With Labour uncertain of winning a majority and the Deputy PM certain to be around in May 2015, Miliband and Balls can no longer afford to treat him as a barrier to an agreement.
After membership rose in 2013, the party claims that it has "increased its membership while in power", ignoring the 34% decline since 2010.
The Business Secretary contradicts Cameron's claim that you can do "more with less" and says "some very good services are being seriously affected".
With just seven female MPs and no female cabinet ministers, the party needs to raise the profile of its women at Westminster.
At his monthly press conference, the Deputy PM refuses to rule out reducing the benefit cap or limiting child benefit to two children for out-of-work families.
Maintaining a centrist position in the coalition is all very well, but in the run-up to the 2015 election, voters need to know that Lib Dems are both ideologues and principled.
This recovery runs to a traditional Conservative narrative - harsh medicine applied by a single-minded Chancellor.
The risk for the Deputy PM is of looking desperate to stay in office at any price.
Home Office minister says the Attorney General would have to "reopen the inquest, which was absurdly curtailed".
Such was the force with which the Deputy PM delivered the Conservatives' attack lines that Peter Bone said he was "turning into a Tory".