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    1. February 2, 2016

      Labour figures swap politics for prominent business roles

      The reversal of fortunes for Britain’s left-leaning parties last summer left several former ministers and advisers...

    2. February 1, 2016

      MPs warn increased internet surveillance will hit tech companies

      The UK government’s plans to increase internet surveillance risk imposing uncertain costs on British technology...

    1. January 25, 2016

      Labour ructions echo breakaway of Social Democrats in 1981

      On a chilly January day 35 years ago today, four senior MPs walked out into the street in Limehouse in east London and...

    2. January 20, 2016

      Tories suffer Lords defeat on changes to party funding rules

      A House of Lords committee will be set up to consider changes to party funding after Labour and the Liberal Democrats...

    3. January 17, 2016

      House of Lords set for showdown over UK union reforms

      Labour and the Liberal Democrats are planning a pincer movement in the House of Lords this week to thwart an attempt by...

    4. January 6, 2016

      Lords will try to rescind cuts in solar grants

      David Cameron’s cuts to solar subsidies are in jeopardy as his former coalition partners try to use their substantial...

    5. January 3, 2016

      Dream of multiparty politics fails to materialise

      There were several clear winners in the political world of 2015, including David Cameron, Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy...

    6. December 9, 2015

      Key part of Cable’s industrial strategy scrapped

      The business department has quietly reversed a central part of Vince Cable’s industrial strategy by shutting down a...

    7. December 9, 2015

      Carmichael survives legal challenge over leaked memo

      A legal challenge to annul the election of Scotland’s sole surviving Liberal Democrat MP has failed. After sitting as a...

    8. Westminster Blog

      December 2, 2015

      UK votes to back Syria air strikes - as it happened

      This Live Blog session closed at 23:07 on 2 Dec 2015. The House of Commons has voted to extend air strikes against Isis...

    9. November 30, 2015

      Political parties take their leave of the people

      Politics,” wrote the great German sociologist, Max Weber, “is a strong and slow boring of hard boards.” To practise...

    10. November 22, 2015

      Freedom of information in the UK is a fundamental civic right

      The belief that access to information about government is a fundamental civic right lay behind the long campaign for...

    11. November 19, 2015

      Tim Farron moves Lib Dems away from left

      Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader, on Thursday set out a pro-enterprise agenda in his first big speech on the...

    12. October 27, 2015

      Tax credit cuts: Who will be affected?

      On Monday Labour and Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords could trigger a constitutional clash by supporting...

    13. October 3, 2015

      Backlash over Bush ‘stuff happens’ remark

      Jeb Bush suffered a double political blow after a poll found support for his presidential campaign at four per cent, as...

    14. September 29, 2015

      Green light for case against Scotland’s lone Lib Dem

      A legal challenge to the election of Scotland’s sole surviving Liberal Democrat MP paid for by crowdfunding is set to...

    15. September 23, 2015

      Lib Dems open to UK coalition role, says leader

      The Liberal Democrats would again enter coalition government, Tim Farron vowed on Wednesday, as the stricken party’s...

    16. September 22, 2015

      Lib Dem lords to block sale of social housing

      The Liberal Democrats will try to block David Cameron's plans to sell off social housing by fighting the measure in the...

    17. September 22, 2015

      Happy Lib Dem family goes in search of a home

      For a party that came within 25,000 votes of losing all of its 57 MPs at the general election, the Liberal Democrats...

    18. September 20, 2015

      Tim Farron woos Labour voters — and MPs

      The election of Jeremy Corbyn has made the Liberal Democrats “more relevant”, according to new leader Tim Farron. Mr...

    19. September 17, 2015

      Lib Dems claim approach from unhappy Labour MPs

      Labour MPs unhappy about Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the party’s leadership contest have approached Tim Farron,...

    20. September 10, 2015

      George Osborne feels business backlash over ‘bold’ pay policy

      When George Osborne set out his plan for a “national living wage” in the Summer Budget, it was lavished with political...

    21. September 1, 2015

      UK Labour moderates urged to support Jeremy Corbyn if he wins

      Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary, has urged fellow Labour moderates to support Jeremy Corbyn if he becomes...

    22. August 31, 2015

      SNP faces growing pressure to reform unified police force

      Opposition parties are piling pressure on the governing Scottish nationalists to reform Scotland’s two-year-old unified...

    23. August 28, 2015

      Cut the bloated House of Lords down to size

      None of Britain’s major parties are known to have campaigned on a platform of “More Politicians, Now”. Yet the pace at...

    24. August 27, 2015

      New peerages pose questions over expense and credibility of Lords

      A new clutch of 45 peers was appointed on Thursday, mostly from the ranks of former MPs, party advisers and donors —...

    25. August 26, 2015

      Rise of Corbyn puts Lib Dems in a bind

      The rise of Jeremy Corbyn as a serious contender to lead the UK’s main opposition party has put its third political...

    26. July 20, 2015

      Parties join to build foundations of Yes to Europe campaign

      Three figures from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are working together to set up the foundations...

    27. July 16, 2015

      Tim Farron wins Liberal Democrat leadership contest

      Tim Farron has been elected the next leader of the Liberal Democrats, promising to restore the battered morale of party...

    28. July 15, 2015

      UK Liberal Democrats set to shift left after leadership race

      Tim Farron is odds-on to be elected leader of the Liberal Democrats on Thursday. But whether he or his rival Norman...

    29. David Allen Green

      July 9, 2015

      Gove must sort out bad MoJ policy-making if he is to uphold the rule of law

      A curious Martian looking down at the government departments in Whitehall would not work out much about the British...

    30. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: George Osborne’s most audacious gamble

      After Wednesday’s Budget no one can accuse George Osborne of lacking audacity. Delivering the first such wholly...

    31. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne Toryism sprawls across political spectrum

      George Osborne called it a “Budget for working people” and a “one nation Budget” but there was another phrase which...

    32. July 3, 2015

      Osborne to raise inheritance tax limit for property to £1m

      George Osborne will unveil plans in the Budget to end inheritance tax on properties worth up to £1m, at last fulfilling...

    33. July 2, 2015

      SNP mocks Evel plans for Commons bills

      The Scottish National party has mocked the government over its proposals to give English MPs a veto over laws affecting...

    34. June 24, 2015

      Osborne’s opportunity for audacious tax reform

      George Osborne has delivered six budgets, never once with a free hand. The chancellor endured five years of...

    35. June 24, 2015

      Beleaguered Liberal Democrats face uphill challenge to rebuild

      On the wall of the Liberal Democrats headquarters, where a timer used to count down the number of days until the...

    36. June 24, 2015

      Farron urges Lib Dems to move back to centre left

      The most likely next leader of the Liberal Democrats has warned his party it could cease to exist in the next few...

    37. June 22, 2015

      What’s in the box, George?

      Having recently emerged from the political cauldron of the general election, UK investors welcomed the shift from the...

    38. June 5, 2015

      Kennedy suffered haemorrhage as ‘consequence of alcoholism’

      Charles Kennedy died as a result of his long battle with alcoholism, a post-mortem examination of the former Liberal...

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