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Matt Chorley

Matt Chorley is Political Correspondent for The Independent on Sunday.

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George Osborne is said to want homes to be built on protected land to boost the economy

Ministers get ready to go for green-belt grab

Conservationists urge the Treasury to rethink, as villages will suffer for no economic benefit

Mussel beach: David Cameron and his wife Samantha have lunch by the sea at Polzeath, Cornwall, yesterday

Can Cameron beat the Curse of Cornwall?

Every time the PM heads to the West Country, something goes awry

A union man: Darling thinks those in favour of Scottish independence are feeling rattled

Alistair Darling: He's back... but did he ever go away?

After Labour's defeat in 2010, the former chancellor settled old scores in a book. Now he's taking the fight to the Scottish Nationalists. But you'd still be wise not to mention Gordon Brown... Matt Chorley talks to Alistair Darling

Mr Darling rejected the idea of a new airport in the Thames estuary, which he said would attract high landing charges and damage business in west London

Darling defies Miliband over third Heathrow runway

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor, has defied the Labour leader Ed Miliband and called for a third runway at Heathrow to beapproved. Britain's ability to attract foreign investment is being undermined by a lack of capacity at its biggest airport, Mr Darling warned.

Tory MPs have said that

Defy the Tories and enjoy your Sunday lie-in

MPs are silly to blame national decline on our fondness for repose

Milking the laughs: Brendan O'Carroll with his Bafta, and as his alter ego Mrs Brown

Is Saturday TV a bit of a drag?

The foul-mouthed, dysfunctional Mrs Brown is hoping to change all that with her new BBC celebrity quiz show

Paul Hollywood: Hero or Villain?

No matter how distraught King Alfred was at burning his cakes, he will have been grateful not to have had Paul Hollywood standing over him, stifling a laugh and commenting helpfully: "Do you think you can rescue those with icing?"

Peter Hain quit his frontbench role earlier this year to champion the project

No 10 asks ministers: Can we now support £30bn Severn barrage?

The ambitious plan to harness tidal power could generate 20,000 jobs, but concerns remain about the impact on wildlife

Matt Chorley: Olympic Diary (05/08/12)

Cold feet

North Greenwich Arena, one of the Olympic venues

London 2012 Inside Track: Let the fun and Games begin!

From our right-royal new Bond girl to canapé-munching ministers and cyclists caught short, Matt Chorley takes a light-hearted run at Olympic life

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