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    1. October 18, 2014

      Alexander to replace Cable as LibDem shadow chancellor

      Vince Cable is to lose his role as the Liberal Democrats’ “shadow chancellor” at the next election, after Nick Clegg...

    2. October 15, 2014

      Senior Lib Dem to quit in marginal seat

      One of the MPs most highly tipped to take over from Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader has announced he will stand down...

    1. October 15, 2014

      Cameron signals inheritance tax cut

      David Cameron has hinted that he wants to deliver a cut in inheritance tax for well-off families by raising the threshold at...

    2. October 15, 2014

      Tax cuts are exactly what the UK doesn’t need

      Giving hundreds of pounds to millions of people is rather popular. Since this is what raising the income tax threshold...

    3. October 13, 2014

      MPs scramble to make a deal on transferring tax powers to Scotland

      Politicians from all the major parties on Monday embarked on a hurried search for a deal over transferring more tax-raising...

    4. October 13, 2014

      Broadcasters propose Ukip’s Farage join TV election debate

      Nigel Farage would take part in one pre-election television debate with the leaders of Britain’s three main parties under...

    5. October 10, 2014

      British politics enters the age of uncertainty

      Britain’s political scene is experiencing an upheaval whose scale and direction are unpredictable. Since the second world...

    6. October 10, 2014

      Poverty of ambition at party conferences

      Eight years after David Cameron dismissed it as a party of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” Ukip has its first...

    7. October 10, 2014

      Vince Cable unveils scholarships for students from India

      Indian students will be offered scholarships to attend British universities, under efforts by Vince Cable to counter “ugly...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      October 8, 2014

      Farewell to the party conference

      Charlie Bibby/FT Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, says farewell to the conference in Glasgow. ...

    9. October 8, 2014

      Speech of passion and panache is a bit too late

      In Manchester a fortnight ago, there was a long, snaking queue into the building well over an hour before Ed Miliband began...

    10. October 8, 2014

      Nick Clegg urges Liberal Democrats to hold centre ground

      Nick Clegg on Wednesday urged his embattled Liberal Democrats to resist the “politics of blame, grievance and fear”,...

    11. October 7, 2014

      Liberal Democrats plan CGT increases to pay for tax cuts

      Nick Clegg has announced plans to increase capital gains tax for higher earners, prompting criticism that Liberal Democrat...

    12. October 7, 2014

      Lib Dems start jockeying to succeed Clegg

      With the Liberal Democrats on 8 per cent in the polls and facing the possible loss of half their seats, the party’s most...

    13. October 7, 2014

      Clegg defeated on airport proposals

      Nick Clegg suffered what could turn out to be a significant defeat at the Liberal Democrat conference on Tuesday, as his...

    14. October 6, 2014

      LibDems face losing most of seats back to Labour

      Opinion polls suggest the Liberal Democrats are likely to lose most of the seats they are defending against Labour at the...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      October 6, 2014

      Voting time at the Liberal Democrats' party conference

      Charlie Bibby/FT Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg with Business Secretary, Vince Cable in the audience prior to...

    16. October 6, 2014

      In Britain’s Bizarro World, Clegg could again be kingmaker

      Nick Clegg is that rare thing: a figure of both fun and hate. Britain’s deputy prime minister is the most despised...

    17. October 6, 2014

      Clegg hopes to shift party’s stance on airport growth

      Nick Clegg hopes to persuade his reluctant party on Tuesday to abandon its opposition to new airport capacity in the London...

    18. October 6, 2014

      Vince Cable escalates coalition war of words

      Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat business secretary, has accused George Osborne of being a liar for saying he can eliminate...

    19. October 6, 2014

      Vince Cable pledges rates relief for growing businesses

      Small companies looking to expand into improved premises will be given relief on their business rates to tackle a “real...

    20. October 5, 2014

      Lib Dems rail at Tory partners but fear alternative

      The Liberal Democrats spent the first day of their annual conference railing against their Conservative coalition partners....

    21. October 5, 2014

      Lib Dems ready to shift ground on EU vote

      A 2017 popular vote on Britain’s membership of the EU is more likely than ever, with senior Liberal Democrats having told...

    22. October 3, 2014

      UK civil servants plan for hung parliament

      Senior UK civil servants have begun to plan for a possible hung parliament next May with some considering how to deal with...

    23. October 3, 2014

      The centre ground is once more for the taking

      There is something of the Potemkin village about a British political party conference. History has hollowed out the Labour...

    24. October 3, 2014

      Tax plans show Tories are not compassionate, says David Laws

      David Cameron’s plans to freeze benefits while promising tax cuts for higher earners have ended Conservative claims to be a...

    25. October 3, 2014

      Poll gives UK Conservative party first lead since 2012

      David Cameron’s promise of tax cuts for tens of millions of people if the Conservatives win next year’s election has helped...

    26. October 2, 2014

      UK Conservative party set to defy Europe on human rights

      Britain will quit the European Court of Human Rights unless other countries agree to let the UK disregard its rulings, under...

    27. October 2, 2014

      Coalition relations at ‘new low’, says Nick Clegg

      Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said relations in the coalition have reached a “new low” after the home secretary...

    28. October 1, 2014

      David Cameron trades votes for economic credibility

      As the UK general election approaches, David Cameron and the Conservatives enjoy two serious advantages over the opposition...

    29. September 30, 2014

      May says future Tory government will boost web snooping powers

      Theresa May has promised that a future Conservative government will push through internet snooping powers, in a speech which...

    30. September 26, 2014

      Pressure grows to give 16-year-olds the vote in general elections

      Pressure is mounting to give 16-year-olds the vote in general elections after two more party leaders backed the move...

    31. September 16, 2014

      Brown asks Scots to back new powers, not ‘chaos’ of separation

      Gordon Brown has made a final appeal to Scots to support the transfer of “extensive new powers” to a Scottish parliament...

    32. September 9, 2014

      UK’s Labour widens poll lead over Conservatives

      Amid growing nervousness about the result of the Scottish referendum Labour has widened its poll lead over the...

    33. September 9, 2014

      Pro-Union parties back swift deal on ‘modern home rule’ for Scots

      An accelerated timetable to give more tax and spending powers to the Scottish parliament was backed by Labour, Tory and...

    34. September 9, 2014

      Impractical promises will not convince a sceptical electorate

      Pause before you promise. Most politicians will spend the long pre-election period campaigning rather than governing. You...

    35. September 8, 2014

      Nick Clegg urges Scots to take ‘safe path’ to further UK power

      Nick Clegg has urged Scots to take the “guaranteed safe path to more powers” over the “uncertain leap” into independence as...

    36. September 3, 2014

      Lib Dems seek PR in local elections

      The Liberal Democrats will seek an end to first-past-the-post voting in local elections as a condition for forming a future...

    37. September 2, 2014

      Business groups call for decision on new airport runway

      By eliminating “Boris Island” from his list of possible contenders for UK airport expansion, Sir Howard Davies has created...

    38. Westminster Blog

      September 1, 2014

      Will Britain need a coalition of more than three parties next year?

      The Romans used to predict the future by examining the entrails of dead animals. These days we use opinion polls, often with...

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