Party wins seat from the Conservatives, while Lib Dems finish fourth behind the UK Independence Party.
Coalition negotiations over the Autumn Statement are fraught but there is one wheeze that could help the Chancellor.
The party comfortably won both by-elections on an increased share of the vote, while the Tories lost their deposit in Manchester.
The Energy Secretary has been undermined and humiliated by the Chancellor's machinations on wind power. He must reassert his authority.
Iain Duncan Smith's plan to change the way child poverty is measured is a distraction.
As the frail-sounding Conservative peer spoke, the scale of the wrongs against him became clear.
PCCs can bring a strategic and long-term view to reducing crime.
The party needs to win a majority of at least 12 per cent to match its current national poll lead.
The Chancellor should not assume that there is no political limit to how deep his welfare cuts can go.
The Prime Minister cannot allow Conservative MPs to support rival candidates without consequences.