manchester. Cllr Roberts said “Almost every bus and tram stop in Greater Manchester already has the equipment needed.” Labour hired ATOS to manage the scheme, but […]

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Political Perspective: Suicide is not a joking matter

by Iain Donaldson on 2 August, 2015

The Guardian has published a picture of the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,  Nick Clegg standing on a Tube Platform with the caption: Nick Clegg considering his options on the platform at Turnpike Lane as the train bears down on him. I could easily be writing about the many reasons why Nick […]

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