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  1. May 29, 2014

    Ousting Clegg will not help Lib Dems

    Nick Clegg often comes across as a decent sort, but not terribly good at the kind of hand-to-hand political combat that goes...

  2. May 29, 2014

    Nick Clegg seeks to soothe Lib Dem nerves with address to MPs

    Nick Clegg will address his MPs next week during a potentially stormy meeting of Liberal Democrats, as he looks to reassert...

  1. May 28, 2014

    Nick Clegg survives coup plot as chief critic quits party

    Nick Clegg appears to have survived an abortive coup attempt to oust him as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the...

  2. May 27, 2014

    Vince Cable denounces ally for attack on Nick Clegg

    Vince Cable has moved to kill off an apparent attempt by one of his closest allies to oust Nick Clegg as leader of the...

  3. September 15, 2013

    Governing pains

    It has become almost an annual ritual for the Liberal Democrat politician Lord Oakeshott to call for the head of his leader,...

  4. September 14, 2013

    Clegg to call on Lib Dems to back his leadership

    Nick Clegg will on Saturday night urge Liberal Democrats to unite around his leadership as he seeks to assert control over...

  5. August 1, 2013

    New peerage list prompts criticism

    Five millionaires who have given large donations to the three main political parties are to take up seats in the House of...

  6. March 8, 2013

    Councils plead on home building

    The chancellor will be urged by Britain’s local authorities to use this month’s Budget to end restrictions on their ability...

  7. February 7, 2013

    Pryce ‘shocked’ over Huhne’s speeding move

    Vicky Pryce, the former wife of disgraced ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne, was “shocked” and “absolutely furious” after...

  8. 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...

  9. September 26, 2012

    Gloomy Lib Dems maintain discipline

    It was far from a return to the “Clegg mania” of the past. But, as Liberal Democrats left Brighton last night, there was a...

  10. September 2, 2012

    Talk swirls around Lib Dem leadership

    Senior Liberal Democrats return to Westminster on Monday amid renewed speculation about the party’s leadership as a poll...

  11. August 31, 2012

    Ashdown urges Lib Dems to back Clegg

    Paddy Ashdown, former Liberal Democrat leader, has called on his party to support Nick Clegg after the first open revolt...

  12. Westminster Blog

    August 2, 2012

    Nationalising RBS - A desperate move for desperate times

      Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS We reported this morning on high-level discussions in the government about the...

  13. July 25, 2012

    GDP figures offer potential to ease policy

    George Osborne on Wednesday refused to change his fiscal course in spite of Labour claims that Britain’s “shocking” descent...

  14. March 9, 2012

    Barclays paid chief’s £5.75m tax bill

    Barclays was facing fresh political attacks after paying a £5.75m tax bill for its chief executive, boosting his overall pay...

  15. February 27, 2012

    Lords reform set to split coalition

    A senior Liberal Democrat peer has attacked the government’s plans to reform the House of Lords, threatening to resign as a...

  16. February 26, 2012

    Labour calls for revolt on NHS shake-up

    Ed Miliband has invited Liberal Democrats to join forces with Labour to undermine the government’s contentious NHS reforms...

  17. January 15, 2012

    Little progress for women in UK boardrooms

    Britain’s biggest companies have failed to make any progress in appointing more women to top boardroom positions, with the...

  18. December 11, 2011

    Rift opens in coalition over veto

    Nick Clegg was on Sunday desperately trying to distance himself from David Cameron’s “potentially damaging” use of the veto...

  19. December 9, 2011

    Lib Dems focus anger on Cameron

    Nick Clegg spent much of Thursday night on the telephone from London to the UK team negotiating in Brussels, keeping abreast...

  20. November 18, 2011

    Northern Rock cash used to fund deal

    A third of the £747m cash price that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is paying to buy Northern Rock will be funded from...

  21. Westminster Blog

    November 18, 2011

    Questions over the sale price of Northern Rock

    Mark Field, the Tory MP for the City and Westminster, and Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, make an unlikely pairing. But...

  22. October 7, 2011

    Moody’s downgrades 12 UK lenders

    Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and 10 other UK financial institutions were downgraded by Moody’s to reflect...

  23. September 1, 2011

    Reformers and resisters: the protagonists

    DAVID CAMERON: The City’s hope The prime minister told colleagues last year that it was time to “stop beating up on the...

  24. Westminster Blog

    September 1, 2011

    Are the Lib Dems all at sea over the Vickers reforms?

    For weeks there have been rumbling tensions about the implementation of the Vickers reforms after the FT first revealed that...

  25. Westminster Blog

    August 15, 2011

    Is a row brewing over potential eight-year delay to bank ring-fencing?

    My colleague Patrick Jenkins reported a week ago that the reforms to Britain’s banks, designed to prevent another financial...

  26. July 4, 2011

    Planning policy offers key to survival

    When Lord Oakeshott says he believes in the future of Britain’s high streets, he has his money where his mouth is. The...

  27. May 25, 2011

    Ashcroft to advise on military bases in Cyprus

    Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative party donor, has been appointed a government adviser on UK military bases in Cyprus in spite...

  28. May 23, 2011

    Disclosure poses direct challenge to courts

    John Hemming may not be a household name, but the Liberal Democrat MP brought to a head on Monday a growing constitutional...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2011

    Goodwin injunction partially lifted

    A draconian injunction granting anonymity to Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, was...

  30. May 19, 2011

    Goodwin injunction partially lifted

    A draconian injunction granting anonymity to Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, was...

  31. Westminster Blog

    May 19, 2011

    Lord Oakeshott exposes new details of Sir Fred Goodwin's injunction

    UPDATE: There are claims on Twitter that the injunction has been lifted; in fact it has only been partially lifted, as the...

  32. April 27, 2011

    MP seeks ruling on Goodwin injunction

    A copy of a super-injunction won by Sir Fred Goodwin has been handed to the Treasury select committee to determine whether...

  33. Westminster Blog

    April 11, 2011

    Oakeshott: Lib Dems happy with Vickers proposals

    There were suggestions at the weekend that today’s banking report would not go far enough to please Vince Cable and his...

  34. April 3, 2011

    Treasury ‘not bothered’ with letters

    The pressures of ushering in an age of austerity were thrown into relief on Sunday after the Treasury blamed the emergency...

  35. March 23, 2011

    Avoidance crackdown to raise £1bn a year

    The crackdown on tax avoidance announced on Wednesday will raise £1bn a year and amounts to more than had been done “in any...

  36. March 9, 2011

    Clegg braced for Lib Dem showdown

    Nick Clegg is facing an uprising from Liberal Democrat party activists over the coalition’s health reforms, as he prepares...

  37. Westminster Blog

    February 13, 2011

    Vince Cable hails glorious result of Project Merlin negotiations

    Actually, Vince was far from celebratory on this morning’s Marr Show when discussing the bank-government talks which...

  38. Westminster Blog

    February 10, 2011

    Lord Oakeshott isn't going anywhere

    We were speculating only yesterday afternoon just how irritating George Osborne must find it to have a so-called “Lib Dem...

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