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Parents will be entitled to share existing “maternity” leave of up to 50 weeks between them under new proposals

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Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister, has said his party and Labour could form a "historic radical coalition" after the 2015 general election.

'Unpleasant elitism': Nick Clegg attacks Boris Johnson's defence of greed

Deputy Prime Minister accuses the mayor of talking about people as if they were a “breed of dogs”

The PM and his Deputy keep it civil in public at least

David Cameron’s potty mouth revealed to the nation

Prime Minister is said to have jokingly referred to Nick Clegg as an 'idle f***er'

Mr Alexander said green levies on energy were designed to help insulate the homes of poorer families and create tens of thousands of jobs

'Full of crap': Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander stokes Coalition tensions as he turns on right-wing Tories over environmental taxes on energy bills

A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister today accused right-wing Conservatives pressing for the scrapping of environmental taxes on energy bills of being "full of crap".

The IPPR study suggests that Nick Clegg may have got his sums wrong

Exclusive: Nick Clegg' plans to raise personal tax allowance 'will help better-off more than low-paid'

IPPR study also called into question his claim that raising allowance to £10,500 would mean a tax cut of £100 a year

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Old dog Clegg reaches for the Len McCluskey defence

For a man who made a speech in 2010 heralding the “new politics”, Nick Clegg is pretty adept at the old kind. He was harried from all sides about an imminent announcement that cabinet ministers will be able to hire 10 taxpayer-funded “personal advisers” in what the Tory Philip Hollobone decried as “a move towards a US West Wing type of Government”. (If only. Since the  hero of the television series is an idealistic president battling against vested interests this was slightly off target.)

George Osborne's Autumn Statement could see British expats hit with 28% tax on property they hold in UK, experts warned

Autumn Statement: Plans for new capital gains tax on wealthy foreigners could backfire on thousands of British people

Experts warn measures to make overseas investors ‘pay their share’ could also hit expats with 28% levy

Boris Johnson says super-rich are ‘put-upon minority’ like homeless people and Irish travellers

Mayor says wealthiest should get automatic knighthoods and “our humble thanks”, in comments deemed “deeply offensive” by London Assembly's Labour group

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners

Tories and Lib Dems bicker over rise in tax allowance

A call for the personal income tax allowance to be raised to £10,500 a year has led to fresh skirmishes between Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats and his Conservative coalition partners.

Lowering the age of consent won't help teenagers

But there is certainly a need for more debate around teen sexuality

Tim Farron speaks at the Liberal Democrat conference on September 23, 2012 in Brighton, England

Tim Farron: The next leader of the Lib Dems?

With membership falling fast since the last election, the party’s president has positioned himself far to the left of  Nick Clegg

David Cameron on Coalition: 'You have to make compromises that are not necessarily in the long-term interests of the country'

The job of prime minister is like being in the midst of an "asteroid shower", David Cameron said today as he claimed that being in coalition sometimes prevented him acting in the national interest.

Ipsa's chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said the latest revelations will be 'the disinfectant that hurts as it heels' as the details of MPs' office rentals are released

The next MPs expenses scandal: £3.6m of taxpayers’ money spent renting political party offices

Review ordered after MPs on average paid over the market rate for offices in a ‘back-door subsidy’ to their own party

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