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Boris blows with the wind

by David Woodard on 11 January, 2020

The truth is that Boris Johnson blows with the wind. He will do what it takes to win, or to keep, power and adjust his opinions to suit. Like Groucho Marx, his real position is: “These are my principles and if you don’t like them… well I have others.” That makes him open to manipulation, […]

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Right or Left Wing Brexit or a vote to ‘Stop Brexit’?

by David Woodard on 19 November, 2019

There are three Brexit choices available to General Election voters on December 12th. The Tories are offering a ‘Right Wing Brexit’. They recently lost the support of some moderate MPs and then sacked those that didn’t support the party line on Brexit. But, they now have the support of the Brexit Party who have stood down candidates […]

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Lib Dem general election manifesto ready in a few days

by David Woodard on 11 November, 2019

On Friday, the Liberal Democrat general election manifesto was finalised. In a special piece for this blog, Federal Policy Committee Vice Chair Jeremy Hargreaves explains what happened. “On Friday night, I chaired the Federal Policy Committee’s meeting to make the final decisions about our party’s manifesto for the general election on 12 December. It was […]

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How will you vote in a General Election?

by David Woodard on 19 September, 2019

In recent General Elections either Labour or the Conservatives have won the greatest number of seats. They gain from the fact that their support is concentrated in certain areas of the country. The Tories are stronger in the south of England, Labour in the North. Liberal Democrat support is more evenly spread and this results […]

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Boris Johnson has silenced Parliament

by David Woodard on 13 September, 2019

Boris Johnson has silenced Parliament, his ministers question whether they have to obey the law, and now his supporters in the press are attacking the independence of our judiciary. Following the ruling by Scottish judges that ministers had acted unlawfully in suspending Parliament, the Daily Mail went on the attack, criticising one for being part […]

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Parliament and the People must have their say

by David Woodard on 28 August, 2019

Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party have announced that if Britain does not leave the EU on 31st October they will be contesting every seat at the next General Election. The impact of this threat, based on the European election results earlier this year, would be that many Tory MPs would lose their seats.  Boris […]

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The Tory Party leadership

by David Woodard on 10 July, 2019

The Tory party Leadership debate emphasises their divisions over Brexit. Some Tories support leaving the EU without a deal; whilst others want any future deal to be the subject of a second referendum with “Remain in the EU” as a ballot option, which is Lib Dem policy. The two leadership candidates seem to be prepared […]

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Sir Vince Cable’s speech to a People’s Vote Rally

by David Woodard on 30 June, 2019

“The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in it own psychodrama. “Once again the future of the country has played second fiddle to the future of the Conservative Party. “The Conservative Party membership has been given the power to decide our next prime minister and the future of our […]

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Crashing out of the EU without a deal is a step closer

by David Woodard on 13 June, 2019

On June 12th Home Secretary Savid Javid launched his bid to be the new prime minister. He admitted that the Conservative government had been incompetent. But – incompetence and indiscipline are not the sole attributes of the Tories – read on! Also on June 12th a vote was taken in the House of Commons on […]

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A message from Vince Cable

by David Woodard on 28 May, 2019

On Sunday night British liberals beat both the Conservatives and the Labour Party for the first time since the days of Lloyd George. We secured second place in a national election, our largest ever group of MEPs, and our best share of the vote in a decade. And whilst the Brexit party may have topped […]

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