Charles Kennedy

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.

Is No 10 set to hear the patter of tiny feet again?

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.

Clegg says party must make tough decisions on spending to win votes

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.

Clamour grows to save Bletchley Park

A campaign to save Bletchley Park, the legendary site where code-breakers toiled in secret to hasten the defeat of the Nazis and end the Second World War, is launched by The Independent today.