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Monday, May 31, 2010
  Another job for the International Criminal Court
The attack on the aid convoy to Gaza has to be seen as a job for the international criminal court to investigate as an act of piracy.

It does, however, raise the question as to how it becomes possible to move towards peace in the Middle East without greater intervention from international bodies.

Somehow there needs to be international peace keeping action to keep the sides to the conflict from attacking each other.

At the same time bodies such as the ICC need to get involved in invesigating and prosecuting what are war crimes (that includes bombing the Israelis with rockets - which was some time ago).
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
  Jersey by-election
Those who have followed the issue of my exile now ex flatmate now ex Senator Stuart Syvret will know about the fact that he left Jersey in protest at the undermining of the rule of law by the authorities in Jersey.

He was then disqualified as a Senator, has returned to Jersey and is a candidate in the by-election for the seat he was disqualified from.

I am hoping that our new government will take the issue of the Rule of Law in Crown Dependencies more seriously than the previous government.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010
  Why is Child Mortality so High in the UK
The link is a story in today's telegraph based on a research project reported in the Lancet.

What it finds is that the UK now has the highest child mortality in Western Europe.
It is approximately twice the rate of Sweden.
 
  Liquidity, Solvency and Cuts
A number of public spending cuts have been announced today. What is absolutely certain is that the UK Government has to cut the deficit reasonably quickly.

Germany is paying around 2.633% on its government debt. The UK is paying 3.516 on government bonds and Greece 7.8%.

This is all based upon how risky investors perceive the debt. If we don't show a commitment to bringing the deficit really under control then the interest rate we have to pay goes up.

This year's forecast deficit is over £150,000,000,000. Just for that borrowing interest of £5,274,000,000 will be due to be paid each year. At the Greek interest rate this would be £11,700,000,000.

This has a massive long term effect.
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010
  Second Coalition Agreement now published on my reference website
The second coalition agreement has now been published. I have it in a PDF form and it would be messy to simply copy the text into the weblog hence I am not publishing it here.

It is here.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010
  Party Interest vs National Interest
What does Liam Byrne's "joke" say. He left a note saying:

"I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left.”

The point about the money is that without funds the government is limited as to what it can do in assisting the weak in society. Labour Ministers may have had a laugh creating a "scorched earth" environment for the next government.

But it is no joke.
 
  Election Results in the future
Harry Hayfield seems to be running a web log which reports election results. I will, therefore, cease posting election results on this weblog.

His weblog is http://postgeneral2010.blogspot.com/
 
Friday, May 14, 2010
  By Election Results 6th May 2010
6th May

Halton UA, Mersey
LD Christopher Martin Carlin 1117 (38.9)
Lab 1153 (40.2)
Lab 1062
LD Trevor Edward Higginson 1044 (36.4)
Con 364 (12.7)
BNP 235 (8.2)
Majorities 55 / 91
Turnout 102.83%

Reigate and Banstead BC, Redhill East
Green 1882
Con 1398
Green 1361
Con 1364
LD Soo Abram 1335
Con 1274
Green 1043
Lab 880
Lab 635
UKIP 509
Ind 140
Turnout 66.34%

Preston City Council, Riversway
Lab 1140
LD Liam Pennington 807
Lab 803
LD Stephen Wilkinson 709
Con 466
Con 407
Turnout 53.2%

Warwickshire CC, Nuneaton St Nicholas
Con 3195 (56.3; -8.5)
Lab 1616 (28.5; +9)
Green 589 (10.4; -5.4)
Oth 280 (4.9; +4.9)
Majority: 1579
Turnout:
Con Hold
Percentage change is since June 2009

Test Valley BC, Anna Valley
Con 1804 (63.5; -0.3)
LD Tony Evans 836 (29.4; +9.9)
Other 202 (7.1; -9.5)
Majority 968
Turnout 75%
Con Hold
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Wokingham UA, Shinfield South
Con 1949
Con 1820
LD Elaine Spratling 1188
Green 664
Green 251
Con hold

