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    1. November 18, 2014

      Pub group shares tumble after vote to end tenants’ beer tie

      Shares in the UK’s biggest pub groups have fallen sharply after a surprise Westminster vote that could shake up their...

    2. October 30, 2014

      Watchdog warns on failure to intervene in under-performing schools

      Nearly one in four children in England are losing out on a good education because of a continuing failure by government to...

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    1. October 17, 2014

      UK ‘lighting a fire under EU’, says minister

      Britain is “lighting a fire under the European Union”, the foreign secretary said on Friday, as he labelled the EU a...

    2. October 16, 2014

      David Cameron warned of Tory revolt over EU ‘opt in’

      David Cameron has been warned he faces his biggest Conservative rebellion over Europe if he presses ahead with plans to “opt...

    3. October 6, 2014

      Whitehall ruffled by Michael Gove move to join weekly meetings

      Michael Gove has broken with protocol by deciding to attend a weekly gathering of the most senior civil servants, dubbed...

    4. September 26, 2014

      Profits made by UK schools is off agenda, says Nicky Morgan

      Nicky Morgan, the newly appointed education secretary, has pledged that the Conservatives will not allow schools to be run...

    5. September 11, 2014

      Scottish independence: SNP shuns radical education reform

      Scotland has always had control over what is taught in its schools and universities. In the 18th century, its centres of...

    6. September 1, 2014

      Cameron plays his part with polish but no panache

      There are no solutions,” said the American scholar Thomas Sowell in the best one-line distillation of politics on record,...

    7. August 21, 2014

      Proportion of high GCSE passes rises

      The proportion of teenagers achieving A*-C grades at GCSE has risen for the first time in three years, with just over...

    8. July 31, 2014

      Former City troubleshooter David Hoare to run Ofsted

      The appointment of David Hoare, the former City troubleshooter and trustee of the UK’s largest chain of academies, as the...

    9. July 18, 2014

      The radical reformer felled by his imaginary Blob

      I am a child of the Blob. My mother was a teacher. I am biased but she was a good one; parents gave her fancy chocolates at...

    10. July 17, 2014

      Downing Street is more effective than you think

      Reshuffles entrance political junkies. But for Number 10 they are sheer agony. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sweated for hours...

    11. July 16, 2014

      CBI warns politicians not to rock the boat

      The head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned politicians not to wreck the country’s “best economic launch...

    12. July 16, 2014

      Cameron faces reproach and scorn over Gove’s demotion

      David Cameron faces growing recriminations over his cabinet shake-up, indicating that the reshuffle could store up trouble...

    13. Off Message

      July 16, 2014

      Michael Gove's unfinished revolution

      Shortly after Margaret Thatcher died, Chris Husbands wrote of her: She established more comprehensive schools than any other...

    14. July 15, 2014

      Cameron shuffles away from Europe

      Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

    15. July 15, 2014

      David Cameron injects new blood to revive Conservative party

      All Cabinet reshuffles are an exercise in political cosmetics, but seldom has a prime minister gone to such lengths to...

    16. July 15, 2014

      Reshuffle: Nicky Morgan expected to make peace with UK teachers

      Nicky Morgan, the incoming education secretary, will be expected to make peace with England’s teachers before the election,...

    17. 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...

    18. July 15, 2014

      Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

      Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

    19. Westminster Blog

      July 15, 2014

      Live Blog: Government reshuffle

      David Cameron is conducting the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as...

    20. July 14, 2014

      Butler-Sloss stands down after hasty appointment to abuse probe

      Lady Butler-Sloss, a retired judge appointed to probe allegations of child sex abuse by Westminster figures in the 1980s,...

    21. July 11, 2014

      Can books cross borders?

      Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from...

    22. July 11, 2014

      Sir Humphrey is a servant who behaves like a duke

      In David Cameron’s early weeks as prime minister, his office instructed civil servants to begin publishing detailed data on...

    23. July 9, 2014

      Sacking Sir Humphrey is not the answer

      What is the purpose of the British civil service? Should it exist simply to implement the will of elected politicians – a...

    24. June 27, 2014

      Culinary skills and other burning issues

      There are some advantages to having a son who does not cook. For one thing, our house remains largely intact. One reason we...

    25. June 16, 2014

      Supermac returns to haunt David Cameron

      David Cameron once said Harold Macmillan, the patrician Conservative prime minister from 1957-63, was his political hero....

    26. June 16, 2014

      A verbal assault that will hurt inside Downing Street

      Former government advisers with a specialism in school reform are not supposed to be this interesting. Dominic Cummings, who...

    27. June 16, 2014

      Former adviser to Michael Gove attacks ‘bumbling’ David Cameron

      Michael Gove, education secretary, has become embroiled in a fresh political dispute after his former special adviser...

    28. June 13, 2014

      This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this what?

      Freedom, tolerance, the rule of law, personal liberty, respect for institutions: these are the “British values” that David...

    29. Off Message

      June 10, 2014

      British lessons with Michael Gove

      With the honourable exception of the pupils who have to take their GCSEs in a climate of ill-informed hysteria, there is...

    30. June 9, 2014

      Surprise checks on Ofsted agenda since 2007

      Downing Street’s suggestion that Ofsted should inspect schools without giving them advance notice is not a new one. The...

    31. June 9, 2014

      Parents fear effect on pupils during exams

      Pupils at Park View Academy, the Birmingham school at the centre of allegations of a hardline Islamic takeover, had to run...

    32. June 9, 2014

      There is more to British politics than base Tory plots

      Karl Popper believed a theory was worthless if any observable event could be said to prove it right. Hypotheses must be...

    33. June 9, 2014

      PM acts to contain UK schools extremism scandal

      David Cameron will later on Monday order a possible move to unannounced inspections for schools as he seeks to get a grip on...

    34. June 8, 2014

      Extremism feud undermines Cameron’s quiet achievement

      One of the quiet achievements of which David Cameron is most proud is the relative absence of feuds in the...

    35. June 7, 2014

      May aide quits as Gove apologises

      David Cameron has taken personal charge of dealing with “serious” allegations of extremism in Birmingham schools, on a day...

    36. June 6, 2014

      Michael Gove’s job in doubt after row with Theresa May

      David Cameron’s warning that he will “sort out” the sulphurous cabinet row over Islamic extremism has sent a frisson through...

    37. June 6, 2014

      A lesson for the education secretary

      Ever since the London bombings of July 2005, British governments have been understandably concerned by the need to combat...

    38. June 5, 2014

      Birmingham pupils ‘not protected from extremist views’

      A Birmingham school at the centre of a ministerial row over Islamic radicalism in state education has been put in special...

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