The date of the election for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats is now only 10 days away. Earlier in the campaign, we sent a list of 5 questions to both candidates, chosen from among many of the key concerns raised by our membership. We have now received responses from both Tim and Norman and, […]
The start of October saw the party convene in Glasgow for the last Autumn conference before the general election, and there were a number of debates and fringe events of interest to our members. On Sunday we were involved in two lunchtime fringes: our Vice Chair Dr Jenny Woods represented Aldes on the panel of the […]
At the last general election, support for the Liberal Democrats was buoyed by more than just Cleggmania: the party enjoyed particularly strong support from scientists and science commentators. Much of this was on the strength of Evan Harris’s foregrounding of evidence-based policy and support for reform of the outdated libel laws that saw author Simon […]
This autumn conference in Glasgow, Aldes is teaming up with the Chinese Liberal Democrats to run a discussion panel on the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s research sector in working with – or having to compete with – the rapid growth of China’s science and technology industry. China now invests over 1.98% of its […]
The party has recently been trailing hints of the content and priorities of the new manifesto. One released last week was an announcement touting a ringfence of the science budget. They write: The manifesto plans include ringfencing the science research budget and introducing a green innovation arm to the British Business Bank. It’s great that […]
Liberal Democrats are deservedly pleased that the British economy is turning the corner, both in terms of growth and employment. But how can we ensure that we maintain and improve on this trend? Aldes are concerned that one of the greatest threats to maintaining sustainable growth and prosperity is the skills gap, where the UK is unable to meet the demand of employers for high-value technical and industrial skills.
At Autumn Conference in Glasgow this weekend, Aldes is hosting a joint fringe event with the Green Liberal Democrats to discuss which options are available to harness tidal energy on a scale that could make a significant contribution to the UK’s energy mix. Speakers include Brian Mathew, David Langston, Mary Page and Andrew Jamieson.
The season of giving is descending on us as Red Nose Day 2013 approaches, but the UK dropped the ball on international aid last week as lack of time in the parliamentary timetable meant that the private members bill proposing legislation to commit the UK to the 0.7% GNI aid target, as laid out in the Coalition […]
We’re now just a two days away from the first birthday of the relaunched Aldes website. Over the last year, we’ve covered science policy issues of interest in the mainstream news, added an online sign-up form for membership and moved onto Twitter.
Today sees the launch of opinion blogs and discussion on the Aldes site.
I attended the Social Liberal Forum (SLF) conference in July this year, and was delighted to be offered to opportunity to interview Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey.