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  1. 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...

  2. February 3, 2014

    Michael Gove rejects Ofsted cronyism claims

    Michael Gove has denied that the education department is made up of a “gallery of nodding dogs”, following a row over...

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  1. FT Top Schools

    Interview with David Laws, education minister, as changes to the system bring testing ...
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  1. February 2, 2014

    UK coalition row over replacement of Ofsted chairman

    Education secretary Michael Gove has denied accusations from his Liberal Democrat coalition partners that the decision to...

  2. Westminster Blog

    September 18, 2013

    Glasgow cements the Clegg coup

    David Laws stood up this morning and reminded the Lib Dem conference about the first party conference he went to, in 1994....

  3. September 6, 2013

    Interview: David Laws, schools minister

    A visit to the office of David Laws, schools minister, is not for the data-shy. Plastered on the walls outside are large...

  4. August 12, 2013

    Lib Dems propose capital gains tax rise for high earners

    High earners would face a dramatic rise in their capital gains tax bills under plans put forward by the Liberal Democrats...

  5. May 20, 2013

    Lord Lamont to add investment acumen to Stanhope Capital’s ranks

    The former Tory chancellor Lord Lamont has joined the ranks of heavyweight business figures on the investment committee of...

  6. March 15, 2013

    Birth rate rise sparks schools crisis

    Ministers must find a quarter of a million new school places by the start of the 2014 academic year to accommodate the...

  7. March 11, 2013

    Huhne sentencing marks end of political career

    The sentencing of Chris Huhne to eight months in jail for perverting the course of justice has terminated the political...

  8. Westminster Blog

    February 8, 2013

    Chris Huhne turned down Treasury job

    Jane Croft, our law courts correspondent, brings us an interesting side note from yesterday’s (fairly harrowing) evidence...

  9. October 5, 2012

    PM is not for turning, says Fallon

    David Cameron is to tell his party to hunker down for a tough fight on the economy at the Tory conference starting this...

  10. September 28, 2012

    Whiff of irrationality over property tax

    In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be...

  11. September 26, 2012

    The case for an ambitious coalition

    The Liberal Democrats’ annual gathering in Brighton was not a propitious time to mend relations with their governing...

  12. September 5, 2012

    Lib Dems criticise Clegg over ministers

    Senior Liberal Democrats have criticised Nick Clegg for pulling his ministers out of both the Foreign Office and Ministry of...

  13. Westminster Blog

    September 5, 2012

    PMQs: Labour are missing the real story of the reshuffle

    The FT, the Guardian, the Mail and the Independent all agreed this morning; the reshuffle was David Cameron’s turn to the...

  14. September 4, 2012

    Reshuffle tilts Conservatives to the right

    David Cameron has cleared the way for a U-turn on the expansion of Heathrow airport, in a pro-business ministerial reshuffle...

  15. September 4, 2012

    Laws returns as education minister

    David Laws, the former Liberal Democrat Treasury chief secretary, is to return to the government as an education minister as...

  16. September 3, 2012

    Cameron seeks to inject fighting spirit

    David Cameron began an overhaul of his ministerial team on Monday night, in a reshuffle that No 10 said would inject...

  17. August 29, 2012

    Clegg calls for emergency tax on rich

    Nick Clegg has called for an emergency tax on Britain’s richest people to avoid social unrest as the government battles to...

  18. July 16, 2012

    A Tory’s liberal proposals to save the coalition

    A t half-time in this parliament, the coalition is stuttering because it lacks an overarching strategic narrative. The...

  19. July 10, 2012

    Rebels force retreat on Lords reform

    Coalition plans to make the House of Lords mostly elected are on the brink of collapse after fierce resistance from both...

  20. May 28, 2012

    Lib Dems vow to stay for full term

    Nick Clegg’s closest allies have vowed the Liberal Democrats will stick with the coalition for the full five-year term,...

  21. March 20, 2012

    Osborne returns to raw politics

    George Osborne stands up in the Commons on Wednesday to deliver one of the most politically charged Budgets in recent years...

  22. March 13, 2012

    Laws warns against ‘policy paralysis’

    Attempts by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties to assert their ideological differences are threatening to...

  23. February 21, 2012

    Laws joins call to cut pension tax relief

    David Laws, the former chief secretary to the Treasury, has backed calls to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 in...

  24. February 3, 2012

    Huhne quits post to fight charge

    Chris Huhne has stepped down as energy secretary to fight criminal charges in a case that is virtually unprecedented in...

  25. Westminster Blog

    February 3, 2012

    Reshuffle speculation grips Westminster

    UPDATE: The results are in, and, as widely predicted, Ed Davey has been promoted to energy secretary, with Norman Lamb...

  26. November 4, 2011

    Clegg to oppose Osborne benefits cuts

    Nick Clegg is preparing to oppose “arbitrary and vindictive” cuts to the benefits bill next year, amid warnings from a key...

  27. Westminster Blog

    October 31, 2011

    Will Liam Fox return?

    Just over a week after leaving office, Liam Fox has returned to the spotlight, giving an interview to BBC Bristol defending...

  28. August 14, 2011

    Lib Dems press for ‘son of mansion tax’

    Senior Liberal Democrats are pushing the government to consider a tax on the wealth of the richest homeowners as a trade-off...

  29. June 24, 2011

    Lib Dems revive ‘mansion tax’ proposals

    Owners of £1m-plus homes would have to pay capital gains tax when they sell under attempts by senior Liberal Democrats to...

  30. Westminster Blog

    June 24, 2011

    Lib Dems still arguing over plans for "son of mansion tax"

    Allegra Stratton at the Guardian set the ball rolling yesterday on whether the Lib Dems are planning a new type of mansion...

  31. June 17, 2011

    Not above the law

    Finding David Laws is difficult. Deep in the Somerset countryside, where nature is starting to reclaim the tarmac, dark...

  32. June 17, 2011

    ‘Coalition 2.0’ agreement put on back burner

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg are looking increasingly unlikely to negotiate a second “midterm” coalition agreement, amid...

  33. May 20, 2011

    People you’ve never heard of with policies you wouldn’t believe

    As I write, Ken Clarke, justice secretary, appears – just – to have hung on to his job. I must confess this comes as...

  34. May 12, 2011

    Laws dealt front bench blow after suspension

    David Laws’ hopes of a quick return to the front bench were dashed on Thursday after the Lib Dem high-flyer was suspended...

  35. Westminster Blog

    May 12, 2011

    A Laws return in 2012?

    This could have been better for David Laws. The punishment imposed by the standards committee is at the worse end of...

  36. May 12, 2011

    Laws sees expenses penalty as comeback threat

    David Laws fears he will be suspended from the Commons for breaking ex­penses rules – a punishment that would dash any hope...

  37. May 10, 2011

    Clegg makes ‘muscular liberalism’ vow

    Nick Clegg insisted on the first anniversary of the coalition on Wednesday that he was not wedded to a long-term...

  38. May 8, 2011

    Former minister’s fate hangs in balance

    The career of David Laws, the former Liberal Democrat Treasury chief secretary, will hang in the balance this week as a...

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