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Why Seven Years on are we still pushing Tory policies?

Posted by Libdemfightback on Saturday, November 4, 2017, In : opinion 
It is Seven long years since the fateful decision to join with the Conservatives to form a Coalition Government.  We have seen the unravelling of Liberal Britain :- first the defeat of Electoral reform at the 2011 AV Referendum. Then Defeat in Europe at the 2014 European Parliament Elections, Defeat at the 2015 General Election, and the bitterest defeat of all : the EU Referendum. All of this has flowed from the Coalition Agreement.


The Failure of the party to fight our corner on our principl...

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A Better idea for Cross Rail for the North

Posted by Libdemfightback on Saturday, August 26, 2017, In : opinion 

On 22nd August 2017, at the Northern Rail Summit at Leeds, Yorkshire Rail Engineers High Speed UK, presented to Andy Burnham their plans for a High Speed Rail System, linking Sheffield-Manchester-Leeds to the proposed Liverpool to Hull Cross Rail for the North. Our Community action group co-sponsored this proposal, along with a submission to Transport for the North. We call on fellow Liberal Democrats to back the North's demand for High Speed Three and Northern Electrifaction to get proritity...


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Tom Brake's Liberal Tie Revolution

Posted by Libdemfightback on Thursday, June 29, 2017, In : opinion 
Yesterday Tory Brexiteer rebuked Lib Dem MP Tom Brake for not wearing a Tie in the Commons, and breaching parliamentary rules. It has it appears allowed Speaker Bercow to amend the rules to allow a Liberalisation in dress code. We think that this Liberal Revolution sparked by Tom Brake should not stop here. We urge Tom to consider making the Liberal Democrat Leadership choice - a democratic election rather than a coronation. We need a Leader who will stand for Liberal principles - especially ...
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Why it is time for Liberal Democrats to argue again for the Euro

Posted by Libdemfightback on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, In : opinion 

The moment that the European Economic Community decided to form the European Monetary System in 1979, Liberals were advocating it was in our national interest to join. but Labour Chancellor Denis Healey kept Britain out. As this evolved into the Exchange Rate Mechanism with tighter variability we continued to advocate joining. Finally in 1990, John Major as Conservative Chancellor took us in but a disasterously high rate against the Deutsche Mark  of 2.95 at the worst point in our economic cy...
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The Defenestration of Tim

Posted by libdemfightback on Thursday, June 15, 2017, In : opinion 
Tim Farron's shock resignation yesterday was an unacceptable event in our party's history. After a long and gruelling campaign it is understandable when faced with the resignation of Brian Paddick and a lobby of individuals demanding his resignation, he being an honest and honourable person had had enough. 
The pretext of his Christianity and his handling of intrusive media questions over LGBT issues was the expression of unhappiness with Tim from a number of LGBT Liberal Democrats who never l...
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18% at Local Elections - Voter Fightback but seats count

Posted by Libdemfightback on Saturday, May 6, 2017, In : opinion 
Lib Dems have topped 18% across the UK in the 2017 Local Elections, yet instead of the projected 100 gains made by some pundits, we lost seats. However this 7% swing from 2015 represents a steady fightback which will pick up key seats in Remain areas but faces a tough time from the Conservative/UKIP combination in traditional leave areas. The Tories have adopted a programme which bears striking similarity to the BNP Manifesto of 2005.


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The Turning of the Tide

Posted by Libdemfightback on Thursday, March 16, 2017, In : opinion 
Yesterday's general election in the Netherlands shows that Liberalism is slowly turning the tide in the battle with the dark sinister global forces behind the right wing xenophobic populist surge which culminated with Brexit and the near fascist Donald Trump. Today Liberals like Justin Trudeau set an example in Canada which has now been joined by Holland. Meanwhile in Britain, Conservative plans are in disarray, with a huge u-turn on the White Van Man tax broken pledge (NIC) creating an open ...
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Why HS2's current plans are rubbish :Yorkshire needs its own HS3

Posted by libdemfightback on Thursday, March 9, 2017, In : opinion 

Last week saw Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire attending a conference organised by Liberal Democrats which showcased ideas from Yorkshire Liberal Democrat members to challenge the proposed route and scheme for the HS2 Eastern Leg from Birmingham to Leeds.

