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Let’s Review the Green Belt and Build More Houses

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Ruby Chow* (@doublereds) Yesterday I had the pleasure to summate a motion Liberal Reform put forward to the London Liberal Democrats conference on the urgent need for more house building and in support of an independent review of the Green Belt. Although the motion was heavily amended to the point where it lost almost all […]

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Callum Robertson: Proroguing, the PM and the Royal Prerogative

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By Callum Robertson, @CRobertson_LD Many will have seen the proroguing of parliament by the Queen on the advice of Boris Johnson, but what does this mean in the micro-environment of these circumstances and what is the wider socio-legal consequence? Our constitution Our constitution is almost unique in its haphazard make-up. It is a system that […]

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Challenges to achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions

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By Robert Johnston @robertj55 In a recent piece for Liberal Democrat Voice I argued for the adoption of a Carbon Tax or other robust carbon pricing measure to tackle climate change. While referencing the strong case made by economists for this, the article stressed the challenges that would remain in the technical, engineering and political […]

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Coalition Review: Electoral Reform

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By Robert Johnston @robertj55 If one position unites the spectrum of opinion of the Liberal Democrats it is the need for a proportional representation election system with a special focus on the House of Commons. There are wider considerations for electoral reform; ranging across the House of Lords, devolved government to the tiers of local […]

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Coalition Review: Education

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By Daniel Carr, @danmcarr Education policy matters a great deal to our party. Our commitment to empowering people to thrive and take ownership of their lives demands that we think seriously as to how our education system can enable this. As education is also a key way in which social mobility can be promoted, liberals […]

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Coalition Review: Aid & International Development

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By Andy Briggs, @Briggs_AndyJ This article features as a contribution to Liberal Reform’s review of the 2010-2015 Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government. It would be easy when critiquing the Coalition’s record on international development to solely focus on the actions of the Department for International Development (DFID), the government department responsible for administering overseas aid, but […]

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The Liberal Reform Coalition Review

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Liberal Reform is planning to publish a series of articles that provide a constructive critique of the Liberal Democrats’ participation in the 2010-15 coalition government. These will be published on the Lantern, Liberal Reform’s blog. The series will identify both the positives and the negatives of our party’s time in government, as well as looking […]

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Looking Ahead to 2019…

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By Andy Briggs, @Briggs_AndyJ 2018 has been a frantic year for Liberal Reform, the Liberal Democrats, and British politics more generally. The past few months in particular have been so action-packed that it’s become easy to forget events that took place earlier in year. Whether it be the election of a new Liberal Reform board, […]

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Orange Bookers

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This article originally appeared on Co-Chair Andy Briggs’ Medium blog, you can view the blog post here. According to recent research done by BMG, there are 10 distinct ‘clans’ of British voters based on the values that they hold. It was no surprise to me that I belong to the ‘Orange Booker’ clan, but many […]