Coalition

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…

How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33

George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by…

Vince Cable criticised ring-fencing. Picture: Getty

A Vince intervention that will please the Tories

14 March 2015 13:15

Later today, Vince Cable will launch his traditional conference attack on the Tories. He’ll denounce them for their positions on…

Ed speaks some human

12 March 2015 21:44

When Ed Miliband ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, his supporters boasted that he spoke human. Tonight, in a…

Exclusive: Government to introduce gender pay gap legislation after Coalition row

6 March 2015 19:17

This story was first published in tonight’s Evening Blend email, a free round-up and analysis of the day’s political events.…

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…

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…

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…

Could Britain cope with a minority Coalition government?

21 January 2015 17:32

For all the obsessing about whether Nick Clegg would prefer to be in government with the Tories or Labour after…

What will the Lib Dem ‘red line’ on a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ mean for a future coalition?

13 January 2015 8:55

One of the obsessions that will only get worse over the next few months – along with checking every poll…

Five reasons why winning in May won’t be that much better than losing

8 January 2015 14:28

Defeat in May would be dire for either Cameron or Miliband. It would end their political career in ignominious failure.…

Cameron avoids a New Year slip-up

4 January 2015 13:50

In 2010, David Cameron stumbled in his first New Year broadcast interview over the Tory plans for a married couple’s…

PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

17 December 2014 16:53

Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t…

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…

Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

5 November 2014 8:15

GPs enjoy the salary of bankers, regularly pulling in £100,000 for a five-day week, with no on-call or weekend duties…

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…

How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

30 October 2014 12:14

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t…

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…

A Lab-Con coalition? It’s not as crazy as you think

12 October 2014 13:11

In the few days since Conservative defector Douglas Carswell gave Ukip its first Westminster MP and John Bickley scared the…

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…

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…

Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on…

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…

Commons vote for strikes against IS in Iraq

26 September 2014 17:19

By 524 votes to 43, the House of Commons has voted to support air-strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. The…

Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll…