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    1. March 10, 2014

      EU and US pressed to drop dispute-settlement rule from trade deal

      Faced with an increasingly vocal opposition to a landmark EU-US trade agreement, a growing number of backers of the deal are...

    2. December 17, 2013

      Lib Dems shift hostility on airport expansion

      The Lib Dems have abandoned outright hostility to new runways in the Southeast in a significant shift that could lead to a...

    1. April 19, 2013

      Fine for my backyard, not my neighbour’s

      ‘Eric Pickles has promised a hasty rethink of proposals to let homeowners bulldoze their back gardens without planning...

    2. April 16, 2013

      Tory MPs rebel against planning reforms

      Rebel Conservative MPs opposed to the government’s planning reforms slashed the government majority to 27 in a vote on...

    3. November 9, 2012

      Tories warn against press self-regulation

      A group of more than 40 Conservative MPs has written to warn David Cameron that the newspaper industry’s proposals for press...

    4. September 14, 2012

      Conservation and conservatism

      The green movement is hardly unique in being prone to splitting. Hardly had Christianity got going as a religion before the...

    5. September 6, 2012

      Roar of Heathrow jets disturbs village life

      From the stone side streets lined with boutique shops to the men in Panama hats relaxing on the green, Richmond recreates...

    6. August 31, 2012

      Coalition to set up Heathrow inquiry

      David Cameron and Nick Clegg are set to intervene in the increasingly fractious row over whether Heathrow should have a...

    7. Westminster Blog

      August 30, 2012

      Zac Goldsmith weighs into Heathrow debate

      David Cameron faces a backlash from 2m voters living under the Heathrow flight path if he “betrays” them by authorising the...

    8. August 29, 2012

      MP warns of Heathrow U-turn backlash

      David Cameron faces a backlash from 2m voters living under the Heathrow flight path if he “betrays” them by authorising the...

    9. June 22, 2012

      Cameron exposed to charges of hypocrisy

      David Cameron stumbled into the ethical labyrinth of tax avoidance this week by upbraiding a comedian for his tax avoidance...

    10. June 13, 2012

      Cameron clears way for Heathrow U-turn

      David Cameron has paved the way for a U-turn on building a third runway at Heathrow airport, amid signs that Downing Street...

    11. February 29, 2012

      On course for a steady descent

      Such is Jenine Langrish’s anguish with noisy passenger aircraft flying over her Victorian house close to Heathrow airport...

    12. February 7, 2012

      Bank assesses fossil fuel investments

      Sir Mervyn King has said the Bank of England is prepared to consider claims by influential green investors that investments...

    13. October 20, 2011

      Cameron to take on rebels over EU vote

      David Cameron has vowed to face down Conservative MPs over their demands for a referendum on Europe, in spite of warnings...

    14. September 23, 2011

      Hot property: High-tech houses

      ▲ Harbour Hide, UK, £3.85m Where: Near Christchurch, Dorset, 100 miles (161km) from London. What: A four-bedroom house with...

    15. September 19, 2011

      Housebuilding data undermine localism claim

      Ministers have authorised the construction of more than 6,000 homes against the wishes of elected councillors since the...

    16. September 9, 2011

      Rebel with a cause

      When Zac Goldsmith stood for parliament last year, it was as if Brideshead Revisited had been reinvented as politics. Amid...

    17. Westminster Blog

      March 17, 2011

      MPs call for Britain to halt nuclear programme

      Many anti-nuclear Lib Dems have gone quiet on the issue since they entered government; Andrew Stunell springs to mind. He is...

    18. March 9, 2011

      Stars buy chance to set record straight

      Looking for the ultimate address book? Sir David Tang may have the answer. The Hong Kong-born entrepreneur is launching a...

    19. February 3, 2011

      Dissent grows over forestry sell-off plans

      Plans for a partial sell-off of the Forestry Commission have run into political turbulence amid growing anger from Liberal...

    20. November 28, 2010

      Cable backs monthly accounts to boost loans

      Vince Cable, the business secretary, has lent his backing to a campaign that promotes monthly accounting by small...

    21. November 19, 2010

      PM accused of packing Lords with ‘cronies’

      Labour Chris Bryant, shadow minister for constitutional reform, said the prime minister had made a “bizarre” decision to...

    22. Westminster Blog

      November 10, 2010

      Who owns Millbank Tower?

      The scenes of students smashing up Millbank Tower are quite extraordinary. They did make me wonder who owns the building....

    23. October 28, 2010

      Groups join forces to ease credit woes

      Business bodies and accountants have for the first time joined forces with credit rating agencies and the banking industry...

    24. September 27, 2010

      The Constant Economy

      The Constant Economy, by Zac Goldsmith, Atlantic Books RRP£8.99, 200 pages The plain common sense of much of Goldsmith’s...

    25. Westminster Blog

      May 13, 2010

      Nine of the new intake of MPs are children of politicians

      Hat-tip: The Madano Partnership: Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) – son of late Referendum Party leader, Sir James Goldsmith ...

    26. April 16, 2010

      Messy business at BP

      Shareholders are revolting. At annual meetings from Tokyo to New York investors are raising their voices to agitate for...

    27. April 16, 2010

      Election Diary

      Statistical obsessionAlastair Stewart's rambling blog developed a certain following ahead of his chairmanship of last...

    28. January 10, 2010

      Tory party denies concealing donations

      The Conservative party on Sunday denied it had attempted to “conceal” donations from five wealthy backers after it admitted...

    29. December 19, 2009

      Cameron faces flak on SEC action

      The silence from Conservative Central Office last night over the Security and Exchange Commission's case against a US...

    30. December 19, 2009

      Cameron faces flak on SEC action

      The silence from Conservative Central Office on Friday night over the Security and Exchange Commission’s case against a US...

    31. December 16, 2009

      Cameron reverses on MPs' tax status

      David Cameron was forced last night to revise his plan to make all legislators pay tax in full after a potential loophole in...

    32. December 15, 2009

      MPs press Cameron on lawmakers’ tax status

      David Cameron was on Tuesday night questioned over the strength of his commitment to push through a law requiring that all...

    33. December 14, 2009

      Cameron in tax pledge on legislators

      David Cameron on Sunday promised a law requiring that all British legislators paid full taxes in the UK, in an attempt to...

    34. December 14, 2009

      Cameron in tax pledge on legislators

      David Cameron yesterday promised a law requiring that all British legislators paid full taxes in the UK, in an attempt to...

    35. December 1, 2009

      Lib Dems propose tax rises for wealthy

      Britain's richest people were yesterday put on notice that they will be propelled into the heart of next year's general...

    36. November 30, 2009

      Lib Dems propose tax rises for wealthy

      Britain’s richest people have been put on notice that they will be propelled into the heart of next year’s general election...

    37. Westminster Blog

      November 30, 2009

      Zac Goldsmith and the non-doms

      I’ve just been pointed to the website for the Richmond Park Tories which lays out recent Conservative policies. Such as…. 6....

    38. November 30, 2009

      Goldsmith has non-dom status

      A high-profile Conservative parliamentary candidate has non-domiciled tax status, it emerged yesterday. Zac Goldsmith, son...

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