News Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

John Rentoul: Nick Clegg could yet be proved right

The Lib Dem leader has not got much out of the coalition so far, but it is the second half of this parliament that matters

Full Trident replacement or zero, says defence chief

The outgoing head of the armed forces warned today that the Government might as well scrap Britain's nuclear deterrent if the decision is taken to downgrade it.

Sir Cyril Smith: Idiosyncratic and larger-than-life Liberal politician who never shied away from falling out with his own party

Neither Liberals nor Liberal Democrats have much of a record winning seats from Labour in the North of England.

Nick Clegg leads tributes to 'larger-than-life' ex-MP Sir Cyril Smith

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tonight led tributes to "larger-than-life" politician Sir Cyril Smith, who has died at the age of 82.

Lib Dem poll rating halves to 12 per cent

Support for the Liberal Democrats has fallen to just 12 per cent, half the level the party secured in the general election, according to an opinion poll yesterday.

Liberal Democrats' support plunges

Support for Liberal Democrats has plunged to just 12 per cent - half the level the party secured in the General Election - according to a poll released today.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (1 August 2010)

I can never excuse what Jon Venables and Robert Thompson did to James Bulger, but I know, having been brought up in a very abusive household, that the child I was when I was 10 is not the person I am now, and the choices I made (most of them the wrong choices) I would never make now.

Cameron: I didn't think I would become Prime Minister

Andrew Grice reports on the latest revelations about the post-election chaos

&#163;2m stress payouts for troops are 'tip of iceberg'

More than £2m has been paid in compensation to British troops who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq.

MPs urge Iraq inquiry to recall Blair

Tony Blair could be brought back before the Iraq war inquiry to face questions over whether he pressurised his Attorney General to change his advice and declare the invasion to be legal.

Simon Hughes set to become deputy leader of Lib Dems

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat left-winger, was on course last night to become the party's deputy leader.

Coalition cabinet's rising star was too terrified to admit he was gay

Two of David Laws' last acts as a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister were to rebuff the offer from a bemused civil servant of a pot plant for his new office – just before axeing the Treasury's entire budget for pot plants.

Village People: 29/05/2010

Laws puts a new spin on jobs freeze

David Laws, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is the new Conservative pin-up because of the unflinching way he puts the case for cutting public spending, ignoring what his own party said on the subject before the election.

Simon Hughes launches Lib Dem deputy bid

Simon Hughes today launched his bid to become deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, with the backing of outgoing deputy and Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Lib Dem deputy leadership race begins

The contest to replace Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat deputy leader got under way today as MP Tim Farron became the first to declare his candidacy.

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