Fixed term parliament

Nick Clegg made the first concession on the proposal for a super-majority to dissolve parliament for an early election.

This will be one of what I expect will be a series of tweaks to push the measure through. Read more

Strange as it seems, one of the easiest concessions the Lib Dems won from the Tories was a guarantee on the length of a parliament.  The reason is that David Cameron is as worried about a snap election as Nick Clegg.

This is a prize the Lib Dems have sought for decades. It puts hung parliaments on a more stable footing by taking away the right of a prime minister to suddenly call an election, just when his junior partner is crashing in the polls. Read more