Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jo Swinson MP trains women MPs in Kurdistan, Iraq

Jo Swinson’s latest video, here on You Tube, gives an insight into her recent trip to Kurdistan with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy where she helped train female MPs. It highlights the important work of the Foundation in providing support for … Continue reading


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Sheridan gagging order is just wrong

Tommy Sheridan, former MSP and Solidarity party leader returns to Glasgow from prison today to serve the remainder of his 3 year sentence for perjury at home. For six years, certain low risk prisoners have been eligible to be released … Continue reading

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Welfare Reform Bill: what I said to Lib Dem MPs

This Wednesday, the Government will attempt to overturn the amendments to its Welfare Reform Bill made by the Lords in the House of Commons. Last week I reported that over 50 former Lib Dem candidates, including several Leadership Programme hopefuls … Continue reading

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#PAD photos 22-28 January 2012

We went to the second last performance of this year’s panto at the King’s in Edinburgh. Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Andy Gray were as funny as ever. I have been singularly rubbish at taking photos this week so here … Continue reading

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Review: The Iron Lady

For the first time, I took advantage of being at home in the middle of the day and went to the cinema on Wednesday. The film that inspired me to do so was one about possibly the most controversial British … Continue reading

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Leadership programme hopefuls and new MEP among signatories of candidates’ plea to Clegg on Welfare Reform

Today’s Guardian carries a report that more than 50 Liberal Democrat candidates at the last election have written to Nick Clegg to ask for a rethink on welfare reform. This shows that many within the Party are unhappy with measures like … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial Day – Jo Swinson’s reflections on her visit to Auschwitz

In September 2009, Jo Swinson MP went to Auschwitz as part of an educational trip with Scottish secondary school pupils. This is her moving video account of her visit. It breaks my heart to think of the brutality that took … Continue reading

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I had a letter published in Total Politics

The February issue of Total Politics carries, for the first ever time, a letter from yours truly. It’s all about Scotland and independence and that sort of stuff and was literally put together in five random moments. In reply to … Continue reading

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Why Liberal Democrat Conference is good for you

In 5 weeks’ time, the Scottish and Welsh parties meet for their respective Spring Conferences. The Welsh are going to Cardiff while the Scots head north to the beautiful highland capital of Inverness. As everywhere which meant anything to me … Continue reading

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There are worse things than the Chicken Pox, Michael Moore

12th September 1995. I woke on what was already going to be an ordeal of a day, headed for the bathroom and as I passed the mirror realised that I spots were appearing all over me, almost multiplying before my … Continue reading

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