Shirley Williams

Be a Lifesaver: Legislate 0.7% Aid

Shirley Williams | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Shirley Williams

For the children suffering physical and emotional trauma after fleeing gunfire in the Central African Republic, or the families rebuilding their lives after extensive flooding in Pakistan and Bangladesh, UK aid is a lifeline that helps them start over again... Legislating will mean that the political and public debate shifts away from a focus on how much we spend to the effectiveness of UK aid, so that we can save as many lives as possible. For nurses, doctors and teachers in some of the world's poorest countries, it is imperative to be able to plan service provision for the years to come.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Clegg Plays Footsie With Labour

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 17 February 2014... 1) CLEGG PLAYS FOOTSIE WITH LABOUR Project Differentiation continues apa...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Return Of The TB-GBs?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 20 September 2013... 1) THE RETURN OF THE TB-GBs So, the long-awaited memoirs from former Brown advis...

Shirley Williams: Simon Hughes Wouldn't Have Opposed Free School Meals If He Was A Dad

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

Shirley Williams has said her Lib Dem colleague Simon Hughes would not have opposed giving free school meals to schoolchildren if he had ever been a f...

Paying £25 to See Your Doctor Is Cruel, But It's a Definite Possibility Under a Tory-Liberal Government Determined to Undermine Public Services

James Elliott | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

They are not intellectually convincing, but they are vocally dominant. The Left needs to organise a coherent response, and argue for greater NHS funding as an alternative to brutally ending free healthcare to suit the people who won't pay the higher taxes required to maintain it.

Williams Says Lord Rennard Guilty Of 'Misbehaving'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics

Baroness Shirley Williams said fellow Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, who is currently being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, is...

Lib Dem Activists Need to Start Growing Up

Louise Phillips | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Louise Phillips

I spent this weekend at a rock festival in Butlins. Odd, I know, but probably less so than spending it in Gateshead at Lib Dem spring conference.

Clegg Stuck On The Fence After Lib Dems Reject NHS Reforms

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat activists have defied their party's leadership by refusing to back the controversial NHS Reform Bill at their spring conference in Ga...

Lib Dems To Vote For Toothless NHS Measure At Spring Conference

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrats will vote on Sunday on proposals calling for the party to back controversial health reforms after a rebel bid to kill off the plans ...

Lib Dems Won't Hold 'Kill The Bill' Debate

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics

A bid to allow Liberal Democrats to vote for controversial health reforms to be dropped has failed, the party has confirmed. Campaigners against th...

'Trust Shirley Williams, Not Andy Burnham'

PA | Posted 11.03.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg today said he was "confident" Liberal Democrats would back the coalition's controversial health reforms ahead of a potential vote calling o...

Nick Clegg Gives Backing To Further Changes To NHS Bill

Pa/The Huffington Post | Posted 28.02.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg backed further changes to the government's NHS reforms today as he attempted to head off Liberal Democrat anger over the shake-up. In a ...

Alan Stoob: Interview With a Nazi Hunter

Marc Paterson | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

On a freezing cold Friday morning outside the Stockwood Craft Museum, chosen for it's lack of images on Google Street View, I crossed the pebbled cour...

The House Of Lords: Rebels With A Cause

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Huxley | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Politics

House of Lords rebellions have become a regular feature of Parliamentary life in recent months. On Monday's edition of the BBC's Daily Politics pro...

Close Hospitals Or The NHS Will Fail, Says Former Health Secretary

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics

The Conservative chair of the Health Select Committee Stephen Dorrell has signalled his opposition the government's flagship bill for NHS reform, but ...

Alternative Role Models for British Women Politicians?

Max Atkinson | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK Politics
Max Atkinson

During the Labour Party conference last month, I raised the question of whether some of the party's leading women, such as Yvette Cooper, Caroline Fl...

Michael Rundle

Liberal Democrats Debate NHS Reforms At Tense Conference Session

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrats packed the main hall of the party conference in Birmingham for a debate on NHS reform on Tuesday, where some members attacked the co...