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Forget policy proposals, it is the choices made by political leaders on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that really give the public a chance to see into both their souls and their desire to be seen as accessible.

Former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell to retire from Commons in 2015

72-year-old to quit after serving as MP for North East Fife since 1987

Not being a 'striver' doesn't automatically make you a 'shirker', says Treasury minister

A Treasury minister has warned the Conservative Party not to divide the British people into “shirkers and strivers” as it defends the Government’s squeeze on the welfare budget.

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After more than three years, life on the run comes to an end for party's biggest – and most criminal – donor

Michael Brown skipped bail in 2008 and was tried in his absence

Convicted Lib Dem fraudster is arrested in Dominican Republic

The convicted fraudster who gave the Liberal Democrats their biggest ever donation has been arrested in the Caribbean after more than three years on the run.

Disgraced minister's partner recruited to the Murdoch PR team

News International has taken on a former speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown and press secretary to Charles Kennedy in a fresh bid to cope with the deluge of global media coverage that has engulfed the company over the phone-hacking scandal.

Lib Dems move HQ from rabbit warren to 'The Thick of It'

Political plotting is harder in an open-plan office. After three decades, the Liberal Democrats are to quit the wood-panelled rabbit warren of their Cowley Street headquarters for minimalist offices in one of the most exclusive streets in Westminster.

After years of waiting, reform campaign reaches for its place in history

Campaigning for the historic referendum on voting reform burst into life yesterday as Ed Miliband joined Liberal Democrats and Greens in a cross-party push for a Yes vote.

Miliband takes on the unions with plan to dilute their influence

Members of the public will be given a formal role in the choice of Labour's policies, candidates and future leaders under far-reaching reforms to be unveiled today.

Tensions mount in Coalition over 'gutter politics' of anti-AV Tories

Cabinet tensions over the electoral reform referendum burst into the open last night after a senior Liberal Democrat minister challenged the Conservative Party chairman to disown the "scaremongering" and "gutter politics" of the "no" campaign. Chris Huhne tore into its claim – reinforced in an advertising campaign – that a "yes" result in the poll on 5 May over replacing the first-past-the-post system with the alternative vote (AV) would cost Britain £250m.

AV rally to go ahead without Nick Clegg

A cross-party rally in support of changing the voting system will go ahead without Nick Clegg after the Liberal Democrat leader dropped his demand to be on the platform.

Miliband brands Clegg a 'vote-loser' as AV vote row gets personal

Relations between Labour and the Liberal Democrats were back in the deep freeze yesterday after Ed Miliband branded Nick Clegg a vote-loser and refused to share a platform with him. Liberal Democrats accused Labour of "student politics" after Mr Miliband declined to appear alongside Mr Clegg at a rally to campaign for a Yes vote in the May referendum on electoral reform. Both leaders support a switch to the alternative vote (AV) and, despite Labour's anger at the Liberal Democrats for entering into a coalition with the Conservatives, figures in both parties who want to keep alive the prospect of a Lib-Lab deal after the 2015 election had hoped that co-operation on electoral reform might break the ice. Mr Miliband had agreed to share a platform with the former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, but pulled out after Mr Clegg insisted on taking part. Today's rally has now been called off.

Commons size to be cut to 600

England will lose 31 MPs, Wales 10, Scotland seven and Northern Ireland two under changes to reduce the size of the House of Commons from 650 to 600, it was announced today.

Nicholas Courtney: Actor known for his long-running role as the Brigadier in Doctor Who

Despite a varied career encompassing almost six decades of film, television and stage work, Nicholas Courtney will always be remembered for one role above all others.

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