Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Coalition, the inside story of the Cameron-Clegg Coalition by David Laws, the former senior Liberal Democrat MP, and author of the bestselling 22 Days in May: The Birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition (Biteback, 2010).
David Laws is well placed to provide a real insider’s account, shedding light on much that has not yet made it into the public domain. He took part in the key Coalition negotiations in 2010, was the Coalition’s first Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and returned to the Government in key posts in the Education Department and at the heart of Government – in the Cabinet Office.
This book will tell the inside story of the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition from its birth in 2010 through to its demise in May 2015. It will show how key decisions were made, lay bare divisions between and within the Coalition parties, provide sketches of all the key players on both sides of the Government, and assess the Coalition’s successes and failures.
Iain Dale said: ‘The Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition was a fascinating chapter in recent British politics, and David Laws was uniquely positioned to write about it from within. 22 Days in May was essential reading for politics fans, and I’m thrilled that David is returning to Biteback with this revealing account.’
David Laws said: ‘Working in the coalition government was a fascinating and productive experience. This account will, I hope, not just be of historic value but will also touch on many of the issues and challenges which will confront all political parties in the years ahead. I am delighted that Biteback is publishing this account. ‘
Coalition will be published in Spring 2016, and supported by a major press campaign.
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