Shirley Williams

Immigration Detainees 'Benefit' From Being Paid Just £1 An Hour, Says Tory Minister

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics

The Conservative government has been slammed using immigration detention centres as “virtual sweatshops”, after a minister said detainees “benef...

Stalkers To Face 10 Year Jail Sentences After Govt U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics

Stalkers are to face a new maximum jail sentence of 10 years after ministers caved to pressure from a cross-party campaign to increase protection for ...

Lib Dem Peer, 85, Nails Donald Trump Impersonation

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK

Shirley Williams, one of the House of Lords' longest serving peers, has delivered an impression of Donald Trump - and she pretty much nailed it. T...

The Future Demands That the United Kindom Remains a Leading Part of the European Union

Shirley Williams | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Politics
Shirley Williams

In concluding, I hand over to my colleagues here, careful and very cherished support for the great public institutions I have spoken about which are part of the warp and the weft of this country's whole being and who texture and quality. And I ask them to think very hard before allowing the United Kingdom to withdraw from what I believe to be its major duty to the world, which is the one it will encounter and then deliver through the European Union.

Baroness Shirley Williams Urges Politicians To Come Together To Fix The NHS In Final Lords Speech

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics

Veteran Lib Dem peer Baroness Shirley Williams used her final speech in Parliament this afternoon to urge politicians from all parties to come togethe...

A Corbyn Victory Would Be Disastrous for Democracy

David Browne | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Politics
David Browne

With the deadline for Labour leadership voters to register having now passed and ballots almost ready to be issued, the only question left is who the winner will be, and whether this will be former outsider Jeremy Corbyn. If he does win it will be bad not just for Labour, but for democracy as a whole.

Caroline Frost

'My Mother Thought She'd Be Forgotten' | Caroline Frost | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment

Baroness Shirley Williams reveals that, as a child, she knew her mother Vera Brittain was "doing something important" because it was clear she wasn't ...

Be a Lifesaver: Legislate 0.7% Aid

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | 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 Fli...

Michael Rundle

Liberal Democrats Debate NHS Reforms At Tense Conference Session | 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...