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The Guardian’s “10 things we’ve learned from the Lib Dem conference”

The Guardian's Andrew Sparrow has once again collected together his thoughts on the ten main things we have learned from the last few days in ...

Tim Farron’s “active and ambitious government” – some thoughts and questions

I am a fan of Tim Farron. ...

Jeremy Browne’s ‘Why Vote Liberal Democrat 2015′ published

Biteback, the political publishing company, has just published a series of short books by ...

Why talking about global poverty reduction without talking about economic growth is a mistake

Between 1990 and 2010, the proportion of those living in extreme poverty around ...

Conference agenda published; deadline for amendments and emergency motions extended

Party members should last night have received an email from David Laws with an update on next month's conference. The majority of the agenda and ...

Rennie on the SNP’s “dishonest, desperate and disgraceful” NHS scaremongering

Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie delivered a passionate speech yesterday setting out his ...

LibLink: Tim Farron – Where have all the political giants gone?

Over on politics.co.uk, party president Tim Farron has ...

TTIP — the US-EU trade deal. What is it, and where is it up to?

At last year’s autumn conference, the Lib Dems pledged to support a new trade ...

Lib Dems need to take every opportunity to get our message out there

I've made no secret of my view that a change ...

Before learning lessons from Ukip’s success, we first have to put that success in perspective

My LDV colleague Joe Otten yesterday kicked off what we hope will be a ...

Now is not the time for a bitter and bloody leadership battle

One of the most ...

LibLink: Lord Wallace – EU membership is essential for Britain’s national security

Writing on the European Movement UK blog, Lord (William) Wallace has some interesting thoughts on ...

CCHQ seem to be misremembering again – let’s help them out

Generous-hearted souls that we are here at LDV Towers, we are inclined to think that the good people of Conservative Party HQ have been getting a ...

Book review: Jeremy Browne’s ‘Race Plan’

Jeremy Browne spent just over ...

Call Clegg: Ukraine, Europe, Boris’s mansion tax, Vince’s ‘gaffe’, collective responsibility and immigration

First up on this morning's Call Clegg was, unsurprisingly, Ukraine. After discussing the situation generally Clegg was asked why he thought financial support for the ...

Clegg opposes ban on halal and kosher slaughter; now we need to hear his reasons

Nick Clegg has said he is "emphatically" opposed to the UK introducing a ban on the slaughter of animals in compliance with what some see ...

Yes, food poverty is real – but the situation is complex and solutions are not straightforward

Food poverty, it seems to me, is a slightly odd term, but its apparent necessity is, I think, a reflection of the tortuous treatment imposed ...

Ed Davey’s speech to the IPPR on climate change

Here's how the Guardian previewed Ed Davey's speech this afternoon to the Institute for Public Policy Research: Britain's climate change policy is under threat from a ...

Uncomfortable truths from the IFS on public spending and tax cuts but cautious optimism on economic growth

Last week, the highly-respected Institute for Fiscal Studies produced its annual "Green Budget": its attempt to inject some realism into the national debate on ...

LibLink: Stephen Tall – Five predictions for 2014

Over on ConHome, LDV's Stephen Tall has been gazing into his crystal ball. Here are his first two prophecies: 1) The four current main party leaders – ...

Lib Dems should aim for a budget surplus not because the Tories want to, but because it is right

All parties have a mixture of deficit hawks and doves - those who believe in balanced budgets and those who aren't too bothered. The Lib ...

JFK: educator of the nation or a presidential achiever?

On Monday 7 August 1962, Arthur Schlesinger, liberal historian and adviser to President John ...

LibLink: Stephen Tall – Who could lead the Tories and Lib Dems after 2015?

Our very own Stephen Tall has been moonlighting again for the lucky people over at Conservative Home. For this edition Stephen has unpacked his crystal ...

Clegg: Yes to intensive support for unemployed young people; no to automatic benefit withdrawal

On his weekly LBC phone-in earlier today, Nick Clegg took a call (from Lib Dem activist Linda Jack; see comments) on the proposals mooted at ...

Carmichael goes sober in October

Everyone's favourite chief whip, our very own Alistair Carmichael, has taken the ...

Jo Swinson answers your questions, 2-3pm today

Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire and a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is taking part in a live Q&A this ...

LibLink: Caron Lindsay – Why home rule would be better for Scotland than independence

Our very own Caron Lindsay has been moonlighting over at The Herald, with an excellent piece on the relative merits of independence and home rule. Here's ...

Civil liberties and social justice: the stumbling blocks to a future coalition?

One of the themes that a number of journalists decided to pursue during last week's Lib Dem conference was the possibility of a 2015 election ...

Clegg pushes for transatlantic trade deal

When, just over a week ago, conference overwhelmingly backed motion F19, "Strengthening the ...