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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks to  party activists alongside Jasper Gerard (left), the partyÕs candidate for Maidstone & The Weald, at Hush Heath Winery on May 3, 2015 in Tonbridge, England.

Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election

27 August 2015 13:30

Given that the general election proved disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, it’s surprising how many party members seem keen to revisit the experience. With Vince Cable and Norman Baker both bringing out… Continue reading

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New Liberal Democrat Party Leader Tim Farron gives a speech as he becomes the new leader of the party at Islington Assembly Hall on July 16, 2015 in London, England.

Nick Clegg turns down Lib Dem job as new spokesmen announced

29 July 2015 12:04

The Lib Dems have announced their 22 strong ‘spokesperson team’ — or what other parties would call its frontbench. During the leadership election, Tim Farron said the party wouldn’t ‘bother… Continue reading

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Revealed: the Andy Coulson joke that Nick Clegg cut from his conference speech

28 July 2015 10:46

Although Nick Clegg is under increasing pressure in some quarters to write a tell-all book about his time in coalition, the closest he has got to this so far is… Continue reading

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Tim Farron's victory rally: (clockwise): Islington Assembly Hall, Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes discussing old times, a fainting activist and cold meat platters.

Cold meats, beer, excitement and a fainting activist — how the Lib Dems celebrated Tim Farron’s victory

17 July 2015 9:16

Tim Farron’s election as leader of the Liberal Democrats is the first piece of positive news for the party since its disastrous election result on May 7. The MP for… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Holds His Monthly Press Conference

‘Banging on about Europe’ doesn’t seem so dumb now, does it?

9 July 2015 11:51

As we watch the Eurozone catastrophe enter its latest ‘final phase’ one phrase keeps recurring to me.  That phrase is ‘banging on about Europe’.  Does anybody else remember when those… Continue reading

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Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

3 July 2015 12:40

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, with David Cameron’s former head of… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: I couldn’t get hold of Charles Kennedy before his death

25 June 2015 9:58

Nick Clegg appeared on LBC this morning to take part in his first interview since his party’s defeat at the polls. With the host Nick Ferrari taking questions from listeners,… Continue reading

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Britain’s reaction to Fifa’s troubles makes us look like sore losers

30 May 2015 15:44

How pleasing that the sleazebags at Fifa are finally getting their comeuppance. We have all known what has been going on for years: dodgy deals in hotels, backhanders to secure votes.… Continue reading

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Will Nick Clegg’s response to the Queen’s Speech mean anything at all?

27 May 2015 9:17

Could there be a sadder sight today than Nick Clegg, intervening on behalf of his now tiny ‘minor party’ in the Queen’s Speech debate? The Lib Dem leader is responding… Continue reading

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Lib Dem leader hopeful Norman Lamb wins a celebrity backer

14 May 2015 16:43

Although Labour’s celebrity endorsements from Martin Freeman, Robert Webb and Russell Brand did little to help the party in the election, Norman Lamb will be hoping his new backer will help… Continue reading

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Outgoing Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, outgoing Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend a VE Day service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on May 8, 2015.

The final 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 16:21

All of the results of the 2015 general election are in and we have a result: the Conservatives have a major of 12 seats. Here is a breakdown of the… Continue reading

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The biggest loser of the night? Russell Brand

8 May 2015 8:51

Forget Vince Cable. Forget, if you can, Ed Balls (and I know that’s hard, because what a joyous result that was). Expel from your mind the image of Nick Clegg… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has been doing his own Kelly Clarkson impression (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty)

Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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Tory backbenchers increasingly reconciled to another coalition

6 May 2015 12:18

Speaking to various senior Conservative backbenchers in the past 24 hours, I’ve been struck by how much support there is for the formation of another coalition. There is a recognition… Continue reading

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Election podcast special: 48 hours to go

5 May 2015 15:42

In today’s election special podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss David Cameron’s election rally with Boris Johnson in Hendon and whether the Mayor of London has been underused during the… Continue reading

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Michael Gove: Tories could still work with the Lib Dems

4 May 2015 9:00

The Tories were less than pleased last week when Danny Alexander revealed confidential communications between the coalition partners regarding child benefit to a paper, as part of an election campaign ambush. The disclosure brought… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning. Photo: PA.

Election podcast special: four days to go

3 May 2015 19:26

In today’s election special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I attempt to explain why Ed Miliband unveiled a stone engraved with Labour’s six pledges today. Will anyone notice what the pledges… Continue reading

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Cameron's mood must be improving (Image: Getty)

Has the Guardian just called it for Cameron?

3 May 2015 16:34

The Guardian/Observer website is running with this story headed ‘Britain set to face weeks of political paralysis after election poll’. That’s a safe prediction. But what’s intriguing is that the… Continue reading

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Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Politicians deliver careful messages of congratulations for the royal baby

2 May 2015 12:41

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl. The girl, who is the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild, is the fourth in line to the throne. As members of the… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme, hosted by David Dimbleby (L), with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Campaign kick-off: six days to go

1 May 2015 9:30

By this time next week, the election will all be over and it will be a question of seats, leaderships and coalitions. With six days of campaigning left, today will… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television program at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 23:18

According to the snap poll, David Cameron has won the final TV ‘debate’ of the short campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Ed Miliband’s refusal to admit that Labour overspent could cost him dear

30 April 2015 23:02

Tonight’s Question Time special with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg provided the best television of this campaign so far. A well-informed audience relentlessly pressed the three leaders on their weakest points.… Continue reading

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A police sniffer dog checks the stage of the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television show at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

As it happened: Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 19:52

Welcome to the Spectator’s live coverage of the special edition of Question Time with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. We’ll be providing live analysis of the final TV programme… Continue reading

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If Simon Hughes wins in the Bermondsey seat he first won in 1983, can he really be expected to run for a further term? (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

The Lib Dems struggle to replace old political blood with new

30 April 2015 15:52

The Liberal Democrat resilience in countless marginal seats has confounded many commentators. While perhaps winning half the number of votes as Ukip nationwide, it is far from inconceivable that they will win… Continue reading

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The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading

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