Lib Dems


Even a ‘Never Kissed a Tory’ t-shirt wouldn’t have helped Nick Clegg during PMQs

14 October 2015 12:15

There are only two occasions in my life where I have had lengthy, in-depth debates about where grown adults should…

Nigel Farage speaks to supporters at The Winter Gardens on  September 7, 2015 in Margate, England.

Which party is now more irrelevant, Ukip or the Lib Dems?

25 September 2015 8:30

Ukip is gathering for its autumn conference in Doncaster, with Nigel Farage delivering the keynote speech later today. Unlike last…

Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 5

What makes a liberal? Tim Farron doesn’t seem to know.

23 September 2015 17:18

Tim Farron’s speech to the Lib Dem conference seems to have gone down well with those in the hall, which…

Tim Farron.

How will Tim Farron make sure the Lib Dems are heard?

23 September 2015 13:34

When the Liberal Democrats voted for Tim Farron as their next leader, they didn’t know that the Labour party was…

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At least Labour is still a party worth crashing

17 August 2015 16:02

The Labour party includes many sensible and intelligent people who want what is best for our country.  But all of…

Gordon Brown Meets With Vietnamese Prime Minister

While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool

29 July 2015 16:22

After May’s general election, both Labour and the Lib Dems needed a new leader, but the contrast between their leadership…

Former News of the World editor and Down

Revealed: the Andy Coulson joke that Nick Clegg cut from his conference speech

28 July 2015 10:46

Although Nick Clegg is under increasing pressure in some quarters to write a tell-all book about his time in coalition,…


Norman Lamb interview: we are living in ‘the liberal age’

14 July 2015 17:30

In 48 hours, either Tim Farron or Norman Lamb will be announced as the next leader of Liberal Democrats. Lamb…

Tim Farron at the Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference on October 7, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tim Farron interview: what I will do as Lib Dem leader

14 July 2015 17:30

Tim Farron is a confident man. By this time Thursday, he will be announced as the new leader of the…

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Holds His Monthly Press Conference

‘Banging on about Europe’ doesn’t seem so dumb now, does it?

9 July 2015 11:51

As we watch the Eurozone catastrophe enter its latest ‘final phase’ one phrase keeps recurring to me.  That phrase is…

Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

3 July 2015 12:40

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much…

Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland visits the Engine Shed on October 10, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alistair Carmichael could be the first test of recall

24 May 2015 13:41

Pressure is growing on Alistair Carmichael, the former Scotland Secretary and only Lib Dem north of the border, to resign…


Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory…

Nick Clegg has been doing his own Kelly Clarkson impression (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty)

Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision…


Tory backbenchers increasingly reconciled to another coalition

6 May 2015 12:18

Speaking to various senior Conservative backbenchers in the past 24 hours, I’ve been struck by how much support there is…

If Simon Hughes wins in the Bermondsey seat he first won in 1983, can he really be expected to run for a further term? (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

The Lib Dems struggle to replace old political blood with new

30 April 2015 15:52

The Liberal Democrat resilience in countless marginal seats has confounded many commentators. While perhaps winning half the number of votes as…

The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather…

Jo Swinson in Bishopbriggs

Do Labour voters hate the SNP enough to save the Lib Dems?

24 April 2015 12:36

For someone who might be about to lose her seat, Jo Swinson seems very perky as she walks the streets…


The polls could decide the fate of the Lib Dems

23 April 2015 11:43

A Lib Dem West Country MP told me at the start of the year that he thought his party would…

Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem manifesto launch.

Clegg’s offer to voters: I’ll be the Tories’ heart and Labour’s brain

15 April 2015 12:44

The Lib Dem manifesto launch was typically Liberal Democrat. Nick Clegg offered a robust defence of the coalition declaring simply…

Fairy lights at the Lib Dem conference

Lib Dems launch their manifesto with fairy lights and funky music

15 April 2015 10:06

The Lib Dems are launching their manifesto this morning. In keeping with their whole slightly bizarre national campaign, which has…


The General Election 2015 viral video chart

14 April 2015 13:24

Last week, the Greens released ‘Change the Tune’, a party political broadcast on YouTube. It features actors playing Cameron, Clegg, Miliband…


The truth behind David Cameron’s new inheritance tax policy

12 April 2015 14:10

David Cameron’s new Inheritance tax policy is clearly an important political message of aspiration and family values rather than a…

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Two more polls suggest Ed Miliband’s ‘Paxo bounce’ is sliding away

30 March 2015 23:56

Ed Miliband’s so-called ‘Paxo bounce’ in the opinion polls is ebbing away. The polls out this evening have the Conservatives either…


Nick Clegg is preparing to boast about which Osborne ideas he quashed

18 March 2015 11:55

Nick Clegg is turning up to the Budget today, which is an improvement on the Autumn Statement, which he bunked…