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    1. October 13, 2014

      School ‘rescue package’ plan branded ineffective and ‘clunky’

      Conservative plans for an emergency “rescue package” to reinvigorate failing schools have been criticised by experts and...

    2. 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...

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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. July 15, 2014

      Reshuffle: Nicky Morgan expected to make peace with UK teachers

      Nicky Morgan, the incoming education secretary, will be expected to make peace with England’s teachers before the election,...

    2. May 15, 2014

      Coalition fights ‘zombie government’ claims

      David Cameron and Nick Clegg negotiated a coalition agreement in five days and delivered most of it inside four years; but...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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....

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. March 13, 2012

      Laws warns against ‘policy paralysis’

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

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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