News Nick Clegg opposes smoking ban in cars with children

Deputy PM said the ban would not be enforceable in practice

Nigel Farage: We are experiencing a Romanian crime wave

Ukip leader criticises Coalition’s immigration policies

'Complete and utter nonsense': Nigel Farage rubbishes Hitler Youth allegations ahead of Ukip Party conference

Leader denies accusations of fascist behaviour as a 17-year-old and says his party is ‘growing up’

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nick Clegg's harrowing journey back to the days when politicians were beastly to each other

This was no speech for the squeamish. Treating the conference at times like an encounter group, Nick Clegg answered many questions about his personal journey, including several we had never asked. And what a harrowing tale it was. Picture the young Nick, raised “in the 70s and 80s” on a constant diet of “aggressive, us-and-them politics.” He had, he bravely shared with us, “so many memories of my brothers, my sister and I watching television and asking our parents why everyone seemed so upset”.

Optimism and gloom were balanced equally in this thoroughly odd gathering of the Lib Dems' disparate elements

Vince Cable is new to politics and has not handled well the role of dissenting leader-in-waiting

An estimated four in 10 children who qualify for free meals do not claim them

Coalition deal means free school meals for every pupil up to year two - and tax breaks for married couples

Nick Clegg to announce £600m plan for children while deal with Tories gives green light to long-awaited tax breaks for married couples

Lib Dem Conference: Party declare they are ‘ready to work with’ Labour

Nick Clegg warns against single-party government as he courts both sides at his party’s conference

Vince Cable accused the Tories of stooping to 'dog-whistle politics' and being hostile to immigrants

Lib Dem Conference: Coalition Government could come to early end before 2015 general election, says Vince Cable

Business Secretary claims he could walk out of the Government if his colleagues allowed the Conservatives to pursue policies that crossed his personal 'red lines'

Donald Macintyre's Lib Dem Conference Sketch: Party’s Jeremiah Vince Cable retreats, but leaves us in no doubt where his true allegiances lie

Business Secretary said Tories had 'reverted to type: dog-whistle politics, orchestrated by an  Australian Rottweiler'

Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg speaks at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow

Lib Dem conference: Leaked briefing over tax hike for 2.6m earning over £50,000 blamed on 'a cock-up on top of a mistake'

Nick Clegg was accused of planning a secret tax hike for 2.6m people today after a leaked Liberal Democrat briefing paper suggested the party would seek to raise taxes for people earning more than £50,000 a year.

Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne who called for a national debate over whether the Government should step in to prevent young women having the veil imposed upon them

It is not 'appropriate' for students to wear veil in classroom, says Nick Clegg

But state should NOT issue edicts about what people can and can't wear, he says

As Lib Dem supporters revolt over their party’s direction, Labour supporters tell Ed to do a deal with Clegg

Making the Liberal Democrats a party of government and of the centre are the two elements to the Nick Clegg project. His external critics struggle most with the latter, seeing him as a Conservative, and his internal ones the former, uncomfortable with power's compromises.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Lib Dems' mainstream decision to get behind nuclear power

“It was all very well having principles,  but you cannot live  on principles...”

Out of step: Nick Clegg adheres to the Tories, but Lib Dem members veer to Ed Miliband’s Labour

Exclusive poll reveals Liberal Democrat activists would want to form a coalition with Labour in 2015

Pressure mounts on Nick Clegg to distance himself from the Tories as the membership demonstrates it would rather side with Miliband

Jeremy Browne: Migrants are the same as Brits buying second homes abroad

The Home Office Minister says migrants from Bulgaria and Romania are following the same rules as Britons owning properties in places such as France and Spain

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