Lib Dem peer Shirley Williams, one of the ‘Gang of Four’ MPs to leave Labour and found the SDP in 1981, will retire from the Lords after 22 years. … Read the full post »
Shirley Williams was variously a Labour Cabinet minister, a founder of the SDP and in later years the Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords.
She retired from the House of Lords in 2016 and died in 2021.
Along with Shirley Williams, Simon Hughes, Kath Pinnock, Alison Suttie, Nick Pearce and Miranda Green I took part in a (very crowded!) IPPR fringe on ‘Where next for the Liberal Democrats?’ at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth. … Read the full post »
This is certainly a boost for Lamb’s campaign – and the noises for his camp are that it’s but one in a series of big name endorsements they’re expecting. … Read the full post »
Charles Clarke’s edited collection is an interesting read – as long as you don’t expect it to deliver on the book’s title. … Read the full post »
An amendment that would have removed charities from the Lobbying Bill and the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) was torpedoed by the Charity Commission in a key debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday night. … Read the full post »
Which prominent Lib Dems who are NOT MPs (eg, peers, campaigners) are doing an effective job of promoting the party to the public? … Read the full post »
Perhaps it is not surprising that Shirley Williams picks election day in October 1964 as the high point of her long political career. … Read the full post »
I have been wondering hard how best to phrase this message to you, especially as I would like you to read it and think about it carefully but it is also a message out of the blue from a complete stranger. … Read the full post »
Knowing Nadine Dorries dislikes what the Liberal Democrats have done to the Health & Social Care Bill is, in the eyes of grassroots members, a big mark in favour of the changes. … Read the full post »
The Liberal Democrats fought for significant changes to the Government’s original Health & Social Care Bill. … Read the full post »