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  1. Nick Butler

    July 6, 2014

    Can UK energy policy be rescued?

    Storms ahead? Photo by Getty Spare a thought on this bright summer’s day for two men struggling to reconcile truth and...

  2. February 26, 2014

    Cameron orders ‘Flood Re’ U-turn to cover high-value homes

    David Cameron has privately ordered a U-turn to ensure thousands of expensive waterside properties are not excluded from the...

  1. February 23, 2014

    Concerns over UK Conservatives’ ‘posh’ manifesto

    Taunts that David Cameron is an out-of-touch “posh boy” are not new, but what is now alarming some Conservative backbench...

  2. February 17, 2014

    Insurers reassign staff to deal with flood queries

    Insurers have reassigned 1,800 staff to deal with a rush of customer queries about the recent floods, the industry announced...

  3. August 28, 2013

    Serious imbalance in UK policy making, warns Local Government Association

    Plans to give English MPs a greater say over England-only legislation will fail to address the serious imbalance in UK...

  4. August 23, 2013

    BT lobbies for legal changes over online pornography filters

    BT has privately asked the government to change the law on intercepting internet communications, fearing it may face...

  5. August 6, 2013

    Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

    More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

  6. July 10, 2013

    Plan for only English MPs to vote on England-only legislation

    Ministers are drawing up plans for a radical overhaul that would see only MPs from England voting on legislation that does...

  7. May 28, 2013

    Relaxation of UK bribery law on government agenda

    An important piece of the UK’s anti-bribery legislation is to be reconsidered and potentially watered down by the government...

  8. April 21, 2013

    Tories plan to help utility consumers

    The Conservatives are developing policies which they hope will increase competition among utilities and contain the rise in...

  9. Westminster Blog

    March 18, 2013

    Was Cameron asleep while the press deal was done?

    Since Thursday, the manoeuvrings over press regulation have taken increasingly more surreal turns. First we had the prime...

  10. March 18, 2013

    Parties reach deal on UK press regulation

    Britain’s newspapers faced a new era of press regulation on Monday, after political leaders struck an outline cross-party...

  11. March 15, 2013

    PM stays firm on press reform

    The UK prime minister last night sided with Conservative press barons in the battle over regulation, in spite of the...

  12. March 15, 2013

    Economic crisis spawns co-op revival

    From pop stars helping to buy a pub in Bath to workers investing in an organic farm near Edinburgh, a co-operative revival...

  13. March 13, 2013

    Leveson reforms hit legal snag

    David Cameron’s attempts to secure cross-party agreement on the Leveson press reforms hit an impasse on Wednesday after the...

  14. Westminster Blog

    March 4, 2013

    Clegg aides: Cameron "risking UK's safety for anti-European posturing"

      Jeremy Forrest, the teacher extradited from France last year We revealed this morning that the first battle that Nick...

  15. March 4, 2013

    Drive to monitor impact of UK policies

    A drive to link public spending to robust evidence of which policies deliver results will be launched on Monday as the...

  16. March 3, 2013

    Clegg in coalition stand-off on EU justice

    Nick Clegg is expected to trigger a fresh coalition row on Monday when he tells the prime minister he will not back...

  17. Westminster Blog

    January 23, 2013

    Revealed: the Whitehall battle over office-to-flats conversions

    New freedoms for developers to turn office blocks into flats will expire in two years under a compromise after a...

  18. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Cameron to promise in-out EU ballot: “David Cameron will on Wednesday vow to settle Britain’s future in the European Union...

  19. January 22, 2013

    Public funds proposed for London super sewer

    The proposed £4bn “super sewer” under London could be built by the government rather than the private sector under a radical...

  20. January 22, 2013

    Letwin to publish press regulation plan

    Oliver Letwin is expected this week to publish his proposals for press regulation backed by a royal charter in an effort to...

  21. January 3, 2013

    Flood homes hit by big insurance excesses

    Thousands more homeowners whose properties are at high risk of flooding face having to pay at least £10,000 worth of damages...

  22. December 20, 2012

    Press agrees framework for regulation

    Newspaper and magazine editors agreed a broad framework for the future of press regulation on Thursday, but several sticking...

  23. Westminster Blog

    November 23, 2012

    Will the coalition's energy truce hold firm?

    Aides to senior government ministers were at pains to insist that the energy deal finally signed off at about 6pm on...

  24. November 22, 2012

    Davey defends contentious energy agreement

    Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat energy secretary, defended his green energy deal on Friday, after coming under fire for...

  25. November 20, 2012

    Whitehall business-style reforms ‘failing’

    Plans to expose Whitehall to private sector style management are failing, with new civil service “business plans” not...

  26. September 30, 2012

    EU justice opt-out seen as security risk

    David Cameron’s plan to appease eurosceptic backbenchers by opting out of more than 100 justice and policing powers will...

  27. September 10, 2012

    War on red tape sees 3,000 rules scrapped

    Offices, shops and pubs will no longer face health and safety inspections and at least 3,000 regulations will be scrapped as...

  28. Westminster Blog

    August 21, 2012

    Oliver Letwin: the unseen architect of coalition policy

    There have been moments in Oliver Letwin’s political career when it did not look as if he would ever emerge as the...

  29. August 19, 2012

    Cameron boost to Severn barrage scheme

    David Cameron has asked ministers to look into controversial proposals for a £30bn project to build a giant tidal barrage...

  30. August 13, 2012

    Coalition plans housebuilding stimulus

    Ministers are preparing to unveil a new package of measures to stimulate the flagging house-building sector next month, in...

  31. Westminster Blog

    May 9, 2012

    Minister's radical plan to replace maternity pay with one-off cash

    Proposals to create a system of shared parental leave have been bogged down in wrangling between ministers over a radical...

  32. May 8, 2012

    Parental leave reform divides cabinet

    Proposals to create a system of shared parental leave have become bogged down in ministerial wrangling over a radical plan...

  33. March 19, 2012

    Rothschild keen to reprise sell-off advisory role

    Privatisation 2.0 is looming – and investment bankers at NM Rothschild are keen to reinvent their role as advisers to the...

  34. Westminster Blog

    November 4, 2011

    How "eagle-eyed passerby" spotted bags of Vince Cable's documents

    First we had Oliver Letwin dumping government documents in a bin in the park. And now it is Vince Cable’s turn to have his...

  35. October 17, 2011

    Tory donor angers Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats have attacked the “ideological Tory donor” who is advising Downing Street to scrap or scale back plans for...

  36. October 14, 2011

    Letwin faces probe over dumped documents

    Oliver Letwin is under investigation by his own department after being caught dumping government documents in a rubbish bin...

  37. October 9, 2011

    Growing scandal has Fox at bay

    The crisis engulfing Liam Fox reaffirms the adage about how much can change in just a week in British politics. When the...

  38. September 15, 2011

    PM’s nudgers score notable successes

    David Cameron’s enthusiasm for “nudging” people to make the right choices could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of...

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