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Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47
Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that the crisis in living standards is ‘over’ because there is… Continue reading


What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06
United Kingdom Minister of State for For

Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal Democrats. Their message will be that they’ll make the Tories… Continue reading


Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014 11:06

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt the political ropes fast despite only becoming an MP in… Continue reading


Alas poor Jeremy Browne, the man who loved this government not wisely but all too well

8 April 2014 11:20
United Kingdom Minister of State for For

Poor Jeremy Browne. Sacked for believing in the government in which he served*. Then again, no-one claims politics, or life, is fair. So it is good to see Mr Browne… Continue reading


Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is no longer an obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition

6 April 2014 16:11
The Prime Minister And Deputy Prime Minister Announce Their Mid-Term Review

David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union has long been regarded as a major obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition. But, as I report in… Continue reading


George Osborne’s ‘fight for full employment’ speech – full text

31 March 2014 12:28
Image: Getty

In a speech given at Tilbury Port in Essex, Chancellor George Osborne hailed cuts to business and personal taxes this week as the ‘biggest in two decades’ – and committed… Continue reading


George Osborne readies his tax dividing line

16 March 2014 11:08
The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

George Osborne was on Andrew Marr this morning announcing support for a new garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent and the extension of Help to Buy on new build homes… Continue reading


David Cameron pays the price for another lazy shuffle

9 March 2014 12:07
Home Office Minister James Brokenshire today said the government would make changes to the Data Communications Bill. Picture: Getty

The Tory leadership is not best pleased with James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister whose ill-judged speech turned a media spotlight onto the Cameron’s nanny. There are mutterings in Downing Street… Continue reading


Bickering about bickering

7 March 2014 11:32
Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Lib Dems are excitedly travelling to their Spring conference in York, which kicks off this evening with the traditional rally (hopefully a stand-up free one, though). Vince Cable and Tim… Continue reading


Exclusive: Cameron and Osborne ambush Lib Dems in Cabinet meeting

4 March 2014 11:05
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A dramatic Cabinet this morning as the Tories ambushed the Lib Dems over the contents of the Queen’s Speech. First, Cameron took them by surprise by demanding that a recall… Continue reading


Gove: Lib Dems think we’re anti-apple pie, cream and custard. Clegg: We’re being grown up about Coalition

26 February 2014 21:51
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

The Coalition is merely cohabiting now – that much has been clear for a while. But one partner doesn’t seem to acknowledge quite how unreasonable its behaviour is. The Lib… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Miliband turned Cameron’s flooding fraud into a faux pas

26 February 2014 17:22
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Earlier this week David Cameron threatened the Lib Dems with divorce. Today, two of their senior figures offered to kiss and make up. Sir Alan Beith and Sir Bob Russell,… Continue reading


Tory MPs dismiss minority govt hints as lacking ‘solid logic’

25 February 2014 14:59
David Cameron in Downing Street today with Winter Olympic medal winners. Picture: Getty

While Number 10 is pouring cold water on suggestions that the Prime Minister might rule out a second coalition in the 2015 manifesto, his MPs have given it a rather… Continue reading


Minority government hint is boost for backbenchers – if they believe it

25 February 2014 9:05
David Cameron & Nick Clegg Hold Their First Joint News Conference

That David Cameron is reportedly considering committing to minority government above coalition is a strong message to his backbenchers that he’s not preparing to hop back into bed with Nick Clegg… Continue reading


The Coalition mating game

18 February 2014 14:58
‘In a dance as old as time itself...’ Image: Carla Millar

There are ornately-feathered birds in New Guinea that have less bizarre mating rituals than Labour and the Lib Dems. The two parties need to show that it isn’t impossible to… Continue reading


Nick Clegg softens his language on Labour

17 February 2014 8:56
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

Nick Clegg’s comments on Radio 4 about the possibility of a coalition deal with Labour in 2015 are significant, not because the Deputy Prime Minister is airing the possibility of… Continue reading


Tory plotters mull ‘sacking’ Lib Dems as Lib Dems continue to grump about Gove

6 February 2014 18:29
Gus O'Donnell giving evidence to a select committee today.

What are the Coalition parties going to do for the next few months in the run-up to the general election? Judging by the way the Liberal Democrats have behaved this… Continue reading


It’s cohabitation, not coalition now

1 February 2014 8:09

The Tories and the Liberal Democrats are increasingly going their separate ways. But they’ll stay in government together until the election is called. As one Whitehall Lib Dem told me… Continue reading


Today’s GDP figures are useful ammunition for the Conservatives

28 January 2014 11:16
Image: Getty

That the UK economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the final three months of 2013, leading to the fastest growth annually since the financial crisis, is obviously very good… Continue reading


Nick Clegg: Tory benefit plan is ‘Chinese-style family policy’

12 January 2014 12:46

Did Nick Clegg recite his entire Andrew Marr interview from memory? The Deputy Prime Minister managed to cram so many soundbites into his answers that anyone wondering what the months… Continue reading


The Tories have to fight on their ground, not Labour’s

8 December 2013 13:46
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At the beginning of the autumn, strategists from all three parties assumed that the theme of the season would be Labour’s poll lead narrowing as the economic recovery picked up… Continue reading


PMQs: Labour’s constant attacks make a Lib-Lab coalition unlikely

4 December 2013 13:15
Harriet Harman at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

Today’s PMQs showed that Labour still have no plan for Nick Clegg other than to attack him. With Clegg standing in for Cameron, Harriet Harman didn’t try and tease out… Continue reading


Osborne wants to talk about ‘the responsible recovery’ but energy bills are still Topic A

1 December 2013 10:38

In the minds of government strategists, the autumn statement is the moment when the coalition gets to turn the conversation back to the broader economy and away from Ed Miliband’s… Continue reading


Cameron and the Romanians and the Bulgarians

23 November 2013 15:54
Queen Attends CHOGM - Day 1

For months now, Number 10 has been fretting about what to do about Romanian and Bulgarian immigration. From the end of this year, any Romanian and Bulgarian will be able… Continue reading


Free Enterprise Group tells George Osborne: ‘Don’t play safe’

18 November 2013 16:50

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is looming on the horizon, and the Free Enterprise Group, the loose alliance of backbench Tory MPs, laid out its proposed economic reforms at the Institute… Continue reading