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State benefits paid to thousands of sick and disabled could be cut by £30 a week

Sick and disabled benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts

The move would be controversial because David Cameron and George Osborne have promised to protect the most vulnerable

Officials drafted a letter from Margaret Thatcher to King Fahd to mollify the Saudis

Margaret Thatcher described as 'very oily to kings' after insisting BBC apologise to Saudi Arabia over critical coverage

A BBC report from 1983 recounting allegations of mistreatment of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca drew a furious response from the Saudis

Some 100,000 Iranians were estimated to have been killed with Iraqi chemical and nerve agents by the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988

Why Britain backed down on banning Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons during Iran war

Previously unpublished documents from 1983 show that Margaret Thatcher’s government was keen to press for an international ban

The proponents of the relocation plan suggested that the mass transportation of Cantonese speakers from Hong Kong would solve Britain’s dilemma over what to do with the millions of its residents concerned they would have no future under Chinese rule

How Britain considered transplanting population of Hong Kong to new 'city state' in Northern Ireland during height of Troubles

Proposals in 1983 suggested a chunk of Ulster - between Coleraine and Londonderry - be turned into a new home for Hong Kong’s 5.5m citizens

The NHS is facing a £30bn annual gap in funding by 2020-21

NHS needs more funding this year or patient care could suffer, say health experts

Researchers at the King’s Fund found that an unprecedented nine out of 10 hospitals in England are predicting an end-of-year deficit

Chris Grayling and the Conservatives remain clueless on how the union and further devolution can work together

Chris Grayling is an advertising asset for a future Scottish No vote

Grayling’s planned demotion of all 56 nationalist MPs to second-class citizens in the mother of parliaments plays into the SNP's hands perfectly

A migrant is removed from the trailer of a truck he climbed into during an attempt to make a clandestine crossing to England

Calais crisis: Breakthrough in strike talks allows some ferries to resume service

Tim Waggott, chief executive of the Port of Dover, said the strikes were costing the UK economy at least £250m a day

Ed Miliband spoke out in the Commons about the closure of Hatfield Colliery

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Miliband digs deep for miners - will he be the new Hague?

He seems remarkably at ease as just the plain backbench MP for Doncaster North

A protest in demonstration against the killing of Yazidis by Islamic State outside Downing Street last year. The government has indicated that it is considering calling for a vote on military action in Syria.

Bombing Isis in Syria would make 'no practical difference', David Cameron warned

Senior MPs have lined up to criticise proposals to extend military action into Syria

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, sacked a member of its staff who was being subjected to sexist bullying

Andy McSmith's Diary: Probably the last place you’d expect to mistreat employees

Unite did not just fail to protect Sally Nailard from sexist bullying, they sacked her

More and more young people are being forced to leave their communities, and not through choice

Unaffordable housing forcing a generation of young people out of their home towns, Cabinet minister admits

'In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice'

Paddy Power's latest publicity stunt invites immigrants to 'jump in the back' of their van but only if they're 'good at sport'

Paddy Power has ruined a perfectly valid argument with its latest publicity stunt about immigration

Betting firm deploys lorry inviting immigrants to 'jump in the back' but only if they're 'good at sport' as it uses Calais migrant crisis to promote itself

Norman Lamb: Most Tory ministers have 'almost certainly' tried drugs

The Lib Dem leadership candidate also denounced the UK's drug laws as 'pathetic and outrageous'

A cleaner prepares the red carpet for the opening night during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France.

Sotheby's cleaners banned from work after protest asking for better sick pay

Workers were asked to hand back their passes after attending the protest

Young people are being 'exiled' from their hometowns by the housing crisis, Communities Secretary Greg Clark warns

He said it has become 'normal' for young people to leave their communities due to a lack of affordable housing

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