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  1. January 10, 2013

    Tory eurosceptics rail against US over EU

    Washington’s public plea to David Cameron for Britain to remain in the EU was met with indignation from pockets of the...

  2. December 10, 2012

    Gay marriage sets Tory electoral puzzle

    When Conservative ministers were summoned to the House of Commons to defend their new proposals for gay marriage on Monday,...

  1. December 8, 2011

    Cameron faces showdown with Sarkozy

    David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy are locked in a confrontation in Brussels over Britain’s demand that any new treaty to...

  2. September 12, 2011

    Osborne praises ‘impressive’ proposals

    George Osborne has endorsed Sir John Vickers’ plan as a solution to the “British dilemma”, insisting it would allow the UK...

  3. May 9, 2011

    Tories back vulnerable Lansley over bill

    Andrew Lansley has insisted the coalition’s NHS reforms are “not about me”, amid speculation in Westminster that the health...

  4. December 10, 2010

    Lib Dems

    Ed Miliband had a look of mischief in his eye as he walked across the Commons floor, placed his hand on Simon Hughes’s back...

  5. December 9, 2010

    Lib Dems pay price for vote to raise fees

    Ed Miliband had a look of mischief in his eye as he walked across the Commons floor, placed his hand on Simon Hughes’s back...

  6. July 30, 2010

    Tory dining clubs put defiance on the menu

    Soon after 6pm on Monday, September 6, David Cameron may find out just how far his party is prepared to go in support of the...

  7. May 27, 2010

    Defence of cuts wins Tory plaudits for Laws

    David Laws, the Liberal Democrat minister charged with cutting the £156bn deficit, was lauded yesterday by Conservative...

  8. May 27, 2010

    Defence of cuts wins plaudits for Laws

    David Laws, the Liberal Democrat minister charged with cutting the £156bn ($224bn) deficit, was lauded on Wednesday by...

  9. March 30, 2010

    MoD private finance deal fails to deliver on value, says watchdog

    A much-delayed £10.5bn programme to provide 14 refuelling tankers for the Royal Air Force fails to achieve value for money...

  10. March 29, 2010

    Watchdog attacks ‘nightmare’ of MoD deal

    A much-delayed £10.5bn programme to provide 14 refuelling tankers for the Royal Air Force fails to achieve value for money...

  11. March 23, 2010

    MoD tallies costs of slashing projects

    The Ministry of Defence has instructed its equipment managers to calculate the cost of cancelling all individual programmes...

  12. March 23, 2010

    MoD tallies cost of cutting projects

    The Ministry of Defence has instructed its equipment managers to calculate the cost of cancelling all individual programmes...

  13. March 18, 2010

    Taxpayer’s money wasted on Whitehall

    Up to £1bn of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on 93 Whitehall reorganisations over the past four years, according to the...

  14. March 18, 2010

    Whitehall bill for revamps is £1bn, claims watchdog

    Up to £1bn of taxpayers' money has been wasted on 93 Whitehall reorganisations over the past four years, according to the...

  15. March 12, 2010

    NAO warns on cost of public pensions

    Treasury calculations about the future cost of public service pensions rely on the assumption that the proportion of public...

  16. March 12, 2010

    NAO warns on cost of public pensions

    An ageing population could mean a bigger public sector Treasury calculations about the future cost of public service...

  17. January 21, 2010

    Estimate for social homes plan doubles

    A government programme to upgrade poor social housing will take eight years longer than planned and cost £18bn more than...

  18. January 21, 2010

    Estimate for social homes plan doubles

    A government programme to upgrade poor social housing will take eight years longer than planned and cost £18bn more than...

  19. January 15, 2010

    Revenue in struggle to answer calls

    More than four out of 10 telephone calls from taxpayers and benefit claimants went unanswered last year, according to the...

  20. January 15, 2010

    Revenue struggles to answer taxpayer calls

    More than four out of 10 telephone calls from taxpayers and benefit claimants went unanswered last year, according to the...

  21. December 10, 2009

    Watchdog lists flaws in venture spending

    The government has made "basic errors" as a venture capital investor, achieving a poor financial performance while paying...

  22. December 9, 2009

    Watchdog lists flaws in venture spending

    The government has made “basic errors” as a venture capital investor, achieving a poor financial performance while paying...

  23. Westminster Blog

    November 26, 2009

    Why was I kept in the dark over £61bn loans - asks Leigh

    Edward Leigh, chair of the public accounts committee, has written an angry letter to the Chancellor demanding to know why...

  24. November 12, 2009

    Chlamydia project ‘wasted public funds’

    A £100m programme to screen young people for infection by chlamydia has not been good value for money, the National Audit...

  25. November 12, 2009

    Chlamydia project 'wasted public funds'

    A £100m programme to screen young people for infection by chlamydia has not been good value for money, the National Audit...

  26. November 3, 2009

    Prison database 'a shambles'

    A Home Office IT project that is running at least three years late, is costing well over double its original estimate and...

  27. July 28, 2009

    College body was 'reckless'

    The body in charge of the government refurbishment of further education colleges "behaved recklessly" in approving more...

  28. July 24, 2009

    MPs attack fuel grants for the needy

    A flagship scheme to help poor households improve their fuel efficiency is condemned by MPs today for failing to target...

  29. July 21, 2009

    Exchequer's revenue plummets by £32bn as recession bites

    The exchequer's net revenue for the past financial year plunged by £32bn, the National Audit Office revealed yesterday, as...

  30. July 21, 2009

    ‘Erosion of control’ at Revenue and Customs

    Management problems at HM Revenue and Customs have led to an “erosion of control” over imports, hitting duty and tax income,...

  31. July 20, 2009

    NAO fails accounts of five UK public bodies

    The UK exchequer’s net revenue for the past financial year plunged by £32bn, the National Audit Office revealed on Monday,...

  32. June 28, 2009

    MPs fear criticism over job revelations

    MPs are braced for a fresh row over their outside interests on Wednesday when they will be forced to reveal precisely how...

  33. June 9, 2009

    One-third of tax payments late

    Nearly a third of all tax payments are late, according to a report by MPs which found that the number of tax debts was...

  34. June 5, 2009

    Closure of post offices 'bulldozed through'

    The closure of 2,500 post offices across the country "ran roughshod" over residents' concerns and was "bulldozed through"...

  35. June 5, 2009

    Closure of post offices ‘bulldozed through’

    The closure of 2,500 post offices across the country “ran roughshod” over residents’ concerns and was “bulldozed through” by...

  36. April 30, 2009

    Treasury eyes unspent cash in Whitehall

    The freedom for Whitehall departments and public service managers to carry over unspent revenue and capital from one year to...

  37. April 30, 2009

    Treasury eyes unspent cash in Whitehall departments

    The freedom for Whitehall departments and public service managers to carry over unspent revenue and capital from one year...

  38. April 28, 2009

    Call for better service contract management

    The central government could save up to £300m ($438m) a year if it better managed the £12bn its spends annually on service...

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