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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. January 16, 2014

      Vince Cable mocks coalition’s ‘minister for Portsmouth’ plan

      The appointment of a “minister for Portsmouth” by the coalition to help the city recover from shipbuilding job losses has...

    25. December 18, 2013

      Onshore wind farms face competition for subsidies

      Onshore wind farms will have to compete with each other for state subsidies after 2015 – driving the price down further – as...

    26. December 9, 2013

      Home Secretary criticised for failure to cut red tape

      Theresa May has been accused by cabinet colleagues of undermining the government’s pro-business agenda by refusing to cut...

    27. December 4, 2013

      George Osborne shelves idea to charge tolls on A14

      George Osborne’s decision to scrap plans for tolls on the key A14 freight artery was welcomed on Tuesday in Suffolk – in...

    28. November 27, 2013

      Ministers defend Royal Mail sale price

      The privatisation of Royal Mail, Britain’s most ambitious state sell-off for decades, would have been put at “considerable...

    29. October 8, 2013

      Royal Mail retail offer gets 700,000 applications

      Vince Cable said on Wednesday there had been 700,000 individual retail applications for Royal Mail shares – which were seven...

    30. October 7, 2013

      Fallon outclassed by Umunna over Royal Mail float

      Could Chuka Umunna be a Tory double agent? It is hard to imagine a better promoter of the Royal Mail privatisation. Tall,...

    31. October 2, 2013

      Hinkley Point nuclear reactor deal expected ‘within weeks’

      A deal to build Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation is finally nearing completion, with ministers...

    32. September 26, 2013

      Michael Fallon calls Miliband’s energy prices pledge ‘dangerous’

      Ed Miliband’s promise to freeze energy bills after the next election has been condemned as “extremely dangerous” by Michael...

    33. September 24, 2013

      Power price plans would deter investment, say critics

      Labour proposals to freeze power prices until 2017 would deter urgently-needed investment in Britain's energy sector,...

    34. September 23, 2013

      Centrica cancels £1.5bn gas storage plants

      Centrica has written off £240m in investment after cancelling plans to build two gas storage facilities in the UK, blaming...

    35. September 12, 2013

      Royal Mail sell-off delivers boost for new issues market

      The initial public offering of Royal Mail will be financially and politically weighty. The sale of some £1.2bn of shares...

    36. September 12, 2013

      UK Royal Mail privatisation has been on the cards for 20 years

      Ministers have been eyeing privatisation of Royal Mail for more than two decades. If the latest attempt is successful, Vince...

    37. September 5, 2013

      Russia steps up efforts to enter UK nuclear power market

      Russia is stepping up its efforts to build nuclear reactors in Britain, a development that could raise concerns already...

    38. September 4, 2013

      UK ministers rule out subsidies to boost gas storage

      Ministers have ignored industry pleas to subsidise investment in new gas storage facilities, saying the UK’s supplies are...

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