While our party has been the first to push a viable High Speed scheme linking Scotland and England, the North and London and extending the existing High Speed link to Europe namely High Speed One, the current plans do none of these things. In ...


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Nick Clegg is partly right to back a Sheffield City HS2 Station

Posted by Libdemfightback on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, In : opinion 
Nick Clegg MP has written in support of the July 7 Recommendation of the Higgins Report to move the HS2 Station in Sheffield from Meadowhall to Sheffield City Centre. Clearly train connections work better linking City Centres together with existing rail connections. Sheffield residents have seen Sheffield council spent £190,000 to lobby for a move from Meadowhall. This new recommendation delivers a substandard HS2 service to Sheffield. Only 2 trains an hour to London, make this a branch line...
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£90 Billion High Speed Disaster Looms for Yorkshire & UK

Posted by Libdemfightbak on Monday, August 15, 2016, In : opinion 


One of the Principal failings of Liberal Democrat involvement in the Coalition Government of 2010-2015 was the the failure of community minded Liberal Democrats to stand up for the 500,000 people in Rural,Suburban and Urban communities who had been our key supporters in the proposals for a High Speed Rail System. Instead of listening to Rail Industry voices like Rail Engineers HSUK & many others including our own HS1A who had taken a systemic,ecological and community minded approach to how to...
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Why Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire should oppose current HS2 plans

Posted by Libdemfightback on Sunday, July 24, 2016, In : opinion 
Fellow Liberal Democrats ! 

We have made considerable progress in reconnecting with our historic voters & especially those who voted for the Party in 2010 and rightly abandoned us after. But not enough. We have a special connection with the 48% of voters who voted to stay in the EU.But there is still an invisible barrier of trust which is holding the party making the kind of breakthrough we saw in 2005 and in 1983. One word Trust. 

There is a feeling amongst the wider electorate that Liberals w...
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Immigration Good but not for all. What Business can do to stay in EU

Posted by libdemfightback on Sunday, June 12, 2016, In : opinion 


We stand on the brink of a Brexit and the real possibility of Right Wing Coup. Ultra Conservatives like Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove , Liam Fox and others are preparing to strike down the Prime Minister and form the kind of Blukip Coalition we were warning about in May 2015. Those seeking to Leave the European Union have failed to put forward the kind of 650 page prospectus offered by the SNP in 2014. They have lost the economic arguments in a tidal wave of economist, banker...
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Defeating ISIS, standing by France

Posted by libdemfightback on Saturday, November 14, 2015, In : opinion 
In the aftermath of the shocking ISIS attacks that have killed 127 people in Paris, it is now time for Britain to show a strong signal to the world, our allies France, NATO and the USA and fellow combatants against ISIS , Russia and Iran that Britain will oppose and defeat this vile mass murder and the ideology which under pins it.



Up to now we Liberal Democrats at Libdemfightback have while supporting legal Airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq , since September have  questioned the legality, utili...
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The Libdemfightback & the Moderate Majority

Posted by libdemfightback on Friday, November 6, 2015, In : opinion 

Following Justin Trudeau's stunning General Election in Canada in October, Liberals in Britain are taking heart that a restoration in the political fortunes for the Liberal Democrat Party is taking shape as the EU Referendum approaches in 2016. Under Tim Farron's leadership we have scored a number of Council byelection successes winning 13 seats and holding 13 seats since May. Recent victories such as Torbay, Inverness and Essex show a UK wide trend towards upsurge with some swings in excess ...
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Evidence of BBC Media Bias against Liberal Democrats ?

Posted by libdemfightback on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, In : opinion 
For many of the BBC viewers & licence fee payers watching and funding BBC Question Time : the perplexing issue of Political Bias on the Question Time Panel is becoming acute. While the Conservative Party & Labour each have a panelist each week, other political parties with millions of votes have to wait up to 8 weeks to hear their representatives, while private media commentators appear in pairs each week. The net effect is often a right wing panel. The SNP is often on panels in England where...
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Labour rejects moderation

Posted by Libdemfightback on Monday, September 14, 2015, In : opinion 

Jeremy Corbyn's Stunning Victory in the Labour Leadership is a victory for grassroots, non-machine politics. People are crying out for authentic politics which puts people above vested interests. That is why Tim Farron won the Lib Dem leadership in July with a massive margin of support. Many of Corbyn's ideas merit cooperation : Opposition to Airstrikes, Opposition to Fracking, Opposition to HS2, for example. However most of Corbyn's Radical solutions are insane. Leaving NATO, Leaving the EU,...
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A visit to Calais - Migrants, HS2 & Fracking

Posted by Libdemfightbac on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, In : opinion 
Calais
August saw one Libdemfightback member visit Calais. Tim Farron's recent visit to Calais in July highlights the human plight of refugees, Migrants and asylum seekers who wish to risk their lives to come to help Britain and seek sanctuary from racism and violence.  

