Clegg: I can't force Vince Cable to defend me on the economy
By George Eaton - 16 September 9:03

With Cable planning to stay away from the key Lib Dem conference vote on the economy, Clegg says: "I don't run a bootcamp, I don't tell people when they have to turn up for a meeting."

Lord Ashcroft's marginals poll gives Labour and the Lib Dems reasons to be cheerful
By George Eaton - 15 September 11:12

Labour has a 14-point lead in the 32 most marginal Tory-Labour seats, while the Lib Dems are just three points behind the Conservatives in the eight most competitive Tory-Lib Dem seats.

How Clegg removed criticism of Tim Farron from his Lib Dem rally speech
By George Eaton - 14 September 20:24

The deputy PM was due to say "I know that some people in our party don’t like us being too nasty to Labour" after the Lib Dem president said he didn't want to "diss" Ed Miliband.

Where Vince Cable's idea of 'forward guidance' on the minimum wage came from
By George Eaton - 14 September 15:27

In a New Statesman blog earlier this week, Gavin Kelly suggested that the Low Pay Commission could set out "the path of future increases in the minimum wage over a number of years".

Labour will soon pledge to scrap the bedroom tax, says Scottish welfare spokesman
By George Eaton - 14 September 13:52

Jackie Baillie says "you can expect an announcement relatively soon" as Lib Dem Shirley Williams brands the policy "a big mistake".

Michael Gove is right: some poor families do budget badly - but it's not their fault
By Sam Sims - 14 September 9:54

As the new book Scarcity shows, a severe lack of money systematically impairs our ability to focus, make decisions and control our impulses.

Paddy Ashdown and Ming Campbell take pre-conference swipes at Cable
By George Eaton - 13 September 15:37

Campbell tells Cable "don't be quite so gloomy" and Ashdown says that Clegg's enemy Lord Oakeshott is "Vince’s problem".

The best thing about the Lib Dems? We do our fighting in public
By Richard Morris - 13 September 14:03

Osbornomics, tuition fees, Trident, the 50p tax rate, nuclear power. Whatever you think of the Lib Dems, you can’t say we hide our debates away.

Osborne won the battle on austerity, now Labour must look to the future
By David Blanchflower - 13 September 11:47

Rather than re-running the arguments of 2010, the party must start and sustain a debate about what a good, healthy economy looks like.

The Lib Dems are now in danger of excessive optimism
By George Eaton - 13 September 8:54

Even on a generous reading, the party is still on course to lose nearly half of its 57 seats.

The coalition shouldn't assume that there is no limit to public support for welfare cuts
By Alison Garnham - 12 September 16:28

With the government viewed as out of touch with families on low incomes, the mood could yet turn against austerity.

Jeremy Browne's attack on Labour shows how the Lib Dems are divided on their future
By George Eaton - 12 September 15:18

While Tim Farron heaped praise on Ed Miliband, Browne says that Labour is "intellectually lazy" and suffering from a "leadership void".

Mark Carney: spending cuts have been "a drag on growth"
By George Eaton - 12 September 13:54

The Bank of England governor tells MPs what George Osborne doesn't want you to hear.

Jim Murphy brands Tim Farron a "sanctimonious little plotter"
By George Eaton - 12 September 11:41

The shadow defence secretary is not impressed by the Lib Dem president's paean of praise to Ed Miliband in the New Statesman.

Planning for a pay rise – could 'forward guidance' work for Britain’s low paid workers?
By Gavin Kelly - 12 September 10:54

The Low Pay Commission should consider setting out how the minimum wage would increase over time if the recovery is sustained.

The coalition aims to push through Royal Mail privatisation before strike action
By George Eaton - 12 September 8:57

In defiance of 96% of Royal Mail workers, ministers hope to complete the sell-off in advance of a nationwide strike.

Exclusive: Tim Farron interview: "I really like Ed Miliband, I don't want to diss him"
By George Eaton - 11 September 14:24

The Liberal Democrat president lavishes praise on the Labour leader and says "I don’t want join in with the Tories who compare him to Kinnock."

PMQs review: the problem for Miliband is that the numbers are moving in Cameron's favour
By George Eaton - 11 September 13:17

In politics, trajectory is everything. The return of growth and falling unemployment means that Miliband now struggles to discomfort the PM.

Recovery or not, the problem for Labour is that the Tories have framed the debate
By Carys Afoko - 11 September 11:33

The opposition should worry less about the growth rate and more about developing its own story about the economy.

Grant Shapps dismisses UN housing expert as "a woman from Brazil"
By George Eaton - 11 September 9:25

The Conservative chairman brands Raquel Rolnik an "absolute disgrace" after she warns that the bedroom tax is having a "shocking" effect on the vulnerable.

Cable pours cold water on Osborne's green shoots
By George Eaton - 11 September 8:23

After the Chancellor declared that Britain was "turning the corner", the Business Secretary warns against "complacency", generated by "a few quarters of good economic data."

What Osborne won't admit: growth has increased because of slower cuts
By Jonathan Portes - 10 September 15:25

The Chancellor's claim that "the pace of fiscal consolidation has not changed" is not supported by any of the available data.

The new Tory authoritarians are trying to gag debate
By Angela Eagle - 10 September 14:09

Ministers want to silence charities and social groups for daring to highlight the damaging effects of Conservative policy.

Did Miliband reveal the theme of his Labour conference speech today?
By George Eaton - 10 September 12:57

The emphasis that Miliband put on building more houses in his TUC speech suggests that a big announcement could soon follow.

Ed Miliband's speech to the TUC: full text
By New Statesman - 10 September 11:52

The Labour leader says his trade union reforms mean Labour could become a party "not of 200,000 people, but 500,000 or many more."

Why Miliband's trade union reforms are good for the left and for democracy
By Salman Shaheen - 10 September 10:29

If Labour is forced to compete with other progressive parties for millions in union funding, it is more likely to listen to what workers want.

The austerity backlash: public support for the welfare state rises
By George Eaton - 10 September 9:13

The 2013 British Social Attitudes report shows a significant rise in support for higher benefits even if it means higher taxes.

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Miliband goes on the attack as he compares Cameron to Thatcher and Romney
By George Eaton - 09 September 22:00

Labour leader will say in his TUC speech that Cameron's declaration that trade unions are a "threat to our economy" was reminiscent of Thatcher's "the enemy within" and Romney's "47%".

Free Tory membership for trade unionists is a great idea - but will Cameron buy it?
By George Eaton - 09 September 16:06

David Skelton's proposal shows how the Tories could begin to expand their appeal but the PM seems happiest playing the old tunes.

What George Osborne doesn't want you to know about the economy
By George Eaton - 09 September 14:08

Including, this is still the slowest recovery for 100 years, the economy is 2.9% smaller and most people are still getting poorer.

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