Chesterfield BC, Brimington South
Lab 1500 (47.9; +4.1)
LD Stephen James Hartley 1134 (36.2; -12.6)
Con 499 (15.9; +8.5)
Majority 366
Turnout 65.3%
Lab gain from LD
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Wokingham UA, Maiden Erlegh
Con 2254
Con 2161
LD John Eastwell 2083
LD Caroline Smith 2016
Lab 1077
Con hold

Welwyn Hatfield BC, Northaw and Cuffley
Con 2418
Con 1798
LD Nigel Anthony Van Someren Bain 582
BNP 222
Turnout 73.7%
Con hold

Dudley MBC, Sedgley
Con 3430 (50.8; +16.4)
Lab 2202 (32.6; -9.6)
UKIP 891 (13.2; +7.3)
National Front 234 (3.5; +3.5)
[LD (0.0; -4.2)]
[BNP (0.0; -13.4)]
Majority 1228
Turnout 69.81%
Con hold.
Percentage change is since May 2008.

North Kesteven DC, Branston
Con 1309 (46.2; -26.1)
Ind 1202 (42.4; +42.4)
BNP 325 (11.5; +11.5)
[UKIP 0 (0.0; -27.8)]
Con hold
Majority 107
Turnout unknown
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk BC, Mershe Lande
Con 548 (42; +10.9)
Ind 372 (28.5; -18)
LD John Nicholas-Letch 212 (16.2; +16.2)
Lab 173 (13.3; -9.1)
Con gain from Ind
Majority 176
Turnout unknown
Percentage change is since May 2007.

East Devon DC, Seaton
LD Peter Warwick Burrows 2414 (57.4; +16.6)
Con 1795 (42.6; +0.3)
[UKIP 0 (0.0; -11.5)]
[Lab 0 (0.0; -5.4)]
LD hold
Majority 619
Turnout 70.8%
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Stafford BC, Gnosall and Woodseaves
Con 2336 (61.0; -9.0)
LD David Geoffrey Kirby 1240 (32.4; +2.4)
Green 255 (6.7; +6.7)
Con hold
Majority 1096
Turnout unknown
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Perth and Kinross UA, (Ward 7) Strathallan
SNP 1555 (30.3; +4.5)
Con 1713 (33.4; -0.1) [4]
LD Neil Gaunt 1042 (20.3; +8.3) [3]
Lab 754 (14.7; +5.8) [2]
Other 61 (1.2; -13.5) [1]
SNP Hold (elected under STV at Stage 5*)
Turnout 67.8%
Percentage change is since May 2007.


* Vote numbers are First Preferences received at Stage 1. Square brackets indicate Stage at which candidates were eliminated.

Ryedale DC, Norton West
LD Hugh Stevens Spencer 579 (50.7; +9.1)
Con 455 (39.9; +10.9)
BNP 107 (9.4; +9.4)
[Ind 0 (0.0; -29.4)]
LD gain from Ind
Majority 124
Turnout unknown
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Glasgow City Council UA, Ward 14 Drumchapel / Anniesland
Lab 5710 (56.3; -4.1)
SNP 2197 (21.7; +0.1)
LD Paul McGarry 1143 (11.3; +7.3)
Con 710 (7.0; +2.3)
Green 375 (3.7; +0.7)
Lab hold
Majority 3513
Turnout 52%
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Redditch BC, Crabbs Cross
Con 1553
Con 1506
Lab 706
LD Edward Killworth 696
LD Adam Isherwood 641
Lab 568
Green 189
Turnout 70%
Con hold.

South Somerset DC, Tower
Con 962 (60.8; -14.2)
LD Gordon Czapiewski 620 (39.2; +14.2)
Con hold
Majority 342
Turnout 78.37%
Percentage change is since May 2007.

Milton Keynes UA, Stony Stratford
Con 2415
Con 2349
Lab 1729
Lab 1344
LD Adrian Michael Peter Dnes 1294
LD Tahl Macnair-Kay 1040
UKIP 543
Green 503
UKIP 491
Green 345
Turnout 66.4%
Con hold
 
  Labour and attempts to rewrite history
Ed Balls appears to have been attempting to rewrite the history of last week.

Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister before the partnership between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives had been agreed.

On Monday he indicated that he was willing to step down as Labour Leader to facilitate a rainbow coalition. On Tuesday he resigned as Prime Minister many hours before an alternative coalition had been agreed.

If that is not Labour taking away their bat and ball and refusing to play I don't know what is.
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
  Coalition - John Hemming's view
There has been a roller coaster ride since the General Election and there has not yet been a week since the first results were declared.

The Country faces some very serious problems. The facts are clear

1. The Country needs a stable government and it will take the full term of a parliament to sort out the deficit.
2. The Labour Party took their ball and bat away and refused to play.
3. A minority Conservative government would not give sufficient stability.

Those three points mean that the only conclusion in the national interest is for the Lib Dems to enter into coalition with the Conservatives to provide stable government. This requires compromises on both sides and what we will see is likely to be more of a centrist government than a centre left government (which is what a Lib Dem Government would be likely to be).

The fact is, however, that the agreement that I have just published is a major step forwards on a number of issues beyond that of the deficit.

1. Fair taxes. Reduction in the tax burden for people on lower incomes in preference to tax cuts for the rich.

2. Political reform. An elected House of Lords using PR. A referendum on Alternative Vote. The Wright Committee reforms (that Labour Whips blocked at the end of the last parliament).

3. Linking the state pension to earnings.

4. Civil Liberties - movements away from an oppressive state.

Labour were in government for 13 years, but we still don't have an elected house of lords, have gone backwards on civil liberties and have government finances in a real mess.

I think a lot of people will be happy with what the national "Progressive Partnership" intend to do.

Personally I intend to continue looking after my constituency and campaigning to sort out problems with family law, prevent election fraud, cope with the consequences of peak oil and strengthen international law amongst other things.

That will probably mean that I will not be a government minister. I am, however, a politician who wishes to do things rather than be things. If being something prevents me doing something then the doing takes priority over the being.
 
  National Progressive Partnership Agreement - now published
The following document is now public, but I don't know where it is on the web so I am publishing it here.


Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition negotiations
Agreements reached
11 May 2010

This document sets out agreements reached between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on a range of issues. These are the issues that needed to be resolved between us in order for us to work together as a strong and stable government. It will be followed in due course by a final Coalition Agreement, covering the full range of policy and including foreign, defence and domestic policy issues not covered in this document.

1. Deficit Reduction
The parties agree that deficit reduction and continuing to ensure economic recovery is the most urgent issue facing Britain. We have therefore agreed that there will need to be:
- a significantly accelerated reduction in the structural deficit over the course of a Parliament, with the main burden of deficit reduction borne by reduced spending rather than increased taxes;
- arrangements that will protect those on low incomes from the effect of public sector pay constraint and other spending constraints; and
- protection of jobs by stopping Labour’s proposed jobs tax.
The parties agree that a plan for deficit reduction should be set out in an emergency budget within 50 days of the signing of any agreement; the parties note that the credibility of a plan on deficit reduction depends on its long-term deliverability, not just the depth of immediate cuts. New forecasts of growth and borrowing should be made by an independent Office for Budget Responsibility for this emergency budget.
The parties agree that modest cuts of £6 billion to non-front line services can be made within the financial year 2010-11, subject to advice from the Treasury and the Bank of England on their feasibility and advisability. Some proportion of these savings can be used to support jobs, for example through the cancelling of some backdated demands for business rates. Other policies upon which we are agreed will further support job creation and green investment, such as work programmes for the unemployed and a green deal for energy efficiency investment.
The parties agree that reductions can be made to the Child Trust Fund and tax credits for higher earners.

