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    1. May 2, 2015

      Ruth Rendell, crime novelist and politician, 1930-2015

      With the death of Ruth Rendell at the age of 85, five months after her friend and fellow writer PD James, each of the women...

    2. David Allen Green

      April 16, 2015

      If a politician breaks a promise should a voter have a legal remedy?

      Imagine a politician making a clear and specific promise before an election. Imagine then, if you can, that politician...

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    1. Executive Diversity

      Corporations have played a significant part in raising awareness of LGBT rights around...
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    1. April 7, 2015

      House of Lords offers public access to Peers’ Dining Room

      Voters will have a chance to sample Westminster fare thanks to a decision by the Lords refreshment committee to open the...

    2. March 31, 2015

      Lord Ashcroft retires from House of Lords

      Lord Ashcroft, the controversial Tory donor and pollster, has surprised Westminster by retiring from the House of Lords, in...

    3. March 31, 2015

      PM gets first shot at governing in hung parliament, says expert

      Ed Miliband has no constitutional right to the first attempt at forming a government, even if Labour is the biggest party in...

    4. March 24, 2015

      Lords committee says economic case for £50bn HS2 not been made

      Supporters of the £50bn HS2 railway line have failed to make the economic case for the project, according to a House of...

    5. March 22, 2015

      Three main British political parties face embarrassment

      The three main parties endured embarrassment at the weekend over allegations including breaches of donation rules,...

    6. March 12, 2015

      BoE ignored advice on money markets probe

      The Bank of England ignored advice from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office to publicly confirm a criminal investigation into...

    7. March 10, 2015

      ‘Foolish’ to cut interest rates, says Mark Carney

      Mark Carney says it would be “foolish” to cut interest rates or expand quantitative easing in response to falling oil...

    8. March 9, 2015

      The only future for the UK is a federal one

      There is something Apple-flavoured about the Scottish National party. The world’s biggest company by market capitalisation,...

    9. March 2, 2015

      Profile: Lord Browne — master of reinvention

      Lord Browne, the former BP chief executive who is now heading L1 Energy, has a long history of reinventing himself. He is...

    10. February 27, 2015

      UK urged to be ‘premier partner’ in Arctic

      A feeble approach to promoting Britain’s interests in the Arctic means that the UK risks being outmanoeuvred by other...

    11. February 24, 2015

      UK passes legislation to allow three-parent babies

      Britain has become the first country to pass legislation permitting the creation of babies with DNA from three people. As...

    12. February 24, 2015

      Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s 40-year career cut short by scandal

      Cut off by Downing Street and disowned by fellow MPs, Sir Malcolm Rifkind had little option on Tuesday but to cut his losses...

    13. The World

      February 24, 2015

      For a fallen superpower, neglect is worse than dislike

      A useful report on EU-Russian relations was published last week by the EU committee of Britain’s House of Lords, the upper...

    14. February 22, 2015

      Former foreign secretaries caught in undercover sting over payments

      Two former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have been caught in an undercover sting offering to help...

    15. February 17, 2015

      Peers call for UK broadband to be classed as public utility

      Broadband should be defined as a public utility to guarantee unimpeded universal internet access for people across the UK,...

    16. February 10, 2015

      Britain’s House of Lords needs to be downsized

      The British public has become deeply cynical about the political class at Westminster. Few issues ought to provoke its ire...

    17. February 10, 2015

      Cameron urged to give up right to nominate peers

      The prime minister should give up his right to nominate new peers to the House of Lords before the next election to avoid...

    18. February 6, 2015

      Seeing the whites of company chiefs’ eyes

      The completely unexpected decoupling of the Swiss franc from the euro inevitably caught many currency traders out, with...

    19. February 5, 2015

      UK pension reforms a ‘shambles’, says Labour peer

      Pension reforms will allow claimants to game the UK benefits system and are a “shambles”, lawmakers have warned ministers....

    20. January 28, 2015

      The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studio 1, London — review

      It begins with an act of auto-erotic asphyxiation in a cocked hat and tutu. It continues with a full-size, working crucifix...

    21. January 18, 2015

      The real climate battle after a sweltering 2014

      The announcement that last year was the warmest on record puts another nail in the coffin of climate denial. Not that one...

    22. January 18, 2015

      Government delays push for pension transparency

      The UK government has delayed introducing legislation that would put an end to non-disclosure agreements between pension...

    23. January 7, 2015

      David Cameron ‘frustrated’ at delays to Iraq report

      David Cameron says he is “frustrated” by delays to the publication of a “largely finished” report into the Iraq war, which...

    24. December 30, 2014

      New year honours: Start-up investor Brent Hoberman awarded CBE

      For all their talk of being “disruptive”, internet entrepreneurs show signs of becoming the new establishment. Brent...

    25. December 30, 2014

      Baroness Deech: divorce laws ‘urgently in need of reform’

      In a small room tucked away down the labyrinth of corridors in the House of Lords, Baroness Deech points to an oil painting...

    26. December 22, 2014

      Theresa May to make third effort to name head of abuse inquiry

      Theresa May will next month make a third attempt to propose a suitable person to run an inquiry into the alleged sexual...

    27. December 17, 2014

      Church of England appoints first woman bishop

      The Church of England has announced its first appointment of a female bishop, choosing Cheshire vicar the Reverend Libby...

    28. November 28, 2014

      PD James, crime novelist, 1920-2014

      More than any other British writer, PD James elevated the detective story into the realms of literature, with the psychology...

    29. November 26, 2014

      UK drinks sector fights alcohol price rules

      On the same day that an anti-alcohol pill became available on prescription for people who drink the equivalent of at least...

    30. November 19, 2014

      UK ministers unlikely to try to overturn pub beer-tie vote

      It was a defeat the UK government was not expecting, but officials admitted it was probably too late to do much about it, as...

    31. November 17, 2014

      UK anti-slavery watchdog tells business to clean up supply chains

      Britain’s first anti-slavery commissioner is threatening to expose companies that fail to take steps to eradicate forced...

    32. November 9, 2014

      The juggling secrets of a serial board director

      A portfolio career, especially at a senior level, involves an array of commitments and international travel. How does...

    33. October 28, 2014

      House of Lords votes to amend criminal justice and courts bill

      The Ministry of Justice suffered a serious setback on Monday night when the House of Lords voted to amend part of its...

    34. August 28, 2014

      Privately educated dominate UK’s top jobs

      Britain is “a deeply elitist country”, says the head of a government-appointed commission that has found the top jobs are...

    35. August 8, 2014

      Cameron reveals businesswomen among new Tory peerages

      David Cameron has appointed a series of leading businesswomen to the House of Lords with peerages going to Karren Brady,...

    36. July 19, 2014

      Lucy Neville-Rolfe appointed UK intellectual property minister

      Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the former Tesco executive, has quit a series of directorships, including the board of ITV, to...

    37. July 18, 2014

      Lords’ anguish revealed in euthanasia debate

      Peers shared wrenching personal stories of suffering and loss on Friday as they debated whether “right to die” legislation...

    38. July 15, 2014

      UK aims for top EU economy portfolio

      David Cameron will on Wednesday attempt to seize control of one of Europe’s top economic portfolios after his most sweeping...

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