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Clegg pushes for fifth tax allowance rise

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The increase in the income tax personal allowance has been one of the coalition’s biggest successes, delivering tax cuts to the lowest paid who are most in need of help. It is increasingly clear to the public that this sort of help for the lowest paid would not have happened were it not for the […]

Economics

Economic policy motion

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You may have seen in the media that it has been confirmed that the party will debate a motion on economic policy at conference in Glasgow. Unfortunately the motion selected for debate is not the one submitted by members of Liberal Reform. However, the motion, backed by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable, is a very […]

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Spending Review Opinion – Liberal Reform

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Commenting on today’s spending review, Alan Muhammed, co-chair of Liberal Reform, a Liberal Democrat internal party pressure group, said: “The Liberal Democrats cannot achieve their aim of creating a stronger economy and a fairer society without putting the public finances back on a sustainable footing. Reducing the deficit is not an alternative to economic growth, […]

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Liberal Reform’s Response to Budget 2013

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The Chancellor’s reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to bringing down Britain’s unsustainable deficit is welcome. However, nobody could accuse the coalition of not being flexible when it comes to balancing the books: as a result of harsher economic winds, primarily from the eurozone, the government is borrowing tens of billions of pounds extra for many […]

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New Co-Chairs for Liberal Reform

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Liberal Reform has aimed to be a membership-based organisation since it was launched in February last year, and we’re glad that we’re on our way to achieving that. Interim elections will choose four new board members at Lib Dem Spring Conference. Once the board is elected, it will choose two new Co-Chairs from its members.We’ll […]

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Liberal Reform at Lib Dem Spring Conference 2013

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Following positive feedback at the last conference, Liberal Reform will be providing a free daily conference briefing which you can sign up to by emailing: mail@liberalreform.org.uk Liberal Reform, will be holding two events at conference both on Saturday 9th of March 2013 “Inside the Coalition” at 1pm and the “Liberal Reform Reception” at 8pm (refreshments […]

Economics

Liberal Reform comments on Autumn Statement

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Liberal Reform welcomes many of the individual measures outlined in the Autumn Statement. The faster-than-expected increase in the income tax personal allowance and the freeze in fuel duty are particularly welcome, and reflect the Liberal Democrat priority of reducing the tax burden on those on low and middle incomes. We also welcome the increase in […]

Civil Liberties

Petition: Say No to Secret Courts!

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Liberal Reform is proud to carry this letter from Jo Shaw who led the debate against secret courts at Lib Dem Autumn Conference 2012, and support the campaign for an open, liberal, justice season led by her and Martin Tod. We are cross posting this letter with simultaneously with colleagues from the Social Liberal Forum. […]

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Elections to Internal Party Committees

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As you will have seen from our daily conference briefings, Liberal Reform had a very busy time at this year’s conference: holding fringe meetings, successfully amending motions and spreading our positive message to Liberal Democrats. You can see videos of some of our fringe events, including David Laws on tax policy and Shami Chakrabati on the […]

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Yesterday’s briefing from Autumn Conference

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Liberal Reform Events Yesterday Yesterday we had our last two fringe events. First up was ‘Holding their feet to the fire: Civil Liberties under the Coalition’, with: Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty John Kampfner, author and activist Sir Menzies Campbell MP This meeting was particularly popular, and Lib Dem Voice’s Stephen Tall kindly agreed to chair […]

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Liberal Reform at Lib Dem Autumn Conference, Day Two

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Liberal Reform Events Today Today we had the first of our fringe events: ‘What does a Liberal tax system look like?’, with: Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos Mori David Laws MP Stephen Williams MP. This very topical meeting was very well attended. with a great mixture of […]

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Liberal Reform at Lib Dem Autumn Conference

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Saturday 22nd September Since launching in February, we’ve had hundreds of members join, and we’re very happy to be so involved in our first Autumn Conference as an organisation, with a great lineup of fringe events and policy proposals. Interesting Motions Today For those voting members among you in Brighton today, F5 Early Years Motion […]

Civil Liberties

Response to Government surveillance proposals

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“I need to say this – you shouldn’t trust any government, actually including this one. You should not trust government – full stop. The natural inclination of government is to hoard power and information; to accrue power to itself in the name of the public good.” Nick Clegg This week, it has been reported that […]

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An update from conference

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Thank you to everyone who came to one of our Liberal Reform events in Gateshead and signed up there.It was great to see such a big crowd, including parliamentarians and many from the leadership programme. For those of you who didn’t make it this time, don’t worry, we’re hoping we’ll become a conference fixture! We […]

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Responses to Liberal Reform

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We were grateful to see many Lib Dem bloggers talking about the launch of Liberal Reform, with some quickly becoming members: We launched with a piece by Zadok Day on Lib Dem Voice, provoking a lot of comment. Nick Thornsby and Charlotte Henry also blogged to explain their role in Liberal Reform and what they […]

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Launching Liberal Reform

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Liberal Reform is a new membership group within the Liberal Democrats, committed to fostering debate and variety in the Lib Dems, promoting an all-round Liberal ideology in Lib Dem policy, including the economic liberalism that the founding members feel is lacking a voice in the grassroots of party. 35% of Lib Dem members and activists […]