2. Spending Review – NHS, Schools and a Fairer Society
The parties agree that a full Spending Review should be held, reporting this Autumn, following a fully consultative process involving all tiers of government and the private sector.
The parties agree that funding for the NHS should increase in real terms in each year of the Parliament, while recognising the impact this decision would have on other departments. The target of spending 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid will also remain in place.
We will fund a significant premium for disadvantaged pupils from outside the schools budget by reductions in spending elsewhere.
The parties commit to holding a full Strategic Security and Defence Review alongside the Spending Review with strong involvement of the Treasury.
The Government will be committed to the maintenance of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, and have agreed that the renewal of Trident should be scrutinised to ensure value for money. Liberal Democrats will continue to make the case for alternatives. We will immediately play a strong role in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, and press for continued progress on multilateral disarmament.
The parties commit to establishing an independent commission to review the long term affordability of public sector pensions, while protecting accrued rights.
We will restore the earnings link for the basic state pension from April 2011 with a “triple guarantee” that pensions are raised by the higher of earnings, prices or 2.5%, as proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

3. Tax Measures
The parties agree that the personal allowance for income tax should be increased in order to help lower and middle income earners. We agree to announce in the first Budget a substantial increase in the personal allowance from April 2011, with the benefits focused on those with lower and middle incomes. This will be funded with the money that would have been used to pay for the increase in Employee National Insurance thresholds proposed by the Conservatives, as well as revenues from increases in Capital Gains Tax rates for non-business assets as described below. The increase in Employer National Insurance thresholds proposed by the Conservatives will go ahead in order to stop Labour’s jobs tax. We also agree to a longer term policy objective of further increasing the personal allowance to £10,000, making further real terms steps each year towards this objective.
We agree that this should take priority over other tax cuts, including cuts to Inheritance Tax. We also agree that provision will be made for Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain on budget resolutions to introduce transferable tax allowances for married couples without prejudice to this coalition agreement.
The parties agree that a switch should be made to a per-plane, rather than per-passenger duty; a proportion of any increased revenues over time will be used to help fund increases in the personal allowance.
We further agree to seek a detailed agreement on taxing non-business capital gains at rates similar or close to those applied to income, with generous exemptions for entrepreneurial business activities.
The parties agree that tackling tax avoidance is essential for the new government, and that all efforts will be made to do so, including detailed development of Liberal Democrat proposals.

4. Banking Reform
The parties agree that reform to the banking system is essential to avoid a repeat of Labour’s financial crisis, to promote a competitive economy, to sustain the recovery and to protect and sustain jobs.
We agree that a banking levy will be introduced. We will seek a detailed agreement on implementation.
We agree to bring forward detailed proposals for robust action to tackle unacceptable bonuses in the financial services sector; in developing these proposals, we will ensure they are effective in reducing risk.
We agree to bring forward detailed proposals to foster diversity, promote mutuals and create a more competitive banking industry.
We agree that ensuring the flow of credit to viable SMEs is essential for supporting growth and should be a core priority for a new government, and we will work together to develop effective proposals to do so. This will include consideration of both a major loan guarantee scheme and the use of net lending targets for the nationalised banks.
The parties wish to reduce systemic risk in the banking system and will establish an independent commission to investigate the complex issue of separating retail and investment banking in a sustainable way; while recognising that this would take time to get right, the commission will be given an initial time frame of one year to report.
The parties agree that the regulatory system needs reform to avoid a repeat of Labour’s financial crisis. We agree to bring forward proposals to give the Bank of England control of macro-prudential regulation and oversight of micro-prudential regulation.
The parties also agree to rule out joining the European Single Currency during the duration of this agreement.

5. Immigration
We have agreed that there should be an annual limit on the number of non-EU economic migrants admitted into the UK to live and work. We will consider jointly the mechanism for implementing the limit. We will end the detention of children for immigration purposes.

