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    1. November 14, 2014

      Fewer staff frustrate Clarke’s work ethic

      Staff shortages across prisons in England and Wales this year have been blamed for an increase in unrest, assaults and...

    2. October 5, 2014

      Theresa May revives attempt to abolish SFO

      Theresa May is to revive plans to abolish the UK’s main anti-fraud and corruption agency and bring it into her new FBI-style...

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    1. The World 2012

      Confronting an age of austerity...
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    1. September 26, 2014

      MPs sceptical and anxious over Isis strikes

      The vote was decisive and deceptive. An overwhelming majority of 481 gave the impression that the House of Commons was...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    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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