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Campaign for Gender Balance Blog Awards

The Campaign for Gender Balance has announced the shortlists for its Blog Awards, to be announced at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference.

The shortlists are as follows:

Best Blog by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Liberal Democrat

This shortlist will form the basis of two awards - the Judge's Choice and the Peoples' Choice. To vote in the People's Choice category, follow this link: http://cgbblog.notlong.com/

Best Blog Post by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog Post by a Woman Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Non-Liberal Democrat

Best Blog by a Woman Non-Liberal Democrat

We are sad to report that Rose Hacker died on 4 February, one month before her 102nd birthday. Her remaining columns are continuing to be published by the Camden New Journal.

Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted and commiserations to everyone who was not. The final results will be announced at the Campaign for Gender Balance Blog Awards' Drinks Reception, taking place on Saturday 8th March 2008, between 8.00pm and 9.30pm, at Canada Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool.

The awards will be decided by a prestigious team of judges:

  • Jo Swinson MP: Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Equalities and Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter: Liberal Democrat spokesperson on broadcasting, a former producer on Newsnight and Vice Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • Ros Harper: Solicitor and compliance officer for a global bank, Lib Dem 2005 parliamentary candidate for Surrey Heath (as which she wrote a blog for Channel Four News) and Vice Chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance
  • James Graham: winner, Lib Dem Blog of the Year 2007
  • Olly Grender: former Liberal Democrat Director of Communications
  • Ros Taylor: Guardian journalist and an editor on the Comment is Free website

To read blogs by Liberal Democrats (women and men), see the Lib Dem Blogs website (http://www.libdemblogs.co.uk).

