Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes has admitted exchanging text messages with Labour's Ed Miliband. Mr Hughes said it was a sign of "sensible, grown up politics" to talk to politicians from other parties.
His comments come after Business Secretary Vince Cable said he had sent texts to Labour leader Mr Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls said he could work with the Lib Dem Cabinet minister on measures to boost the economy.
Mr Hughes said: "I've had text messages with Ed Miliband, I have his number on my phone. "In sensible, grown up politics you talk to people about how you get the best deal for Britain.
"I have talked to Tories and Labour people all my life in to Parliament...working together is a very good thing."
Asked about the OBE that Gary Barlow is due to receive, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes told ITV News that his tax affairs "should be a relevant consideration" but "it's probably hard to undo an award that has already been announced."
"If you don’t pay your taxes you’re not a fully decent citizen," he said, adding that the honours committee "should make sure that people are clean as far as their tax affairs are concerned."