Monthly Archives: July 2012

Nick Clegg says no to Tory plans for more welfare cuts

Newspapers have been reporting for months that the Liberal Democrats were not prepared to sign up to Tory plans for £10 billion of welfare cuts in a spending review that would draw up plans for spending into the next Parliament. … Continue reading

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Family hopeful of fresh investigation into son’s death

Stuart and Margaret Graham are lovely people. They’re also two of the most courageous and tenacious people I’ve ever come across. You wouldn’t have thought, would you, that the first conclusion the Police would draw when a young man is … Continue reading


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Amnesty Scotland tells Russia: stop arming Syria

Campaigners protest at Russian Consulate in Edinburgh. Photo: Shabnum Mustapha I was up early on Saturday morning to join an Amnesty Scotland protest outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh. The event was to mark 500 days since the start of … Continue reading

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To sing or not to sing? Scots athletes and the national anthem

Scot goes Pop has gone all outraged at the controversy over Scots athletes not singing God Save the Queen before their matches. He quotes former javelin gold medallist Fatima Whitbread as saying that people have to feel British if they … Continue reading

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Women’s Beach Volleyball should be compulsory viewing

Two days into the Olympics and I’m loving it as much if not more than usual. Saturday was a really busy day for me – a demo, a meeting and an underage driving lesson for Anna – so I only … Continue reading

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Brilliant, bonkers and Bond it like Beckham – Boyle’s triumphant Olympic opening ceremony

Boy, am I tired this morning! I’m not suited to sitting up till 1am and then getting up at 7:30 for a meeting. I’m an old lady (about to be older) and I need my sleep. The fact that this … Continue reading

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Vince in Edinburgh – what the members said

Edinburgh was spoiled last weekend. Not only was there a Madonna concert and a performance of the Hitch Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy radio show (which I went to), but Business Secretary Vince Cable answered questions from Liberal Democrat members … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Paul Burstow’s 3 steps for employers on mental health

Cross posted from Liberal Democrat Voice Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s long running work on mental health issues took another step forward this week with the publication of a mental health implementation framework aimed at helping people suffering from mental … Continue reading

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Look what happens when people work together – equal marriage to become a reality in Scotland

The Scottish Government announced this morning that it would legislate for full equal marriage in Scotland, giving same sex couples the right to marry and allowing those religious organisations who wish to conduct these marriage ceremonies to do so. No … Continue reading

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Prominent womens’ rights campaigner detained in Sudan

It’s so easy being a political activist in this country. I can campaign for Liberal Democrat policies and values knowing that low poll ratings are my only concern. You can pretty much say what you want about the Government or … Continue reading

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