Brian Brady

Brian Brady is Whitehall Editor for The Independent on Sunday.

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The move could cut costs as couples would not to have to hire venues

Proposal to legalise outdoor weddings: Legislation ending need for licensed venue or religious ceremony is discussed by ministers

At present, marriages are only legal if they are conducted by religious or civic officials

Loaned to the EU...
Cyprus - £15.5m owed
Greece - £4.3m owed
France - £5.8m owed
Ireland - £3.7m owed
Germany - £3.7m owed

Private eyes to track down EU students who owe £50m in loans

British taxpayers will have to pay for graduates who have left the country without repaying debts

Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch says the £2bn industry must be controlled

Lobbyists press for more regulation of their industry

Some of Britain's biggest lobbying firms are urging ministers to impose legal controls on their industry after the Government failed to include plans for a compulsory register of their members in the Queen's Speech.

PCCs lead calls for satellite tags on offenders

Tracking people using GPS devices raises concerns among civil liberties groups

Haloumi is a Cypriot delicacy – and a recipe for conflict

Britain wades in as Cyprus is threatened by a cheese war

Fight to protect haloumi could deepen the enmity on this divided island

Horse Sense? A Stockholm Ikea. The store’s move has been approved by ministers

Withdrawn meatballs back on sale

Ikea is to return its signature dish – horse DNA and all – to its in-store restaurants, and other retailers may follow suit

Jeers and tears: Trafalgar Square yesterday

Special report: They gave a Margaret Thatcher death party - but not many came

Police had been braced for trouble in Trafalgar Square, but a combination of rain, restraint, and a lack of anarchic fervour meant it passed off without major incident

In a mess: Rubbish left uncollected during the 1979 winter of discontent, the months that saw the downfall of Jim Callaghan

'If only...': What if Britain had not elected Margaret Thatcher?

Pundits have speculated as to how the country might look now, had Mrs Thatcher not come to power – and it was a very close run thing. Brian Brady uncovers new evidence to show how close Britain came to avoiding Thatcherism

The cardiac unit at Leeds General will be closed pending the outcome of a review

Row grows over decision to shut Leeds Infirmary's heart unit

Children's cardiac centre deaths only 'a little high', says expert, as faulty data blamed for closure

Lynton Crosby could be behind the tactic to focus on immigration

Why has the PM decided to take a tough line on immigration?

As a young MP in 2005, David Cameron was so disenchanted by Lynton Crosby's concentration on immigration during that year's general election campaign that he kept the issue out of his constituency pamphlets.

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