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  1. July 31, 2014

    UK Help to Buy scheme used by almost 40,000 people

    Nearly 40,000 people have bought a home through the “Help to Buy” programme, ministers announced on Thursday, as they sought...

  2. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2014

    Tony Benn: Tea with the FT in 2008

    This interview with Tony Benn was never published by Weekend FT: Tony Benn has not been chatting for long when my right hand...

  1. Westminster Blog

    September 2, 2013

    Labour's foreign policy angst

    When Ed Miliband was deliberating last week on the approach to take for Thursday’s vote on military strikes against Syria,...

  2. December 21, 2012

    Cuts to hit deprived councils hardest

    Imminent cuts to town hall budgets will fall much harder on the most deprived councils in England than those in prosperous...

  3. December 19, 2012

    MPs told of councils’ funding cut

    Councils face a funding cut that in effect averages below 2 per cent next year, the communities secretary told the Commons...

  4. September 16, 2012

    Planning move seen as ‘blow to democracy’

    A Labour shadow minister has condemned a move by ministers to take planning decisions away from councils, describing it as a...

  5. April 16, 2012

    Cameron vows ‘flat-out’ election fight

    David Cameron promised a “flat-out, full-throttle fight” in local elections next month, as he attempted to move on from a...

  6. March 27, 2012

    Planning laws unveiled with pro-growth pledge

    Unveiling the biggest shake-up of planning laws in half a century, ministers sought on Tuesday to assuage the green lobby’s...

  7. January 3, 2012

    Plan to localise business rates attacked

    Regional imbalances between north and south could be entrenched because of plans to “localise” business rates set out by...

  8. November 21, 2011

    Charities paid by retailers in rates deals

    A rapid rise in numbers of charity shops on UK high streets is occurring as landlords and listed retail groups pay charities...

  9. October 31, 2011

    Second home tax discount to be scrapped

    Second home owners are set to be stripped of their council tax discount in an attempt to raise more revenue from the wealthy...

  10. July 27, 2011

    Tories to gain from electoral map reform

    Controversial boundary changes ahead of the next parliament could see the Tories edge closer to an outright majority,...

  11. June 13, 2011

    Waste review to propose ban on wood

    People would be banned from putting out wood with their household rubbish under proposals to be announced on Tuesday as part...

  12. April 24, 2011

    Campaign trades on ‘Made in Britain’ label

    More than four decades after the “I’m Backing Britain” campaign tried to revive the fortunes of UK companies, a contemporary...

  13. Westminster Blog

    October 19, 2010

    Labour complain that CSR debate will be too short

    Hilary Benn, shadow leader of the Commons, has written to the government to complain that the spending review debate on...

  14. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The shadow cabinet in order of votes

    When I tipped John Healey as a possible shadow chancellor this morning it might have seemed outlandish to some, given his...

  15. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2010

    The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

    As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

  16. Westminster Blog

    July 30, 2010

    How the opinion polls were wrong about Labour deputy leadership race

    A postscript to my earlier blog about the Balls campaign being on the ropes. Here is a YouGov poll of Labour members from...

  17. Westminster Blog

    July 5, 2010

    Stampede for places in Labour's shadow cabinet

    You may think it’s still months away. But the manoeuvrings have already begun. Up to 40 Labour MPs are likely to put...

  18. June 1, 2010

    Darling backs David Miliband’s bid for leadership

    David Miliband’s leadership campaign received a significant boost on Tuesday as he won the backing of Alistair Darling,...

  19. February 26, 2010

    Forced rhubarb gains sweet recognition at last

    There were celebrations in the "rhubarb triangle" yesterday as Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was recognised as a delicacy on a...

  20. February 25, 2010

    Forced rhubarb gains sweet recognition

    There were celebrations in the “rhubarb triangle” on Thursday as Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was recognised as a delicacy on a...

  21. February 24, 2010

    Tories pledge to protect farmland

    High-quality farmland will no longer be available for putting up houses, and farm produce will be clearly labelled as...

  22. January 26, 2010

    When nations turn into hoarders

    During the second world war, Britain's food supplies were threatened by German U-boats and the government responded with...

  23. The World

    January 25, 2010

    When nations turn into hoarders

    During the second world war, Britain’s food supplies were threatened by German U-boats and the government responded with...

  24. January 25, 2010

    When nations turn into hoarders

    During the second world war, Britain’s food supplies were threatened by German U-boats and the government responded with...

  25. January 6, 2010

    Modified food on agenda as Benn outlines strategy

    Genetically modified crops are back on the menu, along with reform of the European common agricultural policy, as part of...

  26. January 5, 2010

    Pick-your-own

    The UK is entering an age of austerity: “make and mend” may become watchwords of the era. But there is a limit to what...

  27. January 5, 2010

    GM food on agenda as Benn outlines strategy

    Genetically modified crops are back on the menu, along with reform of the European common agricultural policy, as part of...

  28. December 8, 2009

    France snubs Britain on farm spending talks

    France risked a fresh rift with the British government yesterday after declining to invite it to a high-level agriculture...

  29. November 21, 2009

    PC drowns as bad weather turns 'biblical'

    A policeman drowned yesterday after torrential rain continued to swell rivers in Cumbria causing a "once in a 1,000-year"...

  30. November 20, 2009

    PC drowns as bad weather turns ‘biblical’

    A policeman drowned on Friday after torrential rain continued to swell rivers in Cumbria causing a “once in a 1,000-year”...

  31. November 19, 2009

    Severe flooding hits north-west England

    Severe flooding in Cumbria, north-west England appeared to have claimed its first casualty on Friday as police said they had...

  32. November 4, 2009

    Plea to cut £6bn in business waste

    Businesses are wasting £6.4bn a year by failing to take simple money-saving steps, such as turning off equipment, according...

  33. October 20, 2009

    Crop science investment call

    The Royal Society has called on the government to invest an extra £50m annually in crop science, including genetically...

  34. October 6, 2009

    Cabinet presses Brown for plebiscite on voting

    A group of cabinet ministers is urging Gordon Brown to rush through legislation for a referendum on electoral reform, in an...

  35. September 24, 2009

    Benn cultivates plans to guard nation’s soil

    Construction and other industries face increasing regulation over removing soil from land under a set of proposals aimed at...

  36. September 10, 2009

    Brussels moves to protect bluefin tuna

    The European Union yesterday threw its support behind a complete ban on bluefin tuna fishing, recommending that the fish...

  37. August 11, 2009

    Review calls for more local produce

    More food for the UK market should be produced in Britain, the government said yesterday as it launched a review of how...

  38. August 11, 2009

    Britain sees GM foods as answer to self-sufficiency

    Genetically modified crops could be part of the solution for making British agriculture more self-sufficient, Hilary Benn,...

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