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Nick Clegg urges resolve in cutting debt

There must be "no blinking" on the Government's programme of deficit reduction, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say today, as he insists the shared agenda of cutting debt is the "glue which binds this coalition together".

Labour urges councillors to form coalitions with Lib Dems

Ed Miliband has urged Labour councillors to forge coalitions with the Liberal Democrats to run local authorities despite his party's hostility to Nick Clegg for joining forces with David Cameron.

Home Secretary to reverse commissioners' block

Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed to reverse the shock rejection of directly-elected police commissioners by the House of Lords.

Lib Dem rebels threaten David Cameron-Nick Clegg unity rift

A show of Coalition unity by David Cameron and Nick Clegg was undermined yesterday by growing tensions between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats over the Government's reform programme.

Coalition 'is weakening effective government'

The British public's brief flirtation with coalition government is over. A year after the Liberal Democrat-Conservative administration was formed, voters think it has made government weaker, less decisive, less responsive and more confused.

Lib Dems must be assertive, says Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg began the task of creating distance between his Liberal Democrats and their Conservative coalition partners today by declaring that the current Government is a "coalition of necessity, not of conviction".

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Video: Cable 'vindicated' by PCC

Vince Cable on the Press Complaints Commission's decision that The Daily Telegraph breached subtefuge rules by secretly taping ministers.

'Telegraph' censured for secretly recording Cable

The Daily Telegraph has been rebuked by the press watchdog after its reporters posed as constituents and secretly recorded Liberal Democrat ministers criticising their Tory coalition partners.

No challenge to Clegg, and certainly not from Huhne

Nick Clegg's potential successors rallied around him yesterday, killing off any suggestion that his leadership was under threat following the party's drubbing in local elections.

Blairites question Miliband strategy for Scotland and South

Ed Miliband was facing growing questions last night from Labour's Blairite faction over his leadership after the party's mixed performance in last week's elections.

I would never join the Conservatives, says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today insisted he would "never, never, never" join the Conservatives, saying: "I will be carried out in my coffin as a card-carrying Liberal Democrat".

Conservatives are 'ruthless, calculating and thoroughly tribal', says Cable

Business Secretary Vince Cable this morning said that the coalition would continue in a "businesslike" fashion, despite yesterday's election and referendum results, but made clear that Liberal Democrats would not accept policies which go beyond last year's agreement with Tories - such as proposals for NHS reform.

Now Cameron turns attack on Lib Dem plans for elected House of Lords

Nick Clegg's hopes of resurrecting his constitutional reform agenda in the wake of yesterday's disastrous AV defeat will be scuppered by his Conservative coalition partners.

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