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“Future is storage:” SA govt pumps for four more hydro projects - RenewEconomy

At least if there are sufficient independents and third party reps then any minority government (of either ilk) will have to negotiate with them to gain and retain power. This will hopefully mean being the party in minority government will not sit easy ...

Library science videos do a deep dive on pressure - Corvallis Gazette Times

At the end of all that, Fillo, creator, host and showrunner for "Lib Lab," an educational video series produced in partnership with the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, had just a few hours to shoot a demonstration of how pressure affects ...

ANALYSIS: End of the line? Glasgow Airport may still get its surface link - HeraldScotland

It was, said John Swinney, “desirable but not essential”. When the then finance secretary binned Glasgow's Airport Rail Link eight years ago he felt he had saved the public purse a fortune. GARL, as the ill-fated scheme was called, was, in SNP eyes ...

David Steel names his price for Lib-Lab pact - archive, 1977 - The Guardian

Mr David Steel yesterday presented a ten-point package to the Prime Minister as the foundation for a round of negotiations between the Government and Liberal Party aimed at a renewed Lib-Lab pact to sustain the Government through another parliamentary ...

Tactical voting to beat the Tories: does the maths equal a coalition? - The Guardian

Perfect tactical voting by Lib/Lab/Green voters, even assuming they preferred a Labour government to a Tory one, would fail miserably based on current polling. At present, the Tories look set to win about 392 seats with Labour crashing to the Hagueish ...

Last Night's Review: This House, Minerva Theatre, Chichester - Daily Echo

You think the state of British politics is bad now, then you didn't live through the seventies. Those of us who did and are old enough to recall the Labour – and for a short period Lib-Lab Pact – government of 1974-79 will know that despite the ...

Lib Dems Mock Owen Smith With A Little Song, Tell Tony Blair To 'F** Off And Die' - Huffington Post UK

... sees popular tunes reworded with a political angle. This year in Brighton, the songbook included this ditty (to be sung to the theme from Robin Hood). Owen Smith, Owen Smith, Always on TV Owen Smith, Owen Smith Who the hell is he? Hated by the left ...

Sir Kenneth Stowe: Assistant to three prime ministers noted for his work on the Lib-Lab pact and the Ulster peace ... - The Independent

Kenneth Stowe was the dedicated and diligent civil servant who orchestrated Harold Wilson's resignation as Prime Minister in 1976, negotiated the Lib-Lab Pact for his successor James Callaghan, put out the feelers that began the Northern Ireland peace ...

The persecution of Julian Assange is not feminist, it's political - Crikey

One notes that world hero and Australian hero and truth-teller Julian Assange has not been charged with anything but is indefinitely imprisoned without charge or trial with the complicity of successive bottom-of-the barrel Lib-Lab (Coalition and Labor ...

Explainer: what is a confidence-and-supply government? - The Conversation UK

Between 1977 and 1978 the Liberal party, under David Steel, entered into the “Lib-Lab pact” with Jim Callaghan's Labour government. Callaghan is the only British PM to preside over a confidence-and-supply government. PA. In exchange for their support ...

Election 2015: Ed Miliband is the man Vladimir Putin wants to run Britain,' say Tories - Telegraph.co.uk

Nick Clegg has been holding court at the back of the Lib Dem campaign bus in his daily session with journalists. As well as comments with about the Union being still at risk - see below - the Deputy Prime Minister made some candid remarks about the ...

Why a Labour/Lib Dem coalition must still be an option – and Nick Clegg needn't be the price - New Statesman

That has led to this current campaign being an unusual one in which there is almost no talk of a Lab-Lib coalition after it. Instead, "hung parliament" talk focuses on Labour working with the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Greens and the SDLP. This is ...

Every single possible coalition and post-election power-sharing deal - in one chart - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)

A Lib-Lab pact? Conservatives sharing power with Ukip? The Scottish Nationalists propping up Labour, with help from the Lib Dems? The various combinations and permutations for post-election powersharing are just about the only thing politicians think ...

Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice? - The Independent

The attempt to blackmail Smith took place around the time of the “Lib-Lab pact” of 1977-78, when the Labour government was maintaining power with the support of Liberal MPs. Boss sought to destabilise the government and hasten an election and the ...

