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  1. May 22, 2013

    Woolwich attack: Soldier brutally killed on London street

    David Cameron has condemned the “appalling” killing of a soldier in London, saying there were “strong indications” it was a...

  2. March 3, 2013

    UK housebuilding incentive branded a flop

    A £3.3bn scheme to reward councils that oversee the building of new homes has so far fallen flat, according to research by a...

  1. February 16, 2012

    IT suppliers warn on benefits switch

    IT suppliers have warned that plans to shift the administration of council tax benefit from Whitehall to councils by 2013...

  2. February 2, 2012

    Local authorities warn of backlash

    Councils have warned the government it faces an angry public backlash when more than 1m people see deep cuts to their...

  3. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2011

    Nick Raynsford to demand meeting with prime minister over alleged civil servant hacking

    One of the most curious lines to emerge yesterday was the suggestion that a senior civil servant had his phone hacked since...

  4. June 17, 2011

    A marathon, not a sprint

    From the fifth-floor windows of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the site for the London 2012 Olympic Games looks like a...

  5. February 16, 2011

    Crossrail station gets go-ahead

    A last-minute deal has been reached by the government with developers to allow a south London station to be included in the...

  6. February 1, 2011

    UK cities look at ways to generate more cash

    Representatives from three of Britain’s biggest cities are poised to launch a public investigation into the case for...

  7. January 25, 2011

    Bureaucracy threatens Crossrail station

    A landmark station on London’s £16bn Crossrail scheme is facing the prospect of cancellation, as a “mire of red tape”...

  8. Westminster Blog

    November 3, 2010

    Ministers, student loans and the double dealing on inflation

    Are the coalition being a little unfair in the way they uprate student loans? After all, George Osborne made a big play of...

  9. Westminster Blog

    September 7, 2009

    Are MPs value for money?

    The new register of MPs’ interests* would always pose a dilemma: Are MPs spending too much time on their external...

  10. June 28, 2009

    MPs fear criticism over job revelations

    MPs are braced for a fresh row over their outside interests on Wednesday when they will be forced to reveal precisely how...

  11. June 8, 2009

    Brown faces crucial date with mutineers

    Gordon Brown today faces a critical showdown with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party to...

  12. June 8, 2009

    Brown faces crucial showdown with mutineers

    Gordon Brown today faces a critical showdown with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party to...

  13. June 7, 2009

    Mutineers plan assault on Brown

    Gordon Brown faces a critical showdown on Monday with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party...

  14. April 2, 2008

    Changing to zero-carbon homes unpopular

    Homeowners may be unwilling to make the leap to “zero-carbon” homes and are worried about the potential costs involved, a...

  15. April 2, 2008

    Changing to zero-carbon homes proves unpopular

    Homeowners may be unwilling to make the leap to "zero-carbon" homes and are worried about the potential costs involved, a...

  16. February 25, 2008

    Court move stalls council reform

    Plans to impose more unitary authorities on Britain's disjointed patchwork of local government have hit a glitch after a...

  17. February 25, 2008

    Court move stalls council reform

    Plans to impose more unitary authorities on Britain’s disjointed patchwork of local government have hit a glitch after a...

  18. February 5, 2008

    Fear at housing bill 'error'

    A blunder in drafting the housing bill will bring £35bn worth of housing association borrowing back on to the government's...

  19. September 2, 2006

    Departure strategy at risk of backfiring

    Tony Blair’s strategy of refusing to name his departure date was in danger of backfiring on Friday, with his stance...

  20. August 3, 2006

    Biding his time

    Nick Raynsford, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, left the government in May 2005 amid reports that he was piqued at being...

  21. August 2, 2006

    Isoft gets a bit cross with the Maltese

    You might have thought Isoft had enough on its plate. The software company already is facing a probe into possible...

  22. May 6, 2006

    Poll rout forces Blair purge

    Tony Blair yesterday executed the most extensive overhaul of his cabinet since winning power in 1997, aiming to inject...

  23. May 5, 2006

    Poll rout forces Blair purge

    Tony Blair on Friday executed the most extensive overhaul of his cabinet since winning power in 1997, aiming to inject fresh...

  24. May 5, 2006

    Embattled PM faces pressure for swift change in leadership

    Former Labour ministers and allies of Gordon Brown rounded on Tony Blair on Friday, calling on the prime minister to set a...

  25. February 24, 2006

    Warning over first big Olympic contract after Wembley experience

    Details of the first big contract to be tendered for the 2012 Olympics will be revealed on Monday, amid warnings that...

  26. February 7, 2006

    Blair concession to school reform rebels

    Tony Blair last night launched a concerted effort to end the massive Labour rebellion against his school reforms by...

  27. December 14, 2005

    Blair set to concede controls on school selection

    Tony Blair is set to give ground to Labour criticsof his education reforms by conceding tougher safeguards against academic...

  28. April 21, 2005

    CBI warns Labour on plans to raise taxes

    * Brown misses forecast * £12bn shortfall feared Labour's plans to increaserates on business could seriously undermine...

  29. April 21, 2005

    Tories accused of U-turn as council tax shake-up plan scrapped

    Labour has accused Michael Howard of a "shameless" U-turn after the Conservatives vowed to avert what they say is a £1.8bn...

  30. April 20, 2005

    CBI warns Labour on plans to raise taxes

    Labour's plans to increase rates on business could seriously undermine companies' confidence in the government, the CBI has...

  31. April 20, 2005

    Changing tax that lies close to home means winners and losers

    The new Conservative commitment to stop the council tax revaluation process demonstrates the party's ability to sense an...

  32. April 7, 2005

    Police chiefs ordered to investigate all allegations of fraud in postal voting

    Police chiefs have been ordered to investigate all allegations of postal voting fraud in the general election as part of...

  33. April 2, 2005

    Revision of council tax 'will not cause big rise'

    The revaluation of council tax should not create dramatic increases in the amount people pay, Nick Raynsford, local...

  34. March 24, 2005

    Minister signals changes to council tax after lowest rise in decade

    The minister responsible for the council tax indicated yesterday that it would have to be changed next year as he unveiled...

  35. February 15, 2005

    Ministers urge ballots on town centre levies

    The government is urging more local authorities to ballot business communities over the introduction of levies to pay for...

  36. February 14, 2005

    City snubs Prescott on elected mayors

    Manchester's council leadership has poured scorn on government plans to revive the idea of elected mayors, saying it would...

  37. February 12, 2005

    Average council tax rise to be under 5%

    The average council tax increase for 2005-06 is likely to bee less than 5 per cent, the latest findings from the Office of...

  38. February 1, 2005

    Prescott plan to turn councillors into 'mini-mayors'

    The life of humble ward councillors could be about to change under ideas proposed by John Prescott to turn them into...

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