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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.

The long road leading to No 10

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

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.

Mystic Vince, a man of hidden depths

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'

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