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Archive for the ‘Fair Votes’ Category

A Liberal Britain is a country where…

by derekdeedman on 21 October, 2016

October 20, 2016 – 6:41 pm Mark Pack refers to the excellent grassroots initiative, Your Liberal Britain, which aims to better explain what the Liberal Democrats stand for by drawing together the best ideas from across the party’s membership. It’s latest consultation has just finished, and the full results have now been published. Here is […]

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Petition the Government to make votes matter

by derekdeedman on 12 October, 2016

The EU referendum vote on 23 June enabled very many people, who had not voted previously, because they live in ‘safe’ constituencies for one of the major parties where they considerer their vote would be ‘wasted’, to exercise their vote for the first time. This was because, being a national vote, every vote counted. With […]

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By Paul Tyler | Tue 15th December 2015 – 5:04 pm As soon as it was known that 16 and 17 year old would have a say in the referendum on Scottish independence, I tabled a Bill in the Lords for a comprehensive change in the franchise. I have long believed that there is a strong case […]

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By Tony Greaves | Fri 20th November 2015 – 10:47 am We have just seen another week in which the Liberal Democrats in the Lords led the way in challenging the Conservative Government. The high profile issue was votes for 16 and 17 year olds in the European Referendum when no fewer than 91 of […]

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Tim Farron interveiw with his local newspaper

by derekdeedman on 26 July, 2015

The first people Tim Farron called on becoming Liberal Democrat leader were his local paper, the Westmorland Gazette. Here are some highlights of his first in-depth interview as leader: Turning his local success into a national phenomenon This is a big deal. It will be a great responsibility and I will work tirelessly to fight for Liberal […]

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The Guardian reports: A Labour amendment to the European Union referendum bill, which would have lowered the voting age to 16 in David Cameron’s promised poll on Britain’s membership of the EU, was voted down in the Commons by 310 votes to 265 on Thursday… [However] the Lib Dems have 101 members in the Lords. […]

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By The Voice | Wed 27th May 2015 – 6:34 pm The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the coalition government’s agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it – from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties. So it is dispiriting – […]

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Horsham District Council elections 5 May

by derekdeedman on 9 May, 2011

Just a short note to thank all those local people who voted for Lib Dem candidates Andrew Purches and Jessica Sproxton-Miller in Bramber, Upper Beeding & Woodmancote Ward and Nick Hopkinson in Steyning Ward last Thursday. Sadly we did not buck the national trend against the Liberal Democrats, but although unsuccessful this time we will […]

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by derekdeedman on 1 May, 2011

The NO campaign will say anything to stop giving voters more of a say, and to defend the old ‘jobs for life’ culture at Westminster. Under the present First Past the Post system (FPTP) MPs can win seats with as few as 1 in 3 voters voting for them, The No campaign’s sums, like their […]

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No cost to change to AV say Treasury

by derekdeedman on 2 March, 2011

Readers of the Independent on Sunday last weekend, will know that the ‘No to the Alternative Vote’ campaign has been plunged into chaos, as a leaked Treasury document demolished a central plank of their case. The report showed a senior government minister admitting that the outcome of the referendum would not have ANY impact in […]

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