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David Goodall

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  • Article: Apr 10, 2011

    From Wednesday 6 April 2010, nearly 900,000 people across the country have been lifted out of paying Income Tax while around 23m basic-rate tax payers will get an extra £200 in their pockets.

    The news has been welcomed by David Goodall who said: "I am proud that thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government, almost a million people will be lifted out of paying tax altogether across the country, while 23m people will get a tax cut. A Lib Dem priority is to reduce the burden of taxation on those who can least afford it. This would not happen under a Conservative only Government, it is the Liberal Democrats in Government that are making the difference."

  • Article: Apr 4, 2011

    Following the overwhelming vote at the Lib Dem Spring Party Conference for significant amendments to Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms, the future of the NHS Bill is under discussion at the top of Government.

    We have said very clearly as a party, that we will not accept the marketisation of the NHS and that we want proper local democratic accountability and scrutiny of NHS commissioning . Nick and his colleagues must understand the absolute political imperative to get these changes. It will be a real boost for us to demonstrate that we do act as a restraint on the excessive market-based ideology of the Conservatives and that where a policy is not in the Coalition Agreement and is one which we as a party cannot support, then we will not accept having a whip imposed on our MPs to vote it through.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2011
    By Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister & Leader of the Liberal Democrats in independent.co.uk
    Wednesday will mark the anniversary of Gordon Brown being driven to Buckingham Palace to call the 2010 general election.

    For the Liberal Democrats, general elections had traditionally been seen as a rare opportunity to get the same kind of attention regularly enjoyed by Labour and the Conservatives; a chance to talk about policies that were often ignored because "they're never going to happen".

    Fast forward a year, and something is happening that, for the Liberal Democrats, is a new experience: the policies we championed during the election are becoming reality. I don't mean that consultations are being announced, votes held, or papers published. Over the next few days, lives will be changed for the better, thanks to the introduction of policies for which we have long campaigned.

    On Friday, our pupil premium was introduced. That's £625m, eventually rising to £2.5bn, to be spent on most disadvantaged pupils, so that all children get a better education. On Wednesday, our income tax reform will begin. Many will be lifted out of income tax altogether, while basic-rate taxpayers get a £200 tax cut in cash terms. On the same day, our promise to bring in a "triple guarantee" for pensioners will become a reality, meaning that pensioners retiring today will get, on average, £15,000 more in state pension over their retirement than under Labour. And every day, millions of homes receive their polling cards for next month's referendum on AV. Electoral reform had felt like an unattainable goal for decades: now voters are being given their first chance to get rid of the broken system that helped produce the expenses scandal.

    There is more to come. This week, I'll be announcing how the Government plans to tackle the difficult issue of social mobility, because for all the old promises and spending on this issue, social mobility in our country has stagnated. These are not policies designed for the quick fix, but deep and lasting changes that build on concrete policies such as the pupil premium and will have an effect for generations.

    The idea that coalitions can't work has been comprehensively debunked. It was always one of the great Westminster myths that people would be unable to understand how two parties could work together in government with professionalism and respect. In only 12 months, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have shown how two parties can come together in the national interest to clean up the mess left by a third.

    There is always an urge with many people in politics to focus on the negatives. Arguments sell more papers than agreements, and "Government delivers on key policy" is never likely to make it to the top of the news bulletins. But when people talk about policies that the Liberal Democrats have not been able to implement from our election manifesto, we should proudly point to this week as an example of the things we have achieved in government.

    As a party with 57 MPs, we have inevitably had to make compromises: that's how coalition works. But the compromises of coalition government are infinitely preferable to watching from the sidelines as others deliver on their own policies.

    This time we are in government, and in a single year have pointed Britain towards a better future and changed politics for good. This week will show people just how much we are achieving. I look forward to many more like it.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2011
    In bbc.co.uk

    The alternative vote system would make "rather average politicians" work harder to keep voters' support, former BBC director general Greg Dyke says.

    At a campaign launch for a Yes vote in May's referendum, he said MPs would be denied "jobs for life" by holding safe seats if the voting system changed.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2011
    By Andrew Grice in independent.co.uk

    Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, was accused of scoring a spectacular own goal last night in a speech about the British National Party, provoking calls from some Tory MPs for David Cameron to move her in a summer reshuffle.

