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A Lab-Con coalition? It’s not as crazy as you think

12 October 2014 13:11
David Cameron and Ed Miliband, April 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

In the few days since Conservative defector Douglas Carswell gave Ukip its first Westminster MP and John Bickley scared the pants off Ed Miliband by almost snatching Heywood and Middleton… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats have come to terms with what they have done in government

8 October 2014 19:20
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The Liberal Democrats might be in the single digits in the polls, but they were distinctly chipper this week. There’s one simple explanation for this, the political landscape gives them… Continue reading

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Full text: Nick Clegg’s speech to the Liberal Democrat conference 2014

8 October 2014 12:59
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listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg's speech’ on audioBoom Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37
Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on the conference fringe this year. This evening, it was standing… Continue reading

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Clegg attacks ‘economically extreme’ Tories

5 October 2014 10:35
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Speech On International Development

The Lib Dem message in Glasgow this week in simple, you can’t trust either Labour or the Tories to run the country on their own. On Marr this morning, Nick… Continue reading

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Commons vote for strikes against IS in Iraq

26 September 2014 17:19
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By 524 votes to 43, the House of Commons has voted to support air-strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. The margin of victory is not surprising given how limited the… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39
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David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37
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It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to the UK that were significant, but what he looks like… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25
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In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34
Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14
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In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

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Even Nick Clegg likes George Osborne’s HS3 rail commitment

23 June 2014 14:39
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George Osborne’s commitment to a third high speed rail link in the future has gone down well this morning with a nice spread of business groups, northern MPs and Conservatives… Continue reading

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Tories win knife fight using devious and confusing methods

17 June 2014 18:31
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As expected, Nick de Bois’ amendment to the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill passed 404 votes to 53. It owes nothing to the Conservative frontbench, which abstained for reasons I’ve… Continue reading

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David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54
Prime Minster David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction of the winner of Newark by-election Robert Jenrick and brief… Continue reading

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The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10
Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks ago. He was referring to the lack of progress on… Continue reading

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Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes

10 June 2014 17:23
Nick Clegg and Michael Gove in happier times. Photo: PA.

The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their lucky stars they took Tony Blair’s advice on shaking up… Continue reading

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Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53
David Cameron and Boris Johnson campaigning in Newark before the by-election. photo: Getty Images.

The Tories have held Newark with a comfortable majority of 7,000 plus. The party will be relieved to have won and delighted with the size of their majority over Ukip… Continue reading

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The motherhood-and-apple pie Queen’s Speech

4 June 2014 7:44
Picture by Carla Millar

There are three main aims for today’s Queen’s Speech in the mind’s eyes of the two Coalition parties. The first is not to rock the boat at all, introducing pro-nice… Continue reading

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Chris Leslie: Labour cannot afford to reverse the Coalition’s cuts

30 May 2014 16:05
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Chris Leslie’s speech today is intended to show that Labour is very fiscally responsible. It’s a noble task, and one the party knows it needs to hammer away at as… Continue reading

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David Cameron has fewer problems than Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg this morning

26 May 2014 10:21
Duke Of Edinburgh's 90th Birthday

For more than year Westminster has assumed that David Cameron would have a Tory crisis to deal with after the European Elections. Whenever anyone remarked on the Tories unifying, someone… Continue reading

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The three things keeping Nick Clegg safe

25 May 2014 16:58
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

This weekend was always going to be an unpleasant one for Nick Clegg. The delay between the council results on Friday and tonight’s European Election count meant that the pain… Continue reading

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Ukip surge as Labour make sluggish progress

23 May 2014 7:03
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage  Election Campaign Rally In Edinburgh

Only one party can be happy with the local elections results so far, Ukip. Nigel Farage’s party has so far added 86 councilors to its tally and these results suggest… Continue reading

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This isn’t coalition – it’s government by blackmail

17 May 2014 10:31
Coalition struggle

We have had much occasion to reflect, recently, on Disraeli’s dictum that Britain ‘does not love coalitions’. It’s now becoming depressingly clear that coalitions don’t much love Britain either. What… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s loopy strategy

15 May 2014 13:32
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I am beginning to think that Dominic Cummings has driven Nick Clegg round the bend. The Lib Dem leader should want this row over universal free school meals to go… Continue reading

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Tories and Lib Dems will want to break the rules if there’s another Coalition

9 May 2014 13:03
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

The Coalition has been much more of a success than anyone could have predicted when it formed in 2010. It hasn’t just held together for spending cuts, but has passed… Continue reading

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