The BBC Songs of Praise visited St Michaels Migrants Church in Calais which inspired Christians and Liberals to redouble our efforts to oppose the Conservatives Xenophobic policy in Calais. These people are inspirational in the...
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#libdemfightback :After the first week – the way forward

Posted by libdemfightback on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : opinion 


What a week, Tim elected, Labour loses the plot and their last vestiges of credibility and moral authority. The Conservative machine trundles on towards the BBC, HRA, FOI and every part of Liberal Britain.  Some brief points of strategy in the path ahead.

Strategy

1-      Media – it is clear that the BBC is running so scared of the Tory threat to smash them that they have already turned into the State Broadcasting Corporation. We must defend the BBC as it was. Tim Farron’s election wa...


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Getting over ourselves & Getting out there.

Posted by libdemfightback on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : opinion 




So tommorrow its either the Rebel Alliance or the Norm troopers. Who will win? Then the time will have come to move on, and the media also is interested in other things.  We need to get over ourselves. We have spent the last two months in naval gazing and leadership contest, and unlike Labour who can look forwards to another two months of self inflicted hell we can move on.  Obviously we have everything crossed that Tim Farron wins tomorrow. But regardless of who becomes leader, the fightba...


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Special Delivery LD Election latest polls

Posted by libdemfightback on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, In : opinion 



So it’s Tuesday and even if you post your voting papers with a first class stamp it may not arrive on time, so to make double sure those last minute votes for Tim Farron reach – the Electoral Commission by July 15th take it to your Royal Mail post office for Guaranteed Special Delivery to guarantee your vote is counted.  

 

The campaign has been hard fought and recent polls show that EVERY VOTE is needed. Mark Pack’s polling shows 58% for Tim Farron and 42% for Norman Lamb but the Daily ...


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Germany at the Crossroads

Posted by Libdemfightback on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, In : opinion 


Today Germany stands at the Crossroads. It's leadership of Europe stands in the dock of public opinion. Will Germany put Europe before the selfish interests of it's domestic voters or Bankers. Voters, Industrialists and Bankers who have benefited from the strong exports allowed by membership of the Euro, as against a high value Deutschmark which would have caused inflation and curtailed export profits. Will it support Europeans who wish to show responsible solidarity towards Greeks and enable...
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The Danger of English Nationalism and EVEL wrecking the UK

Posted by Libdemfightback on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, In : opinion 


Up until recently one of the greatest strengths of the United Kingdom has been it’s unwritten constitution, which is underwritten by lots of unwritten constitutional conventions and precedents. But underneath these lies an unspoken truth which makes the UK work, or has done. England dominates the UK.  From a point of view of population,, some 65 millions wealth and GDP – England dominates the UK and therefore the existence of the UK and it’s governance depends upon power sharing between...

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Principles before Power

Posted by libdemfightback on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : opinion 



Last night's online Leadership hustings did not disappoint. Tim Farron rightly said liberals wanted to help people and that's the point of the party. However it became clear that both Norman Lamb and Tim Farron are still fixated with government. Both maintain it was right to go into government (though Farron qualifies this by saying it was the wrong thing for the party). Tim Farron describes how the issue of trust over the broken promise of tuition fees created an invisible force field of dis...
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Why Liberals need to stop being hair-shirted zealots and get popular

Posted by libdemfightback on Thursday, June 18, 2015, In : opinion 



During the 5 years of coalition – it was painfully clear to those of us who opposed much of the Coalition policy that Liberal Democrats had developed a mindset that required us to grasp at every painful nettle that we saw.  So it was that Liberal Democrats signed up for vital welfare reform and ended up signing off on the Tory Bedroom Tax. We felt that it was necessary to cut the deficit but this then became a sign off on tory austerity. We wanted to fix the funding gap on defence spending ...


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It’s the Guardian wot lost it

Posted by Libdemfightback on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, In : opinion 



The latest YOU GOV POLL on the 2015 massacre makes interesting reading. Our party has been losing support from Guardian readers since Charles Kennedy left as leader. In 2005 an incredible 41% of Guardian Readers – voted Lib Dem. By 2010 under Nick Clegg’s leadership it had dropped by 4 points to 37% and then crashed by 26 points to 11% in 2015. For a once Liberal Paper – one key objective of our party must be to regain the endorsement of the Guardian. Are any of the candidates asking wh...


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Charles Kennedy (1959-2015) Our Lost Leader

Posted by Libdemfightback on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, In : opinion 



Charlie Kennedy was our leader. A decent, well-loved statesman who was nearly always right on the political issues of the day.
  He was the most successful leader of the Lib Dems seeing 62 MPs elected in 2005.

For a generation of us, Liberal Democrats who campaigned for the Liberal-SDP Alliance he was the great hope of that Alliance who was elected in a shock election win in 1983 in his twenties and someone who took Social Democrats into the new Social and Liberal Democrats.  When he became l...


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Putting People First – Creating the right mix of Lib Dem policies

Posted by Libdemfightback on Sunday, May 31, 2015, In : opinion 





We started Libdemfightback in June 2014 as a small group of party members and Lib Dem Voice contributors determined to get a change in the party to save the party from an electoral massacre which would wipe 40 years of political struggle. We tried to get a change of leader, so a new leader could reconnect with our millions of disgruntled voters. Sadly the party was prevented from having that choice until now after the electoral defeat. It has been a massacre which dwarfs even the 1924 Zinovie...


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A New Rainbow Alliance of Issues for Liberal Democrats

Posted by Libdemfightback on Thursday, May 28, 2015, In : opinion 





One of the biggest challenges facing the party now is going to be need to be relevant to the debates outside of the party and getting airtime as now a minor party. We need to stop demonising other parties just because they attacked us while we were in government.

THE SNP

We ought to welcome the SNP into parliament, the energy they bring from the Referendum and cooperate on issues of principle. Start with their clapping in the commons. Clearly too much clapping can drown out debate but it's per...
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Why Tim Farron is our choice as next Leader

Posted by Libdemfightback on Sunday, May 24, 2015, In : opinion 


NEW LEADER

Libdemfightback are happy to endorse Tim Farron as the next Lib Dem leader as he voted against and opposed Coalition plans to uncap student tuition fees.In 2015 he gave the party 2/10 for it's political presentation of the coalition. As Party President during the Coalition Tim knows the price the party has paid by it's partnership with the Tories and the divisions and threats the party faces. We support his call for 100,000 members by 2020. He will be successful in reconnecting with...


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After the Massacre

Posted by Libdemfightback on Monday, May 11, 2015, In : opinion 

After the massacre

In June 2014, we called on Nick Clegg to stand down and the party to return to the 2010 Election Manifesto and a RECONNECTION WITH DISGRUNTLED 2010 LIB DEM VOTERS.  Sadly, party members were prevented from getting a say on the leadership and we have now seen the result – the biggest electoral disaster in our party’s history, with 56 MPs reduced to a mere 8. Nick Clegg has finally gone, which is at least one positive outcome but our great party is left damaged and divided...


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After the Rochester Humiliation – Where Now?

Posted by David Evans on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, In : opinion 
By David Evans



The result of the Rochester by-election on Thursday has been a humiliation for our party and surely must be a final wake up call for all Lib Dems, but particularly for all our MPs.  The lowest share of the vote ever for a Lib Dem or a Liberal we are told.

Since Nick’s total failure in the Euro elections campaign, I was first hopeful, then disappointed and finally dismayed with the lack of reaction of almost all our senior figures and MPs who sadly seemed to be either unwilling ...

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Why A Lame Duck Leader Won’t Save Us in 2015

Posted by David Allen on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, In : opinion 

by Liberal Democrat David Allen 

 

We seem to have a strange consensus for lame duck leadership.  Some want Clegg to hang on until the 2015 election, then step down.  Others want a new interim leader, perhaps Kennedy or Cable, to fight 2015 and then step down. 

 

My contention is that lame duck leadership would be a disaster.  Both sides are engaging with internal party politics, when they should be engaging with what voters think.

 

Since time began, Lib Dems have been exasperated to ...


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