• Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

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    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • Wera Hobhouse lights 30th Birthday candles for GLD (Liz Carver)
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    I KNEW we had a picture of Wera Hobhouse lighting the GLD Birthday candles somewhere. Just found it - thanks to Liz Carver for the photo. The guy with the light blond hair is Keith Melton, founding Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats, making sure hs cake is presented to its best profile!

  • Wera Hobhouse MP, speaking at Southport Conference GLD fringe meeting (Jane Brophy)
    Article: Mar 18, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    The 30th Birthday Conference of the Green Liberal Democrats is becoming a must-not-miss event for anyone in the Liberal Democrats who has even a smattering of Green motivation in their political souls. It has the same feel about it as the inaugural conference back in 1988 and the Party now is much bigger in numbers than back in the day. So do not miss taking your place at the conference.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • A sponge cake with roll-it-out icing
    Article: Mar 14, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    I made my first ever cake in over seventy years to celebrate our 30th Birthday appearance at the Spring Conference in Southport and we had a competition to guess the weight of the cake for a £1 entry fee. The prize was, of course, the cake PLUS a FREE entry to the Green Liberal Democrat Conference in Nottingham on 19th May.

  • mansion
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    Should non-Resident Russians be able to own homes in the UK? ALTER secretary David Cooper argues that preventing this could be an effective sanction that actually benefits the UK, see Guardian Letters...

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut his strings.

    The UK must build a coalition of the willing, able to put an end to Putin's murderous adventurism, and show murder condoned or directed comes at a very heavy price.

    Putin is a bully who will not be put back in his box by entreaties from the Leader of the Opposition to have a chinwag over beer and sandwiches.

  • Michaeal Meadowcroft (standing), Joe Bourke and Tony Vickers at the ALTER Southport Fringe
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    Our fringe meeting at federal conference in Southport was entitled, 'Reforming business rates and council tax' with Michael Meadowcroft (standing in photo), a former Liberal member of Parliament and life-long campaigner invited to introduce the discussion.

    Tony Vickers of ALTER (sitting to the right) also spoke on more technical matters and solutions to the problems raised by our policy of using site value rating to replace the present taxation methods supporting local services...

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    The Spring Statement was a non-event.

    The OECD gave us the clearer picture - that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.

    The OBR's fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.