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  1. August 15, 2014

    Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

    Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

  2. June 13, 2013

    Water companies’ M&A pipeline blocked

    When the £5.3bn bid for Severn Trent collapsed this week, it did more than just turn off the tap for UK water asset sales in...

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  1. London and the World 2013

    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. June 11, 2013

    Opinion: Why London’s strengths can also create strains

    Thirty years ago, I was first elected to parliament, for the constituency of Bermondsey, across the Thames from the City of...

  2. Westminster Blog

    May 13, 2013

    Company wins £150m govt contract despite tax avoidance

    Earlier this year, Danny Alexander told the FT he was going to use the levers of government to get companies to pay their...

  3. Westminster Blog

    April 15, 2013

    Lib Dems plot to force through Lords reform

    Tory backbenchers probably thought that when they ganged together to thwart attempts to make the Lords mostly elected last...

  4. April 14, 2013

    Lib Dems keep Lords reform hopes alive

    The Liberal Democrats intend to resurrect controversial plans to reform the House of Lords in any future coalition...

  5. December 4, 2012

    Water companies claim high ground on tax

    Should the UK’s leading water companies be grouped with a range of multinational companies that have been criticised for...

  6. Westminster Blog

    September 18, 2012

    Lib Dems set to make trouble on the economy

    The Lib Dem conference, which starts on Saturday, could be an awkward affair for the party leadership. It is the first...

  7. August 24, 2012

    Nick Clegg’s future

    Whatever his troubles, David Cameron must feel blessed when he looks at Nick Clegg, the leader of a party stalked by the...

  8. Westminster Blog

    June 20, 2012

    PMQs: Hague reminds Tories of the leader he nearly was

    As Chris Bryant, the Labour MP, reminded his Twitter followers during today’s PMQs: Blair was right about Hague: good jokes,...

  9. April 20, 2012

    Cameron vows to press on with Lords reform

    David Cameron on Friday vowed to face down rebels in his party and to press ahead with plans for an elected House of Lords,...

  10. April 18, 2012

    Coalition MPs vote against parts of Budget

    George Osborne has been given a bloody nose by his own coalition MPs, many of whom have teamed up with Labour to vote...

  11. February 28, 2012

    Tabloid ‘tried to subvert’ murder probe

    The News of the World under Rebekah Brooks placed a senior police detective and his wife under surveillance in an attempt to...

  12. February 13, 2012

    Lansley defends role of competition in NHS

    Andrew Lansley has strongly defended the role of competition in the National Health Service as a leading Liberal Democrat...

  13. February 10, 2012

    England waves flag of nationalism

    Thelma McGrail will soon start putting out the flags ahead of the biggest day of her year: St George’s day. Mrs McGrail, 63,...

  14. November 30, 2011

    Liberal Democrats fear Conservative election grip

    George Osborne’s plan to extend austerity into the next parliament has ignited fears among senior Liberal Democrats that...

  15. September 19, 2011

    Alexander considers mansions tax

    Danny Alexander is considering raising a “mansion tax” on non-domiciled UK residents after being urged to do so by Simon...

  16. September 18, 2011

    Lib Dems ramp up rhetoric against wealthy

    Vince Cable on Monday told corporate Britain he was no longer prepared to accept “pay-outs for failure” among executives as...

  17. August 19, 2011

    Mulcaire ordered to reveal phone-hacking names

    Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed for phone hacking for the News of the World in 2007, has been refused...

  18. July 10, 2011

    Lib Dems could back plan to delay BSkyB takeover

    David Cameron was looking increasingly isolated on Sunday as his Liberal Democrat coalition partners indicated that they may...

  19. July 6, 2011

    Key quotes from the Commons

    Tom Watson, Labour “The whole board of News International is responsible for this company. I believe Mr James Murdoch should...

  20. July 5, 2011

    Murdoch’s news group braced for fresh claims

    News International batted off calls for the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, its chief executive, on Tuesday as the two-year...

  21. May 9, 2011

    Open market is still the stumbling block

    The focus of the debate on Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms is, once again, on GP commissioning. How fast it should happen....

  22. Westminster Blog

    May 5, 2011

    Senior Liberal Democrats will be at AV count after all

    One rumour of recent days is that the Lib Dems are so demoralised about their impending AV defeat that none will bother to...

  23. March 28, 2011

    Gove unveils bursaries for needy students

    A £180m package aimed at helping the most vulnerable 16- to 19-year-olds, and those from poorer families, to stay in...

  24. Westminster Blog

    March 17, 2011

    MPs call for Britain to halt nuclear programme

    Many anti-nuclear Lib Dems have gone quiet on the issue since they entered government; Andrew Stunell springs to mind. He is...

  25. February 17, 2011

    Welfare bill ditches housing benefit cut

    Proposals to cut housing benefit for those unemployed for more than a year have been dropped Iain Duncan Smith, work and...

  26. Westminster Blog

    January 18, 2011

    Is Miliband's attempt to reach out to Lib Dems in trouble already?

    Ed Miliband is said to have entered the New Year in a conciliatory mood, hoping to make new allies inside his party and...

  27. January 16, 2011

    Labour reaches to Lib Dems on poor students

    Ed Miliband portrayed himself on Sunday as the leader of a “progressive” alliance against coalition cuts, claiming that...

  28. December 29, 2010

    Hughes named as tsar for access to university

    Simon Hughes has been recruited by the coalition to take a role as universities tsar in what will be widely seen as an...

  29. December 22, 2010

    Clegg focuses on economic achievements

    Nick Clegg used a visit to a training centre for apprentices to laud Vince Cable, the embattled business secretary, saying...

  30. December 9, 2010

    Lib Dems pay price for vote to raise fees

    Ed Miliband had a look of mischief in his eye as he walked across the Commons floor, placed his hand on Simon Hughes’s back...

  31. December 9, 2010

    Clegg’s soft left and Tory right unite in revolt

    The casus belli was university tuition fees, but the rebellion in the House of Commons by Liberal Democrat and Conservative...

  32. Westminster Blog

    December 9, 2010

    The Tories and Lib Dems who rebelled over tuition fees

    I’m told by Commons’ sources that the six Tory rebels over tuition fees were Andrew Percy, David Davis, Philip Davies, Mark...

  33. December 9, 2010

    Government sees off tuition fees rebellion

    Two demonstrators stand on top of a bonfire in Parliament Square as students demonstrate in central London against planned...

  34. Westminster Blog

    December 9, 2010

    Lib Dem Kama Sutra

    A pearl from Gary Gibbon’s blog: Deputy Leader Simon Hughes is coming in for particular stick from colleagues. “He’s had...

  35. December 8, 2010

    Tories fight to contain tuition fee rebels

    Conservative whips were struggling last night to prevent a Liberal Democrat rebellion on tuition fees spreading to its own...

  36. December 5, 2010

    Lib Dems set for three-way split over fees

    Students in Bristol took to the streets yesterday ahead of another week of national demonstrations over the planned tuition...

  37. November 30, 2010

    Cable mulls abstaining on tuition fees

    The Liberal Democrats’ internal divisions over tuition fees embroiled the party leadership on tuesday as Vince Cable said he...

  38. Westminster Blog

    November 30, 2010

    Will Clegg bravely sit on fence over tuition fees?

    If you asked a Lib Dem MP whether they would abstain on tuition fees given a free vote, the answer would almost certainly be...

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