6. Political Reform
The parties agree to the establishment of five year fixed-term parliaments. A Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government will put a binding motion before the House of Commons in the first days following this agreement stating that the next general election will be held on the first Thursday of May 2015. Following this motion, legislation will be brought forward to make provision for fixed term parliaments of five years. This legislation will also provide for dissolution if 55% or more of the House votes in favour.
The parties will bring forward a Referendum Bill on electoral reform, which includes provision for the introduction of the Alternative Vote in the event of a positive result in the referendum, as well as for the creation of fewer and more equal sized constituencies. Both parties will whip their Parliamentary Parties in both Houses to support a simple majority referendum on the Alternative Vote, without prejudice to the positions parties will take during such a referendum.
The parties will bring forward early legislation to introduce a power of recall, allowing voters to force a by-election where an MP was found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing and having had a petition calling for a by-election signed by 10% of his or her constituents.
We agree to establish a committee to bring forward proposals for a wholly or mainly elected upper chamber on the basis of proportional representation. The committee will come forward with a draft motions by December 2010. It is likely that this bill will advocate single long terms of office. It is also likely there will be a grandfathering system for current Peers. In the interim, Lords appointments will be made with the objective of creating a second chamber reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election.
The parties will bring forward the proposals of the Wright Committee for reform to the House of Commons in full – starting with the proposed committee for management of programmed business and including government business within its scope by the third year of the Parliament.
The parties agree to reduce electoral fraud by speeding up the implementation of individual voter registration.
We have agreed to establish a commission to consider the ‘West Lothian question’.
The parties agree to the implementation of the Calman Commission proposals and the offer of a referendum on further Welsh devolution.
The parties will tackle lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists. We also agree to pursue a detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming party funding in order to remove big money from politics.
The parties will promote the radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. This will include a full review of local government finance.

7. Pensions and Welfare
The parties agree to phase out the default retirement age and hold a review to set the date at which the state pension age starts to rise to 66, although it will not be sooner than 2016 for men and 2020 for women. We agree to end the rules requiring compulsory annuitisation at 75.
We agree to implement the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman’s recommendation to make fair and transparent payments to Equitable Life policy holders, through an independent payment scheme, for their relative loss as a consequence of regulatory failure.
The parties agree to end all existing welfare to work programmes and to create a single welfare to work programme to help all unemployed people get back into work.
We agree that Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants facing the most significant barriers to work should be referred to the aforementioned newly created welfare to work programme immediately, not after 12 months as is currently the case. We agree that Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants aged under 25 should be referred to the programme after a maximum of six months.
The parties agree to realign contracts with welfare to work service providers to reflect more closely the results they achieve in getting people back into work.
We agree that the funding mechanism used by government to finance welfare to work programmes should be reformed to reflect the fact that initial investment delivers later savings in lower benefit expenditure.
We agree that receipt of benefits for those able to work should be conditional on the willingness to work.


8. Education
Schools
We agree to promote the reform of schools in order to ensure:
- that new providers can enter the state school system in response to parental demand;
- that all schools have greater freedom over curriculum; and,
- that all schools are held properly accountable.
Higher education
We await Lord Browne’s final report into higher education funding, and will judge its proposals against the need to:
- increase social mobility;
- take into account the impact on student debt;
- ensure a properly funded university sector;
- improve the quality of teaching;
- advance scholarship; and,
- attract a higher proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
If the response of the Government to Lord Browne’s report is one that Liberal Democrats cannot accept, then arrangements will be made to enable Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain in any vote.

9. Relations with the EU
We agree that the British Government will be a positive participant in the European Union, playing a strong and positive role with our partners, with the goal of ensuring that all the nations of Europe are equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century: global competitiveness, global warming and global poverty.
We agree that there should be no further transfer of sovereignty or powers over the course of the next Parliament. We will examine the balance of the EU’s existing competences and will, in particular, work to limit the application of the Working Time Directive in the United Kingdom.
We agree that we will amend the 1972 European Communities Act so that any proposed future Treaty that transferred areas of power, or competences, would be subject to a referendum on that Treaty – a ‘referendum lock’. We will amend the 1972 European Communities Act so that the use of any passerelle would require primary legislation.
We will examine the case for a United Kingdom Sovereignty Bill to make it clear that ultimate authority remains with Parliament.
We agree that Britain will not join or prepare to join the Euro in this Parliament.
We agree that we will strongly defend the UK’s national interests in the forthcoming EU budget negotiations and that the EU budget should only focus on those areas where the EU can add value.
We agree that we will press for the European Parliament only to have one seat, in Brussels.
We agree that we will approach forthcoming legislation in the area of criminal justice on a case by case basis, with a view to maximising our country’s security, protecting Britain’s civil liberties and preserving the integrity of our criminal justice system. Britain will not participate in the establishment of any European Public Prosecutor.

