The clash between those who want a tougher stance, and those who want to maintain a liberal approach, is intensifying.
Ukip's ascent has sharpened Labour's immigration divide
By George Eaton - 10 October 16:53

The clash between those who want a tougher stance, and those who want to maintain a liberal approach, is intensifying. 

Forget the seaside: it's the rural vote, stupid
By William Cash - 10 October 15:10

Post-Clacton, how can the Tories contain the collapse in their core vote?

Chuka Umunna's speech to mark Black History Month: full text
By Chuka Umunna - 10 October 13:15

The shadow business secretary on the need for better representation in parliament, Brixton's Black British story, and the Rooney Rule.

Ukip should examine its own record over a disability “tirade”
By Richard Howitt - 10 October 9:43

There’s a lot of intellectualising about Ukip at present, but a simple truth is that they’re not very nice people.

Our hard-fought victory in Heywood & Middleton stands in stark contrast to the Tories' collapse in Clacton.
The by-elections show Labour can be confident of election victory
By Michael Dugher - 10 October 9:29

Our hard-fought victory in Heywood & Middleton stands in stark contrast to the Tories' collapse in Clacton. 

Too many voters who want to oppose the government are not turning to the opposition.
Ukip's surge in Heywood should terrify Labour - but even now some remain complacent
By George Eaton - 10 October 9:18

It is remarkable that some in the party are drawing comfort from a rise of just 0.8 per cent in their vote. 

A by-election win for Ukip: but will it repeat the SDP's journey?
By Tim Bale - 10 October 8:23

Comparing Clacton with Crosby.

Ukip takes Clacton: what does this mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 October 7:16

Douglas Carswell is Ukip’s first elected MP. What does this mean for politics and his party?

Miliband is still keen to promise a reduction from £9,000 to £6,000 despite shadow cabinet concerns over cost.
Will Labour pledge to cut tuition fees?
By George Eaton - 09 October 16:31

Miliband is still keen to promise a reduction from £9,000 to £6,000 despite shadow cabinet concerns over cost. 

What’s in store for the 2015 victor: winner’s curse or a steady recovery?
By Gavin Kelly - 09 October 14:58

Even in these fragile political times, May 2015 may not be as unattractive an election to win as it first appears.

From Hong Kong to Israel: why arms export controls are broken
By Andrew Smith - 09 October 14:37

When the UK sells weapons it not only facilitates the attacks they are used in, it also signals an approval for the governments that are carrying them out.

Immigration policy is holding back the UK's tech boom
By Ed Bussey - 09 October 13:48

The government's ambitious project of putting coding on the national curriculum is exactly what UK tech needs. But in the short term, immigration policy is holding us back.

"NHS principles aren’t intact": how the public is trying to protect its health service
By Benedict Cooper - 09 October 12:45

This conference season, all parties have announced new plans to save the NHS; but how do those members of the public trying to protect their health service feel?

What are the difficulties Lord Hill will face as EU Commissioner, and why?
By Mary Honeyball - 09 October 9:24

Backroom deals will make life difficult for Lord Hill as EU Commissioner.

The unmistakable impression left by the Lib Dem leader's speech was that he is preparing to depart the stage.
Clegg comes to praise coalition, not bury it, but this felt like his last stand
By George Eaton - 08 October 15:16

The unmistakable impression left by the Lib Dem leader's speech was that he is preparing to depart the stage. 

Did Nick Clegg reveal his preferred successor in his speech?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 October 15:04

Praise for Danny Alexander, but small digs at Tim Farron and Vince Cable.

Clegg's plan to improve mental healthcare shows his party still stands up for the young
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 October 9:17

After years of campaigning for mental health concerns, the Lib Dem leader will announce some bold new reforms that will particularly benefit young people.

Be honest, Lib Dems: you want to work with Labour and should encourage anti-Tory tactical voting
By Neal Lawson - 08 October 8:24

The party should accept that its social wing beats the neo-liberals, and woo Labour politicians accordingly.

Hinkley nuclear power plant bombshell for out-going European Commission
By Molly Scott Cato - 07 October 18:32

Outgoing college members face a decision with far-reaching consequences on the Hinkley C power plant.

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. 

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