5. LIB DEM MEMBERSHIP DROPS 25%
Liberal Democrat membership has plunged by 25% according to the latest figures filed at the Electoral Commission. The figures show that the party ended 2011 with 48,932 members, down from 65,038 a year before. The news is a fresh blow to Nick Clegg, who faces further pressure this coming week as David Cameron is expected to announce he is shelving plans for House of Lord reform.