    Senior Conservatives joined Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians in criticising Lady Warsi after she claimed that a Yes vote in the referendum on electoral reform would boost the prospects of the BNP. They pointed out that the BNP was on the same side as the Tories in opposing a switch to the alternative vote (AV) in the 5 May referendum.

    Her critics accused her of giving the BNP credibility and publicity - the very things she argued that AV would provide for the far-right party. One senior Tory MP said: "It looks as though she didn't think it through. There's a growing feeling that she should be moved to a job as a departmental minister."

    Speaking in London's East End, near where anti-fascists fought a march by Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts in 1936, Lady Warsi argued that a switch to AV would bring "a real risk that candidates would pander to extremists", with "more inflammatory campaigns, and more policies which appeal to people's worst instincts rather that to the values of the mainstream".

    Supporters of AV were "backing a system which rewards extremism and gives oxygen to extremist groups", she claimed. It could also give parties like the BNP more legitimacy and "more power to those people - fringe voters, Monster Raving Loonies, and yes, fascists - who are voting for precisely the kind of extreme policies most people want to marginalise". Lady Warsi added: "It means that bigots will be given more power in our politics and extremists will look to gain more influence over mainstream parties." She conceded the BNP was in the same camp as the Tories but claimed that was only because the group wanted full-scale proportional representation.

    The backlash against the Tory chairman came a day after the battle for the 5 May referendum took off when Ed Miliband joined Liberal Democrats and Greens in a cross-party push for a Yes vote. Mr Cameron, accused by some Tories of not campaigning hard enough for a No vote, told his MPs last night that he would make one speech each week opposing AV until the referendum.

    Paul Sinclair, director of communications for the Yes to AV campaign, said: "The question Baroness Warsi has got to answer is: if AV is so good for fascists, why is the BNP campaigning along with her for a No vote? A number of groups who are the victims of the BNP are enthusiastic supporters of the Yes campaign."

    Sadiq Khan, the shadow Justice Secretary, accused Lady Warsi of irresponsible scaremongering. "The very fact that the BNP opposes AV shows just how desperate her argument has become," he said. "None of the MPs or campaigners I have spoken to on either side of the AV debate have any intention of 'pandering' to extremists."

    Baroness (Kishwer) Falkner, a Liberal Democrat peer, said: "Under AV, no one can get elected unless the majority of people support them which quite obviously makes it harder, not easier, for extremist parties. That's exactly why the BNP are campaigning for a No vote."

    Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "AV means all voters will have a stronger say in our elections, and all politicians will have to... secure majority support from the communities they seek to represent. The BNP is campaigning for a No vote because it knows what a Yes vote means - that racists who won't reach out have no future."

  • Article: Mar 31, 2011
    In bbc.co.uk

    Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes has said his party remains committed to axing tuition fees.

    Mr Hughes, the government's Advocate for Access to Education, told the BBC he hoped fees would be ended in England "but not this side of an election".

    The Lib Dems pledged to phase out fees before last year's election and its MPs were split when the coalition opted to raise them to £9,000 earlier this year.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2011
    By Patrick Wintour in guardian.co.uk

    Energy secretary condemns Lady Warsi's claim that changing the system would pander to extremists such as the BNP

    Chris Huhne, the energy secretary, accused his cabinet colleague Lady Warsi of descending to Goebbels-like propaganda after she claimed the alternative vote would make mainstream parties pander to extremists such as the BNP.

    Huhne exposed the tensions inside the cabinet over the 5 May referendum on the voting system earlier this week when he accused Warsi, the Tory party chairman, of gutter politics after she claimed the introduction of AV would cost more than £250m - so leading to the closure of hospitals.

    The Lib Dem energy secretary went further in revealing the anger inside the yes campaign at the tactics being deployed by the no campaign, and Warsi in particular.

    Huhne said: "If Baroness Warsi thinks that AV will benefit fascism she has to explain why the BNP wants to stick with what we have and Operation Black Vote supports AV. The BNP know the present system is their only chance of election.

