Letters: Watford’s difficult choice over allotments or apartments

It is disappointing that in your article on council allotments (The plot thickens, 1 June) John Harris chooses to deride Watford borough council’s plans for the town’s most ambitious regeneration project in decades. He chooses instead to focus on the emotional and subjective feelings of the 70 or so allotment holders who will be displaced […]


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Letters: Decarbonisation plans need Lib Dem support

Energy secretary Ed Davey is right to warn of the massive gamble we’ll be taking with the future of our planet if we fail to tackle climate change (Planned energy bill ‘will destroy green benefits of HS2′, 3 June). This is why MPs must support amendments to the energy bill today to decarbonise the power […]


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Equality reforms condemned by Lib Dem taskforce

Taskforce set up by Nick Clegg condemns coalition plans to reform Equality Act and other measures to tackle discrimination Coalition reforms will reverse progress made in improving equality and tackling discrimination, a Liberal Democrat taskforce set up by Nick Clegg has warned. The taskforce condemned plans to water down the Equality Act and measures to […]


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Letters: Loony or not, Ukip are here to stay

I think you are underestimating the growing impact of Ukip and its brand of anti-politics by arguing that this is mainly a centre-right drama (Editorial, 29 April). Here in true blue Tunbridge Wells we have seen increased shifts of support to Ukip from traditional Labour and Lib Dem voters, as well as the Tories, in […]


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Police investigate sexual harassment claims against Lib Dem peer

Scotland Yard announces formal investigation into former party chief executive Lord Rennard Scotland Yard has launched a formal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment towards several women by the Liberal Democrat peer and former chief executive of the party Lord Rennard. Officers had been assessing if one was merited, weighing up criteria such as whether […]


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Letters: Make-work-pay economics and poor-law politics

Your editorial (2 April) on the coalition’s squeeze on the welfare budget lacks a conclusion. Alongside your criticisms of coalition policy, you ought to be arguing for a positive alternative: which, following the logic of your argument, is clearly for a larger state, with a higher proportion of national income passing through the state, which […]


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Nick Clegg under pressure over complaint letter about Mike Hancock

Lib Dem leader’s office claims it did not receive letter from lawyer of woman accusing MP of sexually inappropriate conduct Nick Clegg is facing fresh pressure over his claim that his office “never” received a letter from the solicitor of a woman who complained about allegedly inappropriate sexual behaviour by the veteran Liberal Democrat MP […]


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Lib Dem president backs decarbonisation target

Party negotiating to reopen green energy deal in attempt to introduce carbon reduction targets for energy sector The Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, has raised the prospect that his party is privately negotiating to reopen the green energy deal signed by the coalition last autumn in an attempt to introduce carbon reduction targets for the […]


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Chris Huhne: the personal and the political | Editorial

The former energy secretary’s guilty plea means a heavyweight loss not just to the Lib Dems but to national politics as a whole It is sometimes alleged that if about 1,300 postal votes had not got caught up in the Christmas mail in 2007, Chris Huhne would have defeated Nick Clegg and become leader of […]


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