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Gordon Brown says it would cost Scotland £1bn to establish its own pensions

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots vote to leave union

Gordon Brown will this week spearhead an attempt by opponents of Scottish independence to regain the momentum by warning the country would face a £1.5bn pensions and benefits black hole if it breaks away from the United Kingdom.

Furious teacher brands Michael Gove a 'demented Dalek on speed' as NUT threaten more strikes

The embattled Education Secretary is compared to the most famous monster in time and space during the teachers' union conference

The former Home Office minister advises Ed Miliband to acknowledge the benefits migrants bring

Ed Miliband lacks ‘courage’, says former minister

Barbara Roche is adamant that Labour’s leader must confront Ukip on immigration – and soon

Axelrod watches Obama speak back in 2012

Mixed message: Ed Miliband’s new aide David Axelrod made ads for major US power firm

Ed Miliband faced embarrassment over his new strategy chief David Axelrod yesterday when two adverts produced by the US elections guru were released.

All-male club: Top, from left, Frank Green, Martin Post, Tim Coulson; below, Paul Smith, Pank Patel and Sir David Carter

Michael Gove attacked for all-male cast of school regulators

A fresh row broke out yesterday over female representation in government after it emerged that Michael Gove has failed to appoint any women to a new highly paid group of schools “super-regulators”.

No to Gove: 26 March rally during teachers’ one-day walkout in England and Wales

NUT teachers’ union set to strike in the summer term in latest fightback at Michael Gove

A national walkout is threatened as teachers respond with anger to the Education Secretary’s latest school reforms

Len McCluskey

Unions’ merger could create mega-leader to rival Arthur Scargill

The Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, looks set to become the most powerful trade union leader since Arthur Scargill, after authorising formal merger talks to take over the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). 

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has been behind the push for stronger deterrents and tougher sanctions for those who flout the law

'Dodgy directors': Tougher sanctions could see them paying compensation

The Government is to introduce a law imposing tougher penalties on “rogue and reckless” company directors that could see them paying compensation to victims.

Judith Hackitt, HSE chair, said health and safety is about protecting people in the workplace

Councils urged to curb health and safety ‘jobsworths’

The Government has urged local authorities to stop misusing health and safety rules to ban activities that are not dangerous and start using “common sense” instead.

Northamptonshire has cut its backing by 55 per cent between 2010-11 and 2013-14, Suffolk by 50 per cent, Hertfordshire by 40 per cent and Gloucestershire by 34 per cent.

Bus subsidies slashed leaving less-used routes to close or cut back

Unprofitable bus routes are being scrapped or scaled back because of deep cuts in support from councils whose budgets are being squeezed, new figures disclose today.

President Obama's former advisor David Axelrod has been hired by Labour

Labour Party hires Obama strategist David Axelrod to mastermind Labour's 2015 election campaign

Barack Obama's election guru has been hired to advise Labour on its 2015 campaign.

The Kazakh regime has accused Mukhtar Ablyazov of money-laundering and fraud and has demanded his extradition

Kazakh dissident loses UK refugee status after David Cameron’s trade mission - sparking claims the Government is attempting to curry favour with the oil-rich country

Lawyers for Mukhtar Ablyazov say the PM viewed the case as a stumbling-block to closer ties with the repressive central Asian republic

Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom used controversial trusts to reduce her potential tax bill

Revealed: how City minister Andrea Leadsom used controversial trusts to reduce her potential inheritance-tax bill

New Help to Buy supremo also used offshore banking for buy-to-let property business

Caroline Lucas arrives at court in Brighton yesterday, where she was cleared of public order offences

Green MP Caroline Lucas to continue campaign against fracking after court finds her not guilty of obstructing a public highway during Balcombe protest

Britain’s only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile protests.

The new National Crime Agency in February made 10 different payments totalling £336,573 to Mercedes Benz

Coalition spending revealed: Crime Agency's £336,573 outlay on Mercedes vans for 'special projects', a £27,000 parking bill at Gatwick Airport and £108,000 PR spend among Government departments’ public accounts

It was just less than a year ago that ministers claimed the Government was starting to “manage our finances like the best-run FTSE100 businesses”.

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