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Twitter bio: Ex Leader of the Lib Dems (amongst other things), ex High Representative in Bosnia currently in the Lords, writing books and having fun with my grandchildren

Affiliation: Liberal Democrat
Join Date: 10 Jul 2001
The axis of Govt lies between No 10 and No 11. If that fractures it's usually the start of a wider break up. From this rift, elections come.
May's speech by The Ancient Mariner: Ah! Well a-day! What evil looks Had I from old and young! ....... the albatross About my neck was hung.
At the beginning of the week I wrote that most people would be paying even less attention to the party conferences this year than they usually do: with very few exceptions, memorable conference moments are the ones leaders wish had never happened. Unfo...
As if the conference were not already beset with rivalry and intrigue, we now have the Battle of the Lanyards. Most attendees wear their passes on bright blue cords sponsored by Tate & Lyle, but a rearguard action has been launched by British Sugar, ke...
An honour to welcome the Prime Minister to the annual ConHome party with the 1922 Committee, which has become a regular feature on the conference agenda. It was especially good of her to turn up on her birthday (what better way to celebrate the occasio...
For a party organisation, a snap general election is a bit like an unannounced Ofsted inspection, as Paul Goodman sagely observed at yesterday’s ConHome fringe meeting on party reform. Quite a revealing one, in the most recent case. Many of the conclus...
In many years of listening to voters in my political research, the same complaints come up again and again: politicians don’t listen, they always break their promises, that sort of thing. One such theme that used to be a regular but which we have not h...
Yesterday I set out my two main observations from the research that went into The Lost Majority, my book on the 2017 election that is published this week. One was that while the Conservative voting coalition in June was bigger than the one that elected...
This article first appeared in the Telegraph.   In January 1993, the Conservative Party’s average poll rating was 
39 per cent. Twelve months later it had fallen to 31 per cent, and there it stayed, or thereabouts, for more than a decade. Throughout th...
The 2017 election was supposed to be a walkover for the Conservative Party – but the voters had other ideas. My new book, The Lost Majority, aims to help explain how the unexpected result came about and why the thumping victory the Tories expected neve...
In the Labour Party, Momentum has taken young people and made them into cheerleaders. What radical about that?
May's cabinet. This lot give rats in a sack a bad name!
Having persuaded her country to take a million refugees, the miracle is that Merkel has been re-elected at all. The woman is a marvel.
Good Conference great speech by Vince. But nothing on the 2 dangerous crises of today: Myanmar & N Korea. This must surely not happen again
Large majorities think many public sector workers should be given pay rises above one per cent, and most Labour voters think their party should support strike action if pay demands are not met, according to my latest poll. Support for higher increases ...
#HurricaneIrma and British territories. Has Michael Fallon been asleep on the job?
NK policy is arm & we'll bomb, stop & we'll talk. It's not worked. Time to abandon threats first talks later for talks first threats later?
See T May's "I'm going on clip" yesterday? Reminded me a lot of that nice enthusiastic N.Korean newsreader lady.
Trump on Charleston: the battle for the soul of America has started. Oh JFK how we need you, or someone like you now!