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'After making close to 500 recommendations, time is right for me to seek a new challenge'

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Civil service whistleblowers need more support and protection, MPs say

The treatment of whistleblowers who expose problems in public services is “shocking” because they face victimisation, according to an inquiry by MPs which reports today.

More people are killed by asbestos than road traffic accidents, with around 2,500 people dying every year

Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers

A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Nearly 20 per cent of jails in England and Wales are judged to be struggling to cope with the pressure on them

Severe cuts tip overstuffed prisons into crisis

28 of the UK's 126 jails are judged to be “of concern”

Emma Reynolds, shadow housing minister, claims the Tories have failed to build enough homes

Housing crisis will worsen under next Tory government, Labour claims

The average deposit for people buying a home will be £72,000 by 2020 if the Conservatives win another five years in power, the Labour Party will claim today.

The cleaner working for Tory Minister Mark Harper has now been deported

Tory Minister's illegal immigrant cleaner deported back to Colombia

Isabella Acevedo, the cleaner who worked illegally for Tory Minister Mark Harper, has been deported to Colombia.

A tennis match between the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London is to go ahead, said the Justice Secretary

David Cameron and Boris Johnson tennis match to go ahead, says Chris Grayling

The Justice Secretary defended the match secured by a hefty donation

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Ofsted chairman: Academy group trustee David Hoare appointed to head school inspections

'He is a proven business leader' says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

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Damien McBride: Rebekah Brooks was 'the most powerful person in Britain'

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of The Sun, was “the most powerful person in Britain”, according to one of  Gordon Brown’s closest aides.

Cabinet Office grant to Big Society charity questioned

A senior political adviser to David Cameron arranged a meeting in Downing Street to garner support for a charity accused of squandering £2.5m of public funds, The Independent has learnt.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to a small business start up, Seven Bro7hers brewery in Salford, on Wednesday

David Cameron hints at plans to raise the 40p tax threshold

The Conservatives will promise a tax cut for middle-income professionals in next year’s general election manifesto, David Cameron has signalled.

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Ukip's Wells branch in disarray after the 'Glastonbury occult crowd' accused of taking over

Wells candidate and local branch chairman stand down over concerns about party's reputation

Conservatives and Labour deny plans for flat income tax and 'death tax' after released recordings cause uproar

Tory policy head Oliver Letwin and Labour's Andy Burnham made comments

Ed Miliband is an avid student of American politics

Why Labour’s ‘cost of living’ campaign is rooted in transatlantic experience

Both the party leader and Ed Balls are avid students of US politics – as their strategy for demonising the Conservatives suggests

Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

'Are you better off than four years ago?' Labour takes inspiration from former US President Ronald Reagan

Miliband and Balls seize on slump in wages to hone message used by ex-President

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