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Embarrassing (Han)cock-up in Commons as govt loses pub vote

How did an amendment brought by a Lib Dem backbencher to an uncontroversial bill wind up with the government sustaining its first proper defeat? Today Greg Mulholland’s changes to the… Continue reading The post Embarrassing (Han)cock-up in Commons as govt loses pub vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hammond: Pledge to Protect Foreign Aid 'Bizarre'

Britain's foreign secretary has dismissed as 'bizarre' the Lib Dem plan to enshrine the foreign aid budget in law by passing a bill fixing the amount of money the country gives away abroad at almost one percent of the gross domestic product. Show More Summary

Cameron Pleads for Labour and Lib Dem Voters to Help Him Beat UKIP in Rochester

David Cameron has called on Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green supporters in Rochester and Strood to tactically vote Conservative to stop UKIP winning the by-election. He said the by-election was a “two horse race” and that anyone voting UKIP was only adding “another notch” to their development. Show More Summary

Let’s be clear – Tory and Lib Dem MPs have decided terminally ill patients should work or starve

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:(not satire – it’s ConDemNation today) Back in 2011, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs joined together to reject an amendment which would have exempted terminally ill cancer patients from benefit cuts. They decided that if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer – but have been…

Through the Floor

Shares in Ed Miliband are dropping through the floor according to a YouGov opinion poll reported here in The Scotsman. Ed is now breaking all records as his popularity rating fell to -55, worse than Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and far behind Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. Show More Summary

Changing the law - and society

Two Westminster events today - and one on Friday - can be seen as preliminary skirmishes for some of the big social/criminal policy battles of the next Parliament. Today's events are the departure of Lib Dem Home Office Minister Norman...Show More Summary

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 4 Nov 2014

LIB DEM-TORY SPLIT AS NORMAN BAKER QUITS Relations between the two coalition parties have deteriorated as Lib Dem MP Norman Baker resigns from his post as home office minister with a parting swipe at home secretary Theresa May. Baker said working with May was like “walking through mud”. Show More Summary

Labour’s collapse in the polls is NOT because of a fall-off in Lib Dem switching

The above monthly averages are based on analysis of data from every single Populus online poll since the firm started its twice weekly series in July 2013 and shows the proportion, before the don’t knows are netted off, of 2010 LDs now saying they will vote Labour. Because of the way Populus presents its data […]

Lib Dems Have 'Killed Off' EU Referendum Bill

The latest attempt to enshrine in law an EU referendum has been defeated after Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs conspired against the European Union (Referendum) Bill. The Bill was proposed by backbench MP Bob Neill and backed by David...Show More Summary

David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy

MPs have a free vote tonight on Zac Goldsmith’s amendments to the Recall Bill. But I have learned that instead of voting with their Tory colleague, the Prime Minister and… Continue reading The post David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Have you changed your political allegiance?

Were looking for people who are planning to vote for a different party in the next election. Perhaps youve gone from Labour to Green, or Lib Dem to Ukip. If so, we want to hear from you Are you thinking about voting Ukip, because youve...Show More Summary

The Lib Dems fall into 5th place in this week’s Ashcroft National phone poll

Voting intention with changes in this week's ANP: pic.twitter.com/TfFoYgkYzw — Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) October 20, 2014 Earlier the Populus had Lab 36 (+1), Con 34 (+1), LD 9 (-1), UKIP 13 (-1) GRN 5 (+1) This 3% jump in a single week is a remarkable move by the Greens who now seem to be taking […]

Lib Dems campaign for end to second home tax loophole

Lib Dems in Cornwall are campaigning to end a loophole being used by some second home owners to avoid paying either council tax or business rates.As the cabinet member in charge of finance in Cornwall, I have been asking ministers to close the loophole. Show More Summary

Farage to join 2015 election debate – but what about Greens and SNP?

Credits: Getty Images Broadcasters announce change to TV debate format, angering the Lib Dems, the Green Party and the SNP First Reaction Monday, October 13, 2014 - 2:05pm Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been invited to join David Cameron,...Show More Summary

When Labour attack the Lib Dems, they hurt themselves

Imagine for a moment that you were ushered out of the cancer ward after just a single course of chemotherapy, with nothing more than a good luck card and a suggestion to try ginseng tea in the event of remission. Politicians of all stripes would be rightly horrified; change.org and the other online petitioners would [...]

Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs

In this week’s issue, Fraser Nelson and Nick Cohen examine how police are using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to run wild in the public’s mobile phone records. Like… Continue reading The post Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Clegg risks splitting Lib Dems by hinting at new Tory deal

Alt Text: The Mole Far from quitting as some had predicted, Clegg even takes a swipe at Vince ‘Enemy of the Tories’ Cable Column The Mole Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 4:04pm Nick Clegg ended the party conference season by giving the clearest signal so far that he is ready to do a deal with David Cameron for another five-year term of office. Show More Summary

We want to make you shine! Nick Clegg’s speech in five points

Nick Clegg has just finished speaking to the Liberal Democrat conference. The Lib Dem leader spoke for around an hour, and in case you don’t have the stomach at the… Continue reading The post We want to make you shine! Nick Clegg’s speech in five points appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

LIB DEM CONFERENCE: Nick Clegg in Final, Lackadaisical 'Attack' Against an Establishment He's Propped Up

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat Party Nick Clegg will today use his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference to lash out at anti-establishment figures such as UKIP's Nigel Farage and SNP former leader Alex Salmond, alongside attempting to re-establish the LibDems as Britain's protest party. Show More Summary

Full text: Nick Clegg speaking to the Lib Dem conference

(Check against delivery) Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go out to the… Continue reading The post Full text: Nick Clegg speaking to the Lib Dem conference appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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