    "This is another example of the increasingly Goebbels-like campaign from the anti-AV people, for whom no lie is too idiotic given the truth is so unpalatable to them. AV makes lazy MPs work harder and reach out beyond their tribe. It is what Britain needs to clean up politics."

    The exchanges reveal the extent to which the previously low-key manoeuvring over the AV referendum is beginning to turn into seriously hostile exchanges, with potentially long-term consequences for the coalition.

    In a speech at Toynbee Hall in east London, Warsi claimed AV represented a threat to democracy, rewarded extremists and gave the oxygen of publicity to fascists.

    She said: "AV gives more power to those people - fringe voters, Monster Raving Loonies, and yes, fascists - who are voting for precisely the kind of extreme policies most people want to marginalise.

    "You don't need me to tell you that this represents a serious danger to our democracy. It means that bigots will be given more power in our politics and extremists will look to gain more influence over mainstream parties. The danger is that under AV, our whole political system would take a giant leap backwards, becoming more warped and disproportionate as fringe voters hold sway."

    Warsi also claimed that to win, candidates would need to win the support of those whose first choices had been eliminated - and in many seats, that meant the BNP. She argued that in many seats where it takes a number of counts to reach a position in which one candidate gains more than 50% of the vote, the votes of extremists parties would be counted more than the vote of the mainstream candidate who eventually wins. She later accepted that the vote for the winning mainstream candidate would be counted in each round, but then argued the extremist candidate would determine the ultimate outcome.

    The no campaign is increasingly optimistic that this argument holds sway with the public, especially among mainstream voters.

    David Cameron has sanctioned a big fundraising exercise in an attempt to defeat the AV campaign and is under pressure from backbench MPs to do more to put the case personally.

    It is understood that Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, is not going to lie low in the referendum and will take a high-profile stance on the issue.

    Independent polling expert Rob Hayward has predicted that the coalition is likely to lose as many as 1,000 seats to Labour in the local elections, with most seats being lost by the Conservatives.

  • Yes to Fairer Votes logo
    Article: Mar 25, 2011

    On 5th May you have a choice. You can keep the discredited First Past the Post system to elect our MPs, or you can choose a new and fairer system - Alternative Vote (AV). Back the campaign for change at www.YesToFairerVotes.org

    AV is a small change that makes a big difference.

    Saying YES! to Fairer Votes Means:

  • Article: Mar 21, 2011
    Southampton Liberal Democrats' Education spokesperson Maureen Turner has welcomed the news that Southampton pupils and schools will benefit from £2.7 million under the Coaliition Government's Pupil Premium. Maureen says: 'The Pupil Premium was a key Lib Dem Manifesto commitment. I am delighted that its adoption by the Coalition will help Southampton's children most in need of support.'
  • Article: Mar 20, 2011
    By Charles Kennedy MP in libdemvoice.org

    I've campaigned for electoral reform for as long as I can remember. I'm both President of DAGGER(Democratic Action Group for Gaining Electoral Reform) and the Liberal Democrat Group of theElectoral Reform Society, so you can imagine how I felt when I found out that we have a chance to change our outdated, broken electoral system and replace it with something better.

  • A Fresh Start for Britain
    Article: Mar 13, 2011

    Spring Conference 2011

    30 conference representatives
    Mover: Prateek Buch
    Summation: Naomi White

    Conference notes:

    A. The importance of a healthy banking system to the future of Britain's economy.
    B. The regrettable failure of decades of 'light-touch' regulation that socialises risk and privatises extraordinary profits at the expense of sustainable investment and growth.
    C. That Liberal Democrats have long emphasised the need to tackle disproportionate rewards for risky financial behaviour and the concentration of power in the hands of a few in the City of London.
    D. That the Independent Banking Commission is likely to postulate significant reforms later this year.

    Conference therefore welcomes the aims of the recent 'Project Merlin' agreement with the UK's leading banks to:

    i) Increase the credit available to British businesses.
    ii) Improve transparency over executive pay.
    iii) Reduce the overall bonus pool.

