Ending The Great British Pubco Scam – One Year On

Today marks the first anniversary of one of the greatest days in my life – not (just) for the first and only defeat of the Coalition Government on legislation.  It marks Parliament voting for meaningful reform of the tied pub industry that numbered around half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.  More importantly, it marks the sign […]

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Tied Up In Knots: Government embarrasses itself trying to unpick the Fair Deal For Your Local

I have just watched with incredulity the Government Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe give one of the most shambolic performances I have seen in many years at the despatch box. This came about as Labour tabled amendments (supported by Liberal Democrats) at the Grand Committee of the Enterprise Bill this afternoon, relating to the draft Pubs Code […]

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Good News As Revenge Evictions Are Finally Banned

Some excellent news today as the longstanding campaign by Lib Dems and the housing charity Shelter, among others, finally passes into law the ban on retaliatory evictions. Having seen friends and neighbours fall victim to this appalling practice earlier this year, I am doubly convinced how necessary it is. Of course, had we had this current appalling […]

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Corbyn vs. Complacency: time to take him seriously

It is dawning on an increasing number of people that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour is not a flash in the pan. His resounding victory may have had the Tories jumping for joy, but those voices claiming he would be removed within months are already beginning to look foolish. In part, this is because of […]

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5 things every Lib Dem in Bournemouth should do…

As Liberal Democrats prepare to gather in Bournemouth for what is close to being a record largest Conference ever, with well over 2,000 members registered, here are five essential things to do. 1) Leave the suit at home We are no longer in power.  The hordes of lobbyists will be fewer – to the relief […]

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