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

Disability campaigners warn against more cuts

The Government was today accused of ignoring the plight of the disabled as Chancellor George Osborne signalled a fresh round of benefit cuts to help tackle Britain's £149 billion deficit.

Crisis on the wards at a British institution

With criticism by inspectors and claims of bullying, is Great Ormond Street Hospital's halo starting to slip?

David Prosser: How to get more women on the board

Outlook There will no doubt be some whingeing today as the Financial Reporting Council unveils the new corporate governance code for UK companies. The Confederation of British Industry, for one, is already voicing concern over the new requirement for directors of FTSE 350 companies to submit themselves for re-election each year.

The party faithful feel conned by coalition

It was a big fight by the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd to wrest Eastbourne from the Tories. Now, voters are furious

New Equalities Minister attacks 'male and pale' coalition brokers

A senior Liberal Democrat protested yesterday over the lack of women in the new government as she was appointed the Equalities Minister.

Tories slam fixed-term Parliament plan

David Cameron was facing a growing backlash from Tory MPs tonight over his plans to make it more difficult for the opposition to force a general election if the new coalition Government is defeated on a vote of confidence.

Equality job for Lib Dem MP

Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone has been appointed a junior Home Office minister with responsibility for equality, she said today.

Editor-At-Large: Business as usual: very few women, far too many men

The simpering leaders' wives were given more column inches than any female candidate

Errors & Omissions: Pay a visit to the Metaphor Museum – you might learn something

There is a new display at the Metaphor Museum. This admirable institution, familiar to readers of this column, houses a valuable collection of objects such as linchpins and mainstays which were once in everyday use but are now found only in metaphors.

Challenge for Lib Dems as memories of Iraq fade

Guy Keleny returns to the north London seat where he grew up to find political turmoil in the stolid Victorian suburbs

Mary Dejevsky: Is this model hospital still there for all?

To cast even the most gentle aspersion on a national treasure is to risk big trouble. Just ask Joanna Lumley, or rather the minister forced to apologise for condemning her silence on destitute Gurkhas. So it is with some trepidation that I raise the subject of Great Ormond Street hospital, the temple to paediatric medicine famed around the world.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The future of politics lies with women

The leaders are trying to charm us with vacuous words and meaningless policies

Lynne Featherstone: You Ask The Questions

The Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green answers your questions, such as 'Is the state too big, or too small?' and 'Where do you stand on Gina Ford?'

Liberal Democrats condemn BBC chiefs over Strictly Come Dancing row

BBC bosses were condemned at the Liberal Democrat conference today over the axing of Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.

Sentence for Baby P's mother 'disappointing'

The sentence handed down to Baby P's mother today was condemned as "disappointing" by a children's charity.

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