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    UK ministers acted illegally over cut in criminal legal aid

    The High Court has dealt a blow to plans to cut criminal legal aid by ruling that the government acted illegally over a...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Last-minute deals turn the spotlight on Westminster

    So the most thrilling political debate in recent British history is over, and the divisive force of nationalism has been...

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  1. September 19, 2014

    Scotland referendum will leave David Cameron weaker

    The UK has just been through a near-death experience. The final result of the referendum on Scottish independence...

  2. September 19, 2014

    The union lives on – but in its present design it may well be dead

    The UK has survived, comfortably; the UK in its present design is dead, possibly. The outcome of the referendum on Scottish...

  3. September 11, 2014

    ‘Background guy’ plays major role in fightback against Yes camp

    The business fightback against Scottish independence has been organised from behind a desk in 10 Downing Street by a former...

  4. September 11, 2014

    No 10 corrects Hammond gaffe on Syria

    Downing St was forced to clarify Britain’s potential role in the looming international military action in the Middle East...

  5. September 9, 2014

    Impractical promises will not convince a sceptical electorate

    Pause before you promise. Most politicians will spend the long pre-election period campaigning rather than governing. You...

  6. September 8, 2014

    George Osborne freezes rail fares but his constituents take hit

    George Osborne has announced that commuter rail fares will be frozen in real terms for another year, but some “unregulated”...

  7. September 5, 2014

    Second UK aircraft carrier is given the nod

    David Cameron has decided to put into service a second Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, a vessel he had...

  8. September 5, 2014

    Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf to lead child abuse inquiry

    Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, will head an independent investigation that will focus on allegations of child sex...

  9. September 4, 2014

    Calais mayor criticises Britain over migrants

    The mayor of Calais launched a tirade on Thursday against the UK government, accusing it of ignoring the growing problem of...

  10. September 4, 2014

    Northeast England businesses fear indecisive Scotland vote

    Businesses in the northeast of England are increasingly worried that the result of the Scottish independence referendum will...

  11. September 3, 2014

    Let UK’s towns grow over greenbelt, says feted planner

    Ministers should drop the idea of creating new “garden cities” and instead focus on letting up to 40 existing towns balloon...

  12. September 2, 2014

    A quick guide to the Scottish referendum

    Scotland will vote on September 18 on whether to become independent from the rest of the UK and end a 307-year-old union...

  13. September 2, 2014

    Scotland Yard building put up for sale at £250m

    New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, will be put up for sale on Tuesday at a guide price of...

  14. August 27, 2014

    Russians cool on luxury London homes as Italians move in

    Wealthy Russians are cooling on London’s luxury houses, leaving Italians as the only large group of buyers increasing their...

  15. August 27, 2014

    Westminster disorder as Bercow backs Australian for venerable job

    For more than 650 years, the post of clerk of the House of Commons has seldom entered the public consciousness, but that has...

  16. August 26, 2014

    Black hole looms in UK defence, study says

    A new black hole will open up in Britain’s military budget after 2015, according to independent research commissioned by the...

  17. August 26, 2014

    Deloitte warns on UK political risks

    Political uncertainty surrounding next year’s UK general election is at the top of the corporate agenda, according to David...

  18. August 22, 2014

    Britain should join bombing of Isis in Iraq, says Liam Fox

    Britain should start bombing jihadis in northern Iraq, says former defence secretary Liam Fox, as pressure builds on the...

  19. August 21, 2014

    Rail subsidies fall 40% in five years

    Rail subsidies have fallen almost 40 per cent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Department...

  20. August 21, 2014

    US and allies must join Assad to defeat Isis, warns British MP

    The US and its allies must be prepared to work with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to have any hope of defeating the...

  21. August 21, 2014

    Proportion of high GCSE passes rises

    The proportion of teenagers achieving A*-C grades at GCSE has risen for the first time in three years, with just over...

  22. August 19, 2014

    Chuka Umunna says UK economic rebalancing ‘mired in chaos’

    Efforts to rebalance the UK economy away from London and the southeast using a regional growth fund have been “mired in...

  23. August 18, 2014

    Number 10 is reduced to an office of stately weakness

    At the turn of the millennium, peace and prosperity were leaving Britain’s cognoscenti with frustratingly little to moan...

  24. August 17, 2014

    Whitehall report into Muslim Brotherhood delayed by wrangling

    The publication of a UK government report into the Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed as ministers and officials wrangle...

  25. August 17, 2014

    Councils privatise their legal departments

    A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

  26. August 15, 2014

    Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

    Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

  27. August 15, 2014

    Be honest about Network Rail’s £34bn debt

    Network Rail, that phoenix from the ashes of Railtrack, was set up as a “not for profit” company. Well, it has certainly...

  28. August 14, 2014

    Rank to build digital empire on ‘bedrock’ casino and bingo venues

    The new head of Rank Group insisted its casino and bingo venues would remain the “bedrock” of the business as he laid out...

  29. August 12, 2014

    UK ready to suspend arms exports to Israel

    Twelve licences for British companies to sell arms to Israel will be suspended if hostilities in Gaza resume, after the...

  30. August 12, 2014

    George Osborne plays increasing role in UK foreign policy

    William Hague’s exit from the UK Foreign Office has opened the way for George Osborne to play a greater role in setting...

  31. August 12, 2014

    Network Rail debt move goes off track

    Ministers are exploring ways to reverse the accounting changes that will next month see Network Rail’s £34bn of gross debts...

  32. August 8, 2014

    Labour urges coalition to speed review of arms sales to Israel

    Labour has stepped up pressure on the coalition over the conflict in Gaza by urging it to accelerate its review of UK arms...

  33. August 8, 2014

    Lady Warsi’s exit reveals wider poll danger for Tories

    The Conservative party has long been proud of its strong support for Israel. But the shock resignation this week of Lady...

  34. August 8, 2014

    Cameron reveals businesswomen among new Tory peerages

    David Cameron has appointed a series of leading businesswomen to the House of Lords with peerages going to Karren Brady,...

  35. August 5, 2014

    Warsi’s shock exit over Gaza fuels Tory party unease

    Baroness Warsi was Britain’s first female Muslim cabinet minister and the embodiment of the modern Conservative party that...

  36. August 5, 2014

    Lady Warsi resigns in Gaza protest

    Foreign Office minister Lady Warsi has announced her resignation, citing her opposition to the government’s policy on Gaza....

  37. August 4, 2014

    Downing St reviews £8bn arms sales to Israel

    Britain is reviewing £8bn worth of arms exports to Israel in the light of the country’s military campaign in Gaza. Downing...

  38. August 4, 2014

    Boris Johnson to question Britain’s EU membership

    Boris Johnson knows how to pick his moments. In the dead of August, with David Cameron on holiday, the London mayor will...

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