The Lib Dems are running on the promise of hope
By Richard Morris - 07 October 17:44

The Liberal Democrats are giving hope to their grassroots activists, and that's what matters come the election.

The Lib Dem president calls for "active, ambitious, liberal government".
Tim Farron's speech to the Lib Dem conference: full text
By New Statesman - 07 October 17:07

The Lib Dem president calls for "active, ambitious, liberal government".

Lib Dem members vote to defeat Nick Clegg’s airport expansion U-turn
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 October 12:57

Controversy crash-lands at the Lib Dem party conference, as airport expansion becomes this season’s broken pledge for the leadership.

Green values are central to the Liberal Democrats, in spite of working with the Tories
By Martin Horwood - 07 October 12:16

Where are the Lib Dems on green issues and how they are looking to differentiate themselves from the Conservatives and Labour on these?

Who could replace Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 October 9:17

Rumours of who could be the next Liberal Democrat leader are rife.

What would the Lib Dems do in another hung parliament?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 October 17:00

Will the Lib Dems eschew a Lib-Lab pact and allow Labour to struggle on as a minority? And why?

The takeover of the Tory party by those opposed to human rights is complete
By Andy Slaughter - 06 October 16:19

Walking away from Strasbourg and abolishing the Human Rights Act would merely serve as a convenient smokescreen for an out-of-touch government playing dog-whistle politics.

They forgot about the importance of competence and trust, and took their existing vote for granted.
Why being a centrist party hasn't helped the Lib Dems
By James Morris - 06 October 15:54

They forgot about the importance of competence and trust, and took their existing vote for granted.

Having previously praised the Labour leader, the Lib Dem president says he is no match for one of his predecessors.
Tim Farron turns on Miliband: he's no match for Kinnock
By George Eaton - 06 October 15:18

Having previously praised the Labour leader, the Lib Dem president says he has failed to change his party. 

Full text: Vince Cable's 2014 Lib Dem conference speech
By Vince Cable - 06 October 14:53

Tories are "ideologically obsessed" by cuts.

Orange Bookers call for a stronger Lib Dem message
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 October 11:48

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Orange Book, and those originally galvanised by this liberal bible are distressed by the Lib Dems’ lack of direction.

Labour could finish first on seats but second on votes, and the Lib Dems could finish third on seats but fourth on votes
How would Labour and the Lib Dems handle "the nightmare scenario"?
By George Eaton - 06 October 10:57

Labour could finish first on seats but second on votes, and the Lib Dems could finish third on seats but fourth on votes.

A "stronger economy"? The Lib Dems must tell us how they would create one
By Nida Broughton - 06 October 9:11

The Liberal Democrats' slogan at their party conference is "Stronger Economy, Fairer Society", but where's the detail on achieving the former?

Lib Dems set out their red lines: an EU referendum is no longer one of them
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 October 9:03

Nick Clegg rows back on his party’s opposition to an EU referendum.

Centre-ground and policy record: is the Lib Dems’ battlecry enough?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 October 17:41

The Liberal Democrats’ focus on the political centre, and championing their record in government, isn’t a radical rallying call.

Lib Dem cabinet secretary Alistair Carmichael: "The centre means nothing to people"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 October 13:56

The Secretary of State for Scotland and Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland on the lessons of the independence referendum, the future of his party, and why the Lib Dems should be in government again.

They need to focus on winning tactical votes from Labour supporters to hold on to their MPs.
Why the Lib Dems are attacking the Tories more than Labour
By George Eaton - 05 October 12:59

They need to focus on winning tactical votes from Labour supporters to hold on to their MPs. 

What is the Lib Dem Disco?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 October 20:25

The Lib Dem Disco 2014 is the social highlight of the party's conference this autumn. But what is it?

The Conservatives' brand weakness means they may struggle to reach the level needed to be the largest party.
How low is the ceiling on the Tory vote?
By George Eaton - 03 October 16:04

The Conservatives' brand weakness means they may struggle to reach the level needed to be the largest party. 

David Cameron has forfeited the public's trust on the NHS
By Andy Burnham - 03 October 15:58

The truth is that market ideology is ripping through the NHS and, if it combines with a funding crisis in the next parliament, could prove utterly toxic for the NHS.

Raising the tax allowance has reached its limits for helping the poorest families
By Katie Schmuecker - 03 October 13:33

Labour and the Lib Dems risk making the same mistake.

Gordon Brown should use his recent boost to defend Labour's economic record
By Steve Barwick - 03 October 10:04

Far from forgetting the deficit, Ed Miliband’s speech was weighed down by the burden of it. Gordon Brown should now use the political capital he has acquired from saving the Union to defend his economic record.

The Conservatives lay out plans to override European human rights rulings
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 October 9:05

If they win the next general election, the Tories say they will replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, and would ignore rulings from Strasbourg.

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour.
Will the Tories rule out a VAT rise before the campaign begins?
By George Eaton - 02 October 17:46

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour. 

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention.
How many seats will the SNP surge cost Labour at the general election?
By George Eaton - 02 October 16:19

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention. 

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has".
Jeremy Browne: Lib Dem leadership contest must include free market candidate
By George Eaton - 02 October 13:38

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has". 

“Apes that eat figs”, “Hitler’s deeds”, “Tongue rippling”, “Polycarb’nate roof”: the pick of politicians' poetry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 9:35

Politicians, both here and across the pond, have written a surprising amount of poetry over the years. Here are some of the best (or worst) bits.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is a challenge to all of Asia's autocrats
By David Clark - 02 October 9:14

These protests have the capacity to alter the political trajectory not just of China, but of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

Nick Griffin is expelled from the BNP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 8:48

The former leader of the British National Party has been expelled from the party.

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