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Another week and another round of Prime Minister's Questions with very few answers. Yet although the reasons for Cameron and Miliband's mutual mocking changes, look a little closer and you will notice there is always one constant.

Leading article: A reversal that demonstrates not strength, but weakness

David Cameron seems incapable of following a reforming line on sentencing when under attack

Steve Richards: The end of the Tories' romantic dream

The romantics are original thinkers driven by ideas, vision and with the courage and guile to follow through with policy

The Sketch: It's hard to think clearly when you're drowning in alphabet soup

I've always been very clear on that," Andrew Lansley told the House. It was so untrue. He's never very clear, not about anything. He knows too much. He wants us to know he knows too much. He gives us the background, the foreground, the underground to every question.

Jeremy Laurance: New answers, but there's still the £20bn question

The sound of screeching brakes could be heard in University College Hospital as David Cameron engaged reverse gear on NHS reforms.

Leading article: NHS pledges with a political purpose

David Cameron was confident and fluent in his keynote speech on the NHS yesterday but its content did not add up to much. The five pledges he made were anodyne: he wants to spend more, keep waiting lists low, improve integrated care not hinder it, and all the rest. He could hardly have said the opposite.

Back me or sack me over NHS reforms, Cameron tells voters

David Cameron will today invite the public to vote against him at the next general election if he fails to keep his promises to protect the National Health Service.

Steve Richards: Why cling to the least helpful targets?

As ministers insist they have no time for targets, you cannot move for them in relation to the economy

No 10 denies Lansley is to resign over NHS reforms

David Cameron was forced to issue a vote of confidence in his Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, yesterday as ministers search for an NHS reform blueprint acceptable to both parts of the Coalition.

Nick Clegg rejects 'arbitrary NHS deadline'

NHS reforms could be delayed by weeks if not months, the Deputy Prime Minister has suggested.

Huhne 'will tell police he can't remember who drove his car'

'It might have been me,' he will say as claim of second alleged speeding points swap emerges

Andrew Lansley guarantees cancer networks

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has guaranteed the future of key teams of cancer experts after heavy criticism that his NHS reforms would put them at risk.

Nick Clegg: Health reform changes are the price of Lib Dem support

Nick Clegg has warned David Cameron he will not ask Liberal Democrat MPs and peers to support the Government's health reforms unless they are "substantially changed".

NHS reforms essential, says David Cameron

David Cameron warned today that the Government's NHS reforms were essential to avert a £20 billion funding shortfall by 2015.

Cameron to promise 'no risks' in NHS reform

David Cameron will today attempt to breathe life back into the Coalition's faltering plans for the NHS.

John Pugh: Stop tinkering, and start again with NHS reform

The Prime Minister is promising substantial and significant changes in the Health and Social Care Bill. But if yesterday's press reports are to be believed Professor Steve Field, the man appointed to pull together the Government's listening exercise, is likely find himself on the same page as many of the Bill's critics – particularly over unbridled competition within the NHS.

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