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José Manuel Barroso has suggested that restricting the right to free movement would be illegal under EU law

David Cameron’s failure to confront UKIP is a betrayal of Margaret Thatcher’s vision, says José Manuel Barroso

David Cameron’s failure to confront and challenge UKIP’s demands for restrictions on migration is a betrayal of Margaret Thatcher’s vision of free markets, the outgoing president of the European Commission has said.

There has been an 82 per cent increase in spending on private ambulances in two years

Revealed: Spending on private ambulances has risen by 82 per cent in two years

Cost of service nears £70m as Labour warns paramedics have raised concerns about safety

The Prime Minister will soon unveil plans to restrict migration from other EU countries

Cutting EU immigration will backfire, say employers

Britain’s bosses have come out fighting for the country to remain in the European Union and warned that David Cameron’s plans to cut migration from the EU could backfire by damaging business.

Estimates suggest that the number of children growing up in poor families will rise from 2.6m to 3.5m in 2020

Tories under fire for not targeting child poverty

The Conservatives were accused today of refusing to set new targets for reducing child poverty because their next round of spending cuts would increase the scale of the problem.

Ed Balls announced that properties worth between £2m and £3m would be levied an extra £250 a month. The proposed tax is designed to raise £1.2bn a year

Labour to only tax homes worth over £2m

The party would only apply the mansion tax to properties worth over £2m if it wins power in next May’s election

Nigel Farage has urged supporters to buy Mike Read's Ukip Calypso song and push it up to the No 1 spot

Mike Read’s calypso car crash for Ukip campaign

The former DJ sings in a faux-Jamaican accent to raise money for Farage's party

Jose Manuel Barroso said the UK does not have a 'huge problem' with immigration

Cameron warned against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms

Jose Manuel Barroso says 'arbitrary cap' on the numbers of EU migrants to the UK would breach the 'fundamental principle' of the free movement of labour

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Government thinks Love Actually is a manual for how to run the country, says Douglas Carswell

Carswell said part of the reason for his disillusionment with the Conservatives was that the party had not delivered on many of their 2010 election promises

Gorton in Manchester, where Save the Children said 27 per cent of children lived in poverty in 2011: in one case 11 people lived in a two-bed house

Three main parties attacked for their lack of ambition over 'lamentable' child poverty failure - by Government's own anti-poverty tsar

More honesty about what can be achieved is called for in the run-up to the 2015 election

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss wants to see crops, not solar panels, in British fields

Environment Secretary Liz Truss under fire over plan to scrap solar farm subsidies

Government plan hopes to ensure that more agricultural land is dedicated to crops and food

David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government

What life would be like under a Labour government - according to David Cameron

David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government. His words were aimed as much at anyone thinking of voting Ukip as at Labour supporters.

In the six months after the last election, Nesta agreed to give two grants worth nearly £500,000 to the Big Society Network (BSN). The Government has always maintained that the grants were awarded properly

Big Society exclusive: Taxpayer-funded grants were paid ‘under intense pressure’ to Cameron-founded charity by Nesta

Report concludes that a public body was lobbied to award nearly £500,000 to charity launched by David Cameron

Jose Manuel Barroso said there was 'no possibility' of the UK reducing immigration

Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal

Britain's influence in Europe would be reduced to 'zero' if it votes to leave, warns EU chief

Clause 10 would have allowed anyone, even without a private-hire licence, to drive a minicab when it is “off duty”

New minicab law 'would put women at risk'

Safety charities, the police and taxi drivers oppose coalition's proposed relaxation of rules
It has emerged that a second government minister made contentious comments over the disabled and their role in the workplace at the Conservative Party’s annual conference last month

Andrew Selous: 'Disabled are grateful so work harder,' says Tory minister

Andrew Selous risks new storm with remarks over efforts to widen labour force, as David Blunkett enters row over blind writer being 'happy to work for less' than sighted colleagues
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Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album