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The Liberal Democrats could break through to form a government with a big majority according to an exclusive opinion poll conducted for The Independent on Sunday.

Lib Dems to guarantee £170-a-week maternity pay

Women will be offered £170 a week maternity pay for six months, after the birth of their first child, as part of a package of family policies to be unveiled by Charles Kennedy today. The Liberal Democrat leader said the £4,420 "maternity income guarantee" was the equivalent of the minimum wage for someone on a 35-hour week.

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Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday was an odd occasion. It began with Mr Michael Howard asking an anodyne question about the abuse of prisoners in Iraq. Mr Tony Blair answered in full moralistic flow but neglected to answer the one part of Mr Howard's question which was at all sharp: it was about what steps were being taken to prevent any recurrence of the wrongdoing. The Conservative leader did not press him on this point. Indeed, at this stage of the proceedings, he did not come up with a supplementary of any kind.

The Week in Politics: Things have only got better. But will it help Blair on polling day?

Why did the Cabinet discuss EastEnders at its weekly meeting on Thursday? No, it is not making another complaint to the BBC about bias because Charles Kennedy is to appear in the soap's Christmas special.

Blair under new pressure over Iraq war: did he ignore advice of officials that it was unlawful?

Tony Blair faced renewed pressure last night over the legality of the war in Iraq as Charles Kennedy demanded to know how he had decided there were "strong factual grounds" that Saddam Hussein had failed to dismantle his programme of WMDs.

'Delighted' Charles Kennedy and wife expecting their first baby

The Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, and his wife, Sarah, announced yesterday that they are expecting their first child.

Highlights of the Week

'We're moving from a party of protest to a party of power. We're close to tipping point'

Charles Kennedy has warned the Liberal Democrats not to get "carried away" or "overstate the case" about their ability to form the next government. The Liberal Democrat leader moved yesterday to dampen expectations after one of his senior aides predicted that the party could seize power in five years' time.

Lord Razzall: 'We will be the next government'

The Liberal Democrats will form the first government after Labour loses power, one of the party's general election strategists predicted yesterday.

Kennedy refuses to rule out coalition with Labour

Charles Kennedy urged his party to raise expectations and "believe in ourselves" in the run-up to the general election yesterday, as he refused to rule out forming a coalition government with Tony Blair.

Kennedy slaps down the 'Young Turk' MPs

Charles Kennedy has slapped down a group of "Young Turks" on the eve of his party's conference, making clear that there will be no lurch to the right. The Liberal Democrat leader twice summoned the most outspoken member of a group of radical young MPs in recent days to warn him not to overshadow this week's gathering in Bournemouth.

Kennedy launches mini-manifesto with eye on breakthrough

Charles Kennedy yesterday declared the Liberal Democrats had the "best prospects" of an electoral breakthrough for 20 years as he launched his party's early election manifesto on a platform of "freedom, fairness and trust".

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