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. 

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.

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