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  1. April 14, 2014

    Nick Clegg vows to stay as Lib Dem leader until 2020

    Nick Clegg has defended his leadership of the Liberal Democrats, saying he will stay in place until 2020, despite the...

  2. April 4, 2014

    The challenge set by Nigel Farage

    David Cameron once described the UK Independence party as a movement full of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”. And...

  1. April 4, 2014

    Pensions versus Isas, round two

    This Saturday is your last chance to use up your Isa allowance for the 2013/14 tax year; £11,520 can go into stocks and...

  2. April 3, 2014

    Miliband backs Ukip leader’s exclusion from TV debate

    Ed Miliband insisted on Thursday that Nigel Farage should be excluded from any leaders’ debates in the run up to the 2015...

  3. April 3, 2014

    Vince Cable attacks rising house prices

    Galloping house prices are an “extremely bad thing” for families being priced out of the market, Vince Cable has said in an...

  4. April 2, 2014

    Polls give Farage second debate win over Clegg

    Both the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence party claimed victory last night after the second of two live leaders’...

  5. April 2, 2014

    Renewable companies worry about Tory green strategy

    Renewable energy companies are concerned about the possibility of a Tory victory in 2015 as it emerged that Nick Clegg had...

  6. March 31, 2014

    Policy and personality rifts rock No campaign on Scotland

    The latest ructions in the campaign to prevent Scottish independence have highlighted differences of policy and personality...

  7. March 31, 2014

    Labour opinion poll lead shrinks to under 3%

    The Conservatives have narrowed Labour’s opinion poll lead to under 3 per cent, according to a survey that also shows shifts...

  8. March 31, 2014

    Voters are about to wake up and smell the hogwash

    Political commentary depends on amnesia. Events recur, patterns repeat, most of what happens is familiar – and each time it...

  9. March 28, 2014

    To fix Europe, Cameron must do business with his rivals

    Brace yourself for a couple of lively months. If this week’s debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg on the “in-out...

  10. March 27, 2014

    Farage reawakens Tory election fears after Europe debate

    Nigel Farage’s strong performance in Wednesday’s live debate on Europe has reawakened Tory fears that Ukip could split the...

  11. March 26, 2014

    Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg clash on range of issues

    Nigel Farage clashed with Nick Clegg on a range of subjects, including immigration, crime and employment in the first of two...

  12. Westminster Blog

    March 26, 2014

    LIVE: Clegg vs Farage - The Europe debate

    With two months to go until the European elections, the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party went...

  13. March 24, 2014

    Cameron’s coalition is a bazaar for big, radical ideas

    Historians of the coalition government will have to work out how Britain came to be governed so radically by such...

  14. Off Message

    March 24, 2014

    The power of the pension reforms

    The pension reforms announced at the Budget have jolted Westminster from its pre-election ennui. Conservatives and Liberal...

  15. March 23, 2014

    David Cameron urged to tone down anti-immigration rhetoric

    David Cameron has been urged to tone down his anti-immigration rhetoric by some of his own MPs who have launched a new group...

  16. March 20, 2014

    ‘Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life’

    Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life, by John Campbell, Jonathan Cape, RRP£30, 832 pages It never fails to amaze me how far one...

  17. Westminster Blog

    March 12, 2014

    What does each party really think on Europe?

    Ed Miliband’s op-ed for the FT today on Europe has finally crystallised what each of the parties’ European position will be...

  18. March 11, 2014

    Richer savers do not need extra help

    As they look ahead to their retirement, British workers of all ages already have plenty of reasons to feel a bit hard done...

  19. March 9, 2014

    Clegg vows to remain head of Lib Dems

    Nick Clegg has promised to remain at the head of the Liberal Democrats for at least the next six years, after a flurry of...

  20. March 9, 2014

    Clegg goes on attack against Ukip and warns of Labour vulnerability

    Nick Clegg has accused the UK Independence party of spreading “anger” and “bile” with its anti-immigration stance, as a new...

  21. March 9, 2014

    Nick Clegg warns ‘extremism on the rise’ across Europe

    Nick Clegg has warned against a tide of extremism spreading “anger” and “bile” across Europe as he makes an unashamedly...

  22. March 8, 2014

    Nick Clegg attacks Conservatives over immigration

    Nick Clegg has launched an attack on the Conservative immigration minister over his recent warnings about the dangers of...

  23. March 8, 2014

    Danny Alexander tipped to replace Vince Cable in Lib Dem role

    Vince Cable, the business secretary, rallied Liberal Democrats on Friday night in a Tory-bashing spring conference speech in...

  24. March 7, 2014

    Currency tussle clipped Scottish No campaign, minister admits

    The secretary of state for Scotland admitted on Friday that the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK had lost ground after...

  25. March 7, 2014

    A tax on ignorance and inflation

    I listened to BlackRock’s Larry Fink speak at the National Association of Pension Funds conference in Edinburgh this week....

  26. March 5, 2014

    Nick Clegg’s EU debate with Nigel Farage breaks golden rule

    Nick Clegg’s decision to go head-to-head with Ukip’s Nigel Farage in two broadcast debates on Britain’s future in the EU...

  27. Off Message

    March 5, 2014

    Why raising the personal allowance won't help the poor

    Raising the personal allowance threshold for income tax is a popular idea. It was the Liberal Democrats’ flagship policy at...

  28. March 4, 2014

    UK coalition tensions flare over Osborne call on EU referendum bill

    Coalition tensions flared in the cabinet on Tuesday after Chancellor George Osborne made a last-ditch plea to include an EU...

  29. March 4, 2014

    Liberal Democrats name team to lead coalition negotiations

    Nick Clegg has named a five-person Liberal Democrat team, headed by close ally Danny Alexander, to prepare for coalition...

  30. March 3, 2014

    Tory fight breaks out over income tax

    A fight has broken out in the Conservative party over the chancellor’s plan to cut the number of people who pay income tax,...

  31. March 2, 2014

    Poll dispels Ukip image as party of disgruntled Tories

    Ukip is not primarily a party of tweedy Tory colonels in the shires, and David Cameron does not have a particular “problem”...

  32. February 28, 2014

    Nigel Farage woos former Labour voters

    Nigel Farage has made an explicit pitch for former Labour voters, telling the UK Independence Party’s spring conference that...

  33. February 26, 2014

    The tribal voices of British politics

    Anyone perusing Britain’s political news in recent days would assume that coalition government has been a calamity for the...

  34. February 20, 2014

    Clegg challenges Farage to live TV debate

    Nick Clegg has challenged Nigel Farage to debate whether the UK should remain in the EU. Speaking on LBC radio station, the...

  35. February 20, 2014

    Cold comfort for UK’s Centrica in crossing continents

    Like generations of Europeans facing harsh treatment at home, Centrica has crossed the Atlantic in search of a better life....

  36. February 17, 2014

    Clegg talks up prospect of Labour coalition

    In March 2010, Nick Clegg told supporters they were on the cusp of a major political breakthrough. “Almost one in four...

  37. February 16, 2014

    Adonis warns Labour of business backlash over mansion tax

    Labour faces a backlash from business people about its proposal for a “mansion tax”, one of the party’s most senior figures...

  38. February 14, 2014

    Questions for donors worsen Lib Dems’ week

    Chevening, a 17th century 115-room mansion in Kent, is thought to be the model for Rosings Park in Jane Austen’s Pride and...

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