Lib Dems haven't given up hope of Short Money deal
The Liberal Democrats still haven't given up hope of a deal whereby they will be able to carry on receiving Short Money - the state funds which Opposition parties traditionally get to compensate for the fact that governing parties benefit from the resources of the civil service.
I reported three weeks ago on how the Lib Dems were still hoping to get Short funding, though they ackowledged it would inevitably be less than the £1.75 million a year that they get now.
I'm told that Short funds paid for 32 staff at Lib Dem headquarters in Cowley Street. Ten of those have now got jobs on the government pay-roll as part of the coalition, so there are around two dozen staff at Cowley Street who face the sack if a deal isn't done soon.