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  1. July 28, 2014

    Social housing shake-up leads to ‘affordable rent’ muddle

    The tenants of a housing development in Greenwich, southeast London, may be in for a surprise when they meet their...

  2. July 27, 2014

    David Cameron’s four housing ministers

    There have been four housing ministers since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010. He used the cabinet reshuffle...

  3. July 27, 2014

    More homes – but not in my back yard

    When ministers talk about new housing developments to solve Britain’s shortage of homes, Drayton Garden Village is the sort...

  4. July 24, 2014

    IMF forecasts UK to be fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014

    Britain’s economic revival continues to surprise the rest of the world, with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday...

  5. July 22, 2014

    Thousands more public jobs to be spun off in drive to shrink the state

    Ministers are pressing ahead with plans to shift thousands more public sector workers in health, central government and...

  6. July 19, 2014

    Lucy Neville-Rolfe appointed UK intellectual property minister

    Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the former Tesco executive, has quit a series of directorships, including the board of ITV, to...

  7. July 18, 2014

    The radical reformer felled by his imaginary Blob

    I am a child of the Blob. My mother was a teacher. I am biased but she was a good one; parents gave her fancy chocolates at...

  8. July 18, 2014

    Cameron’s trouble with women

    When David Cameron was leader of the opposition, one of his most embarrassing moments came in the early days when he rode a...

  9. July 18, 2014

    Tory jockeying at heart of cabinet reshuffle

    David Cameron convened his new look cabinet for the first time on Friday, following a week that saw the prime minister try...

  10. July 17, 2014

    ‘British bill of rights’ moves up Tory agenda

    David Cameron’s Conservatives have long been calling on the prime minister to reassert the sovereignty of parliament over...

  11. July 17, 2014

    More than half of crimes in England and Wales remain unsolved

    More than half of all crimes in England and Wales are left unsolved by police, according to the first Home Office analysis...

  12. July 17, 2014

    Special tax unit nets extra £1bn from richest Britons

    Scrutiny of some of Britain’s wealthiest individuals has yielded £1bn of extra tax since 2009, HM Revenue & Customs said on...

  13. July 17, 2014

    Clegg defends housing benefit reversal

    Nick Clegg on Thursday defended his decision to call for a major overhaul of the government’s spare room subsidy – the...

  14. July 16, 2014

    Female bishops and David Cameron’s catwalk-ready reshuffle

    What a week for British women. On Monday the Church of England voted to allow women bishops, freeing up many senior roles...

  15. July 16, 2014

    CBI warns politicians not to rock the boat

    The head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned politicians not to wreck the country’s “best economic launch...

  16. July 16, 2014

    David Cameron moves to boost UK life sciences

    The appointment of George Freeman in a newly created life sciences role in Tuesday’s reshuffle marks the prime minister’s...

  17. July 15, 2014

    Nick Clegg criticises Tories over silence on Hong Kong

    Nick Clegg has criticised his Conservative coalition partners for failing to provide backing for democratic reforms in Hong...

  18. July 15, 2014

    UK aims for top EU economy portfolio

    David Cameron will on Wednesday attempt to seize control of one of Europe’s top economic portfolios after his most sweeping...

  19. July 15, 2014

    Cameron shuffles away from Europe

    Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

  20. July 15, 2014

    The 22-hour massacre does David Cameron no favours

    Oh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! They send prime ministers mad. Fifty-two years and a day before David Cameron...

  21. July 15, 2014

    Reshuffle: Nicky Morgan expected to make peace with UK teachers

    Nicky Morgan, the incoming education secretary, will be expected to make peace with England’s teachers before the election,...

  22. July 15, 2014

    Westminister ‘survivor’ Michael Fallon becomes defence secretary

    The appointment of Michael Fallon as defence secretary will come as a surprise not least because David Cameron had indicated...

  23. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Cameron demotes Michael Gove to chief whip

    David Cameron has carried out a sweeping reshuffle to put his party on election footing, promoting the eurosceptic Philip...

  24. July 15, 2014

    Esther McVey stays at employment but will attend cabinet

    Esther McVey continues as minister for employment and disabilities, but her role is upgraded to attend cabinet meetings in...

  25. July 15, 2014

    Elizabeth Truss: UK’s youngest female cabinet minister

    Elizabeth Truss, who will replace Owen Patterson as environment secretary, boasts the twin credentials of being a woman and...

  26. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Nicky Morgan appointed education secretary

    Nicky Morgan’s elevation to a UK ministerial post had been tipped since the MP for Loughborough first entered parliament in...

  27. July 15, 2014

    Bob Kerslake out in civil service reshuffle

    David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle has extended to the civil service, whose head Sir Bob Kerslake is stepping down after only...

  28. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: William Hague – A story of qualified success

    William Hague to step down as foreign secretary William Hague stood down as foreign secretary on Tuesday but, emotionally,...

  29. July 14, 2014

    William Hague steps down as foreign secretary

    William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary, paving the way for a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as David...

  30. July 14, 2014

    Norway shows how to boost oil exploration

    Those tasked with overhauling Britain’s fiendishly complicated North Sea tax regime could do far worse than look at Norway....

  31. July 14, 2014

    Rights groups challenge UK mass surveillance in secret court

    An alleged mass surveillance programme by the UK government breaches human rights laws and the current legal framework is...

  32. July 14, 2014

    Coalition abandons plan to privatise UK Land Registry

    The government has dropped plans to privatise the Land Registry after heated rows between the Tories and Liberal Democrats...

  33. July 13, 2014

    UK chancellor orders plans for pre-election ‘hard hat tour’

    George Osborne has ordered the Treasury to prepare plans for an exhaustive pre-election “hard hat tour”, aimed at giving the...

  34. July 13, 2014

    Vince Cable plans to toughen up takeover rules

    Vince Cable plans to strengthen Britain’s takeover rules to make it harder for international bidders to renege on promises...

  35. July 11, 2014

    David Cameron puts ministers on alert for imminent reshuffle

    David Cameron has put his ministers on alert for a reshuffle on Monday amid suggestions that the shake-up of the...

  36. July 10, 2014

    UK public sector strike: Voices from the picket line

    Britain’s public sector workers mounted picket lines outside courts, council offices, jobcentres, fire stations and...

  37. July 10, 2014

    Tories eye strike ballot reform as public workers walk out

    Ministers claimed fewer than half a million public sector workers took part in a one-day strike on Thursday, while union...

  38. July 10, 2014

    UK unveils emergency data law to underpin security surveillance

    David Cameron is to push though emergency laws to allow police and security agencies to maintain access to phone and email...

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