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  1. Nick Butler

    March 12, 2014

    The next head of the Environment Agency matters

    Applications closed last week for the chairmanship of the UK’s Environment Agency. Lord Smith of Finsbury, much criticised...

  2. Westminster Blog

    February 14, 2013

    The grand launch of the Tories' pro-European group

    By Beth Rigby Pro-European Conservatives have set up a group to press the case for Britain’s place in Europe in an attempt...

  1. February 14, 2013

    Pro-Europe Tories break cover

    Pro-European Conservatives have set up a group to press the case for Britain’s place in Europe in an attempt to redress the...

  2. January 28, 2013

    Tensions escalate in civil service debate

    Allowing ministers to choose their own permanent secretaries would be “the first step down the road to personal patronage...

  3. November 9, 2012

    Tories warn against press self-regulation

    A group of more than 40 Conservative MPs has written to warn David Cameron that the newspaper industry’s proposals for press...

  4. October 21, 2012

    Drive to increase food exports

    In a move redolent of selling snow to Eskimos, Britain is gearing up to sell more cheese to France, land of Camembert and...

  5. September 6, 2012

    Critics hit out at Cameron over reshuffle

    David Cameron has come under fire over his handling of the Cabinet reshuffle amid reports he told Caroline Spelman, sacked...

  6. September 4, 2012

    Reshuffle is defining moment for Tories

    Labour called it the “no change” reshuffle, but David Cameron’s extensive midterm shake-up marks a defining moment for the...

  7. September 4, 2012

    Women sidelined in shake-up, say critics

    David Cameron has been accused of sidelining women in his cabinet reshuffle, despite pledging to have women in a third of...

  8. September 3, 2012

    Cameron seeks to inject fighting spirit

    David Cameron began an overhaul of his ministerial team on Monday night, in a reshuffle that No 10 said would inject...

  9. September 2, 2012

    Cameron returns to war of attrition

    After the invigoration of the London Olympics and the Cornish air at Polzeath, David Cameron is on Monday plunged back into...

  10. July 19, 2012

    Households struggle to get flood cover

    Households across the country are experiencing problems obtaining flood insurance after ministers’ failure to reach a speedy...

  11. July 15, 2012

    McDonald’s launches Olympics ad campaign

    McDonald’s has begun rolling out its Olympics advertising campaign, highlighting the different emotions of spectators with...

  12. July 11, 2012

    Water industry taps into new strategy

    With many parts of the UK still fighting back flood waters rather than basking in summer sunshine, the government struck a...

  13. July 4, 2012

    Forestry panel urges improved public access

    Forests will stay in public hands after an expert panel said the 258,000 hectares of English woodland should not be sold...

  14. June 20, 2012

    Clegg unveils mandatory carbon reporting

    Large listed companies in the UK will have to publish full details of their greenhouse gas emissions under plans announced...

  15. June 17, 2012

    Rio+20 to push sustainability reporting

    Thousands of companies worldwide will be pushed to report on their environmental strategies and performance under proposals...

  16. March 26, 2012

    Plan to force reporting of emissions stalls

    Plans to force companies to declare the size of their greenhouse gas emissions have been put on hold and could even be...

  17. Westminster Blog

    March 2, 2012

    Coalition struggles to find the ignition switch ahead of Budget day

    This week’s meeting of the cabinet was a robust occasion, with heated argument across the long lozenge-shaped table in...

  18. February 28, 2012

    Cameron challenges cabinet over growth

    David Cameron forced his cabinet to confront failures in the government’s growth strategy on Tuesday, in a meeting which saw...

  19. February 20, 2012

    Warning of hosepipe bans as drought declared

    Large areas of south-east and central England were declared in drought as Caroline Spelman, environment secretary, warned...

  20. FT Alphaville

    February 20, 2012

    Call for fresh push to trade UK water

    Leaders of the water industry have urged a fresh push behind efforts to promote water trading between different regions amid...

  21. February 19, 2012

    Call for fresh push to trade water

    Leaders of the water industry have urged a fresh push behind efforts to promote water trading between different regions amid...

  22. February 19, 2012

    Shock rescue for fish as rivers run low

    Standing in cold, squishy mud on the green banks of the river Kennet on a misty Berkshire afternoon, the spectre of drought...

  23. January 11, 2012

    Ministers to take the fight to Scotland

    Westminster heavyweights are lining up visits to Scotland in the next few weeks as the campaign to save the Union picks up...

  24. November 2, 2011

    Companies told they can be green and grow

    Caroline Spelman will tell an audience of business leaders on Thursday that companies can cut their carbon emissions and...

  25. September 29, 2011

    Britain retains pint-pulling powers

    Britain has fended off calls from Europe over food labelling, retaining the right to sell eggs by the dozen and pull pints...

  26. September 15, 2011

    Retailers attack food labelling plan

    New government guidelines on expiry date labelling – designed to help reduce the estimated £12bn worth of food British...

  27. August 5, 2011

    Green levies to take up growing share of tax

    Environmental taxes will make up a growing share of the total tax take as the UK shifts to a green economy, ministers have...

  28. July 31, 2011

    Green group disputes carbon reporting costs

    Forcing companies to publish their carbon emissions – a pre-election promise by both coalition partners – could cost British...

  29. July 29, 2011

    Giving badgers the bullet is ‘a very bold course, minister’

    Civil servants have a saying which sends a shiver of terror up the spines of prudent politicians: “That’s a very bold...

  30. July 19, 2011

    UK badger cull plan set to ignite heated debate

    England’s pleasant pastures would echo to the sound of badgers being shot by marksmen from as early as next year under a...

  31. July 4, 2011

    Spelman faces backlash on limited badger cull

    David Cameron is expected this week to back a highly controversial badger cull after a group of scientists concluded that...

  32. Westminster Blog

    June 26, 2011

    Will Caroline Spelman make it a hat-trick after forests and circus animals?

    I’m told that the cabinet will meet in mid-July to make a final decision on whether to proceed with a badger cull in the...

  33. June 21, 2011

    Cameron seeks strength in retreat

    David Cameron believes his propensity to abandon unpopular policies is a “sign of strength”. On that reckoning, the prime...

  34. Westminster Blog

    June 20, 2011

    Rebel MPs urge Cameron to carry out ban of circus animals

    David Cameron’s coalition is facing a rebellion this week over its decision to block a ban on tigers and other wild animals...

  35. June 19, 2011

    Coalition faces mauling over tiger ban

    David Cameron’s coalition is facing a rebellion this week over its decision to block a ban on tigers and other wild animals...

  36. June 15, 2011

    Eric’s unfinished big bin battle

    Pity the frustrations of Eric Pickles, self-styled saviour of Britain’s weekly bin round. The jovial local government...

  37. June 14, 2011

    Tories forced to deny U-turn on waste

    The Tories were forced to deny making an embarrassing U-turn after the government admitted that it would not compel councils...

  38. Westminster Blog

    June 14, 2011

    Wasted: Caroline Spelman defeats Eric Pickles in bin row

    When the Tories were in opposition, barely a day passed without a senior figure – usually Eric Pickles – berating the Labour...

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