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Brown tries to lift the gloom with array of new Bills

Gordon Brown has promised to create an "opportunity-rich Britain" in which everyone could reach their full potential as he tried to escape the political doldrums yesterday.

Inside UK Politics

Illegal ride on a quad bike lands Soames with a driving ban

Thursday, 15 May 2008

When the Tory MP Nicholas Soames set off on a quad bike to follow a New Year's Day hunt, pulling a trailer occupied by children and a pregnant woman, he may have felt gleefully politically incorrect. But this image – captured by hunt saboteurs and reproduced in a newspaper – came back to haunt him yesterday when he was banned from driving for two months after pleading guilty to riding the vehicle without insurance.

We'd offer Labour Schools minister a job, say Tories

Thursday, 15 May 2008

The Labour Schools minister Andrew Adonis would be offered a ministerial post by the Conservatives if they won the next election.

More in work, but jobless total rises

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Unemployment has increased and the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen at the highest rate for two years, new figures showed today.

Darling buys way out of trouble with £120 boost for 17 million taxpayers

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Seventeen million basic-rate taxpayers will receive a tax cut of £120 this year after Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, announced a £2.7bn handout to compensate the low-paid who were set to lose out over the abolition of the 10p tax band.

The truth really is out there as Britain's 'X-files' released

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Her Majesty's Government may have concluded in 1979 that "it has never been approached by people from outer space" but the current Pope is entertaining the idea of aliens.

Flint gaffe reveals ministers' fears of housing slump

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

House prices are set to fall by 5 to 10 per cent "at best" this year – but ministers have no idea how badly the market could slump, according to confidential cabinet documents accidentally revealed by the Housing minister, Caroline Flint.

How ‘tax cuts’ in Brown’s last Budget backfired

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Alistair Darling's announcement of a tax cut for 17 million people hit by the abolition of the 10p tax band is the most dramatic of a succession of U-turns and policy shifts that have dogged his tenure as Chancellor.

Brown unveils programme of reforms

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Gordon Brown today put reform of schools, hospitals and the benefits system at the centre of the Government's legislative programme in the next parliamentary session.

£2.7bn aid for 10p tax victims unveiled

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Alistair Darling today announced a £2.7bn cash injection to help low-paid workers hit by the scrapping of the 10p tax rate.

Exposed! Minister's fears on house price falls

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

The Government's private fears over the dire state of the UK property market were laid bare today.

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Columnist Comments


John Rentoul: Cameron is leaving Brown to hang himself...

... but he must still show what he'd do instead


Adrian Hamilton: Israel: still a 'special friend'?

By supporting its government so uncritically, we are only making it more difficult to achieve peace


Johann Hari: Are there just too many people in the world?

This question is increasingly poking into public debate, and from odd directions

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