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In Full: Alistair Carmichael’s speech to Amnesty groups in Glasgow

Today is the UN’s Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland, has been a long time supporter of Amnesty. Last night he spoke to Amnesty Groups in Glasgow about the imprisonment … Continue reading

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Why we need Liberal Democrats: consensual stop and searches of under 12s halted

The Scottish Liberal Democrats aren’t in Government at the moment. Despite that, the small Parliamentary group has had quite an impact in the past 3 years. Willie Rennie has had Salmond squirming at First Minister’s Questions over his associations with … Continue reading

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Scottish Charity Twitter account calls J K Rowling a “bitch”

This morning it was announced that Harry Potter author J K Rowling had given £1 million to the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK. That’s her perfect right in exactly the same way as it’s the perfect right of … Continue reading

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Tales from the Federal Executive: The one where we talked about the elections

The Liberal Democrats’ Federal Executive met last night in a Westminster Committee room looking out on a grey and brooding Thames. The meeting had a bit of a comedy start with a last minute change of venue leaving member scurrying … Continue reading

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Alison McInnes calls for independent review as figures show 41% increase in prisoners kept in solitary confinement

You may have noticed I don’t have much time for the Scottish Justice Secretary, “Clear Desk” Kenny MacAskill. It’s hardly surprising given that he seems to be the Fount of all Illiberality. In fact, he could teach Chris Grayling and … Continue reading

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Bunny wars

Of all weeks, this is a week when we didn’t need any extra stress. We have a child who needs calmness and routine at the best of times These things are most important when she has a whole load of … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s Twitter Townhall – an irreverent analysis, and the bit that the official account airbrushed out

So I spent half an hour faffing around with Storify earlier, trying to get all of Nick Clegg’s Twitter Townhall session in one place. Paul Walter was so much cleverer over at Liberal Democrat Voice – he used the publicly … Continue reading

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Call Clegg highlights: Anger management, messy cars, “inhumane” care home abuse and gambling

Here are the highlights of today’s Call Clegg: [View the story “Call Clegg: 1 May 2014” on Storify]

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Nick Clegg to hold Twitter Q and A at 2:30 pm today

Make sure you get your question in – it couldn’t be simpler. Euro elections now 3 weeks away. I’m hosting a live twitter Q&A today at 14:30. Tweet your Europe questions to @nick_clegg — Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) May 1, 2014

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Alistair Carmichael as you have probably never seen him before…

Do you know what, this independence referendum is actually starting to have some nice moments.  I would never have thought it. Sadly, few of them are to do with the actual substance of the campaign, but there’s always hope. One … Continue reading

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