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    UK Tory quango chief resigns over bankruptcy

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  2. April 19, 2014

    Vince Cable toughens penalties against rogue directors

    Reckless company directors will face tougher penalties for breaking the law, under rules proposed by Vince Cable, the...

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  1. April 18, 2014

    Ed Miliband hires Obama adviser David Axelrod for election bid

    The UK’s general election campaigns will be fought out by an American, an Australian and a South African, now that all three...

  2. April 17, 2014

    NHS misses target on patient waiting times

    The NHS has missed a key target for the time patients should wait to start treatment, underscoring the pressures on a...

  3. April 16, 2014

    Misery index drops but don’t throw caution to the wind

    Major news in British politics: Britons’ earnings after inflation did not fall in the three months to February. Real...

  4. April 16, 2014

    UK chancellor takes care not to rest on economic laurels

    George Osborne ordered that there should be no triumphalism, but an air of vindication was in the air on Wednesday, as the...

  5. April 15, 2014

    Five in six NHS finance chiefs expect deficits in 2015-16

    A financial crisis for the NHS looms in 2015-16, according to the King’s Fund think-tank. It said only about one in six...

  6. April 14, 2014

    Nick Clegg vows to stay as Lib Dem leader until 2020

    Nick Clegg has defended his leadership of the Liberal Democrats, saying he will stay in place until 2020, despite the...

  7. April 14, 2014

    Osborne courts right with ‘dynamic scoring’ research on tax cuts

    George Osborne will appeal to the right wing of the Conservative party on Monday with the publication of further government...

  8. April 14, 2014

    GPs’ surgery opening hours set to be extended

    Doctors’ surgery opening hours will be extended to evenings and weekends, and elderly people’s treatment co-ordinated by a...

  9. April 11, 2014

    Sajid Javid faces political test to soften cold image

    Sajid Javid is a Star Trek buff whose last visit to the theatre was to see War Horse. That much is known, but around the...

  10. April 11, 2014

    Bus driver’s son Javid sees no obstacles on road to Downing St

    Sajid Javid grew up in a two-bedroom flat above a clothes shop in Bristol’s Stapleton Road, described in 2011 by the Sunday...

  11. April 11, 2014

    Ministers accused of giving foreign students ‘cold shoulder’

    Peers have accused government ministers of giving the “cold shoulder” to international students, as they revealed a 10 per...

  12. April 10, 2014

    Contract sanctions plan seen as threat to £25bn legal market

    Proposals by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to introduce new contract sanctions have sent a chill through the UK’s...

  13. April 10, 2014

    MP Nigel Evans cleared of sexual assault charges

    Nigel Evans, the former Commons deputy Speaker, has been cleared of nine charges, including raping a student and sexually...

  14. April 10, 2014

    Scientists say UK ministers wasted millions on flu medicine

    Scientists have accused the government of throwing more than £600m “down the drain” by stockpiling emergency flu treatments...

  15. April 9, 2014

    Misplaced loyalties and Maria Miller

    After days of prevarication, Maria Miller has finally resigned. In her letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the UK...

  16. April 9, 2014

    Other high-profile MPs made similar mistake to Maria Miller

    Maria Miller’s resignation as culture secretary came 16 months after the first allegations were made about the claims she...

  17. April 9, 2014

    Sajid Javid replaces Maria Miller as UK culture secretary

    Sajid Javid, a Treasury minister, has been promoted to the cabinet to replace Maria Miller, who resigned as culture...

  18. April 8, 2014

    Maria Miller expenses row nears climax

    David Cameron will try to face down calls from the media, Conservative MPs and the public for Maria Miller, culture...

  19. April 8, 2014

    IMF gives Osborne a growth boost

    George Osborne was given a significant boost on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund retreated from its criticism...

  20. April 7, 2014

    Only 1 in 10 councils uses powers to cut local business rates

    Only one in 10 councils have used the powers given to them by the coalition to cut business rates to help companies,...

  21. 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...

  22. April 4, 2014

    Osborne faces row over new HMRC powers to seize unpaid tax

    George Osborne is facing a backlash over plans to give HM Revenue & Customs unprecedented powers to dip into taxpayers’ bank...

  23. April 3, 2014

    Miller apologises to parliament over excess expenses claims

    Maria Miller, culture secretary, has apologised to parliament after being ordered to repay £5,800 in excess expense claims...

  24. April 3, 2014

    UK government to push ahead on plain-packaged cigarettes

    The UK government has said it is “certainly minded” to oblige cigarettes to be sold in plain packages without branding but...

  25. April 2, 2014

    Defence committee urges Cameron to clarify rules of engagement

    Human rights law could lead to more casualties on the battlefield, according to the head of the cross-party defence...

  26. April 2, 2014

    UK chancellor’s enterprise zones slow to take off

    George Osborne’s enterprise zones are set to deliver only a fifth of the jobs and companies that were originally...

  27. April 1, 2014

    Muslim Brotherhood inquiry stirs tensions in Whitehall

    Tensions have emerged at the heart of the British government over David Cameron’s decision to order an inquiry into the...

  28. March 28, 2014

    George Osborne announces plans to boost lending to small business

    George Osborne announced plans on Friday to help small businesses that have been rejected for a loan by making it easier for...

  29. March 27, 2014

    Energy industry probe to test competition regulator’s powers

    The investigation of the UK energy market will be the first big test of the powers of the Competition & Markets Authority,...

  30. March 26, 2014

    Russian aggression shows army is shrinking too fast, say MPs

    Russian aggression in Ukraine shows why British ministers should slow down the pace of cuts in the army, according to the...

  31. Nick Butler

    March 26, 2014

    A competition inquiry is right for UK energy

    The full-scale competition review of the UK’s energy market which will be announced later this week is a challenge the...

  32. March 26, 2014

    Law Commission calls for clarity on reporting restrictions

    The Law Commission will on Wednesday recommend that an online service is set up to give details of reporting restrictions to...

  33. March 26, 2014

    Strong leadership needed to drive cuts, ministers told

    Ministers will be unable to drive through further deep public spending cuts after the general election unless the Treasury...

  34. March 24, 2014

    Cameron’s coalition is a bazaar for big, radical ideas

    Historians of the coalition government will have to work out how Britain came to be governed so radically by such...

  35. March 23, 2014

    UK must stick with human rights convention, warns Council of Europe

    Ministers calling for Britain to abandon the European human rights framework are encouraging Russia in its illegal action in...

  36. March 20, 2014

    G4S guards charged with manslaughter

    G4S has escaped prosecution over the death of a man at Heathrow airport in 2010 as he was being deported from the UK, but...

  37. March 20, 2014

    IFS criticises George Osborne for Budget ‘bad habits’

    The chancellor is taking risks with his own deficit reduction programme by using temporary measures to finance permanent tax...

  38. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Asset managers boosted following pensions reform

    The surprise end to compulsory annuities announced in the Budget may be bad news for insurance companies, but it could...

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