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. 

Montage by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: The Lib Dem red rodent peril
By Kevin Maguire - 09 October 15:57

Ministerial colleagues accused Danny Alexander of treating those he considers his inferiors with contempt.

Dark ages: Nick Clegg delivers his speech on the last day of the Lib Dem Party Conference. Photo: Getty
Leader: British politics is now a war of the weak
By New Statesman - 09 October 15:06

The overall impression is of an age of big problems, small ideas and diminished political leaders.

The Returning Officer: Colchester II
By Stephen Brasher - 09 October 15:01

In 1897 the Tory MP Captain Herbert Naylor-Wayland resigned, causing a by-election. It was won by the Liberal Sir Weetman Pearson, who defeated Captain J M Vereker.

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?

Man in the Mirror: Brooks Newmark, who resigned as minister for civil society on 27 September. Photo: Getty
Tabloid stings, Littlejohn’s dreadful jokes and the inaudible word of God
By Peter Wilby - 09 October 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

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.

There is despair among MPs at the party's lethargy and lack of ambition.
After losing the conference season, Labour fears that it no longer deserves to win
By George Eaton - 08 October 21:57

There is despair among MPs at the party's lethargy and lack of ambition. 

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.

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