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Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

Nadine Dorries told Mr Cameron he must “look at what the people are asking for” and provide it

Nadine Dorries accuses George Osborne of lying

Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries has launched a furious attack on George Osborne, branding him “stupid” and accusing him of lying about her.

Sandi Toksvig: The presenter claims BBC bosses treated her allegations as a joke

Sandi Toksvig: 'I was groped while I was on the air'

David Cameron urges BBC to launch full inquiry after yet more claims of abuse

Allegations have come out about Jimmy Savile's conduct at the BBC

Cameron calls for investigation into 'truly shocking' Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations

Prime Minister David Cameron today called for allegations of sexual abuse against former DJ Sir Jimmy Savile to be fully investigated.

Ed Miliband focused on winning outright Labour majority despite contact with senior Liberal Democrats raising coalition prospect

Labour leader Ed Miliband has insisted he is focused on winning an outright majority for his party, despite contacts with senior Liberal Democrats raising the prospect of a centre-left coalition after the 2015 contest.

Jeremy Hunt admits he 'thought about quitting'

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he considered quitting over his handling of Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for BSkyB.

Danny Alexander says tax avoidance 'adds 2p in every £1 to basic tax rate'

The basic rate of tax could be cut by more than 2p if everybody paid what they owed to the state, Danny Alexander suggested today.

Tony Blair says UK may still join Eurozone

The eurozone is doomed unless Germany agrees to underwrite the debts of struggling members, Tony Blair warned today.

The Diamond Queen, By Andrew Marr

It would be a foolhardy critic who badmouths a royal paean this weekend, but the woman described as having "shrewd judgement" and being "a wicked mimic" deserves a better assessment of her six decades on the throne than this po-faced hagiography.

'Children were frightened by protesters', says Clegg

Children were frightened by protesters who descended on Nick Clegg's street, the Deputy Prime Minister said today.

Alistair Darling says that Tony Blair could join the No to Independence campaign to defend the Union

Blair’s back for Scots campaign, says Darling

Tony Blair is preparing to re-enter the British political fray by joining "a call to arms" to fight Scottish independence, the former Chancellor, Alistair Darling, suggested yesterday.

<p>1. Night Thoughts by Robert Fraser</p>
<p>£30, oup.com</p>
<p>Colourful biography of the English surrealist poet David Gascoyne. Fabulous.</p>

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Claims ethnicity not a factor in Rochdale abuse ring are 'fatuous', says Trevor Phillips

Claims that ethnicity was not relevant in the Rochdale sexual abuse ring case are 'fatuous' according to the head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips.

Lords reform and gay marriage take back seat as George Osborne pledges focus on 'things that really matter'

George Osborne today pledged the Government would "focus on the things that really matter" as backbenchers continued to heap criticism on the leadership in the wake of the election drubbing.

Lord Ashley, champion of disabled, dies

Flood of tributes for Britain's first deaf MP, who also campaigned over domestic violence and the Thalidomide scandal

Lord Ashley, the first deaf MP, dies aged 89

Disabled rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke, the first deaf MP, has died aged 89, it was announced today.

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