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    1. Westminster Blog

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      Today in the election

      A summary of today’s events April 17 The Labour party said it would ban unpaid internships and guarantee first jobs for...

    2. April 13, 2015

      Buying Trident would weaken British defence

      Last week, the British election went nuclear. Michael Fallon, a Conservative and the UK’s defence secretary, made the...

    1. April 10, 2015

      David Cameron takes positive tack with pledge on NHS

      David Cameron will pledge on Saturday to spend at least £8bn per year extra on the health service by 2020 as he seeks a more...

    2. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email hereAyatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has accused the US of distorting the...

    3. April 9, 2015

      Tories commit to like-for-like replacement for Trident

      The future of nuclear weapons has taken centre stage in the election campaign, with the Conservatives promising to renew the...

    4. April 9, 2015

      Beware juicy family feuds that blow up into a nuclear issue

      Is fratricide a terminal political act? It is, of course, fairly terminal for the “frater” who gets eliminated but how much...

    5. April 8, 2015

      General election: Michael Fallon takes on Ed Miliband over Trident

      Michael Fallon on Thursday defended his claim that Ed Miliband was willing to “stab the United Kingdom in the back to become...

    6. March 25, 2015

      New UK arms procurement chief lured with £535,000 pay package

      The new chief of Britain’s armaments programme is to be rewarded with a £285,000 salary and £250,000 performance-related...

    7. March 24, 2015

      UK pledges to boost Falklands defences

      Michael Fallon will on Tuesday promise to boost British defences in the Falkland Islands, warning that the threat of...

    8. February 26, 2015

      Arms companies charged taxpayers for croquet and magicians

      Arms companies have fraudulently charged the taxpayer for croquet lessons, horseracing trips, speeding tickets and...

    9. February 19, 2015

      Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers

      Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, has called for UN and EU peacekeepers to monitor a ceasefire in east Ukraine, a...

    10. December 21, 2014

      Law firms take flak after Al-Sweady army torture inquiry

      They are law firms best known for bringing human rights cases against the government in the British courts, with one even...

    11. December 17, 2014

      Claims of torture and murder by British army found to be lies

      The lawyers who pursued a case claiming that British troops had murdered and tortured captured Iraqi insurgents after a...

    12. October 27, 2014

      Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby warns of racism ‘upsurge’

      The archbishop of Canterbury has warned of an “upsurge” in racism across the UK, as he expressed concerns about politicians...

    13. October 26, 2014

      UK towns ‘swamped’ by immigrants, says Michael Fallon

      British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants, and their residents are “under siege”, Michael Fallon, the UK defence...

    14. October 21, 2014

      UK spy drones to fly over Syria in fight against Isis

      British drones and spy planes will begin flying reconnaissance missions over Syria in an escalation of UK efforts to combat...

    15. October 16, 2014

      Britain redeploys drones to fight Isis

      Britain is to redeploy its fleet of armed Reaper drones to Iraq to launch attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    16. October 5, 2014

      UK defence spending set for tough decisions

      For Britain’s military chiefs, what the defence minister gave at last week’s Conservative party conference, the prime...

    17. October 1, 2014

      Michael Fallon warns prime minister not to cut UK defence budget

      Michael Fallon has warned the prime minister and chancellor not to cut the defence budget after the next election. The...

    18. October 1, 2014

      Fallon warns against further defence cuts

      Citing threats from Islamic extremism and Russia, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has warned the prime minister and...

    19. September 5, 2014

      Second UK aircraft carrier is given the nod

      David Cameron has decided to put into service a second Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, a vessel he had...

    20. September 5, 2014

      Obama leads coalition in fight against Isis

      US President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to “take the fight to Isis” as efforts ramped up to build a broad international...

    21. August 12, 2014

      Parliament must address Iraq crisis

      In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

    22. August 8, 2014

      RAF to drop aid to Yazidi refugees

      UK forces are planning to air-drop aid to the besieged Yazidi people in northern Iraq, who have been forced by Islamic...

    23. July 15, 2014

      Westminister ‘survivor’ Michael Fallon becomes defence secretary

      The appointment of Michael Fallon as defence secretary will come as a surprise not least because David Cameron had indicated...

    24. July 4, 2014

      Warship sails into battle for defence of the UK

      HMS Queen Elizabeth was called into action for the first time on Friday, as the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier – a...

    25. June 12, 2014

      Premier Oil’s key North Sea project approved

      Premier Oil has received final government approval to press ahead with the development of the Catcher field in the North Sea...

    26. May 23, 2014

      Home Counties shale oil survey finds ‘no bonanza’

      More than four billion barrels of oil could be present in shale formations lying underneath Kent, Sussex, Surrey and...

    27. May 22, 2014

      Royal Mail flotation row continues

      The squabble over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply at its flotation last autumn shows little sign of abating, as the...

    28. May 16, 2014

      Government looks set to retain Royal Mail stake

      Ministers bruised by the squabble over the Royal Mail privatisation appear in no hurry to start selling the state’s...

    29. May 2, 2014

      Get in at the basement, not on the ground floor

      When you’re in a hole, it usually pays to stop digging. So it was remarkable to see both Vince Cable, the business...

    30. April 29, 2014

      Cable faces committee’s scrutiny on Royal Mail flotation

      Vince Cable admitted on Tuesday that he was not happy that some priority investors had sold their shares in Royal Mail for a...

    31. April 10, 2014

      Westminster’s £10m loan delays coal mine closure

      Michael Fallon, the energy minister, has confirmed plans to extend a £10m loan to delay the loss of 1,300 jobs in the phased...

    32. April 7, 2014

      Cable faces more questions on Royal Mail

      Vince Cable is being recalled by MPs to give further evidence about the government's privatisation of the Royal Mail, after...

    33. February 25, 2014

      ‘Significant’ amount of £2.6bn Regional Growth Fund is unspent

      Most of a £2.6bn government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has...

    34. February 16, 2014

      Ed Miliband puts climate change centre stage

      The floods and storms of the past month have prompted a fresh Westminster row over climate change even as official figures...

    35. February 6, 2014

      Royal Mail privatisation row reignites

      A range of investment banks valued Royal Mail last spring at up to £1.5bn more than it was eventually sold for, according to...

    36. 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...

    37. January 27, 2014

      Michael Fallon says Scots’ referendum curbs North Sea investment

      Michael Fallon, the energy minister, said on Monday that uncertainty over the Scottish independence referendum result would...

    38. January 24, 2014

      Investors sought for North Sea oil and gas

      The UK government is opening a round for offshore oil and gas licences on Friday, hoping to stimulate a North Sea industry...

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