News Nick Clegg opposes smoking ban in cars with children

Deputy PM said the ban would not be enforceable in practice

2013 - the year in review: The battle for the 2015 election started two years early

This year's big political changes will shape the next eighteen months

A third of gay voters now back Tories, poll finds

Tory support among the gay community has soared since David Cameron backed same-sex marriage, according to a poll.

'Selfie': One of the peculiarities of the past few months has been how the idea of taking a photograph of your own face has become something new and interesting

Terence Blacker: The top 13 words and expressions to be excluded this 2014

'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much

Deputy Prime Minister says he made it a rule to keep arguments focused on policy, but he 'made an exception' for Ed Balls

Nick Clegg's only personal feud is with Ed Balls

Deputy Prime Minister says he made it a rule to keep arguments focused on policy, but he 'made an exception' for the shadow Chancellor

Andrew Marr (left) and Vince Cable appearing on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show - the Business Secretary accused the Conservatives of 'panicking' about immigration because the party is under pressure from UKIP

Vince Cable likens Conservative 'panic' over immigration to Enoch Powell's notorious 'rivers of blood' speech

Coalition tensions boiled over as the Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister Vince Cable likened Conservative “panic” about Romanian and Bulgarian migration to Enoch Powell’s notorious “rivers of blood” speech.

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has warned David Cameron against turning to 'isolation and nationalism' in order to win votes

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev issues warning to David Cameron on immigration and ‘nationalism’

Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable says controversial 75,000 cap on migrants ‘isn’t going to happen’

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A straight answer from Boris? You might as well ask Jeeves

Having improbably suggested that he might turn to writing romantic fiction after stepping down as Mayor of London, rather than something more humdrum like becoming leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson was asked to cite a model. Cleverly, he mentioned Rosie M Banks, who was herself a fictional character (of PG Wodehouse’s). This is a prototypical Boris answer, underlining the riskiness of taking him at face value. Did “No, I will not be an MP in 2015,” really mean no? Or could he yet still be dragged unwillingly to a safe seat?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Would sir like a waffa-thin reform?

Sometimes Nick Clegg  is so forthright that – endearingly – he  frightens even himself

Nick Clegg has accused Theresa May of 'illegal' plans to limit EU migrants

Nick Clegg accuses Theresa May of ‘illegal’ plans to cap EU immigration

Leaked Home Office paper suggests lower-skilled workers would only be allowed to take up jobs suffering shortages in the UK

Nick Clegg on LBC 97.3

MPs' 11% pay rise: 2015 candidates under pressure not to accept rise

Candidates at the 2015 general election will come under pressure not to take a proposed 11 per cent pay rise for MPs after an impasse between party leaders and the body responsible for fixing parliamentary salaries.

Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander, right, and Chancellor George Osborne leave the Treasury on their way to the House of Commons for the Autumn statement last week

Lib Dem treasury chief Danny Alexander accuses Tories of planning deep 'ideological' cuts in next term

A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister has accused the Conservatives of planning deep spending cuts after the 2015 election to shrink the state for ideological reasons.

David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday

'Simply unacceptable': David Cameron warns Ipsa over approving 11% pay rise for MPs

The proposed salary increase would see MPs pay leap from £66,396 this year to £74,000 in 2015

A scene from The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre
Clegg's allies insist that the Lib Dems are not signing up to 'Osbornomics'

Leader Nick Clegg under fire from Lib Dems over his backing for Tory cuts after next general election

Pressure group warns that the party must not be locked into such 'economic illiteracy'

Former British Prime Minister John Major arrives at the memorial service

Sir John Major: Margaret Thatcher's government was wrong to oppose South Africa sanctions

Former prime minister spoke out as he attended the memorial service for Nelson Mandela

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The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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How did our legends really begin?

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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

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