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Gove: Politicians have 'everything to lose' from fettering the press

Gove: Politicians have 'everything to lose' from fettering the press

by Amber Elliott / 21 Feb 2012 16:19

Michael Gove spoke of his "fear" that Scottish independence could "undermine something precious" about the UK, at a press gallery lunch this afternoon.

The education secretary also said Scottish secretary Michael Moore, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and others needed to find a lawful solution to the referendum question alongside Alex Salmond.

"We need to – and I am utterly convinced of this – persuade Scotland that its future is

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Diversity still divisive for the Lib Dems

Diversity still divisive for the Lib Dems

by Charlotte Henry / 17 Feb 2012 12:39

Diversity has long been a contentious issue in the Liberal Democrats. We frequently get stuck between wanting to make progress, and a genuine mistrust of quotas and A-lists. The answer though, I would hope, is not found within these binary options, and will come by the party as whole deciding to move forward on the issue, instead of fighting over it.

I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating – it is

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A school for scandal

by Sadie Smith / 13 Feb 2012 12:13

Most political bag-carriers are somewhat loath to wish that one of our elected masters would provide us with a properly juicy scandal just in case, as per the Law of Ironic Retribution, our own boss breaks cover and provides an eager media with the goods. Nonetheless, I couldn’t have been the only one a little disappointed by the latest instalment of the row surrounding the Huhnes’ speeding ticket, and not just because I

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Could Huhne become a Lib Dem king across the water?

Could Huhne become a Lib Dem king across the water?

by Charlotte Henry / 06 Feb 2012 16:08

The dust is now beginning to settle on Chris Huhne's inglorious departure from the cabinet, and Ed Davey has started a new week in a new job. Our civil service will no doubt try and ensure that the change of secretary of state is as smooth as possible, but the effects for the Huhne and Davey's party could be much longer lasting.

It's hard to underestimate the political weight Chris Huhne had until

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A memo to Ed Davey from IPPR

A memo to Ed Davey from IPPR

by Will Straw and Clare McNeil / 03 Feb 2012 14:07

To: Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

From: IPPR think tank

The deputy prime minister has singled out your ability to get on top of policy detail and your command of your brief as the reason you are right to replace Chris Huhne as energy and climate change secretary. You will need these skills in a job which carries important responsibilities for ensuring a cleaner, more secure

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The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

by Ben Duckworth / 03 Feb 2012 12:43

On Tuesday night, the energy and climate change secretary was standing in the canteen in the basement of his DECC department. He appeared relaxed and upbeat, and discussed why he believed he was right to continue DECC’s legal fight over feed-in tariffs, which has now reached the Supreme Court. Now a very different legal battle has ended Chris Huhne’s frontbench political career. The Crown Prosecution Service’s announcement of charges against the now former cabinet

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Huhne charged over speeding penalty claims

Huhne charged over speeding penalty claims

by Caroline Crampton / 03 Feb 2012 09:52

The director of public prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer has just confirmed that Chris Huhne is to be charged over claims that he asked his ex-wife to take speeding points on his behalf. The speeding offence in question took place in 2003, but a criminal complaint was not made until 2011.

Speaking at a press conference, Starmer said: "All the available evidence, including the new material, has now been carefully considered by the CPS

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Immigration gaffes through time

Immigration gaffes through time

by Holly Smith / 07 Nov 2011 12:22

Theresa May faces a tough time in the Commons today when she takes questions on the Home Office, and makes a statement on the way border controls were secretly relaxed this summer. She will have to answer questions on whether any terror suspects are thought to have entered the country during that period.


May had better have some good answers because take immigration, one of the most controversial of all

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Liberal Democrat Tory-bashing awards 2011

Liberal Democrat Tory-bashing awards 2011

by James Clayton / 21 Sep 2011 15:37

For the first time the Liberal Democrats have produced a set of metrics by which we can assess the performance of Liberal Democrat MPs and ministers and their conference as they do their best to knock their coalition colleagues. Below are the highlights and the final results (as decided by the panel).

5 points: Tories = selfish

Not particularly difficult hence the relatively low number of points available. Special attention should be

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The Lib Dems have missed an opportunity to turn their fate around

by Francesca Preece / 21 Sep 2011 09:18

Apologies to all Liberal supporters past and present but I come to bury the party, not to praise it.

Support for the party has shrunk to just 9% – partly as a result of jumping into bed with the Tories and partly because some of their policies are a bit potty.

Proposing a ban on The Sun because of Page 3, and Lynne Featherstone’s sexist proclamation that women deserve more chances than

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Westminster transfer deadline day*

Westminster transfer deadline day*

by Dylan Sharpe / 01 Sep 2011 10:14

In an effort to get the masses more interested in politics, Parliament has taken a cue from football and instituted a transfer deadline day, after which Party leaders are unable to make alterations to their cabinets. With just hours to go, BBC and Sky reporters sit outside the offices of the major political parties and have frantic roving reporters ready to jump in a helicopter to secure the first word on the latest transfers.

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Why Duncan Hames is one to watch

by Caroline Crampton / 16 Aug 2011 16:11

The Lib Dems have just made the formal announcement that Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham since the 2010 election, is Chris Huhne's new PPS. Formerly Sarah Teather's PPS, Hames has now stepped into the place vacated by Jenny Wilmott at DECC.

Although Lib Dem minor ministerial reshuffles might not the be the biggest of big news (even in recess), this is a significant step for Hames himself. He's very ambitious, and moving up

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