Miriam: “I only take applause from the platform when I have given the speech”

It is not like me to gratuitously share links to the Mail on Sunday but this time it’s worth it. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez has given an interview to the Fail to publicise her upcoming cookery book Made in Spain: Recipes and stories from my country and beyond (available for pre-order here). My husband has had enough heavy hints dropped that I want this book for my birthday next week.

At least the Fail called her by her proper name, although they had to slip a “Mrs Clegg” into the headline. You would think her readers would know exactly who she was given how vile the paper has been to her at every opportunity over the last six years. She is not and never has been “Mrs Clegg.”

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Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #464

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 464th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (17 -,23 July  2016), together with a hand-picked quintet, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 bestMany thanks to the 16,300 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Daisy Benson, Claire Young and Dawn Barnes selected for former Lib Dem seats (76 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Nick Clegg to challenge Government over Brexit (32 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Paddy Ashdown to endorse new progressive, liberal movement (45 comments) by Caron Lindsay

I should have joined the Lib Dems years ago (15 comments) by Edwin Moriarty

Six Lib Dem MPs selected to fight their former constituencies (5 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Lib Dems will offer an optimistic alternative to Brexit Britain (19 comments) by Catherine Bearder MEP

Nick Clegg: We need more than warm words and bromide from May (18 comments) by Newshound

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Brexit: The invocation of Article 50 can be reversed

In May, the House of Lords select committee on the European Union published a detailed document on the process of withdrawing from the EU.

Among other things, the committee concluded that:

…we have no reason to believe that the requirement for legislative consent for its repeal would not apply to all the devolved nations.

-That is, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The committee also concluded that, once Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty has been invoked, it can be reversed before the end of the two year negotiating period:

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Liberalism GO

Last week the new mobile phone game Pokémon Go was launched in the UK (you can download it on Apple and Android devices) and it seems to have been a great hit. The point of the game is to explore the real world to find these little Pocket Monsters (“Pokémon”) which show up on your phone. In addition to this, there are numerous “Pokéstops” and gyms placed throughout the world which allow players to collect in-game items and compete against other players in battles to become the very best.

Now this might sound silly to you or not your cup of tea but here are a few ways in which it could help you (at least over the next month or two).

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Some questions for More United

In a blaze on social media. the More United project, supported by Paddy Ashdown, launches this morning.

It’s certainly ambitious:

MoreUnited.uk is a new movement setting out to change British politics. We’re going to transform the way politics is funded, giving a voice to the millions of open and tolerant people in Britain who feel the political system no longer works for them.

It has a Facebook page here and you can follow it on Twitter here.

They intend to fund candidates who subscribe to a series of pretty broad principles:

 A fair, modern, efficient market based economy that closes the gap between rich and poor and supports strong public services

A modern democracy that empowers citizens, rather than politicians

A green economy that protects the environment and works to reverse climate change

An open and tolerant society where diversity is celebrated in all its forms

A United Kingdom that welcomes immigration, international co-operation and a close relationship with the EU

There some example policies to flesh this stuff out.

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Lib Dem Jobwatch special: Last chance to apply for internship with ALDC

The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners is this party’s foremost authority on local campaigning. They know how to win council seats and run councils like nobody else. A chance to work for them is a brilliant opportunity.

They run an internship scheme and are currently advertising for a campaigns and communications intern to work for them for a year from 1st September. Details are as follows:

This is a full-time role, paid at the UK National Minimum/Living Wage (currently £7.20 per hour for 25 year olds and over, and the applicable rate for under 25s) based at our offices in Manchester city centre.

ALDC is the national organisation for Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the work of the organisation as we continue to build on the gains in this year’s local elections and by-elections.

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  • User Avatarbob sayer 25th Jul - 8:13am
    Floating voter: maybe she would but she does put her name to things she does and says
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 25th Jul - 8:13am
    'call the newspape ...... The Fail' When I was first a student, the Rag Magazine referred to the Daily Wail and Daily Depress.
  • User AvatarMichael Main 25th Jul - 7:53am
    Caron was merely following the example set by Private Eye regarding the title of the newspaper. The Excess is another one as well as famously...
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    Stevan "How else can May call an early election to suit her own interests?" She could trigger the other method of having an early election...
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    @David Evershed Are we referring to the paper which is running a headline today about Sir Philip Greed?
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