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Last autumn’s reshuffle was interpreted by some as the march of the Osborne-ites. Two of the Chancellor’s allies climbed further up the Government’s flagpole today as Sajid Javid became DCMS and Equalities Secretary, with Nicky Morgan st...
The status quo of an unelected House of Lords is "unsustainable", the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Nick Clegg also told the House of Lords constitution committee that critics of the Coalition's now abandoned reform plan did not have "... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne said he was “nervous” about his party’s lack of reforming zeal in government. “I think my party deserves a lot of credit because I think we wouldn’t be seeing the economic recovery we’re experiencing if it wasn’t for the re... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meet Irish president Michael D. Higgins in London Chancellor George Osborne continues visit to Brazil Energy secretary Ed Davey launches an analysis paper on Scotland... Continue to article
David Lidington said that British businesses were behind the Conservative agenda of reforming Britain’s relationship with the EU before offering an in/out referendum. “What we need is what British business wants, which is a programme to ... Continue to article
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party Activists said: Convention chums, Never be worried of reminding people that Labour left our country with the ... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 11.00am: Oral questions, to ask the government: - What progress is being made in eliminating Japanese knotweed from the United Kingdom (Baroness Sharples, Con) - What procedures will be put in place to ensure that e... Continue to article
There is no such thing as bad publicity – all publicity is good publicity. The old adage is, of course, rubbish. Just ask Fylde MP Mark Menzies who was forced to quit as a ministerial aide after he was splashed across the front pa... Continue to article
Liberal Democrats press release The Liberal Democrats recognise the problem of under-occupancy in social housing. We recognise that these reforms could lead to hardship in some cases, which is why we have fought in Government to secur... Continue to article
After these debates with Nick Clegg, the Ukip leader has to be taken seriously Continue to article
Nigel Farage won his second television debate with Nick Clegg by an even larger margin than last week. Continue to article
UKIP shop planning to produce a Nick Clegg mop, I hear. Apparently you can wipe the floor with him ;-)
Prime minister denies being concerned that his deputy was seen as clear loser in televised debate with Ukip leader David Cameron has dismissed both Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage as "quite extreme" over ... Continue to article
The debate about whether Britain remains in the European Union is "a marathon, not a sprint", Nick Clegg has said. "I totally accept that what I say might not be popular – just look at the polls," Mr Clegg told listeners on his LBC Radio... Continue to article
Ukip leader Nigel Farage came out top after the second debate with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg about Britain's place in Europe last night, according to a poll. Continue to article
Lord Ashdown said Nigel Farage’s popularity was a part of a wider disaffection with political institutions across Europe. “The real worry for me is this: it isn’t Nigel Farage, it’s that this movement, this movement of isolationism, this... Continue to article
David Cameron said Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage both had “extreme views” on the European Union. “I didn’t have a dog in the fight, as it were. The problem with this debate is both of the people taking part actually have quite extreme view... Continue to article
DIMBLEBY: Should we stay in the European Union or would be better out of it? Tonight live from the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London, Nick Clegg, and Nigel Farage set out their arguments, for and against. DIMBLEBY: Welcome, t... Continue to article
Tonight’s second televised clash between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage is set to become personal as the two leaders attempt to land a knock-out blow on their rival. Continue to article
Here at Left Foot Forward we’ve been critical of Nick Clegg in the past, but during tonight’s debate our sympathies will be firmly with the Lib Dem leader. Continue to article
Nick Clegg said he would aim to counter Nigel Farage’s “misinformation” about EU membership in tonight’s second debate. “Nigel Farage is part of a group of people who have been pumping out misinformation for year after year after year. T... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said a new report by Britain's car manufacturing industry that said Britain should stay in the EU showed the country's trading relationship with Europe would change were it to exit the union. "It’s clear from listening to... Continue to article
Nigel Farage has said he is ready for a "ding dong" with Nick Clegg as the pair gear up for a second televised showdown over the EU tonight. Continue to article
Nigel Farage predicted there would be a “ding-dong” in tonight’s debate with Nick Clegg over his comments saying Vladimir Putin was the world leader he most admired. “They’re going to have a go at me over Putin because I’ve been wildly m... Continue to article
Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to speak to Business in the Community today. I had to come and speak today in part to say thank you for everything you've done to help me in Hodge Hill, enjoining our fight against youth unemploym... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has vetoed a Conservative plan to block future onshore wind farms, senior Lib Dem sources tell the BBC. Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron is on a regional tour Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage take part in a debate on Europe The Department of Health makes an announcement on the think autism initiatives Pension... Continue to article