    However, Conference is concerned that:

    a) The 'Merlin' reforms are insufficient.
    b) The language of the 'Merlin' agreement is weak and will be hard to enforce, particularly with regards to net lending to business and transparency on bankers' remuneration, with no disclosure requirement for the highest earners not on the Board.

    Conference therefore calls on Liberal Democrats in Parliament, and most importantly those in Government, to ensure that the recommendations of the Vickers Commission are carried out promptly and in full. Conference calls for:

    1. Banks supported by the taxpayer to be broken up into smaller, safer entities, with effective competition restored and full disclosure of all pay packages larger than that of the Prime Minister while they remain State-owned.

    2. All large-scale banks to divest their investment banking arms, with no explicit or implicit State guarantee for this activity.

    3. Pay transparency to be extended to highly paid traders and other employees, not just Executives, with salary and bonuses that exceed an agreed ratio to median salary to be published alongside an explanatory justification.

    4. Large financial institutions to hold greater capital reserves and to make 'living will' arrangements to act as stabilisers in the event of further market failures such as those seen during the recent financial meltdown.

    5. The imminent Green Investment Bank to be a fully functional bank and not a fund, securing much-needed investment in low-carbon technology and jobs.

    6. Measures to tackle financial exclusion for individuals and small business, with a Basic Banking Guarantee; a public bank administered through Post Offices; a commitment from high street banks to provide fee-free ATMs within walking distance of all deprived communities; as well as reducing unfair bank, credit card and loan charges.

    7. Greater support for local credit unions and mutuals.

    Applicability: Federal.

  • Chris Huhne
    Page: Jun 20, 2010

    Thursday 31st March 2011

    Make MPs work harder for your vote

    It's simple really, vote YES to make the MPs work harder to appeal to the majority of the people not their own interest groups.

    Eastleigh's MP and Energy secretary Chris Huhne condemns Lady Warsi's claim that changing the system would pander to extremists such as the BNP

  • New report predicts a bright future for Britain's offshore resources. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
    Article: May 19, 2010
    By Terry Macalister in guardian.co.uk

    Independent study says North Sea wind and wave power could make Britain the 'Saudi Arabia of renewable energy'.

    Britain could become the "Saudi Arabia of the renewables world" on the back of North Sea wind and wave resources, according to a study carried out by government and industry.

    The review by independent consultants for the Offshore Valuation Group estimates that by 2050 the UK could generate the equivalent in electricity to the 1bn barrels of oil and gas being produced annually offshore.

  • Document: May 17, 2010
  • David Cameron & Nick Clegg enter No.10
    Article: May 14, 2010

    On the 7th May 2010 after the election was over two things were clear, one, Labour had lost and two, as no party had passed the 326 wining mark so no party had won it either. And it meant that the Liberal Democrats were placed by the public's decision in the General Election of trying form a working relationship with one of the other parties to form a stable government.

  • Document: May 8, 2010
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  • Document: May 8, 2010
  • David Goodall by the Itchen
    Article: May 5, 2010

    Dear Residents of Southampton Itchen,

    This election is one of the most important for years.

    Labour were elected 13 years ago with a promise to deliver great improvements. Yet despite more money put into public services, the gains have not matched the extra cash. The problem has been too much meddling from the centre.

  • Document: May 5, 2010
  • All Polls still say Hung Parliament
    Article: May 2, 2010
    By Vicky Kenrick in charter2010.co.uk

    Final clutch of Sunday newspaper opinion polls before election day suggests Britain is still heading for a hung parliament. In each case the Conservatives have the edge, but they could be anything up to 60 seats short of a bare overall majority, if the reported percentages were repeated with a uniform national swing on Thursday.

  • Page: May 2, 2010

    Illegal Immigrants and an Earned Right to Citizenship

    Basic problem

    Since the Conservatives abolished exit checks in the 1990s, and Labour has failed to reinstate them in the last 13 years, no one has any idea how many illegal immigrants are living here. Economists estimate that it is around 725,000. Labour and the Tories say they'll deport them all but the truth is this is neither possible nor desirable. It would cost billions and take decades. Many of these people are hard-working families who want nothing more than to contribute to life in this country. Instead they are forced to exist as an underclass - working but not paying tax, lacking employment rights, citizen rights and access to basic services like healthcare and banking. It is time to bring some of these people out of the darkness and into the hands of the taxman, but because Labour wants to be seen to be deporting as many people as possible, immigration officers focus on easy targets, like families, rather than on criminals.

