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.
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Wednesday 09 October 2013
72-year-old to quit after serving as MP for North East Fife since 1987
Tuesday 22 January 2013
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.
Sunday 08 January 2012
After more than three years, life on the run comes to an end for party's biggest – and most criminal – donor
Saturday 07 January 2012
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.
Friday 15 July 2011
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.
Sunday 22 May 2011
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.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
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.
Tuesday 29 March 2011
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.
Monday 28 March 2011
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.
Thursday 17 March 2011
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.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
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.
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- 2 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 3 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- 4 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- 5 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police