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Why are the Lib Dems spending so much time talking about mental health?

26 February 2015 13:03

Nick Clegg is to hold an hour-long phone-in next week on mental health. The Deputy Prime Minister will host the session himself on LBC on Monday. This is part of… Continue reading

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How bad are things for the Liberal Democrats?

19 February 2015 20:00

One of the most remarkable things about this parliament is how the Liberal Democrats have continued to hold their nerve in the face of truly dire poll ratings. Now, partly… Continue reading

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US President Barack Obama (L) holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, on June 17, 2013.

Podcast: Putin’s war on the West and the disappearing Lib Dems

19 February 2015 9:05

Is Vladimir Putin drawing a new Iron Curtain over Europe? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Anne Applebaum and Ben Judah discuss the new Spectator cover feature on whether Putin’s… Continue reading

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Day Four Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Exclusive: Lib Dems run out of MPs to promote

10 February 2015 17:26

Following my earlier story about the Tories deciding they can only rely on Lib Dems who are ministers to form a coalition majority after the election, I have learned that… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and David Cameron

Exclusive: Tories could only rely on Lib Dem ministers in second coalition

10 February 2015 8:56

Tories in Downing Street have concluded that they cannot rely on the support of any Liberal Democrats who are not ministers after the General Election, Coffee House has learned. Even… Continue reading

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Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

Will anyone be able to govern Britain after the next election?

8 February 2015 10:35

With every week that goes by, the more likely it is that the next election could result in a stalemate with neither Labour nor the Tories able to put together… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg holds austerity conference at hotel which charges up to £19,000 per night

5 February 2015 18:49

Nick Clegg announced plans today to end austerity, promising to make sure that the wealthy pay a larger contribution. However, the venue for this sincere declaration from the Lib Dems was one… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Clegg press conference packed to the rafters

5 February 2015 16:04

Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander may have been hoping for an inspiring backdrop to their tax policy launch today when they booked the Shard as the venue. Sadly, it was foggy.… Continue reading

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Something to hide? Nick Clegg not mentioned on Sheffield Hallam Lib Dem leaflets

5 February 2015 13:03

Nick Clegg is not having a good day. A survey of the Deputy Prime Minister’s seat claims he is behind Labour by 10 points in his Sheffield Hallam constituency. If… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Gives Education Speech In A North London School

Which party has the strongest message?

2 February 2015 17:05

One interesting nugget from Lord Ashcroft’s latest batch of polling is what his focus groups in two seats – Sutton and Cheam, and Elmet and Rothwell – had to say… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

Why is Nick Clegg so happy?

18 January 2015 14:47

Nick Clegg always seems oddly upbeat when he’s doing interviews about just how badly his party could do in the General Election. Today when Andrew Marr asked him about Iain Dale’s… Continue reading

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Vince Cable has a PhD

That’s Dr Vince Cable to you…

16 January 2015 11:10

After Vince Cable was ditched last week as the Liberal Democrat’s main economic spokesman, Mr S is pleased to hear that he still has some titles left to his name.… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Vince Cable will lose his economy job with the Lib Dems tomorrow

6 January 2015 18:13

Vince Cable will tomorrow lose his job as Liberal Democrat economy spokesman for the election, Coffee House understands. The party is set to announce its team of leading spokespeople for… Continue reading

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David Laws and Nick Clegg visiting Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets on Septemebr 5, 2012.

The Laws according to David

6 January 2015 12:20

As Westminster clatters back to life after the Christmas break, so the steady stream of invitations land on Steerpike’s mat. Don’t all rush at once, but David Laws will be… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Nick Clegg’s new year pitch for eternal power

5 January 2015 14:11

Nick Clegg has clearly had an exciting Christmas. He used his first press conference of the year to talk about people playing footsie, exes leaving late-night voicemail messages, frantic January… Continue reading

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Miriam and Nick – husband and wife, 'not some kind of PR seesaw'. Image: Getty

Nick Clegg: I have a great fanbase

2 January 2015 12:07

According to a recent YouGov poll, Nick Clegg has an overall rating of minus 54, making him more popular than the hapless Ed Miliband by just one point. While that… Continue reading

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Why parties should never trust their own MPs

16 December 2014 19:07

MPs are often fond of complaining that they are ignored by senior figures in their parties as orders are passed on from central HQ with no explanation or opportunity for… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

It’s beginning to feel a lot like a General Election

15 December 2014 10:27

David Cameron is talking about the ‘great, black, ominous cloud’ that Labour’s economic plans would put over the British economy. Labour is talking about its immigration policies while trying not… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s PMQs challenge

10 December 2014 8:56

Nick Clegg is taking Prime Minister’s Questions today, which will at least force the Lib Dem leader to turn up to a major Commons session, rather than bunking off to… Continue reading

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Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal Party leader, during an election campaign in 1974. Photo by Tony Freeman/Keystone/Getty Images

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies, aged 85

4 December 2014 16:58

Jeremy Thorpe, the former leader of the Liberal Party, has passed away aged 85, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years. Thorpe will unfortunately be best remembered for the affair that… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg in Downing Street this morning, shortly before he made his escape to Cornwall. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg avoids Autumn Statement because ‘he just sits there’

3 December 2014 17:15

One notable absence on the government frontbench during the Autumn Statement today was Nick Clegg, who is in Cornwall today. The Deputy Prime Minister is in Cornwall today, visiting a… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Vince Cable down the pub. Image: Getty

Embarrassing (Han)cock-up in Commons as govt loses pub vote

18 November 2014 18:15

How did an amendment brought by a Lib Dem backbencher to an uncontroversial bill wind up with the government sustaining its first proper defeat? Today Greg Mulholland’s changes to the… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Attends A Meeting On Forced Marriages

Lynne Featherstone replaces Baker as Osborne mocks ‘conspiracy theorist’

4 November 2014 12:53

Lynne Featherstone is to return to the Home Office to replace Norman Baker as Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Nick Clegg has announced. This is interesting because Damian Green… Continue reading

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Norman Baker quits as a Home Office minister

3 November 2014 23:31

Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister tonight. Baker has quit, blaming the difficulties of working with Theresa May and the squeeze that ministerial office has put on… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg stakes the middle – again – but is it the sweet spot for Lib Dems?

22 October 2014 13:37

Speaking at a south London primary school this morning, Nick Clegg firmly reiterated the Lib Dems’ equidistance between the two other major parties. Before an assortment of public-sector workers, Clegg… Continue reading

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