Latest Lib Dem Blogs

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    • Maghull Town Council - Just how many houses would the planners have had to have dumped on Maghull before the Town Council said NO?
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    • Lib Dems seek guarantees on future of 'lifeline' bus service
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    • Opinion: Insulation not fossil fuel subsidies
      Earlier this week parliament overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill calling for a moratorium on fracking. The challenge that the UK faces is that we are particularly dependent on natural gas. The vast majority of us have gas boilers and heating makes up much of the gas used in the UK. Weaning ourselves off gas boilers isn't easy. There are renewable alternatives such as heat pumps but these only work in very well insulated homes. And there's the rub. Around 70% of homes in the UK are still not well insulated, and a good portion of those have ...
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    • Time for another journey - London to New Delhi via... Helsinki, obviously...
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    • St Albans DC, Marshalwick South- 29 January 2015
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    • Could a grand coalition emerge under the following circumstances?
      I wrote an article about a Tory-Labour coalition after the next election a little while back. Most of it was a bit tongue in cheek, well aware as I am of the things repelling both of the two main parties from such a possibility. However, there is one set of circumstances under which I could see it happening. Imagine David Cameron is still prime minister post-May, meaning the Conservatives either have a majority or have done another deal with someone. One of the first bills the new parliament receives is one legislating for an EU referendum to take place in ...
    • The political classes lagging not leading on housing
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    • Average house price is now "13 times average earnings" - Cities Outlook 2015
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    • Donizetti and Dementia
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    • The Blood is The Life 29-01-2015
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  • Jan 28, 2015:
    • You talk, we'll listen
    • Lib Dems launch Party Political Broadcast
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    • Open Doors: All 3 versions of the first Lib Dem broadcast of the year
      The Liberal Democrats' first crack at the General Election broadcasts is being shown as you read this. With the theme of Open Doors, it's about listening to voters and majors on how the Liberal Democrats would make a difference compared to Labour and the Conservatives.You may not be surprised to find that the phrases "stronger economy", "fairer society" and "opportunity for everyone" feature. Here is the English version. The Scottish and Welsh will follow below when they are available. And here's Willie Rennie's version: And Kirsty Williams:
    • Is single persons council tax discount fair?
      A compulsory council tax discount which is received by wealthy working age people living alone in large homes could be making it harder for local authorities to protect discounts for struggling families on low incomes? Previous analysis shows that it is costing councils more than £200 million a year to give a compulsory discount to [...]
    • A Welsh Government bill without a cause
      The Welsh Public Services Minister launched stage one of the reorganisation of local government in Wales yesterday with the introduction of a bill to facilitate voluntary mergers. He did so having first ruled out the only three proposals for voluntary merger he had received. This has caused consternation, not least because one of the proposals in front of the Minister fitted in with the proposals of the William's Commission. The Minister obviously has the right to turn down the voluntary merger proposals in front of him on the basis of the criteria that he set out but that poses an ...
    • Members Highlights
      The best of ALDC content from the last week, including: New national statistics for local campaigns Campaigning with Statistics blog article Upcoming Connect training opportunities Policy stats downloads in File Library Ask ALDC 'Campaign Tools' FAQs Facebook Update ALDC Blog Election Law Handbook: Online for ALDC Members ALDC's Election Law Handbook has been divided up into [...]
    • Liberal Democrats winning here......or at least....erm....purring here
      [IMG: Billy 1] This is the real Billy. The Purr Minister! Ah! What a cutie! Fantastic news straight from Battersea Dogs and Cats home!: The battle for the ballot is over and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home can now reveal that Billy, owned by Mid Dorset & North Poole MP Annette Brooke, has clawed his way to high office by securing a winning 23 percent of the vote in this year's Battersea Purr Minister competition. Will the news sink in for Billy, even though his owner is pulling the plug on politics? Billy's manifursto focusing on 'love and care' and ...
    • Who are the three groups of voters more likely to vote Lib Dem in 2015? I was surprised...
      [IMG: state of nation] An interesting snippet from British Future's excellent State of the Nation 2015 report: In the State of the Nation poll, first time voters (14%), ethnic minority respondents (15%) and those born abroad (12%) were more likely to say they plan to vote Lib Dem in 2015. Why interesting? Well, most people would probably assume - I did - that the Lib Dems' U-turn on tuition fees and the party's inability to get BAME candidates elected as MPs would particularly hamper us with these groups. (I guess it's less surprising that we poll relatively well with those ...
    • Millions of Families Benefitting Twice from Liberal Democrat Tax Cut
      [IMG: LD tax cut] 8.3m families will benefit twice from the Liberal Democrat tax cut, new analysis has revealed. Thanks to Liberal Democrats increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,600, these families will on average be £1,330 better off each year. New research using HM Treasury's tax and benefit model shows that our flagship policy of increasing the amount that people can earn before they pay income tax is vital in creating a fairer society. Income tax cuts for working people were a top priority for Liberal Democrats when we entered the coalition in 2010 and one which we are ...
    • Whoever said footballers were role models?
      Chelsea played Liverpool yesterday and the Chelsea player Diego Costa may face retrospective punishment for two stamps on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel that were not seen by the referee. In the press conference Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not understand what reporters meant by the word 'stamp'. Let me help him. To stamp means to bring down one's foot heavily on the ground or on something (or someone) on the ground. I think Mourinho's point concerned the intention to stamp and this is important when an opponent is on the receiving end but I don't think intention is that ...
    • Excellent news in fight against FGM with conviction of doctor
      From the Liberal Democrat website: Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said the conviction of an Egyptian doctor who performed an illegal female genital mutilation operation on a 13 year-old is a step forward in ending FGM across the world. The doctor was ... convicted of manslaughter after Suhair al-Bataa died following the operation in 2013. Commenting Lynne said: "This is a hugely important step forward in the international campaign to end FGM. I wholeheartedly congratulate those tireless campaigners working in Egypt, Britain and across the rest of the world. "Today's landmark ruling shows we are one step closer to ...
    • What Labour are up to in Hornsey and Wood Green...
      It's very rare for me to post about Labour literature that's delivered in my constituency - firstly because it so rarely happens, secondly because I am a Lib Dem! But here goes. Over the last few weeks, some Haringey residents have received a Labour leaflet on their doorstep. In it, Labour have outlined their 'tough new approach to immigration.' [IMG: Labour's disgraceful anti immigration leaflet - delivered in Hornsey and Wood Green] So apparently, under a Labour government - people who come to the UK will be treated as second class citizens. Labour will stop people who come here from ...
    • Opinion: Achievable electoral reform for 2015
      Securing an initial cross-party agreement is rarely enough to deliver constitutional reform. The dilemma for proponents of proportional voting is that such a fundamental change will always require a lengthy period of consultation. This time is a boon for the backroom operators in the big parties looking to backpedal, backstab, and poison the water. Ask Labour or the Tories for proper voting reform and what you will get is a long-term commitment that is lukewarm and effectively worthless. The obvious way around this problem is to try to secure a small, quick gain as part of the overall package, something ...
    • Recruiting your endorsers for May
      Featuring endorsements of our candidates by local residents in our literature is a highly effective way of reinforcing our message. And in a period when our general credibility is a bit lower than previously, it can be a very good way of demonstrating that our support remains strong in the local area. Endorsements also give [...]
    • Go-ahead for A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road
      Stockport Council has received a green light from the Secretary of State for Transport to build the long-awaited A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, and construction could start in earnest as early as March 2015. The new road has long been a key campaign for local MP Mark Hunter. [IMG: sliderimage2] Stockport Council yesterday received notification from the Secretary of State for Transport that the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Roads Order (SRO) for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road have been confirmed. The Secretary of State for the department for Communities and Local Government also confirmed the ...
    • Sal Brinton: "We aren't dead"
      [IMG: sal brinton] New Statesman carries an interview with Liberal Democrat President, Sal Brinton. It's wide-ranging discussion, with Sal in upbeat mood: The key message is, if I talk to a candidate or other senior people do, make sure that you pass the word on. It's like handing a torch on to say, 'actually we aren't dead, there's a lot happening, there's a lot good that we've got to talk about in government, and yes there have been things that have been very difficult for us'. But if people only hear about the bad side, and the side that the ...
    • How the Liberal Democrats have repeated Jo Grimond's mistake
      Tudor Jones's The Revival of British Liberalism: from Grimond to Clegg concentrates on the history of liberal thought rather than of Liberal organisation, but it contains an important nugget still very relevant to the Liberal Democrats. It's about former Liberal Party leader Jo Grimond and his realignment strategy: The major contradiction at the heart of Grimond's strategy ... [led] as Michael Steed has pointed out, to 'the most serious mismatch of the party's organisational and political strategies'. For the main thrust of the Liberals' organisational strategy was the need to build up constituency associations and resources in Conservative-held territory, whereas ...
    • Lord William Wallace writes... Make national voter registration day part of your campaign
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    • West Berkshire UA, Purley-on-Thames - 28 January 2015
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    • A chink in the Great Wall between government and governed
      The story of the emergence of a political counterculture, initially in the late 1950s and given voice by the Liberals, and thereon spilling out into the voluntary sector and back again, has been a story of complete non-communication. The political mainstream has their issues - they are usually about public spending and private ownership and little else - and the counterculture has theirs. There's little or no debate between them. There are a few exceptions to this, I know. Roy Jenkins, as a reforming 1960s Home Secretary, managed to bring the two worlds together when he first legalised abortion and ...
    • Lifeline for local Post Offices
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    • A sneak peak inside the Liberal Democrat general election HQ
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    • Bury Directory - Useful new Website
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    • Kathy Pollard calls out Suffolk Tories on Ipswich congestion
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