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  1. May 18, 2012

    Trident and the costs of deterrence

    Since 2006, the British government has been committed in principle to the full replacement of the country’s independent...

  2. May 17, 2012

    UK in cold war doctrine rethink

    The 40-year-old cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent doctrine – the ability to overwhelm Moscow’s ballistic missile...

  1. March 2, 2012

    Clegg promises more powers if Scotland rejects independence

    Nick Clegg has promised that Scotland could enjoy more powers if it rejected independence and said the country was poised to...

  2. 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...

  3. December 3, 2010

    Cable breaks ranks to back tuition fees rise

    Vince Cable has confirmed that Nick Clegg would be unable to maintain any semblance of Liberal Democrat party unity over...

  4. November 29, 2010

    Clegg plea to students over fee protests

    Nick Clegg pleaded with students on Monday not to let the row over fee increases “sabotage” efforts to encourage people from...

  5. November 2, 2010

    Cap draws muffled Lib Dem dissent

    A coalition plan for a near-trebling of the cap on student fees to £9,000 has drawn only muffled dissent from Liberal...

  6. September 20, 2010

    Sombre tone lifts hearts and minds

    This was Nick Clegg’s austerity speech: sparse, sombre, lasting only 38 minutes. At times a lecture, at other times a plea...

  7. May 31, 2010

    Scottish MP with experience of defence and foreign affairs

    Michael Moore, the new Scottish secretary, has represented a Borders constituency for 13 years, writes Andrew Bolger.The...

  8. May 12, 2010

    Fresh generation drives party on road to power

    The Liberal Democrat party is brimming with former leaders who dream of uniting Britain's "progressive forces". But at the...

  9. May 11, 2010

    New generation tows party on road to power

    The Liberal Democrat party is brimming with former leaders who dream of uniting Britain’s “progressive forces”. But at the...

  10. May 2, 2008

    Lib Dems defy odds to come second

    Nick Clegg on Friday hailed the Liberal Democrats as a party that could “win everywhere” after defying sceptics to pass...

  11. April 4, 2008

    Spotlight turns on MPs’ peculiar perks

    Margaret Beckett was paid £13,763 towards “service and maintenance charges” for her second home in her Derbyshire...

  12. October 24, 2007

    Loss leaders

    As Lady Bracknell might say, to lose one Liberal Democrat leader might be regarded as a misfortune but to lose two looks...

  13. October 18, 2007

    Mean to Ming

    It is hard not to feel sorry for Sir Menzies Campbell; but it is worth making the effort. For amid all the handwringing...

  14. October 17, 2007

    A biased age

    A wish to wrongfoot the ageist media was a factor in Sir Menzies Campbell's dramatic resignation as Liberal Democrat leader...

  15. October 16, 2007

    Third party risk

    If the Liberal Democrats did not exist, would it be necessary to invent them? The third party of British politics has been...

  16. October 16, 2007

    From venerable leader to vulnerable

    The tenor of the Liberal Democrats’ tributes to Sir Menzies Campbell on Monday night illustrated why their 66-year-old...

  17. October 16, 2007

    Succession fight seen as being between Clegg and Huhne

    Sir Menzies Campbell's successor as Liberal Democrat leader looks set to emerge from a head-to-head battle between Chris...

  18. October 15, 2007

    Sir Menzies Campbell’s resignation letter

    This is the full text of Sir Menzies Campbell’s resignation letter: When I was elected Leader of the Party in March 2006 I...

  19. September 21, 2007

    Upbeat reaction

    Liberal Democrat delegates in Brighton were heartened to see an "assertive" address from Sir Menzies Campbell, write Alex...

  20. September 20, 2007

    Campbell prepares to tackle age issue 'head on'

    Sir Menzies Campbell will attempt to shore-up his leadership of the Liberal Democrats today by tackling questions about his...

  21. September 17, 2007

    Conference flashpoints

    *Party divisions over a referendum on the revised EU treaty may come to the fore today as José Manuel Barroso, president of...

  22. June 14, 2007

    Observer: Much appreciated

    More from the movement among Liberal Democrats to line up Nick Clegg, home affairs spokesman, as leader-in-waiting, with...

  23. May 4, 2007

    British politics is competitive again

    A meltdown it was not. Widespread salivation at the prospect of humiliation in local and regional elections for Tony Blair...

  24. May 4, 2007

    'Mixed picture' is test for third party

    The Liberal Democrats early today forecast a "mixed picture" from the local elections in England, admitting the polls would...

  25. April 14, 2007

    Blair faces flak over Iraq on visit to Scotland

    Tony Blair paid what could be one of his last visits to Scotland as prime minister yesterday, only to come under heavy fire...

  26. March 22, 2007

    Budget : quotes

    QUOTES OF THE DAY 'I am told that in the last two centuries only one other chancellor has delivered 11 budgets, and then a...

  27. March 21, 2007

    Budget verdict: Instant reaction

    Political reaction ”He has finally given us a tax cut. He normally does that before a general election but he’s in such a...

  28. March 19, 2007

    Brown allies defend ‘Stalinist’ chancellor

    Labour MPs rode to Gordon Brown’s defence following accusations that he had exhibited a “Stalinist ruthlessness” in...

  29. September 22, 2006

    When a week is a good time in politics

    A successful party conference requires two elements. The first is tension beforehand to arouse interest in the proceedings....

  30. September 21, 2006

    Keep quiet at the back there

    It's Sir Menzies Campbell's big day today. He must be hoping his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference ends in a...

  31. September 20, 2006

    Kennedy signals desire forreturn to frontline politics

    Charles Kennedy signalled his desire to return to frontline politics nine months after being ousted as leader of the...

  32. September 17, 2006

    This Week in the UK

    The key economic release comes on Wednesday with the publication of the minutes from the last meeting of the Bank of...

  33. September 13, 2006

    Lib Dem leader claims moral responsibility to make wealthy pay more tax

    Sir Menzies Campbell has insisted that he still sees it as a "moral responsibility" to make the wealthy pay more in tax in...

  34. July 5, 2006

    Lib Dems call for law to halt bankers' US move

    Emergency legislation should be introduced to prevent the threatened extradition of three former NatWest bankers to the US,...

  35. June 21, 2006

    Nuclear pays its way

    As the government moves towards its expected formal pronouncement next month in favour of resuming the building of new...

  36. June 8, 2006

    Campbell tax plans aim to invigorate Lib Dems

    Sir Menzies Campbell will set out to invigorate his lacklustre leadership of the Liberal Democrats today by committing the...

  37. April 29, 2006

    Checks on £2.4m Lib Dem donation to resume

    The Liberal Democrats could face financial crisis after the electoral watchdog said it would reconsider the legality of a...

  38. April 26, 2006

    The green bandwagon

    David Cameron, the Conservative leader, has been attracting attention with eye-catching stunts to promote his environmental...

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