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    1. 14 hours ago

      Pro-Brussels Tories begin fightback

      Exasperated by eurosceptic Tories making all the running, pro-European Conservative MPs have finally decided to fight back...

    2. November 24, 2014

      Cameron pressed to make key address

      David Cameron was trying to finalise his long-awaited speech on EU immigration on Monday, amid signs that the longer he...

    1. October 20, 2014

      Energy policy should let the market pick the winners

      Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, is right about at least one thing: UK climate change policy is not going...

    2. October 15, 2014

      Ex-minister calls for mini-nuclear plants by the dozen

      Dozens of small nuclear reactors should be installed throughout the country near towns and cities if the UK wants to reduce...

    3. June 5, 2014

      David Cameron orders improvement in mobile phone coverage

      David Cameron has ordered ministers to improve mobile phone coverage across the countryside after becoming frustrated about...

    4. April 7, 2014

      Insurance industry calls for government to widen Flood Re cover

      Pressure is mounting on government officials to backtrack on plans to exclude the most expensive properties from the new...

    5. February 27, 2014

      Ministers in Northern Ireland meet for crisis talks

      Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, pledged on Thursday to consider a judicial inquiry into allegations that the UK...

    6. February 26, 2014

      Climate change one of ‘most serious threats’ we face, says Cameron

      Man-made climate change is among the greatest threats confronting the world, David Cameron declared on Wednesday, as...

    7. February 14, 2014

      How efforts to cut red tape threaten Britain’s wild habitats

      A few years ago, as my wife and I enjoyed our post-wedding supper in a Las Vegas restaurant, I witnessed the strangest of...

    8. February 10, 2014

      Q&A: Has government faced down flood tide?

      Has spending on flood defences gone down under the current government? Ministers insist not, but analysis by the independent...

    9. Westminster Blog

      January 24, 2014

      Cameron accused of hypocrisy over onshoring rhetoric

      David Cameron has today thrown his weight behind the small but growing trend of “reshoring” – or returning production from...

    10. January 10, 2014

      Life on a flood plain – home and dry

      “The Environment Agency, the quango responsible for Britain’s flood defences, is set for 1,700 job losses in the next 12...

    11. January 9, 2014

      Co-op’s Paul Flowers offered Tory minister lessons on prudence

      Paul Flowers, derided as incompetent by David Cameron, offered the coalition government lessons on financial prudence when...

    12. January 7, 2014

      Environment Agency set for 1,700 job cuts

      The Environment Agency, the quango responsible for Britain’s flood defences, is set for 1,700 job losses in the next 12...

    13. January 3, 2014

      Insurers expect to weather storms lashing Britain’s coast

      Stormy weather and high spring tides left a trail of flooding misery along Britain’s western coastline but insurance experts...

    14. January 2, 2014

      Minister warns of further ‘dangerous’ floods in England

      The environment secretary has warned coastal communities in the south and west of England to brace themselves for another...

    15. December 30, 2013

      MPs to grill power companies over storm outages

      The heads of Britain’s electricity networks will be grilled by MPs in the new year amid rising anger over the amount of time...

    16. November 27, 2013

      Politicians and their abuse of scientific language

      The crusade against the unlovely language of government has had triumphs. Today, it would be a brave minister who implored...

    17. November 27, 2013

      Cabinet minister warns over offshoring civil servant jobs

      Plans to offshore up to 1,000 civil servants’ jobs in a potential £2bn contract for back-office functions across Whitehall...

    18. beyondbrics

      November 12, 2013

      China: a taste of Britain

      Hello China China’s distressingly frequent food quality scandals are bad news for Chinese citizens but may be good news for...

    19. November 8, 2013

      Ofwat rules against Thames Water’s 8% bill increase

      Plans by Thames Water to raise customer bills by an extra 8 per cent next April have been rebuffed by industry regulator...

    20. November 6, 2013

      Coalition ‘encouraged’ Co-op Bank to expand in run-up to failure

      The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank has given stark evidence of political interference in a series of deals and...

    21. November 5, 2013

      Minister asks water companies to give up price rises

      Water companies in England and Wales are being asked to forego price increases already agreed with regulators next April to...

    22. November 5, 2013

      Ministers to promise ‘fair deal’ on water

      Politicians will intensify their war of words over the cost of living on Tuesday as ministers promise a “fair deal” on water...

    23. October 14, 2013

      David Cameron supports efforts to ease ban on fox-hunting

      David Cameron has thrown his weight behind attempts to relax the ban on fox-hunting in England and Wales. The prime minister...

    24. Westminster Blog

      September 30, 2013

      Tory ministers try to flog the phrase "hardworking" to death

      If there is one persistent theme throughout the Tory conference it is the over-use of the word “hard-working” to describe...

    25. 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...

    26. July 22, 2013

      Facts finally collide with ideology on Europe

      There have been some glum faces around David Cameron’s cabinet table of late. To the chagrin of some eurosceptic colleagues,...

    27. July 17, 2013

      Monsanto to drop applications to grow GM crops in EU

      Monsanto, the US agribusiness, will withdraw applications to grow genetically modified crops in the EU in an acknowledgment...

    28. June 20, 2013

      UK government makes strongest statement yet in favour of GM food

      Britain should embrace the benefits of genetically modified crops and push other EU countries to drop their opposition to GM...

    29. May 16, 2013

      Budget black hole at heart of George Osborne’s finances

      George Osborne’s attempt to slash £11.5bn off public spending in election year has run into cabinet trouble, after ministers...

    30. May 16, 2013

      Osborne set to get tough on ministers over spending round

      George Osborne is about to start turning the screws as the denouement approaches in this summer’s most sensitive political...

    31. Westminster Blog

      April 29, 2013

      Ministers poised to give green light to fracking

      We brought the news this morning that communities which accept fracking projects could get lower energy bills in an attempt...

    32. March 8, 2013

      UK set for GM food push in Europe

      Britain is preparing to champion genetically modified crops in Europe in an attempt to overturn en­trenched resistance among...

    33. February 18, 2013

      Horsemeat scandal draws in Nestlé

      The escalating horsemeat scandal has ensnared two of the biggest names in the food industry, Nestlé, the world’s number-one...

    34. February 17, 2013

      Timing of ministers’ alert on horsemeat probed

      UK food regulators have launched internal inquiries into claims that ministers were alerted over a year ago to the dangers...

    35. February 15, 2013

      MP’s ‘gay’ comments a setback for Cameron

      A cabinet minister has been criticised after saying that gay couples could “clearly” not provide a “warm and safe...

    36. Brussels Blog

      February 14, 2013

      US and EU free-trade talks tainted by horsemeat

      Hamburger anyone? Getty Images There is never a good time for a food chain scandal in which people across a continent are...

    37. February 14, 2013

      Horsemeat scandal prompts EU health tests

      The EU plans to conduct 6,500 health tests as authorities try to reassure consumers about food safety and uncover the roots...

    38. February 14, 2013

      FSA and retailers agree tolerance level

      Consumers will not be told if ready-made meals, burgers and other meat products contain horsemeat unless the contamination...

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