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Robert Peston falls for the Spirit Level theory of equality

20 October 2014 17:41

Robert Peston was recently at Lincoln’s Inn for the launch of schools charity Primary Futures, which all sounds very worthy. He started off apologising for looking scruffy, then spoke at some… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s pro-European arguments lack the nuance needed to win over the electorate

20 October 2014 15:16

At his press conference this morning, Nick Clegg told Jason Groves, ‘Do you really think Washington is going to bother picking up the phone if we can’t even punch above… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

I vow to thee, my Scotland, a small number of earthly things

14 October 2014 19:42

Politics is a funny old game. I could have sworn the Yes campaign lost the Battle for Scotland in pretty decisive fashion last month. Scotland voted to remain a part… Continue reading

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Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs

9 October 2014 9:48

In this week’s issue, Fraser Nelson and Nick Cohen examine how police are using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to run wild in the public’s mobile phone records. Like… 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

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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Podcast special: Nick Clegg’s speech

8 October 2014 15:57

Nick Clegg delivered an aggressive speech this morning. But will it be enough to keep the Liberal Democrats in government? James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss it in this View… Continue reading

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We want to make you shine! Nick Clegg’s speech in five points

8 October 2014 15:07

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg’s speech’ on audioBoom Nick Clegg has just finished speaking to the Liberal Democrat conference. The Lib Dem leader spoke for around an hour, and in… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats are in high spirits – and in attack mode

8 October 2014 14:52

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg's speech’ on audioBoom There were no rabbits in Nick Clegg’s speech today. Instead, there was just an unerring emphasis on the Liberal Democrats’ message that… Continue reading

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

8 October 2014 12:59

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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Nick Clegg to announce waiting targets for mental health

8 October 2014 0:16

Nick Clegg will, as promised, use his conference speech today to announce waiting time targets for mental health treatments. The Deputy Prime Minister, as part of government efforts to bring… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems say winning is dangerous. (Photo: Getty)

In football as in politics, the Lib Dems have a losing policy

7 October 2014 12:36

The Liberal Democrats now have an official party policy that football clubs wanting to win is a cause for concern. The party’s conference has just approved a motion, which Coffee… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg takes a page from David Cameron's style guide

6 October 2014 17:30

What exactly is going on with Nick Clegg’s conference get-up in Glasgow? As of this writing, the Deputy Prime Minister is wearing his third outfit of the day – casual jeans and a… Continue reading

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Lib Dems aren’t haranguing Nick Clegg. Makes a change

6 October 2014 16:59

In the past few years, Nick Clegg has come to blows with his party activists at his annual conference question-and-answer session over the policies his party has had to support… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Speech On International Development

Clegg attacks ‘economically extreme’ Tories

5 October 2014 10:35

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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Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg cheers activists before starting the trickier work

4 October 2014 20:49

Lib Dem conference rallies are always a little like spending Christmas with a family you don’t know: quite baffling but rather endearing. There’s the uncle who tells the same jokes… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are the winners of conference season (and they haven’t even held theirs yet)

2 October 2014 12:48

Normally, the last party conference season before an election clarifies matters. But, so far, this one has not. Instead, it has merely compounded the factors  that make the next election… Continue reading

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Mumsnet risk wrath of ‘Mrs Clegg’

26 September 2014 19:03

First we had Mrs Miliband redefining her role from elusive lawyer to political campaigning wife; now we have another once shy ‘leader’s wife’ tweaking their public profile. The Liberal Democrats… Continue reading

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Cameron, Clegg and Miliband head to Scotland to make the case for the Union

9 September 2014 12:41

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are combining forces and heading to Scotland tomorrow to make the case for the UK. Here’s their joint statement: ‘There is a lot… Continue reading

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Cameron and Clegg’s last-ditch attempts to save the Union

8 September 2014 15:26

After the panic in Westminster over the weekend about the Sunday Times‘ poll putting ‘Yes’ in the lead came the something-must-be-dones. David Cameron said he would ‘strain every sinew’ to… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument

2 September 2014 8:53

Nick Clegg had a stab at being René Magritte on the Today programme this morning, telling us that a disagreement between the two coalition parties over anti-terror measures that were… Continue reading

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The current political climate rewards authoritarians, not civil libertarians

1 September 2014 14:48

The talks between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on the anti-terror measures that David Cameron will unveil this afternoon have finally finished. There are a few more details to… Continue reading

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Clegg’s dangerous drugs pledge misses the point

8 August 2014 17:38

This morning Nick Clegg announced that the Liberal Democrats want to ban judges from sending those convicted of possessing illegal drugs to prison. This policy may make sense around the… Continue reading

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LBC coy on ‘Grill Gove’

17 July 2014 16:15

Talk radio station LBC are coy about the prospect of a Michael Gove phone-in show, mooted by Mr S yesterday. When asked if such a show is on the cards, a spokesman… Continue reading

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

17 July 2014 12:14

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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Is cross-party agreement on surveillance legislation a good thing?

10 July 2014 12:01

So all three party leaders agree that it’s worth rushing through emergency surveillance legislation. While David Cameron and Nick Clegg were holding their rare joint press conference, Ed Miliband released… Continue reading

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