Voices

Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Critics of deal with Tories emboldened by PM's announcement

The parliamentary Liberal Democrats were locked in talks for much of last night over whether they should join a coalition government with the Conservatives or Labour and a so-called "rainbow coalition" of smaller parties. Discussions began at 10pm and ended just after midnight, with further talks planned for today.

Andy McSmith: Proportional Representation - the down side

Some people should beware of getting what they wish for.

Dissent grows among Lib Dems as hours of meetings end in deadlock

High drama in Whitehall as all three leaders meet in secret / Pressure grows on Lib Dems not to abandon core demands

No deal without electoral reform, party warns Clegg

Nick Clegg will be forced to face the growing concerns within his party over co-operating with a Tory government amid unease that the Liberal Democrats may fail to secure any major concessions on changing Britain's voting system.

Letters: Hung parliaments

Strong rule is not good rule

Clegg is urged to abandon deal as Tories rule out vote reform

Leading Conservatives react with horror to a day of shuttle diplomacy between Lib Dem leader and David Cameron as thousands demonstrate in favour of PR, joining voices calling for the creation of 'traffic light' coalition of the left

Nick Clegg: Visionary or traitor?

The Liberal Democrat leader finds himself at the centre of a power struggle for No 10 – but there are serious doubts over whether he could carry his party into an alliance with the Tories

Voters deserve 'stable government' says Clegg

Voters deserve a "good, stable government", Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said today as he pledged to approach cross-party talks in a "constructive spirit".

Letters: Forming a coalition government

A century-old plan for pact

John Curtice: It pays to treat the exit polls with caution

As soon as the polls close at 10pm tonight the BBC, ITV News and Sky will tell us how many seats each party has won. Or at least they hope to.

Andrew Grice: Cameron's self-serving electoral reform plans

Shock news: David Cameron is committed to electoral reform. His "reform" is to cut the number of MPs by 10 per cent and introduce fairness into the system by equalising the number of voters in the 650 constituencies.

Voters vent their anger on <i>Independent</i> soapbox

Voters vented their anger at Conservative jibes about Gordon Brown in Newcastle during yesterday afternoon's Independent soapbox hustings. Audience members were annoyed after Tory candidate Nick Holder quoted a Labour party member in an ill-advised joke about the prime minister's track record.

A guide to hung parliaments

Last week's election broadcast by the Conservatives is one of the most unusual to grace any campaign in living memory. We are accustomed to politicians attacking the policies of other parties, or the personalities of rival leaders – but this one was dedicated to attacking a theoretical possibility: a hung parliament.

Cameron set to challenge convention over hung parliament

David Cameron is set to claim victory if Labour comes third in Thursday's election even if he fails to win an overall majority.

John Rentoul: Clegg has blown it, after all that

The Lib Dem leader has shown his hand too early and may have missed the chance of a lifetime
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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