Coalition

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…

David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37

It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to…

Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t…

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the…

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…

Even Nick Clegg likes George Osborne’s HS3 rail commitment

23 June 2014 14:39

George Osborne’s commitment to a third high speed rail link in the future has gone down well this morning with…

Tories win knife fight using devious and confusing methods

17 June 2014 18:31

As expected, Nick de Bois’ amendment to the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill passed 404 votes to 53. It owes…

David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction…

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks…

Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes

10 June 2014 17:23

The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their…

Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53

The Tories have held Newark with a comfortable majority of 7,000 plus. The party will be relieved to have won…