Clegg Still Adamant We Have Lost the War on Drugs

We forgot to cover this from earlier in the year but Nick Clegg is still adamant that the responsibility for drugs should be moved from the criminal justice system to the health care system. It’s a topic he’s long had controversial views on but he now also has the support of Richard Branson (no introduction … Read more

Profiles of the Remaining 5 Lib Dem Peers

Following on from yesterday’s post we take a look at the remaining Lib Dem Peers announced last week. JONNY OATES Jonny is a former Liberal Democrat councillor and the Deputy Leader for Kingston-upon-Thames. He was notably Ed Davey’s election agent in 1997 where he won the seat of Kingston and Surbiton from the Conservatives. Over … Read more

Eleven New Liberal Democrat Peers Announced

As you may have already seen, eleven new Liberal Democrat peers have been announced as part of the dissolution Honours. First all of us here at Lib Dem Watch would like to say congratulations to them. We’ll break down the honours shortly but firstly, and rather surprisingly, there wwas no peerage for Fiona Hall, former … Read more

Burnley Lib Dem breaks ranks over teen drink plans

One Lib Dem candidate has already broken ranks over the party’s plans to lower the legal drinking age to 16. Today’s Lancashire Evening Telegraph reports: THE LIBERAL Democrats’ parliamentary hopeful in Burnley is at odds with his party bosses over teen drinking. Gordon Birtwistle, former mayor and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate said he would … Read more

Eviction warnings & the Birmingham Lib Dems

Last Saturday’s Birmingham Evening Mail reports: All 73,000 council house tenants in Birmingham have received demands for rent arrears and a threat of further action – even though most of them don’t owe a penny. Letters should have been sent out to just 6,500 tenants but a blunder meant 66,500 more people received the warnings. … Read more

Cardiff Liberal Democrats

A Lib Dem bar chart can be used to prove anything. Often, it tries to prove the exact opposite of the truth. A good example of this has come our way from the Liberal Democrats in Rhiwbina ward, Cardiff. They have used the number of seats won at last June’s Council elections. Not only is … Read more

London Lib Dems need your help!

Tackling the key issues of the day, the Lib Dems in London have emailed members in the capital as they scrape the barrel for campaign ideas. Lib Dem Watch readers may wish to send in their own suggestions: Campaigns – your ideas wanted Over the next few months, Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly will … Read more

“Lib Dems say not to road tolls”

The Liberal Democrats support the spread of congestion charging across the country. The Lib Dem Transport spokesman hailed Ken Livingstone’s congestion charge. ‘The Government must provide leadership so that other local authorities considering introducing a similar system can proceed with the backing of the Government’ (Tom Brake, Press Association, 24 February 2003). ‘Ministers must work … Read more


Says millionaire Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone: …Drunk and disorderly behaviour amongst under-18’s is still a significant problem. Many of our town centres are becoming no-go zones on Friday and Saturday nights. While the majority of young people behave responsibly the fact that over 31,000 under 18’s were prosecuted for being drunk and disorderly will … Read more