coalition government

Coalition: The Inside Story of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government

Richard Angell  |  20 April 2016

‘They’re all useless bastards’, was an agreed spoiled vote in David Laws’ Yeovil constituency in 2010. Fast forward five years and it was the public’s reaction to the Liberal Democrats after half a decade of power. Having read Laws’ first book, 22 days in May, I was looking forward to an equally stimulating read in …

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Is Labour throwing the Lib Dems a lifeline?

David Talbot  |  19 August 2015

In his seminal study in 1935, George Dangerfield wrote that the Liberal landslide of 1906 was a victory from which the party never recovered. Over a hundred years since, from a party that held the office of the deputy prime minister and was in a stable coalition government for five years, to the sorry parliamentary …

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A world where ambition is limited only by imagination

Anas Sarwar MP  |  19 March 2015

The Department for International Development is the second largest donor to developing countries in the entire world. Under Labour, Britain led and inspired the world’s approach to international development through innovation, advocacy and international partnerships. We were global leaders in supporting the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. Over the last five years, the …

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Could minority government lead to ‘pork barrel’ politics?

Rich Durber  |  26 February 2015

British politics loves to borrow from American politics. Whether their rallies, their slogans or their advisers, if something is happening across the pond, it seems we just cannot help but want a piece of the action. One thing it seems we have never been tempted by however is the way that American’s make laws. More …

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The ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ complex

Paola Buonadonna  |  28 January 2015

The British public is persuaded that Britain counts for little or nothing in Europe. We are, apparently, forever dictated to and bossed about. Europe is a clique of unelected bureaucrats and we’re the despised outsiders. It is a Franco-German party and we are the unpopular, fat kid who never gets invited. I use that loaded …

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Foodbanks will remain until we tackle inequality

Wes Streeting MP  |  8 December 2014

Ministers are in denial about the impact their policies are having on hunger and poverty in Britain. There are now over 400 Trussell Trust food banks in operation across Britain and countless independent providers besides. Feeding Britain – the report by the all party parliamentary inquiry into hunger in Britain, led by Frank Field MP …

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Time to put security above political calculations

Jacqui Smith  |  1 September 2014

The last time the terror threat level was raised was in my first few days as home secretary in 2007. This followed the failed car bomb attack in London and the attack on Glasgow airport. At that time, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, comprising key intelligence and security agencies and analysts, which determines the threat …

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Evidence-based progressive ideals

Leon Spence  |  24 July 2014

This past week I was lucky enough to have a ticket for London’s biggest ‘nostalgia’ show. I had bought it because I wasn’t there the first time around and wanted to experience some of the star power and excitement from all those years ago. In the end I gave my father-in-law my ticket to Monty …

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Preventing harm to Prevent

Jacqui Smith  |  9 June 2014

I can understand David Cameron’s frustration this week. A win at Newark (albeit in the 40th safest Tory seat) and the Queen’s speech (even a thin, feeble one) have been overshadowed by the egos and leadership ambitions of two of his cabinet. The Gove-May spat is pretty breathtaking even for those of us who have …

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Where next for childcare?

Ellen Broome  |  6 June 2014

In the run-up to the 2005 election, the then Labour government published a 10-year childcare strategy. This was an ambitious document with two main aims: improving access to childcare to enable parents to work, and to improve outcomes for all children and narrow the gap between rich and poor children. Despite a very different political …

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