News / UK and world by Press Association September 16, 2018, 8:34 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Controversial campaigner Gina Miller is set to take centre stage at the Liberal Democrat conference as speculation continues to swirl over whether she could be a future leader of the party. Ms Miller has insisted she has no interest in such a move, but proposals by Sir Vince Cable to allow non-MPs to stand for the leadership have provoked concern in the party. The businesswoman, who led a successful legal bid to give MPs the power to trigger Article 50, is giving a key note address on Europe on Monday at the party’s gathering in Brighton. Sir Vince, who has made it clear he intends to stand down well before the slated 2022 general election, acknowledged that some Lib Dems MPs see his proposed changes to leadership election rules as a “put down”. He told a fringe event: “Some people say this is a put down … [Read more...] about Gina Miller’s leadership credentials in spotlight ahead of speech to Lib Dems
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ROGUE states who launch cyber attacks must face sanctions under new international laws, a senior Lib Dem has revealed. A global treaty must be set up to limit new technology such as modern warfare, drones and artificial intelligence, says frontbencher Jo Swinson. The deputy leader will say “all around the world, small-minded, populist leaders are sprouting up. Feeding off fear and lies. Undermining the international order”. She will demand a new "Geneva Convention" to deal with new threats when she speaks at the Lib Dem annual conference in Brighton. Proposals also to be debated include new legislation to ensure a meaningful vote before the UK goes to war. Ms Swinson said: “Recent cyber-attacks on businesses and civil infrastructure traced to Russia show that cyber-defence must be considered the new civil defence. “That is why Liberal Democrats are determined to take forward radical new ideas, including a new ‘Geneva Convention’ for modern warfare. … [Read more...] about Rogue states which hack into rival governments must be hauled before global courts, Lib Dems demand
BORIS Johnson is “all mouth and trousers”, the Lib Dems said today in a risqué dig at the top Brexiteer’s personal troubles. MP Tom Brake used his party conference speech to mock the former Foreign Secretary over his reputation for sleeping around. The jibe came as he called for Brexit to be overturned and claimed staying in the EU would SAVE Britain £3billion. Speaking in Brighton Mr Brake, the party’s Brexit spokesman, said Mr Johnson is “a man of many words, but no Brexit plan. All mouth and no trousers.” He added: “For Boris, there has always only been one agenda – the one that puts the blonde bombshell, with the so-carefully manicured tousled hair – into No 10. “Nothing is to get in the way of that preening ambition. Truth, principle, loyalty, friendship, all are expendable, as long as he secures the keys to that famous shiny black door.” Mr Brake also mocked David Davis, calling him “Inaction … [Read more...] about Bonking Boris is ‘all mouth and no trousers’, Lib Dems say in dig at Brexiteer’s love life
0 Have your say The Liberal Democrats could change their name to make the party more attractive to potential defectors from Labour and the Tories, leader Sir Vince Cable has said.On the eve of his party’s conference in Brighton, Sir Vince suggested as many as 18 MPs could be enticed to join the Lib Dems in protest at Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg setting the agenda on Brexit talks, and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour.The Liberal Democrat name is only 30 years old, a product of the 1988 merger between the Labour breakaway Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party of Gladstone and Lloyd George.The current Lib Dem leader has pledged to shake up the party, opening up its leadership contests and campaigns to non-paying supporters in bid to capture the energy from growing anti-Brexit feeling.“British politics is very tribal. There still a lot of tribal loyalty and people find it difficult to move in the British system,” Sir Vince … [Read more...] about Vince Cable: Lib Dems open to changing party name to woo voters
Opinion PUBLISHED: 15:37 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 13 September 2018 Richard Porritt Sir Vince Cable has struggled to ignite interest in his party since taking over as leader Photo: PA / Andrew Matthews PA Wire/PA Images Why are the Liberal Democrats doing so badly? On the face of it the political climate is primed for the party to be attracting a raft of new members – and more importantly, of course, new votes. And yet their poll rating is in stasis and the party is struggling for any kind of cut through.Neither prime minister Theresa May or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have won the hearts (or minds) of the majority of people. Consistently polling has shown that the most popular prime minister of the United Kingdom would be ‘none of the above’.So, Sir Vince Cable’s Liberal democrats should be motoring.The Tories are ripping themselves apart over Europe – what has changed in the past 40 years? – and … [Read more...] about Could the Lib Dems spark the centre into life?