Liberal Democrats

Prism controversy will deepen coalition divisions over the snooper’s charter

8 June 2013 15:26

GCHQ’s use of the US monitoring system Prism is threatening to turn into a major political row. Douglas Alexander is…

The Mike Hancock imbroglio

4 June 2013 12:49

Mike Hancock last night resigned the Lib Dem whip to fight a court case that includes serious allegations about his…

Mike Hancock resigns from Lib Dems

3 June 2013 22:37

Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock has resigned from the party to fight ‘very serious allegations’ about his conduct. He took…

David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

Swivel-eyed loons are a feature of British democracy

21 May 2013 14:04

I’d just like to point out, having been a journalist for many years and having met these people, and also…

The Liberal Democrats, the natural party of government?

19 May 2013 13:54

If four years ago, a Liberal Democrat politician had attempted to portray the Lib Dems as the natural party of…

Will the draft EU referendum bill calm Tory tensions?

14 May 2013 20:18

The last few days have seen the Tory party losing its collective head. Number 10 hopes that the publication of…

Gove: I’d vote to leave the EU if referendum held today

12 May 2013 10:18

In a firecracker of an interview on the Andrew Marr Show, Michael Gove confirmed that if an EU referendum was…

Tim Farron said it like it is when he assessed the Lib Dems' poor performance in South Shields. Picture: Getty

Lib Dems try to avoid their own local election jitters

3 May 2013 10:57

The dominant narrative in the build-up to these local elections has been all about UKIp vs the Tories, with a…

Liberal Democrats liberal with the facts

30 April 2013 13:02

I know the Liberal Democrats are trying to take credit for anything they like the sound of, but their rewriting of history…

Nigel Farage shouldn’t get Ukip’s hopes up for a win in Portsmouth South

24 April 2013 11:56

Talk of a by-election in Portsmouth South has been growing, fuelled by allegations against MP Mike Hancock. And, in a…

How the Snooping Bill could end up dead in the water – sooner or later

23 April 2013 18:19

When Cabinet met this morning, ministers didn’t discuss the Communications Data Bill, which the government hopes to get into the…

The Tories steal the Lib Dems’ best clothes with new poster

5 April 2013 13:35

This poster will, I am sure, have the Lib Dems hopping about with fury. The Tories have hi-jacked a key…

Liberal Democrat spinners spin away the past

27 March 2013 15:04

A conundrum for ambitious Liberal Democrats who have seen their CVs blighted by the scandal surrounding former party Chief Executive…

No thawing in Ed Miliband’s attitude to the Liberal Democrats

23 March 2013 13:19

Ed Miliband’s interview with The Times today is striking for the language he uses about the Liberal Democrats. There’s no…

Nick Clegg giving his 'sensible' immigration speech this morning. Picture: Getty

Clegg aims for ‘sensible’ 2015 manifesto with immigration speech

22 March 2013 13:08

Nick Clegg gave his ‘sensible’ immigration speech this morning. He started off by agreeing with Labour’s Yvette Cooper that politicians…

Clegg: the Tories are like a broken shopping trolley – they always veer to the right.

10 March 2013 13:14

If you want to know what the Liberal Democrat’s message at the next election will be, read Nick Clegg’s speech…

Coalition negotiations on childcare tax break near conclusion

10 March 2013 12:06

Jo Swinson’s speech to the Lib Dem spring conference highlighted her again as a confident performer who has higher to…

Jo Shaw announces her resignation over secret courts. Picture: Getty

Lib Dem candidate resigns over secret courts

10 March 2013 10:27

Lib Dem members have just voted overwhelmingly in favour of an emergency motion on secret courts which repeated calls for…

Tories and Lib Dems strike deal on mansion tax vote

9 March 2013 16:58

Further to Isabel’s post this morning, I understand from a senior coalition source that the two parties have now reached…

Lib Dems to hold mansion tax vote strategy meeting

9 March 2013 10:44

Will the Lib Dems support Labour’s mansion tax vote? Vince Cable praised his pet policy idea last night, telling Lib…