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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. February 13, 2013

    PM vows ‘full force of law’ over horsemeat

    David Cameron, British prime minister, promised that anyone involved in the horsemeat scandal would face the full force of...

  36. Westminster Blog

    February 12, 2013

    Did Labour always take the horsemeat scandal seriously?

    Mary Creagh has rightly been getting plaudits for putting the boot into the government over its handling of the horsemeat...

  37. February 12, 2013

    Two UK plants raided over horsemeat

    Britain found itself back at the centre of the horsemeat scandal on Tuesday when regulators raided two UK plants after kebab...

  38. February 11, 2013

    Ministers urged to widen meat tests

    Ministers were accused of failing to grasp the severity of the horsemeat scandal on Monday as Tesco admitted that some of...

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