Archive: May, 2010

Cashcroft

Out campaigning with the best constituency MP in the country, Karen Buck, on Saturday morning. If we look a bit glum, it’s because it was pouring with rain. By the time of the photo, Karen had gone to the other Labour stall in Church Street ward. It was quite gratifying to see that the Tories […]

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This is a longer blog post than usual. Please stick with it – I think you’ll find it interesting. The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted the following story on The Mail’s website during the election campaign: Gordon Brown tripped up by ‘celeb’ would-be MP (here is a screengrab in case the page is taken […]

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The scandal of the MMR vaccine / autism scare is a story of greed, ignorance, gullibility, and the willingness of certain newspapers to print anything to shift copies. The shoddy doctor at the centre of the scam Andrew Wakefield seems finally to be getting his just deserts. Here is the story in full, beautifully illustrated […]

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Who’s New

Apparently, we’ve now had 18,000 new membership applications since the election, and Head Office are falling over themselves trying to find out who the new members are. No doubt some are disaffected Liberal Democrats who can’t stomach a coalition with the Tories. But given the up-coming leadership election, it wouldn’t surprise me if many were […]

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I’ve been getting itchy feet since the election. I really enjoyed the campaigning, and I have noticed a big hole in the weekend where the sessions used to be. I know I’m not alone, because when I turned up to help out in a council by-election in Holborn and St Pancras, there were small groups […]

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Wince Cable

I have to confess to a grudging admiration for the way David Cameron has put his coalition together. He has been far more generous to the Liberal Democrats than he need have been, and as a result seems to have woven the parties pretty tightly together, at least for now. Of course the media is […]

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Thank god Nick Clegg went with the Conservatives. If we’d cobbled together some kind of Frankenstein alliance for the sake of clinging on to power, the country would never have forgiven us. That said, there has never been a better illustration of the political maxim “vote Liberal, get Tory’. In the cold light of day […]

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Enormous thanks to the 8,188 people who voted for me yesterday! Despite all the pundits gloomy predictions, we weren’t knocked into third place in Cities of London and Westminster. In fact we bucked the National trend, with only a small swing to the Conservatives. Also many thanks to all the volunteers who gave so freely […]

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Last week Barb Jungr and others held a fundraiser at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to raise money for an upcoming legal battle between the Crown Estate residents in Millbank and the Crown Estate, which is considering selling the underlying leaseholds to another developer. It is an oddly shaped affair when residents need to sue their […]

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  Last weekend I had the privilege of joining Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband at the launch of the Labour Party Green Manifesto. Big promises about combating climate change, energy security, and green job growth can be a little abstract. I wanted to take a little time to let you know some of what Labour’s […]

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