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Daisy Cooper: Inspire donors to scale up support

"We don’t just have ‘Lib Dem Achievements in Government’ – up and down the country there are many unsung heroes who are delivering achievements in their communities" - Daisy Cooper
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David Laws was right in 2009 about hung Parliaments

30 September 2014 , ,
You can agree to postpone tackling some large complicated issues if more time is genuinely needed to work out a compromise – and if there is always the threat that the coalition will end if it isn’t reached.
There's much more to being a great organiser than knowing how to unjam a RISO.

Already three out of four Lib Dem President candidates back ‘Organiser Programme’ idea

Candidates only get elected in tandem with great organisers and there are far too few new stars coming through. Most (though not all – there are some fabulous exceptions!) of the best election results have been secured by people who learnt their trade literally in the last century. We need more new talent coming through – and a similar Organiser Programme to nurture the most talented newcomers.
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At last! A truly distinctive political platform has been found

29 September 2014
Vermin Supreme At the Lesser-Known Democratic Candidates Presidential Forum. Forget The Phony, Vote For The Pony.
Daisy Cooper being interviewed

Daisy Cooper: “We must re-assert our commitment to local government in its own right, not just as a stepping-stone for Parliamentary seats”

"We must first re-assert our commitment to local government in its own right, not just as a stepping-stone for winning Parliamentary seats" - Daisy Cooper
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Conservatives to adopt new campaign database software

29 September 2014 , , ,
The Conservatives will unveil Votesource, a replacement for the troubled Merlin voter contact database which CCHQ has developed in-house.
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Brooks Newmark set to leave an important legacy

If IPSO turns out to be a soft touch for the press, especially in a case involving Conservative MPs (who are more sceptical about press regulation than other parties), then IPSO's first high profile case could also be its death knell.

Meltzer does it again

Long-time readers will remember that delivery round which Robin Meltzer sent me on in 2011.

Opinion poll scorecard: latest voting intention figures from each firm

28 September 2014
Here are the latest national voting intention figures from each of the main pollsters. To put the numbers into longer context, take a look at my database of polling figures going back to 1945, which is updated quarterly.
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An American campaign idea that never really took off in the UK

28 September 2014
The use of handwritten signs to give a campaign a grassroots appearance (whether real or faked) has long been popular in American politics.