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Revealed: David Cameron’s secret conversations about the next coalition

26 March 2015 18:07

David Cameron is keen to demonstrate his willingness to give straight answers to straight questions at the moment. But there is a limit to his candour. Anyone who asks him… Continue reading

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How did the Liberal Democrat cross the road?

26 March 2015 12:37

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their funky new campaign poster this morning, only to unceremoniously dump it on a yellow line on an empty street in Westminster: Mr S is… Continue reading

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Are the Lib Dems now trolling their own leader?

25 March 2015 16:32

Cracks within the Liberal Democrats began to surface this week after Vince Cable publicly denounced Tim Farron as a future party leader. Now things have got even stranger. An excruciating mash-up video… Continue reading

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Vince Cable’s attack on Tim Farron is a sign of the Lib Dem bloodshed to come

24 March 2015 17:24

Another day, another senior Liberal Democrat takes a pop at Tim Farron. After Farron publicly marked the party’s leadership ‘two out of ten’ for its handling of the coalition, the knives have… Continue reading

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Thank goodness we only have to watch one TV debate

22 March 2015 16:08

The treasurer of one of Manchester’s Conservative clubs is a lifelong Labour voter who votes only as a mark of respect for his father, who always voted Labour. He’s one… Continue reading

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The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53

After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading

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Did Vince Cable think he was presenting the Lib Dems’ budget?

19 March 2015 10:14

This morning Danny Alexander is scheduled to reveal the Liberal Democrats’ proposed alternative budget. Alas, Vince Cable appears to have missed the memo. Speaking about the budget on LBC yesterday, Cable claimed he would… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg is preparing to boast about which Osborne ideas he quashed

18 March 2015 11:55

Nick Clegg is turning up to the Budget today, which is an improvement on the Autumn Statement, which he bunked off in order to hang out in Cornwall with Lib… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.  But why the fuss?  After all, if other… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tories agree to TV debate offer

17 March 2015 16:12

Downing Street has agreed to an offer from the broadcasters for one seven-way election debate on 2 April. The Tories felt that it was close enough to their final offer… Continue reading

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Mark Gatiss: I based Sherlock’s Mycroft on Peter Mandelson

17 March 2015 10:03

In the BBC’s Sherlock, Mark Gatiss plays Sherlock Holmes’s sly older brother Mycroft. Now the actor has revealed in an interview with the Radio Times that the person who inspired… Continue reading

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Lib Dems are promising to revolutionise mental health care. This is opportunism, pure and simple

16 March 2015 17:40

Given their record in government, any sane person would regard a pledge by the Liberal Democrats with a healthy dose of cynicism. Their latest hobby-horse is mental health; it has… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: The Liberal Democrats are the continuity choice at the election

15 March 2015 14:52

The Liberal Democrats sense an opportunity in all this speculation about who the Tories and Labour would do deals with in the event of a hung parliament. They believe that… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are getting desperate (but it didn’t have to be this way)

13 March 2015 10:13

I do feel sorry for Danny Alexander. He’ll have been worked off his feet for the Budget due next week but his party then dispatches him to butter up a… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Nick Clegg takes a cooking lesson

5 March 2015 16:30

Miriam Clegg said in a recent interview that she had banned her husband Nick Clegg from the kitchen on ‘health and safety grounds’. But happily, the leader of the Liberal Democrats can… Continue reading

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Norman Baker’s special interest in endangered species

3 March 2015 18:43

Tonight Norman Baker leads the Commons adjournment debate on international endangered species. Speaking ahead of the event, the Liberal Democrat MP explained to Politics Home why the subject is so close to his… Continue reading

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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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Janine Gibson, editor of the Guardian website, hosts an event with her departing editor Alan Rusbridger

Guardian hustings bode well for external candidates

26 February 2015 11:18

Yesterday the four internal candidates vying to succeed Alan Rusbridger as the Guardian editor-in-chief took part in hustings for the role ahead of a staff ballot, which will see one… 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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What are we willing to do to make our intelligence agencies’ job easier?

19 February 2015 16:45

Ottawa. Sydney. Paris. Copenhagen. Four major Western cities attacked in five months by Islamist terrorists and all committed by perpetrators with lengthy histories of criminal activity. When the next terrorist… Continue reading

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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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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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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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Exclusive: Nick Clegg complains to Cabinet Secretary about being left out

6 February 2015 16:22

Nick Clegg has complained to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, that he was ignored before a government policy was announced, Coffee House has learned. The Deputy Prime Minister was… 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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