Recommended reading for Liberal Democrat councillors and local campaigners over the last seven days:

Much of the media regarding Liberal Democrats in the last week has been around our Federal Spring Conference in Sheffield: 

On the eve of our Conference the Independent ran an interview with Nick Clegg: Nick Clegg: I told Cameron he was talking complete bilge

Writing in the New Statesman, Olly Grender says: Clegg needs to inspire his party’s members

Liberal Democrat conference delegates enjoy a day of living quite dangerously, reports the Guardian,

and the next day: NHS reforms face overhaul after Liberal Democrats’ rebellion

You can watch Nick Clegg’s speech here (Jonathan Wallace’s YouTube channel)

Other national and party news:

BBC reports: Liberal Democrats ‘to quit Cowley Street headquarters’

And the Independent reports on one tiny aspect of the tragic events affecting Japan this week: Huhne orders checks on nuclear power station safety systems

If any of us ever needed explaining what First-Past-The-Post electoral systems are a BAD idea, then this clever little video explains it nicely! Well worth bringing to the attention of friends and colleagues. 

In local government (both MJ):

Council fears over pensions timetable

Warning of £1bn funding gap in social care by 2014

And finally bad news for anyone thinking of asking permission to print a picture of a bank note in a leaflet….. (Bank of England guidance).

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