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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

What is the Lib Dems’ problem with ‘the Jews’?

25 July 2014 15:58

The Liberal Democrats have always been a party of contradictions. In the time I’ve been a member, as well as a journalist covering the party, few of its contradictions have… Continue reading

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Lib Dems David Ward and Edward McMillan-Scott on bombing Israel and ‘disputatious Jews’

23 July 2014 7:57

There’s quite a stooshie this morning, following David Ward’s latest contribution to peace in the Middle East. The Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East tweeted yesterday evening: The big question… Continue reading

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All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Proof that the Liberal Democrats are a party of ninnies

30 June 2014 16:44

I know that it is unfashionable to feel sorry for Liberal Democrat MPs. Nevertheless there are times when, contemplating their unhappy lot,  it seems appropriate to feel the odd pang… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton is not retiring. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Boulton and Co

26 June 2014 15:45

Journalists do, occasionally, say something nice about politicians. It does not happen very often; but, when it does, it’s usually heartfelt. Adam Boulton hosted a party at the Savoy last… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are set to lose 15 seats to the Conservatives at the next election.

Tories set to take a dozen seats from Lib Dems in 2015

19 June 2014 18:03

How many seats will the Conservatives take from the Lib Dems at the next election? According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, a dozen or so Tory-Lib Dem marginals look set… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Michael Gove in happier times. Photo: PA.

Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes

10 June 2014 17:23

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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David Cameron and Boris Johnson campaigning in Newark before the by-election. photo: Getty Images.

Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53

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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Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

Will Oakeshott’s demise kill off Lib Dem revolt?

28 May 2014 12:00

Nick Clegg said this morning that ‘appropriate steps’ will be taken to deal with Lord Oakeshott after the peer was outed as the ‘Lib Dem supporter’ who had commissioned uncomfortable… Continue reading

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Who is behind the campaign to oust Nick Clegg?

27 May 2014 17:06

Lord Oakeshott has gone under the radar, as speculation mounts about his involvement in a bid to oust party leader Nick Clegg. Many believe he is responsible for commissioning a… Continue reading

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Has four years of government killed the Lib Dems? Illustration: Jonathan Cusick.

Briefing: what you need to know about that leaked Lib Dem poll

27 May 2014 14:46

Will Nick Clegg hold onto his Sheffield Hallam seat next year? No, according to internal Lib Dem polling which has been leaked to the Guardian. ICM have now released the… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

Polling council investigates anonymous Lib Dem seats survey

27 May 2014 12:19

Who is the mysterious ‘Lib Dem supporter’ behind the ICM poll showing that the Lib Dems would fare very badly next year if Nick Clegg remains leader? ICM have published… Continue reading

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Can Nick Clegg survive his party’s wrath?

27 May 2014 9:32

Will Nick Clegg survive his mauling in the European elections? The front pages this morning don’t do the Lib Dem leader any favours – although his main leadership rivals, Tim… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg And Vince Cable Give A 5 Point Plan On Tackling Banker's Bonuses

Vince Cable breaks his silence

26 May 2014 16:36

Vince Cable, definitely not in the Team Nick camp, has finally broken his silence from a trade visit in China to defend his colleague. In the past few minutes the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg defends his leadership and the Coalition

26 May 2014 14:56

A visibly tired Nick Clegg has just done his first post-European Election TV interview. Clegg conceded that the Liberal Democrats had taken a ‘bigger hit in the ballot box’ than… Continue reading

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

26 May 2014 10:21

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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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

The three things keeping Nick Clegg safe

25 May 2014 16:58

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 Leader Nigel Farage  Election Campaign Rally In Edinburgh

Ukip surge as Labour make sluggish progress

23 May 2014 7:03

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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Nick Clegg’s loopy strategy

15 May 2014 13:32

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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Knives still out in Coalition sentencing fight

12 May 2014 20:16

What will become of the other big coalition row that’s burning away alongside free schools? David Cameron was asked today about the plans to introduce mandatory sentences for repeat knife… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

The Axe man cometh

11 May 2014 11:16

David Axelrod jets into London this week for the first time since signing up to help Labour in 2015. Axelrod, who friends admit is no expert on UK politics, will… Continue reading

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Voters Cast Their Vote In The London Mayoral Elections

Why I’ll be voting Liberal Democrat on May 22

8 May 2014 12:33

One of the interesting things I learned from a recent Lord Ashcroft poll was the startling fact that three times as many people identify themselves as Labour voters, tribally, as… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Will the Lib Dems enter another coalition?

23 April 2014 18:16

Danny Alexander’s comments to the BBC that, in the event of another hung parliament, the Lib Dems wouldn’t make a confidence and supply deal with either the Tories or Labour,… Continue reading

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Axelrod

An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06

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

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