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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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Announced in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping […]

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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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Political Perspective: Welfare Cuts

by Iain Donaldson on 21 July, 2015

If you have criticised the Liberal Democrats for entering coalition with the Tories to negotiate away the worst excesses of their welfare cuts, rather than joining Labour to oppose those cuts, then last night’s vote shows you how wrong you have been. The Liberal Democrats last night voted against the Tory cuts, expecting Labour to […]

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Political Perspective: Liberalism

by Iain Donaldson on 19 July, 2015

On today’s Andrew Marr show, Tim Farron finally laid to rest the question of equidistance that has haunted Liberal Leaders for as long as I can remember. With absolute certainty that his response would be understood Tim defined Labour in Liberal terms, they are authoritarian. That is why people like Tim and I, born of […]

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Political Perspective: The Clegg Years

by Iain Donaldson on 16 July, 2015

Today, 16th July 2015, the Liberal Democrats elect a new leader, and Nick Clegg joins that illustrious band of Bob McLennan, Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell as a former Leader of the Liberal Democrats.  On the day when the Liberal Democrats will choose a new leader to take the party out of […]

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Right now the Liberal Democrats are engaged in that rare thing, a leadership contest, and for Britain’s third party (the Scottish Nationalists are not British they are Little Scotlanders) the decision as to who should lead the party determines the future of the party for the next ten years. Norman and Tim both believe that […]

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It is with great sadness that I have read today of the death of Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats. Like Paddy Ashdown before him, Charles was a very unique character in British politics, the sort of leader Liberal Democrats excell in finding, somebody who despite being totally versed in the ways […]

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Political Perspective: More Vacuums than Dyson

by Iain Donaldson on 26 May, 2015

I have been attacked elsewhere by elected members of the FE for stating that the creation of the Wheelhouse was to fill a vacuum left by the Federal Party Campaigns and Communications Committee (CCC).  I stand by that assessment and I have to say that the fact that the CCC feels it was disconnected enough […]

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