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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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