Lib Dems 'won't back Tory or Labour minority rule'
Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander has ruled out suggestions his party could support a minority Labour or Tory government after the next election.
The Treasury minister said the Lib Dems would be willing to form a coalition with Labour as much the Conservatives, despite differences over the economy.
But a minority government would "not be in the national interest", he argued.
It could not make tough decisions needed to keep the recovery "on track", Mr Alexander told the BBC.
The last general election in 2010 ended in a hung Parliament, meaning no single party had a majority among MPs. It resulted in the Conservatives and Lib Dems forming a coalition in order to set up a government.
Rising wages change terms of debate
So finally, after four years, wages have started rising faster than prices. The Office for National Statistics says that pay rose by 1.7% in the year to February while consumer prices rose by just 1.6%.
But note this: from the government there has been no whoop of joy to celebrate the end of what Labour calls the cost of living crisis. Instead, official statements put out by both sides of the coalition are more subtle.
The self-doubter behind Thatcherism
Forty years ago a man called Keith Joseph had what alcoholics call a moment of clarity.
After years as a typical big-spending, intervene-at-all-times-of-day Conservative Cabinet minister, he suddenly changed his mind. "I have never really been a Conservative," he declared.
Unite's Len McCluskey warns over Labour 'defeat' in 2015
The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has warned Ed Miliband Unite could break its links with Labour if the party loses the next election.
Len McCluskey told reporters he could see the union voting to disaffiliate from a defeated Labour if it ceased to be the voice of working people.
Labour is nervous
Like a breeze on an open sea, ripples of uncertainty are spreading across Labour's ranks at Westminster.
Labour MPs know that if the opinion polls stay roughly the same as they are now then the party should win a majority at the general election.
Budget highlights philosophical divide
The irony of the Budget is that it touched on one of the core philosophical differences between Labour and the Conservatives and yet few seem to have noticed.
The central idea in George Osborne's reform is that people should have greater choice over how they spend their pension savings.
EU poll talk puts smile on PM's face
When prime ministers travel abroad, more often than not crises blow up at home.
There then ensues a frantic process whereby Downing Street officials desperately try to find out what is happening.
Prime minister's belief in Israel 'unbreakable'
David Cameron came to the Middle East to encourage the Israelis and Palestinians to sign up to a US diplomatic process designed to get both sides talking.
Yet his speech to the Israeli parliament was notable for its lack of edge.
Questions over Labour jobs plan
Labour's jobs guarantee is the kind of policy that gets party strategists weak at the knees.
Not only is it designed to tackle long term unemployment but it also hopes to cut welfare spending too.
UKIP: 'No skeletons in my cupboard'
If you want evidence of how UKIP is trying to become more professional, look no further than the form potential candidates have to fill out, a copy of which I have obtained at the party's conference in Torquay.
Wannabe UKIP candidates have to declare the following: