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    1. November 19, 2014

      Watchdog warns on cuts to council budgets

      Ministers could be caught unaware by serious financial problems at local councils because of inadequate monitoring, a...

    2. September 22, 2014

      Smaller English cities publish charter demanding more control

      The pressure for Westminster to devolve more power to England increased as 23 smaller cities published a charter demanding...

    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...

    3. 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,...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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"...

    32. 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”...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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