He called on Nick Clegg to up his attack on Nigel Farage in Wednesday’s EU debate and to score a decisive victory. “It would be nice for him to score a more decisive win over Nigel Farage; I think the polls were a bit too balanced for my... Continue to article
Nick Clegg makes announcement as he fends off calls from Scottish Lib Dem leader for bedroom tax to be scrapped Continue to article
A UKIP MEP has hit back at claims surrounding Nigel Farage's voting record in the European parliament. Roger Helmer made the comments during Question Time in response to a question concerning last night's EU referendum debate between Nic... Continue to article
UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands by his attack on the EU's actions in Ukraine after criticism from Nick Clegg. Continue to article
David Cameron said last night's EU debate did not offer a real choice on Britain's future in Europe. "I didn’t watch the debate but I got the headlines. The problem with the debate is you had one person in Nigel Farage who can’t offer a ... Continue to article
If Nick Clegg can persuade 36 per cent of people to back him over Europe, imagine what more popular politicians could do Continue to article
Vince Cable dismissed a snap poll showing a majority of voters backing Nigel Farage over Nick Clegg after last night’s debate, arguing the Liberal Democrat leader’s arguments would win over those who are not already “highly charged” about E... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said it was “demeaning and sexist” to suggest giving women the right to buy the morning after pill will lead to more promiscuous behaviour. “I’m absolutely appalled and in fact really quite angry on behalf of many, many women ... Continue to article
The leaders of UKIP and the Liberal Democrats have traded blows in a live debate on the merits of Britain's membership of the European Union. Immigration featured heavily in the LBC-hosted clash, with Nigel Farage complaining that freedo... Continue to article
Team Farage tell me @ukip leader is limbering up in Westminster Arms ahead of Euro showdown with Nick Clegg #pintofYoungs #lbcdebate
Institute of Directors press release Ahead of tonight’s debate on Europe between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, James Sproule, Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, gave the view of business leaders on the UK’s relationship wit... Continue to article
Charles Kennedy called on Nick Clegg to go into this evening’s debate with Nigel Farage as a “spear-carrying European”. “I learned as leader over Iraq that you can take a stance which is unpopular and divisive with an awful lot of people... Continue to article
Lord Lamont said he was looking forward to Nick Clegg being challenged on some of his “woolly” pro-European arguments in this evening’s debate with Nigel Farage. “What I’m going to be interested in in this debate, what I’m really keen to... Continue to article
Nick Clegg spent the first 20 minutes of Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions looking a little miserable. Continue to article
Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have put in place an unsustainable student financing system - a time-bomb already exploding under this Government
The Government will not insist that all infant schools provide free hot meals, Nick Clegg has said. Pressed at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions by Labour MP Diana Johnson on whether the free school meals promised would be "hot schoo... Continue to article
Nick Clegg says number of youngsters going to university at highest rate ever
Downing Street said that world leaders had discussed the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea as well as economic issues at yesterday's meeting in The Hague. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "It was an opportunity for them to... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage debate Europe (19.00) Business secretary Vince Cable (08.25), culture secretary Maria Miller (08.35) and Lord Davies (09.15) speak at the launch of a report by Cranfield Schoo... Continue to article
MPs have held a special session to pay tribute to Tony Benn, who died last week. Mr Benn’s son Hilary was among those to share their memories of the Labour politician, describing how touched he had been by the comments since his passing... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said Grant Shapps’ tweet of a Tory poster was “silly”, but should not detract from a strong Budget. “I think the tweet was a bit silly, partly because actually the issues involved in this Budget were really quite serious, incl... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said Ed Miliband did not refer to the Budget once in his response to George Osborne's statement in the House of Commons. "What I heard in Ed Miliband is that he didn’t actually refer to the Budget once – it was the most off re... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the new childcare tax break would help more families. "This tax-free childcare offer is for working families. But of course there is a lot of other support we're giving to all families whether parents work or not; all 3-4... Continue to article
Conservative campaign organisation Bright Blue has warned the party that another coalition with the Liberal Democrats may be the only way for the party to keep power. The group said the party should continue with its modernising agenda and not lurch to the right, as many core-conservative groups are suggesting.
