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      June 29, 2015

      Can companies be shamed into paying higher wages?

      Iain Duncan Smith has said he wants employers to pay higher wages to employees who receive tax credits. Like other critics...

    2. June 26, 2015

      Gove can rebalance British justice

      As Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling made himself so unpopular with lawyers that hundreds of them protested with an enormous...

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    1. June 24, 2015

      Court reforms may take guilty pleas online

      Defendants in certain criminal cases could be able to plead guilty online as part of the sweeping overhaul of the courts...

    2. June 23, 2015

      Gove softens tone in push for wider ‘gold standard’ in provision

      Michael Gove told wealthy law firms on Tuesday they had to contribute more to improve access to justice, as he backtracked...

    3. June 23, 2015

      Britain’s justice system is in serious need of repair

      Michael Gove, Britain’s justice secretary, is not one to shy away from a fight. When he was in charge of education he took a...

    4. June 22, 2015

      Michael Gove urges overhaul of criminal courts

      The UK court system is in need of urgent reforms such as using technology to streamline inefficient bureaucracies, Michael...

    5. June 21, 2015

      Gove plans freedom of information crackdown

      Ministers are planning a crackdown on Britain’s freedom of information laws in a move critics say undermines David Cameron’s...

    6. June 14, 2015

      Michael Gove shakes up board at Ministry of Justice

      New justice secretary Michael Gove has appointed a Tory party donor as non-executive director in a shake-up of the Ministry...

    7. May 11, 2015

      Conservative party sets sights on scrapping human rights act

      When the Conservatives return to parliament next week unshackled from coalition government, they will immediately fire their...

    8. May 10, 2015

      Tory big guns return to pressing in-trays and unfinished jobs

      George Osborne George Osborne returns to the Treasury to continue trying to complete the job of balancing Britain’s budget,...

    9. May 10, 2015

      David Cameron promises renewal — with familiar faces

      David Cameron will on Monday put the finishing touches to his cabinet and address his 330 newly elected Conservative MPs,...

    10. May 1, 2015

      Sturgeon shrugs off Labour opposition to post-election deal

      Nicola Sturgeon has shrugged off Ed Miliband’s opposition to a post-election deal between Labour and her Scottish National...

    11. April 16, 2015

      Historian Tristram Hunt puts skills at centre of education’s future

      Tristram Hunt, television historian, son of a Labour peer, expensively educated, alumnus of the Cambridge Footlights, says...

    12. March 30, 2015

      The people who want to run Britain

      David Cameron David Cameron faces a general election on May 7 and the polls are tight. His campaign advisers insist that...

    13. March 26, 2015

      Conservatives kick off UK election campaign with own goal

      David Cameron’s efforts to rally his party before the general election backfired on Thursday as the prime minister ended...

    14. March 25, 2015

      Highs and lows of the UK’s coalition government

      Britain’s first peacetime coalition since the 1930s wound up this week with a low-key celebration: David Cameron handed out...

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      March 13, 2015

      Get out of the kitchen(s)

      Perhaps it’s because it’s Friday, but the big story of the day is related to kitchens. Sarah Vine, a Daily Mail columnist...

    16. January 8, 2015

      Give more power to teachers, says former education mandarin

      Schools ministers must devolve more power to teachers and avoid short-term policy swings if they are to make the funding...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

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      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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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