Two years after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a historic coalition government, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have once again sought to begin anew with a fresh start. After the double-length first session of this parliament they presented Britain with a new agenda for reform focusing on the economy, justice and constitutional reform. But with tensions within the coalition rising and the public hostile after this year's local elections, are they persuading ordinary Brits that they are in touch?
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Everywhere you look, the fates conspire against the government.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have reloaded the coalition's legislative agenda with a Queen's Speech dominated by Lords reform this week.
Ed Miliband has an unusually gleeful grin, the kind of gloating silent chuckle that must make him an insufferable Monopoly winner.
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David Cameron and Nick Clegg delivered a rare joint speech today, as they reaffirmed their commitment to deficit reduction amid an anti-austerity mood in Europe.
David Cameron is seeking to downplay the significance of coalition politics ahead of this week's Queen's Speech.
Drug-driving is to be made an offence with its own fines and sentencing guidelines.
The coalition's legislative agenda is set to concentrate on core Conservative policy areas, reassuring Tory MPs after last week's damaging elections.
Chancellor George Osborne says the government will be "100%" focused on the economy after last week's bruising election results.
David Cameron faces a major test of his premiership this weekend, as Conservative backbenchers put pressure on him to retreat on Lords reform and gay marriage.
The UK economy shrunk by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012, meaning the much-feared double-dip recession is now a reality.
Nadine Dorries failed to improve her prospects for career advancement today when she branded David Cameron and George Osborne "two arrogant posh boys".
The coalition's Queen's Speech relaunch appears under threat after Conservative MPs threatened to rebel en masse against its centrepiece, Lords reform.
The Ministry Of Justice has announced more stringent community service sentences for offenders.
The coalition's plans to legalise gay marriage are "madness", "grotesque" and an undermining of human rights, the UK's senior Catholic has said.
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