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Clegg: we must axe bedroom tax
Whilst the failed Oakeshott plot may have strengthened Nick Clegg’s position as party leader, it still leaves the party with some major questions over policy and strategy in the wake of the European and local elections.
"We've got to the stage where employing someone not born in the UK, is now considered a political scandal. Depressing."
During a Q+A session at the Liberal Democrat conference in York, Nick Clegg repeated his usual support for increasing the income tax allowance to £12,500, which is what someone on the minimum wage earns in a full time job. This time, however, he slipped in an intriguing caveat. That he thought the party’s target should […]
Putting the Autumn Statement, with its decisions by Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander, under the microscope – and discovering what Christmas present Simon Hughes got for party members. That’s what you got with Liberal Democrat Newswire #42 when it hit email inboxes last week. It’s now also available online to read here. If you would […]
Watch Danny Alexander's speech to the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.
Whether or not to debate the state of the economy, and if so at what length and using whose motion, has been the cause of some strife recently in the world of Liberal Democrat federal party conferences. The party’s leadership has cannily submitted its own economy motion for September’s autumn conference – recognising that trying […]
From The Times [£]: Generous tax breaks to help working parents to pay for childcare have been scuppered by the Liberal Democrats… The plans have been abandoned because wealthier families would benefit the most. Mothers earning less than £8,105 do not pay tax and so would not be eligible, while thousands who receive tax credits […]
Danny Alexander sometimes attracts a bit of criticism from party members for the number of times he’s done media appearances where he’s ended up spending much of the time defending Coalition policies which are predominantly Conservative. So good to see him out in the TV studios this morning fronting up a policy that the Liberal [...]
The Guardian reports: David Cameron’s plans to end housing benefit for under-25s look set to be omitted from George Osborne’s autumn statement this week after a Lib Dem revolt against more draconian benefit cuts. Government sources suggested that the idea, floated by the prime minister in June as a way to trim a further £2bn […]