  • Page: May 2, 2010

    David's Views: Immigration

    Around the world there is one thing that always marks out the regimes with the most repressive style of governance from the rest and that is a very restrictive view of both immigration and migration. They see immigrants as dangerous outsiders who will stir the population to rebellion and they see migrants leaving as a sign to the outside world that their rule is not as perfect as they want the world to believe. As a consequence they ban or try to ban both.

  • Page: May 2, 2010

    David's Views

    An individual politician's views are important, not only will they determine how a person votes on many matters; they will also determine how that individual will try to drive policy development. I believe that too often politicians spout their party's view on the world and the public never get to know the personal views of the people they are electing.

  • Page: May 2, 2010

    Parliamentary Comment

    Here are my thoughts on a number of national issues :-

    42 Days - Detention without charge


    Illegal Immigrants and an Earned Right to Citizenship

    MPs Expenses

  • We can cut crime campaign
    Page: May 1, 2010

    Five Steps for a Safer Britain

    There are five main points to the Liberal Democrat campaign "we can cut crime" on this page they are explained in more detail. For more details about the Liberal Democrat policy on crime visit the website at :-

    Lib Dem - Crime Policy


    Step 1 - More police on patrol - don't waste billions on ID cards.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2010

    Last night was the final of the three televised Leaders' debates. Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, debated with Gordon Brown and David Cameron about the economy. Subjects discussed included breaking up the banks, creating more jobs and reinvigorating the British economy.

    Most post-debate polls scored this final debate to David Cameron, but again put Nick Clegg clearly ahead of Gordon Brown. An analysis by pollsters Angus Reid of previously undecided voters who watched the debate gave Nick Clegg 37%, David Cameron 25%, Gordon Brown 22% and Not sure 16%. Angus Reid found that 32% of undecided voters say they are now more likely to vote for the Liberal Democrats after watching the final debate, with just 18% Conservative and 15% Labour.

  • David Goodall is greeted by General Manager Tony Beswick
    Article: Apr 29, 2010

    Today Southampton Itchen's PPC David Goodall visited Morgan Technical Ceramics - Electroceramics, Bursledon Road, Thornhill following an invite from the General Manager, Tony Beswick. Morgan Technical Ceramics is one of the key employers in the area and with its core design and manufacturing base just the sort of business the country needs to improve the UK's economic future.

  • Document: Apr 29, 2010
  • David Goodall at the report launch
    Article: Apr 28, 2010

    Today Southampton Itchen's PPC David Goodall went to the launch of a important report about the health of the river Itchen itself. The report says that Britain's rivers are under serious threat. Many are below their usual levels for the time of year and the need to conserve our rivers and reduce water demand has never been stronger.

  • Election 2010
    Page: Apr 25, 2010

    Bitterne Liberal Democrats

    Bitterne ward is located in the north east of the city, contains the communities of Thornhill, Thornhill Park and High Town and has a population of around 14,000. Neighbouring wards to Bitterne are Sholing, Peartree and Harefield. This area has many blocks of walk-up and some high rise flats surrounded by houses including many bungalows. There are large pockets of open spaces and play areas dotted around the area.

  • Document: Apr 25, 2010
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  • David Goodall visits Hampshire Police Traffic divison
    Article: Apr 24, 2010

    Due to an hold up at the printers my election address has been delayed therefore I am publishing it on this website.

    A fair & just society

    To have a fair and just society it is necessary to have laws and for those laws to be enforced. David knows, as a policeman's son and with a Police Inspector brother, that more police and better use of technology will increase the chances of being caught. And once caught penal reform is essential to reduce the high re-offending rate. Rather than talking tough, effective measures like more police, less paperwork plus training & drug treatment in prison with clearer sentences must be taken to create the fair and just society we all desire

  • Document: Apr 24, 2010
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