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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says if people want Liberal Democrat policies they should vote for a majority Lib Dem government.

Pension plan 'hits poorest'

Nearly a fifth of Britain's poorest men die before receiving their state pension and extending the working age will affect them disproportionately, an MP has warned.

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The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, became the most senior Liberal Democrat to share a platform with the Labour leader, when he joined Ed Miliband yesterday to call for a Yes vote in next month's referendum. It was the second unfamiliar pairing on a day which also saw David Cameron making common cause with his erstwhile arch-enemy on almost everything, the former Labour attack-dog, John (now Lord) Reid.

Leading article: This vote is too important to be distorted by party politics

A few weeks ago, there were fears that the referendum on electoral reform would come and go without anyone except the cognoscenti on either side really noticing. Such was the apparent public apathy towards a change in the voting system. No one can say that now. The Liberal Democrat grandee, Lord Ashdown, weighed into the debate yesterday, to accuse Conservative opponents of the alternative vote of "scare-mongering" to secure victory for a No vote. And he accused the Chancellor, George Osborne, of resorting to "cynical smears".

Join Clegg's 'leaders' club' – for £25,000 annual fee

The Liberal Democrats are offering lobbyists face-to-face meetings with ministers, including Nick Clegg, if they pay £25,000 a year. The cash-strapped party has launched a club offering privileged access to the Deputy Prime Minister and senior Liberal Democrats.

MPs with nothing to lose vote against their parties

Record numbers of newly elected Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are rebelling – and the Whips are powerless

Clegg to Lansley: Change NHS reforms or lose our support

Deputy PM sets out five 'non-negotiable' demands to ward off threat of privatisation

Almost 40 per cent of Lib Dem voters desert

More than a third of people who voted Liberal Democrat in last year's general election wish they had chosen differently, an Independent on Sunday poll shows.

Lib Dems go on offensive ahead of council elections

Nick Clegg will tell Liberal Democrat activists to "take the fight" to the Conservatives in the battle for next month's council elections in England.

Video: Gillian Duffy takes on Nick Clegg

The woman branded 'a bigot' by Gordon Brown asks Nick Clegg if he is really happy with the Coalition Government policies.

Nick Clegg rejects 'quit coalition' call

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today dismissed a call from a senior party figure to pull the Liberal Democrats out of the coalition government or face extinction.

Video: Cameron: NHS 'is the envy of billions'

Prime Minister David Cameron says he is passionate about the NHS but sticking with the status quo is not an option.

Vote reform would create more marginal seats, says study

A switch from the current first-past-the-post system to the alternative vote (AV) would give more power to the average voter, according to an independent study published today.

Miliband says 'fighting cuts' is election theme

Ed Miliband claimed Labour would be the public's "first line of defence" against the Coalition Government's spending cuts yesterday as he launched his party's campaign for the 5 May local elections.

Lib Dem Hugh O'Donnell quits over 'betrayal'

A Liberal Democrat candidate has quit his party with a broadside against the "betrayal" of coalition with the Conservatives.

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