Cable: Coalition break 'possible'

Business Secretary Vince Cable has raised the prospect of the Coalition government breaking up before the election, during a fringe event at the Lib Dem conference. Earlier he attacked the Conservatives as "a nasty party which has reverted to type"

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Confidential Lib Dem 'crib-sheet' for MPs sent to media

There was embarrassment for the Liberal Democrats on the first day of their annual conference when a crib-sheet of lines for their MPs to take in media interviews was inadvertently emailed to journalists.

MPs were reminded that they should say that the party met for conference "in a confident mood" and had "a strong record of achievement in Government". They were told to say that Labour "cannot be trusted to build a stronger economy", while the Tories "on their own can't build a fairer society".

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