10. Civil liberties
The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour Government and roll back state intrusion.
This will include:
- A Freedom or Great Repeal Bill.
- The scrapping of ID card scheme, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database.
- Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.
- The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.
- Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.
- The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.
- The restoration of rights to non-violent protest.
- The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.
- Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.
- Further regulation of CCTV.
- Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason.
- A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.

11. Environment
The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy, including:
- The establishment of a smart grid and the roll-out of smart meters.
- The full establishment of feed-in tariff systems in electricity – as well as the maintenance of banded ROCs.
- Measures to promote a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion.
- The creation of a green investment bank.
- The provision of home energy improvement paid for by the savings from lower energy bills.
- Retention of energy performance certificates while scrapping HIPs.
- Measures to encourage marine energy.
- The establishment of an emissions performance standard that will prevent coal-fired power stations being built unless they are equipped with sufficient CCS to meet the emissions performance standard.
- The establishment of a high-speed rail network.
- The cancellation of the third runway at Heathrow.
- The refusal of additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted.
- The replacement of the Air Passenger Duty with a per flight duty.
- The provision of a floor price for carbon, as well as efforts to persuade the EU to move towards full auctioning of ETS permits.
- Measures to make the import or possession of illegal timber a criminal offence.
- Measures to promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity.
- Mandating a national recharging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
- Continuation of the present Government’s proposals for public sector investment in CCS technology for four coal-fired power stations; and a specific commitment to reduce central government carbon emissions by 10 per cent within 12 months.
- We are agreed that we would seek to increase the target for energy from renewable sources, subject to the advice of the Climate Change Committee.
Liberal Democrats have long opposed any new nuclear construction. Conservatives, by contrast, are committed to allowing the replacement of existing nuclear power stations provided they are subject to the normal planning process for major projects (under a new national planning statement) and provided also that they receive no public subsidy.
We have agreed a process that will allow Liberal Democrats to maintain their opposition to nuclear power while permitting the government to bring forward the national planning statement for ratification by Parliament so that new nuclear construction becomes possible.
This process will involve:
- the government completing the drafting of a national planning statement and putting it before Parliament;
- specific agreement that a Liberal Democrat spokesman will speak against the planning statement, but that Liberal Democrat MPs will abstain; and
- clarity that this will not be regarded as an issue of confidence.
 
Sunday, May 09, 2010
  Consultation session
Given that I probably need to go to London today I will aim to hold a consultation session for Yardley Lib Dem supporters later today.

I will provide details of the location to anyone who emails me and/or puts a note through the office door by 1pm.
 
Saturday, May 08, 2010
  38 degrees trashes MPs emails - apologies to any constituents caught out by this
38 degrees have been spamming Lib Dem MP's email boxes. The problem is that emails are being sent by 38 degree on behalf of people all over the country.

So many emails are being sent that it is impossible to read them. The danger of this is that it prevents emails from constituents being read.

I have configured my spam filter to ignore the 38 degrees emails. This may cause other emails to be rejected, for which I apologise. However, I am still managing to get emails from consitutents.

Now is an important time for MPs to be able to liaise with their constituents quickly. What 38 degrees are doing is acting to prevent this. They should stop.

If your emails to me are being rejected please put a note through the constituency office door and I will find a way of you being able to email me.
 
Friday, May 07, 2010
  Hung Parliament - what should the LIb Dems do?
If there is a demand for this I would intend to organise a meeting in Yardley for Yardley Lib Dem supporters to discuss the issue of what the Lib Dems should do in a hung parliament (as in the one that is now hung).

Can anyone interested in such a meeting please write to or email my office.
 

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