THE ORANGE BOOK – TURNING RIGHT OR CHANGING GEARS?

Authors


Emma Sanderson-Nash worked for the Liberal Democrats as a Parliamentary Researcher in Westminster between 1990 and 2005. She recently completed her PhD on intra-party power in the Liberal Democrats, and has taught British and American Politics at Sussex University (emma.sanderson.nash@me.com)

Abstract

The Liberal Democrats becoming kingmakers in 2010 did not depend solely on the numbers adding up on May 5th. Did The Orange Book pull the party to the right, making coalition with the Tories a meeting of minds? Or was it better viewed as an element in an overall strategic shift towards greater professionalism, making a deal with either of the major parties more likely?

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