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First impressions from my first party conference – by a Lib Dem who voted Leave

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:36:02 +0000

I joined the Liberal Democrats in April 2017. This was my first party conference. I also voted Leave in the EU the referendum. Should I be in this party? Absolutely. Europe I sensed that many members didn’t truly understand Leave voters. Nick Clegg seemed a bit more in tune: “why wouldn’t you vote Leave after […]

Compassion and compromise – to get things done Labour has to work with the Lib Dems

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:55:09 +0000

The Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party are two parties that historically have had many things in common. The birth of the Liberal Democrats stems from a splinter section of the Labour Party joining with the Liberals. Therefore, whilst the two parties are further apart than they ever have been in their histories they both […]

Brexit, due process and the role of Parliament

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:21:01 +0000

Liberal Democrats should be leading the fight in both Houses of Parliament by demanding that a proper legislative process is followed which assesses the benefits, costs and risks of Brexit but also ensures that Brexit, if there has to be one, can only occur if, concurrently, the pitfalls in the constitutional framework exposed during the […]

What Brexit means for women

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:55:16 +0000

Recently, an event was held in London, to discuss Brexit, and its effect on the rights of women and what might change following its implementation. As a participant, I had arrived with the view that it would be difficult to change the law as it stood, but new laws might be affected. For the last […]

Our new PPB: The one with Vince’s hat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:31:05 +0000

We have a new Party Political Broadcast to coincide with our Conference. It’s set in a creative agency in a meeting where they are trying to decide how to brand the Lib Dems. It’s got its quirky bits and is clearly set to appeal to the young, professional types. The production quality is absolutely excellent. […]

Five quick observations about Vince’s speech

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:25:19 +0000

Having covered Not the Leader’s Speech, it is only fair to give you the chance to see the actual Leader’s Speech again. It was very different in style from the bouncy style of Tim Farron, but no less compelling to listen to. You can watch it in full below and the text follows. There are […]

When the Leader crashes Not the Leader’s Speech

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:55:00 +0000

In a tradition dating from the Coalition years, certain members of the Awkward Squad gather in a local hostelry as the Liberal Democrat Leader gives his keynote speech to Conference, watch the event on Twitter and determine the point at which they would have walked out had they been in the hall. These days, the […]

In full: Kirsty Williams’ speech to Conference

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:39:47 +0000

The Lib Dems’ only Cabinet Minister, Kirsty William, Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales, addressed Conference on Sunday. Here is her speech in full. Introduction I would like to open this speech with a thank-you to Tim Farron for his leadership over what, unquestionably, has been the toughest period this party has ever faced. At […]

Vince: I’m a proud saboteur

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:02 +0000

Vince Cable’s debut Conference speech as leader will be very different from Tim Farron’s. We won’t find him bouncing about the stage. His style is quieter but no less compelling and interesting to listen to. Below we get a flavour of the thing he’ll be saying tomorrow, establishing us firmly as the Party of Remain. […]

WATCH: Willie Rennie’s speech to Conference

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:04:34 +0000

Willie gave one of the best speeches I’d heard him give. It was robust and clear – putting the Liberal Democrats back at the forefront of driving change in Scotland. The text is below. ‘ I have good news for you. Good news from Scotland. Last year in the Scottish Parliament Elections we won seats […]

In Full: Tim Farron’s speech to Conference

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:53:41 +0000

All former leaders get a keynote speech at the first Conference after they step down. Tim Farron’s was, as you would expect, loud, funny in parts, optimistic, loyal and ended by giving the party a serious mission. There was a lot of love in the room for that man. “I was at Euston the other […]

Federal International Relations Committee – the unofficial official report…

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:45:07 +0000

A little while ago, I described FIRC as being “the Cinderella committee of the Party, erratically mentioned in the Constitution, in need of rapid evolution in terms of its relationships with other Federal Committees and generally overlooked by the Federal Board, who haven’t yet commented on our work, engaged with our reports or provided any […]

Universal Credit a train wreck that must be stopped – Stephen Lloyd

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:15:55 +0000

As Winter approaches, the last thing you would want is for people to be without money for weeks on end, yet this is what the Government is about to inflict on thousands of benefit claimants as it rolls out Universal Credit. Evidence shows that the 6 week wait (and longer in many cases) for the […]

WATCH: Vince’s Q & A session

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:35:20 +0000

Imagine Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn taking questions from members that hadn’t been scripted in advance. That’s what our Vince Cable did yesterday in the traditional leader’s Q & A session. Watch it here – and you will have to get to the end to find the bit that made his team look very anxious […]

ALDC Campaigner Award 2017 winners announced

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:25:24 +0000

The winners of the ALDC Campaigner Awards 2017, sponsored by Midshires, were presented at the ALDC AGM at Autumn Conference by Sarah Olney, celebrating the best campaigners and campaigning teams from across the country. This year’s winners and runners-up are: Best By-election Campaign Runner up is Emmbrook by-election in Wokingham Winner is the Brinsworth By-election […]

In full: Jo Swinson’s speech to Conference

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:50:31 +0000

Here is Jo Swinson’s speech to Conference. Let me take you back to a rainy Saturday morning, 28 years ago. I’m doing what many 9-year-olds do on a Saturday morning, watching TV. It’s a children’s programme called Going Live, presented by Philip Schofield – some of you might even remember it, and depending on your […]

WATCH: Christine, Jo, Vince and others at the Conference rally

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:30:15 +0000

The Conference rally was as upbeat and optimistic and positive as you would expect that motivational event at the start of Conference to be. You can watch the whole thing below. I’d heard earlier that Vince was not going to be making a speech, but he did. He came on and made some very serious […]

Lynne Featherstone’s speech in climate change debate

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:09:54 +0000

Here is Lynne Feathestone’s speech to yesterday’s climate change debate. The party passed entirely predictable policy – in summary, Paris Agreement is fantastic. Trump and the Conservatives are awful and we are the party of renewables and the green economy. This is what Lynne said: It was a glorious moment in time The signing of […]

What’s on at Conference today? LDV on the Fringe

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:27:18 +0000

Here is today’s shameless plug for the events LDV is putting on or helping to run. At 1pm in the Bayview 2 at the BIC, we’ll be looking at the effect of Brexit on the Irish border and on Gibraltar. We have an incredibly illustrious panel. David Ford was until last year leader of the […]

What’s on at Conference today? The debates and speeches

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:50:50 +0000

Here’s your rundown of what’s on in the hall today. You can watch it all on the Autumn Conference Live Stream here and follow the #ldconf tag on Twitter. Keep an eye on the Liberal Democrat Facebook page, too, for some real treats. 09:00-09:10 Report, Federal Appeals Panel 09:10-10:00 Report, Parliamentary Parties – your chance […]