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  1. July 20, 2014

    Tory veteran Ken Clarke warns UK economy remains vulnerable

    Ken Clarke, the former Tory chancellor of the exchequer, has questioned the strength of the UK’s recovery, warning that the...

  2. July 17, 2014

    ‘British bill of rights’ moves up Tory agenda

    David Cameron’s Conservatives have long been calling on the prime minister to reassert the sovereignty of parliament over...

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  1. The World 2012

    Confronting an age of austerity...
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  1. July 16, 2014

    Former Major aide rises through ranks of politics and public relations

    ● Before he was a peer, Jonathan Hill worked briefly for the Tories in the mid-1980s and was then employed as a special...

  2. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Cameron demotes Michael Gove to chief whip

    David Cameron has carried out a sweeping reshuffle to put his party on election footing, promoting the eurosceptic Philip...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Ken Clarke: Veteran minister’s innings will not be last stand

    Ken Clarke – 25 years in cabinet Ken Clarke toasted the end of his cabinet career with a glass of red wine on Monday night...

  4. July 14, 2014

    William Hague steps down as foreign secretary

    William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary, paving the way for a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as David...

  5. July 14, 2014

    David Cameron discards ‘male, pale and stale’ in reshuffle

    David Cameron began his ministerial cull at 5pm on Monday, as a succession of predominantly middle-aged, male ministers...

  6. June 11, 2014

    City scandals prompt review of UK anti-bribery standards

    Downing Street has ordered a wide-ranging review of the UK’s ability to tackle bribery and white-collar crime amid concern...

  7. April 30, 2014

    Farage admits ‘bottling’ chance to stand for parliament

    Nigel Farage has dashed expectations that he could use the imminent by-election in Newark to stand for Parliament in what...

  8. March 17, 2014

    Pro-European Tories aim to go Mainstream

    A group of pro-European Conservative MPs have relaunched their “European Mainstream” group but fewer than 20 attended the...

  9. January 28, 2014

    Ministers clash over EU regulatory burden

    The Conservative party’s internal divisions over Europe surfaced again on Monday, as two ministers publicly disagreed about...

  10. beyondbrics

    January 13, 2014

    New York headlines

    * Thai protesters block roads as Bangkok faces shutdown * Hindu minority hit by Bangladesh violence * Supreme Court to hear...

  11. January 12, 2014

    Clarke rejects talk of ‘vast migrations’

    David Cameron’s claim that the EU’s free-movement rules have led to “vast migrations” and unacceptable levels of immigration...

  12. January 12, 2014

    Ken Clarke visits China with health service trade in his sights

    Ken Clarke, the veteran cabinet minister, begins a five-day trade visit to China on Monday saying he wants to increase...

  13. October 30, 2013

    Sharon White is first woman named Treasury permanent secretary

    Sharon White has become the first woman – and the first black person – to be appointed as a permanent secretary at the...

  14. October 23, 2013

    Chris Grayling seeks to cut cost of car insurance

    Plans to make whiplash victims sit through examinations by independent medical panels will form the centrepiece of a package...

  15. October 9, 2013

    Home Office takes lead role in fighting corruption

    The Home Office will take control of all anti-corruption policy making across government as part of an overhaul of how...

  16. Westminster Blog

    August 13, 2013

    Is this the most curious political donation in recent British history?

    It’s not totally unheard of for political donors to spread their largesse over more than one party. (Andrew Rosenfeld, now...

  17. August 6, 2013

    Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

    More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

  18. July 1, 2013

    Regulation writers to be forced to consider growth impact

    Government agencies with control over policies as diverse as highways, health and safety or the environment will be...

  19. June 10, 2013

    Ken Clarke denies Bilderberg is part of global conspiracy

    Ken Clarke, the UK cabinet veteran, on Monday denied that the Bilderberg Group of politicians, business leaders and opinion...

  20. May 28, 2013

    Relaxation of UK bribery law on government agenda

    An important piece of the UK’s anti-bribery legislation is to be reconsidered and potentially watered down by the government...

  21. April 29, 2013

    Ukip ‘fruitcakes’ make opponents nervy

    For a party with no MPs and few councillors, the UK Independence party is getting a lot of attention before Thursday’s...

  22. April 28, 2013

    Ukip hits back after Ken Clarke calls candidates ‘clowns’

    The UK Independence party claimed it was the victim of a Tory smear campaign as the gloves came off ahead of local elections...

  23. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Best and worst measures from the past

    One of George Osborne’s ambitions for this year’s Budget has been to avoid the mistakes of his last one. A year ago, his...

  24. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2013

    Just how unpopular is George Osborne?

    Some fascinating economic research by Ipsos Mori, published today, shows that George Osborne is the least popular chancellor...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. January 22, 2013

    Cameron to promise in-out EU ballot

    David Cameron will on Wednesday vow to settle Britain’s future in the European Union with a straight in-out referendum by...

  28. January 17, 2013

    Cameron intended positive vision for EU

    David Cameron intended to set out “a positive vision” for the future of the EU in the speech that he scrapped because of the...

  29. January 16, 2013

    Cameron accused of losing control on Europe

    Ed Miliband on Wednesday accused David Cameron of losing control of the Conservative party on Europe after a group of Tory...

  30. January 15, 2013

    Clarke steps up pro-EU rhetoric

    Ken Clarke has stepped up the pro-European rhetoric as the battle over Britain’s future in the EU intensifies, warning that...

  31. January 13, 2013

    Miliband rules out referendum on EU

    Ed Miliband described an EU referendum as an incredibly dangerous gamble as he made clear that Labour would not include any...

  32. January 7, 2013

    Freshening up marriage in spite of rows

    After more than two years of rows over issues ranging from Europe and voting reform to wealth taxes and the Leveson report,...

  33. November 20, 2012

    Prisoners to get post-jail rehabilitation

    The private sector is to take a major new role in the management of offenders, under justice secretary Chris Grayling’s...

  34. October 30, 2012

    Saudis seek private court in London

    Saudi Arabia will lobby the UK government as early as November to set up a confidential court in London that would settle...

  35. October 11, 2012

    Clarke gets role as trade ‘rocket booster’

    Ken Clarke, the veteran Conservative politician, is to head a drive to sell expertise from the NHS to China – where the...

  36. October 11, 2012

    NHS seeks slice of Chinese pie

    The NHS has long been a global symbol of gigantism. Its 1.3m workforce vies with the Indian railways and Chinese People’s...

  37. October 9, 2012

    Plan to sanction violence against burglars

    Householders who attack burglars will not be arrested or prosecuted, under a new law proposed on Tuesday by Chris Grayling,...

  38. October 9, 2012

    Johnson assures Tories he backs Cameron

    Boris Johnson sought to damp speculation that he was at odds with the prime minister on Monday even as he was lauded by Tory...

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