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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Norman Baker is at the top of the members' list of good performers

Norman Baker singled out as Lib Dems' new rising star

Home Office Minister has joined Vince Cable at the top of the members’ list of good performers

Nicola Adams topped the list last year

Who’ll top the IoS Pink List this year? That’s up to you

Katy Guest opens search for UK’s influential gay, bisexual and transgender people

David Laws, Minister of State for Schools

David Laws: Liberal Democrats to remain in Coalition until 2015

A senior Liberal Democrat dashed the hopes of some activists yesterday that the party could quit the Coalition Government early, insisting it would continue the power-sharing deal with the Conservatives until the 2015 general election campaign begins.

Clegg: 'We have sceptics who still insist that if you are pro-Green you are somehow anti-growth'

Luddites! Nick Clegg mocks Tory right-wingers resisting green energy boost

Conservatives had abandoned 'very pro-green' language they used before election, he said

Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam, take a Thames riverboat from their home in Putney to Westminster – his first day back at work after their holiday in Spain

Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists over 50p top rate of income tax

Nick Clegg is under pressure from Liberal Democrat activists to pledge to bring back a 50p rate of tax on income over £150,000 a year even though he wants to keep the current 45p rate.

Michael Gove has been formally asked to explain his department’s exceptionally poor performance in stonewalling questions from MPs

Michael Gove under fire for Department of Education's stonewalling of Parliament in response to MPs' questions

Education Secretary and his department face possible legal action to force better accountability

Nick Clegg’s ratings amongst Liberal Democrat activists have slumped

Nick Clegg suffers further popularity slump among Liberal Democrat members

Poll found half of members are dissatisfied with performance as leader, while Vince Cable is their favourite of the party's ministers

Editorial: The Lib Dems are walking tall

They have made a difference as a junior coalition partner, which the voters recognised

Never mind, George E. – you're in good company...

George Entwistle's 54 days as the BBC's Director-General might be considered short, but he lasted longer than many others in high-profile jobs.

Battle lines are drawn as David Laws returns to take on Danny Alexander

Our diarist is left agog by the Energy minister's speech and thinks five might be a crowd in the Coalition's "quartet"

Liam Byrne, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will become the highest profile politician yet to declare for the new role and cause a political headache for Ed Miliband

Liam Byrne steps down from Shadow Cabinet in bid for elected mayor role

The Labour Shadow Cabinet minister responsible for drawing up the party's policies for the next election is to step down from Westminster politics in an attempt to become the first directly elected mayor of Birmingham.

Cabinet minister Chris Huhne is fighting allegations he dodged a speeding fine

D-Day approaches fast for Huhne as speeding emails passed to police

The Cabinet minister Chris Huhne has suffered a major setback in his fight to clear his name over allegations he dodged a speeding fine, as police won the right to obtain emails about the affair from his ex-wife.

Michael Moore was promoted to the Cabinet when his fellow Scot Danny Alexander moved to replace David Laws at the Treasury

Michael Moore: 'We are much, much stronger together'

The Secretary of State for Scotland tells Matt Chorley why he is quietly confident as he takes on Alex Salmond

Leading article: In praise of MPs who refuse to be told what to do

The current Parliament is the most mutinous in 50 years, with new entrants the most unruly of all

John Rentoul: He who hesitates is ... not in a hurry

The way the Prime Minister handled the Liam Fox business suggests a man confident of his authority

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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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