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.
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.
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.
This vintage satire leaves a sharp taste
The new coalition may have come as a shock to many, but the courtship has been going on for years. Political Editor Jane Merrick reports
For 150 years, British prime ministers were free to concentrate on the statesmanlike pursuit of high-powered diplomacy and the lofty responsibility of running the country, rather than the more mundane concerns of nappy changing and midnight feeds.
At least Clegg knows his voice will be heard when before it would have been drowned out
Nick Clegg told the Liberal Democrats they could make an historic breakthrough at the election – but only if they had the bravery to face up to dire economic problems facing Britain. After a fractious conference marred by dissent over his leadership style, he warned his party yesterday that it would have to take painful decisions in order to be taken seriously by the voters.
The man who predicted a financial crash five years ago says his party is not in the business of forecasting ... but he's tipping Joe Calzaghe to win 'Strictly'
Three years ago, Mark Oaten was a rising star of Liberal Democrat politics. Then the allegations about a male escort hit the news-stands . . .
Tony Blair wanted to do it with John Major but John Major was too coy. William Hague, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy all wanted to do it with Tony but he said no.
Recriminations begin after 27-year-old Conservative's triumph