Nick Clegg Could Be Prime Minister For Month After Election If David Cameron 'F**ked Off', Says Lib Dem Sir Nick Harvey - Huffington Post UK

Harvey said: "If it was a Lib-Lab discussion going on, Cameron ought to remain in office. If he was so fucked off he didn't want to, I would understand that in human terms. But I think personally it would be a dereliction of duty, I think he should ...

Is "vote Green, get Tory" really the best that Labour propagandists can come up with? - NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL LOLS (blog)

Recent polls have shown the Lib-Lab-Con Westminster establishment with the lowest share of the vote between them in history (just 66% according to a January 2015 Ashcroft poll). If this trend towards the smaller parties continues until the General ...

General election 2015: why a multi-party coalition is a possibility - The Guardian

However, the prospects change dramatically if the Lib Dems do not dominate the ranks of the smaller parties. In my scenario for next year, the 2010 positions are reversed: 60 “other” MPs compared with 30 Lib Dem. This would transform the arithmetic of ...

Stephen Tall: Why I believe Nick Clegg should stand down as Liberal Democrat leader - Conservative Home

Yet the prospects of Clegg being able to sell a second Lib/Con Coalition to Lib Dem members is minimal. He will instead be reliant on Paddy Ashdown and Cable and Farron doing the selling. If my bet's wrong and Labour end up the largest party in a hung ...

European Parliament Election: Ukip candidate calls for death penalty for rivals and 'traitors' - The Independent

Just days before the European elections, Ukip has been embroiled in yet another scandal after one of its candidates suggested the three main political parties and those who support them should be hung for treason. In a letter to voters dated 15 May ...

My rivals should be hanged for treason, says Ukip candidate - Telegraph.co.uk

Mr Ferguson wrote: “The Lib-Lab-Cons have conspired with a foreign power, the EU, and are all thereby guilty of treason. They have sold Britain, which is the fifth largest economy, illegally into increasing slavery inside the EU dictatorship. Those ...

The Liberal–Labour movement refers to the practice of local Liberal associations accepting and supporting candidates who were financially maintained by trade unions. These candidates stood for the British Parliament with the aim of representing the working classes, while remaining supportive of the Liberal Party in general.

"Lib-Lab(s)" redirects here. See Lib-Lab pact for UK Liberal Party-Labour Party agreements and LibLab for the Norwegian think-tank.

The Liberal–Labour movement refers to the practice of local Liberal associations accepting and supporting candidates who were financially maintained by trade unions. These candidates stood for the British Parliament with the aim of representing the working classes, while remaining supportive of the Liberal Party in general.

The first Lib–Lab candidate to stand was George Odger in the Southwark by-election of 1870. The first Lib–Lab candidates to be elected were Alexander MacDonald and Thomas Burt, both members of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (MFGB), in the 1874 general election. In 1880, they were joined by Henry Broadhurst of the Operative Society of Masons and the movement reached its peak in 1885, with twelve MPs elected. These include William Abraham (Mabon) in the Rhondda division whose claims to the Liberal nomination were essentially based on his working class credentials.

The candidates generally stood with the support of the Liberal Party, the Labour Representation League and one or more trade unions. After 1885, decline set in. Disillusion grew from the defeat of the Manningham Mills Strike, a series of decisions restricting the activity of unions, culminating in the Taff Vale Case and largely unchallenged by the Liberal Party, and the foundation of the Independent Labour Party in 1892 followed by its turn towards trade unionism.

The formation of the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 followed by the Labour Party in 1906, meant that in the House of Commons, there were two groups of MPs containing Trade Union sponsored MPs, sitting on either side of the chamber. (about 28 took the Labour whip and about 23 took the Liberal whip) The Trades Union Congress decided to instruct its affiliate unions to require their MPs to stand at the next election as Labour Party candidates and take the Labour whip. Of the 23 Trade Union sponsored Liberal MPs, 15 were sponsored by unions affiliated to the Miners Federation of Great Britain (MFGB). When the MFGB affiliated to the Labour Party in 1909, most of their MPs joined Labour after the January 1910 general election.

The Liberal-Labour group finally died out at the 1918 general election, when Thomas Burt (by then Father of the House) and Arthur Richardson stood down.