The Government must be careful not to "drive away wealth creators" with taxation, George Osborne has warned.
Speaking during a visit to Sunderland, the Chancellor said the wealthy “need to pay more”, but added it was the “entrepreneurs, the business leaders who create the jobs to help the economy move forward".
His comments come after Nick Clegg called for the introduction of a wealth tax for a limited period. In an interview with the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister said increased contributions from those of "very considerable" wealth could help retain a "cohesive and prosperous" Britain.
In the first major interview by a Coalition minister before the start of the new political season, Mr Clegg also invited Lib Dem David Laws back into the Coalition. "I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to see David Laws back in government," Mr Clegg told the newspaper.
Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes told BBC Radio 4's the World at One his party was serious about the wealth tax idea, and dismissed accusations of political posturing.
"We are not just flying a kite at all, this is a long-held principle," he said.
"We now want to go back to the issue of wealth inequality - you won’t get the best economic solutions if you ignore the increasingly obscene levels of wealth inequality in this country."
But Conservative backbenchers have expressed anger over the idea, with Bernard Jenkin dismissing it as the "politics of envy" and claiming it would "strangling the goose that lays the golden egg".
Tory MP Mark Pritchard has also rejected the call, telling PoliticsHome that high taxes were "part of the problem with the UK economy - not part of the cure".
Labour's John Mann, who sits on the Treasury committee, accused Mr Clegg of "flannelling" in the run-up to his party conference.
"There’s obviously a conference coming up, it is rather excruciating listening to Mr Clegg. This is the worst kind of conference flannelling in advance, desperately trying to create some distance," he said.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will tomorrow announce plans for £9bn of investment into Britain's rail network between 2014 and 2019.
The funding will contribute to existing projects such as London's Crossrail as well as new schemes, including the creation of a Northern Hub to increase rail capacity in the region, and an extension of electrification across the country.
But Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said the plans would take too long to have an effect, claiming "It is rail investment now, not post-dated cheques, that will deliver jobs and growth".
"Setting out plans for way beyond the next election helps the industry to plan ahead, but does nothing to boost the economy now," she added.
Profits from political conferences have rocketed despite party memberships dropping to all-time lows, research by the Times has found. Although conference attendances are suffering at the grassroots level, the media, lobbying groups and corporate representatives are filling the gap, and being charged for the privilege. The Lib Dems made £570,000 last year, more than double what they made five years ago.
The majority of voters do not believe the Coalition will last until the next general election, a new poll has shown.
A Guardian/ICM poll found that, after a difficult period for the Government in which Lords reform was abandoned and boundary changes opposed by the Liberal Democrats, just 16% of the electorate expects the Coalition to last until 2015.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted that he will lead the Liberal Democrats "through the next election and beyond".
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard, Mr Clegg said: "There would be no point fighting an election and quit the following morning.”
The Deputy PM added: "I want to see this through. For me this is not just about Liberal Democrats having a one-off spell in government and then retreating back to a corner of important opposition.
"I think we are more progressive than the Conservatives, more credible on the economy than Labour. It’s a huge space there for us to appeal to a new set of voters."
15/04/2014 on Call Clegg, LBC
13/04/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
08/04/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
07/04/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
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55 minutes ago on Today, BBC Radio 4
15/04/2014 on BBC News
15/04/2014 on PM, BBC Radio 4