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Busy Nottingham food bank to close in protest at harsh council cuts

NG7 has accused city council of using food banks to justify benefit cuts

The Chancellor's move is likely to intensify a heated debate

George Osborne plots deficit trap for Labour ahead of Autumn Statement

Chancellor will call vote on day-to-day spending

Nicola Sturgeon set out her legislative programme for the next 12 months

Nicola Sturgeon announces radical land reform plans for Scotland

Scotland's new First Minister sets out her legislative agenda

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George Osborne is scheduled to outline the government's financial plans to Parliament in the Autumn Statement next week on 3 December.

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Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children

Party says the 'problem' of hiding these babies from immigration statistics had 'ramifications' for public services

Midland Metropolitan Hospital will cater for more than half a million people

Report: New PFI initiative will saddle NHS trusts with worse debts than before

"PF2 will deliver high returns to private investors at the risk of the health of the NHS"

Iain Duncan Smith’s reforms will merge six benefits, but has been beset by delays

Universal Credit is not providing value for money despite IDS' claims

NAO refuses to back Work and Pensions Secretary's claims

As many as 15 per cent of patients who come to A&E could be treated by GPs

Report: GPs on call at A&E could reduce pressure on services

As many as 15 per cent of patients who come to A&E could be treated by GPs

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘The Mekon’ Dominic Cummings thinks Dan Dare tactics would knock the Civil Service into shape

Contrasting the extraordinary effectiveness of the airline industry with what he sees as the chronic record of failure in Whitehall, Dominic Cummings has painted a striking picture of the sort of accountability culture he would like to see imposed on civil servants.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Norman Baker and the strange case of passing the buck with the joint

Norman Baker has been making use of the freedom of Parliament’s backbenches since he resigned his old job as a Home Office minister. Today, the Lib Dem MP took advantage of health questions in the Commons to put the case for legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The party's over: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in 'Hope' at the Royal Court

Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

The playwright's latest work poses the question to audiences

Mick Foote of Brighton is a former Labour member who is voting Green for the first time next year

Meet the Green Party: From new converts to old campaigners

What makes a former Lib Dem councillor jump ship? And why do voters believe the party ‘does what it says on the tin’?

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Former Ukip regional chairman Peter Entwistle jailed for grooming children

Peter Entwistle, 52, targeted children as young as 12

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Tony Blair's 'morally reprehensible' Save The Children global legacy award branded a 'betrayal' by charity staff

An internal letter signed by 200 members of staff, including senior workers, called for the accolade to be withdrawn from the former British Prime Minister

The former Cabinet Minister said he regrets losing his temper

David Mellor under pressure to apologise to cabbie he called 'smart-arsed little b******'

Former Tory minister recorded having a row with a London taxi driver

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