Liberal Democrats

Lib Dem manifesto horsetrading begins

2 April 2014 18:09

After Tim Farron set out a new position for the Lib Dems on the ‘bedroom tax’ this morning, Labour wants…

Clegg, Farage and the poverty of Britain’s EU debate

28 March 2014 11:09

Two of the writers I most admire have fallen out over the Clegg vs Farage debate. James Kirkup calls it…

Clegg and Farage’s real mission: getting their voters to turn up

27 March 2014 17:22

‘You guys always love the zero sum game, you know, politics as Premier League football,’ Paddy Ashdown said this morning…

Hampstead and Kilburn – it would be a disgrace if the Lib Dems don’t back Maajid Nawaz to the hilt

27 March 2014 14:41

In the past 30 years British English has received a number of loan words from Arabic, words which would have…

Exclusive: Lib Dems go cold on candidate after ‘Jesus and Mo’ row

25 March 2014 17:22

The Lib Dems are considering scaling back their fight for Maajid Nawaz to win the Hampstead and Kilburn seat after…

Nick Clegg’s new running sore

25 March 2014 13:34

Nick Clegg spent the first 20 minutes of Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions looking a little miserable. A wan smile did…

Alistair Carmichael: Chris Huhne put the ‘T’ in Cancun

11 March 2014 15:40

Jovial Lib Dem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael addressed lobby journalists over lunch today. Speaking from his experience as the party’s…

Nick Clegg’s ‘I love Britain’ speech: full text

9 March 2014 14:32

Since I became the Deputy Prime Minister I have had the privilege of spending a bit of time representing Britain’s…

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire today said the government would make changes to the Data Communications Bill. Picture: Getty

David Cameron pays the price for another lazy shuffle

9 March 2014 12:07

The Tory leadership is not best pleased with James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister whose ill-judged speech turned a media spotlight…

Bickering about bickering

7 March 2014 11:32

Lib Dems are excitedly travelling to their Spring conference in York, which kicks off this evening with the traditional rally…

Exclusive: Cameron and Osborne ambush Lib Dems in Cabinet meeting

4 March 2014 11:05

A dramatic Cabinet this morning as the Tories ambushed the Lib Dems over the contents of the Queen’s Speech. First,…

Gove: Lib Dems think we’re anti-apple pie, cream and custard. Clegg: We’re being grown up about Coalition

26 February 2014 21:51

The Coalition is merely cohabiting now – that much has been clear for a while. But one partner doesn’t seem…

Minority government hint is boost for backbenchers – if they believe it

25 February 2014 9:05

That David Cameron is reportedly considering committing to minority government above coalition is a strong message to his backbenchers that he’s…

Nick Clegg softens his language on Labour

17 February 2014 8:56

Nick Clegg’s comments on Radio 4 about the possibility of a coalition deal with Labour in 2015 are significant, not…

Lord Rennard sets out legal threat to Lib Dems

10 February 2014 15:54

Just when the Lib Dems thought the Lord Rennard row had calmed down, the peer announces that his lawyers have…

Tory plotters mull ‘sacking’ Lib Dems as Lib Dems continue to grump about Gove

6 February 2014 18:29

What are the Coalition parties going to do for the next few months in the run-up to the general election?…

Return of the native as Danny Alexander tries to differentiate from Tories

5 February 2014 10:35

‘I know a few people who could arrange just that,’ remarked a Tory MP this morning on reading Danny Alexander’s…

Gove row paints dispiriting picture of a post-2015 Lib-Con coalition

3 February 2014 8:51

The row between the Lib Dems and Conservatives over Ofsted has taken a curious turn this morning, with Lib Dem…

What the LibDems are up to

2 February 2014 15:30

David Laws’ attack on his former BFF Michael Gove is leading the news bulletins today, and rightly. Its wider significance…

It’s cohabitation, not coalition now

1 February 2014 8:09

The Tories and the Liberal Democrats are increasingly going their separate ways. But they’ll stay in government together until the…