Nearly 50,000 new homes will be built in 2013, Nick Clegg pledges

Competition to build new garden cities and suburbs among plans being revealed by Liberal Democrat leader Nearly 50,000 homes could start being built next year as a result of the government intervening to unblock stalled projects. In a preview of next month’s autumn statement by the chancellor, Nick Clegg will outline on Thursday the plans […]


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Four out of 10 Lib Dem voters inclined to leave EU – poll

Opinium/Observer survey finds that 39% of Liberal Democrat supporters would vote in favour of leaving Europe Almost four out of 10 Liberal Democrat voters support leaving the EU, according to a new poll which shows that hardline euroscepticism has taken hold in Britain’s most pro-European party. An Opinium/Observer survey has found that 39% of Lib […]


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Cameron: the Tories are for everyone

‘It’s tough. These are difficult times, we’re being tested,’ prime minister to tell delegates at party conference David Cameron will seek to prevent Ed Miliband’s “one nation” Labour driving him from the common ground of British politics on Wednesday, asserting that his brand of compassionate Conservatism is not just for the strong, but also the […]


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Letters: George Osborne’s shocking therapy

It’s pretty obvious that those workers least in fear of discrimination would be most comfortable surrendering rights against arbitrary dismissal, and those who felt most insecure least able to accept a package where part of their pay was conditional on surrender of employment rights (Osborne plans to give workers shares – if they give up […]


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Ed Balls passes piano exam and seeks to call economic tune

Shadow chancellor finds playing music relaxing, but is irritated by Lib Dem attacks on his ideas to tackle recession It is not often that Ed Balls admits to quiet terror. But three months ago he faced his Grade I piano exam. The buildup had been fraught. His piano teacher had told him he would be […]


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Nick Clegg’s pension property plan is just plain potty | Larry Elliott

This proposal is mistaken on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin – but let’s start with basic economics Over the years the Liberal Democrats have come up with more than their fair share of potty ideas. Few of them, though, are pottier than Nick Clegg’s suggestion that parents should be […]


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Danny Alexander promises crackdown on tax avoidance to raise £4bn

Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury also says those earning more than £50,000 a year may have to pay more Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has promised a major crackdown on tax-dodgers capable of raising £4bn and said those earning £50,000 a year may have to pay more as part of […]


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